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Larry Woody is a native of Nashville, Tenn. He was the motor sports beat writer at the Nashville Tennessean from the early 1970s until 2008. He continues to live in Nashville.

Articles by Larry Woody

Woody: Racers Not Immune To Fear
Tuesday, Mar 2, 2010 – 8:01 | 2 Comments
Woody: Racers Not Immune To Fear

Bobby Isaac was leading a race at Talladega in 1973 when suddenly, over the scream of the engines, he heard “strange voices” warning him to get out of the car or he would die.
Isaac immediately pulled off the track, parked his car and got out.
When he explained why – he was obeying voices in his [...]

Woody: Please Remember “Suitcase”
Monday, Mar 1, 2010 – 12:55 | Comments Off
Woody: Please Remember “Suitcase”

Jake “Suitcase” Elder didn’t have any fancy degree in mechanical engineering or aerodynamics. They don’t teach quantum physics in the third grade, which is where Jake’s formal education petered out.
Some said Suitcase couldn’t read or write. I don’t know if that’s so. All I know is that Suitcase Elder was a heckuva crew chief whose [...]

Woody: What Race Was TV Watching On Sunday?
Thursday, Feb 25, 2010 – 7:26 | 5 Comments
Woody: What Race Was TV Watching On Sunday?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I’ve gotta get Larry the Cable Guy to come over and take a look at my set. Apparently I’m not picking up the same race telecast that the boys in the booth are watching.
Last week at California they kept raving about the “close racing” and “tight competition.”
Somehow I missed it, just [...]

Woody: Too Early to Panic, Celebrate
Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 – 11:28 | Comments Off
Woody: Too Early to Panic, Celebrate

What do the first two races tell us about how the rest of the season will go?
Not a lot, frankly.
Remember, last year Matt Kenseth got off to a rousing start by winning the first two races, then faded and didn’t even make the championship Chase.
On the flip side, Mark Martin got off to a stumbling [...]

Woody: 48 Has Unbeatable Combo of Luck, Talent
Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 – 7:46 | 2 Comments
Woody: 48 Has Unbeatable Combo of Luck, Talent

Whenever I hear someone mention NASCAR’s Lucky Dog I’m not sure if they’re talking about a freebie pass under caution or Jimmie Johnson.
Johnson seems to race with Lady Luck riding shotgun. Last Sunday at California was a perfect example. A caution came out just as Johnson entered pit road. It couldn’t have been timed more [...]

Woody: Pothole Whiners Should Put A Plug In It
Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 – 7:04 | 11 Comments
Woody: Pothole Whiners Should Put A Plug In It

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
We saw one of the most dramatic Daytona 500s in history last Sunday.
Close racing. A flurry of lead changes. Big pileups. A dramatic late rally by Dale Jr. An emotion-charged victory by charismatic young racer Jamie McMurray. A dramatic finish made possible by a radical new multiple-restart rule that will revolutionize [...]

Woody: The 500 Signaled A Number Of Gains
Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010 – 7:31 | One Comment
Woody: The 500 Signaled A Number Of Gains

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
According to Mr. Nielsen, the TV ratings for last Sunday’s Daytona 500 were down 16 percent, the lowest recorded in 19 years.
At the same time Mr. Nielsen reported that over 3 million more viewers turned into the race, a 14 percent gain over last year’s race.
Ratings were down while viewership was [...]

Woody: New Rule Will Revitalize NASCAR
Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010 – 8:02 | Comments Off
Woody: New Rule Will Revitalize NASCAR

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It’s the most significant rule change in NASCAR history.
It will alter outcomes, it will assure last-lap drama and toe-curling excitement.
It will change racing forever.
It’s the new three green-white-checkered rule that NASCAR slipped into the rule book last week at Daytona almost at the last second.
After RacinToday first reported the change at [...]

Woody: Daytona Day Dreamin’ On A Winter’s Day
Wednesday, Feb 10, 2010 – 7:55 | Comments Off
Woody: Daytona Day Dreamin’ On A Winter’s Day

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Forty years ago when my sports editor told me to go to Daytona and cover the race, my reaction was, “Go where and do what?”
I had absolutely no interest in spending a week with a bunch of sun-burned beach Bubbas.
Then I glanced out the widow of my Nashville newspaper office, saw [...]

Woody: Surprise! Danica Can Drive
Tuesday, Feb 9, 2010 – 8:12 | 3 Comments
Woody: Surprise! Danica Can Drive

Have you heard the news? Danica Patrick knows how to drive.
And this just in: Danica also can draw a crowd.
Judging from the reaction of some of the TV commentators and sports columnists during/following Patrick’s stock car debut Saturday at Daytona, some folks didn’t realize she had either potential.
After Patrick finished 6th in the ARCA 200 [...]