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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: Predictions are out – Where’s Junior?
Saturday, Feb 6, 2010 – 8:29 | 3 Comments
Woody: Predictions are out – Where’s Junior?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I was flipping though a magazine the other day and came across a 2010 Sprint Cup pre-season driver ranking.
I looked for Dale Earnhardt Jr.
And looked.
And looked.
I finally found him, buried somewhere down around 20th.
Meanwhile his Hendrick teammates, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin all were ranked in the top 10, [...]

Woody: Big Teams Face Small Pinches To Pocketbooks
Tuesday, Feb 2, 2010 – 9:41 | One Comment
Woody: Big Teams Face Small Pinches To Pocketbooks

If you glance on the side of the road as you travel to the track this season you may see Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart huddled on the corner holding hand-scribbled cardboard signs:
“WILL RACE FOR FOOD”
Then, again, maybe not.
The financial pinch that has prompted NASCAR to make a 10-percent cut in race purses [...]

Woody: Too Much Of A Good Thing?
Friday, Jan 29, 2010 – 14:27 | 4 Comments
Woody: Too Much Of A Good Thing?

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Back on my grandfather’s farm there was this crazy old goat (no, I don’t mean my grandpa) who broke into the feed bin one night and literally ate himself sick.
I won’t go into the graphic details but let’s just say if you’ve ever seen a sick goat the vision sticks [...]

Woody: Shootout Experiences A Growth Spurt
Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010 – 7:51 | 3 Comments
Woody: Shootout Experiences A Growth Spurt

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Several weeks ago, NASCAR announced its new criteria for the Bud Shootout and as I understand it, everybody is eligible except Carl Long.
Only kidding. Robby Gordon can’t get in either.
Other than that, there should be few who fail to meet the more liberal requirements. Those eligible include:
All 12 Chase drivers
Chevy Chase
Past [...]

Woody: Baker Says Racing Climate Is ‘Brutal”
Friday, Jan 22, 2010 – 9:13 | 4 Comments
Woody: Baker Says Racing Climate Is ‘Brutal”

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville – Gary Baker has had experience hitting hard walls.
During his driving days he once cracked the concrete at Talladega at over 200 mph.
Now Baker, speaking as a team owner, says stock car racing has hit an equally hard economic wall. He’s not sure when – or if – it [...]

Woody: Martin and Favre Make Time Stand Still
Thursday, Jan 21, 2010 – 8:05 | Comments Off
Woody: Martin and Favre Make Time Stand Still

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Good thing Mark Martin and Brett Favre didn’t listen to us sports writers.
About this time a year ago Martin was planning a return to full-time racing after a two-year hiatus and shortly afterwards Favre announced plans to suit up with the Vikings.
Some of us thought it was a bad idea [...]

Woody: Just Let ‘Em Race
Monday, Jan 18, 2010 – 7:52 | 5 Comments
Woody: Just Let ‘Em Race

No passing.
No bumping.
No rough racing.
No action.
No fans.
That’s the downhill direction NASCAR has been headed in recent years, especially on the asphalt monster called Talladega. First they painted a yellow line on the track and said nobody could pass there. Next they outlawed bump-drafting in certain areas of the track – the drivers weren’t exactly sure [...]

Woody: No News Is Bad News For Fans
Thursday, Jan 14, 2010 – 9:22 | 4 Comments
Woody: No News Is Bad News For Fans

Back when I began covering racing in the late 1960’s there weren’t many, if any, full-time “motorsports journalists.”
Most of the handful of ink-stained wretches who trudged to the track did so for one reason – our sports editors got tired of seeing us loafing around the office.
Basketball season was over, football season was months away [...]

Woody: Sounding A Sour Note In Nashville
Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 – 7:57 | 16 Comments
Woody: Sounding A Sour Note In Nashville

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville – The record cold spell that hit Nashville last week was interrupted by a blast of hot air from Kyle Petty.
Petty, a driver-turned-TV commentator, was among the lineup of luminaries at the annual Sound & Speed Fan Festival, and he stole the headlines with a swipe at Danica Patrick.
Kyle [...]

The Hendrick Bar Will Remain High In 2010
Sunday, Jan 10, 2010 – 10:02 | Comments Off
The Hendrick Bar Will Remain High In 2010

Nashville – Greg Biffle says chasing Rich Hendrick’s record-breaking stable of rocket-men “can get very frustrating, but at the same time it’s very challenging.”
“You have to give Mr. H (Hendrick) and all of his people a lot of credit; they’ve worked hard, they’re a class act and they’ve done a great job,” Biffle said Saturday [...]