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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: Jerry Carroll Deserves Some Credit
Wednesday, Jan 6, 2010 – 7:56 | 6 Comments
Woody: Jerry Carroll Deserves Some Credit

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Jerry Carroll, one of the founders of Kentucky Speedway, is sometimes portrayed as a cantankerous maverick whose litigious battle with NASCAR stood in the way of the track getting a Sprint Cup race.
Having known Jerry for the better part of two decades – I first met him when he was a [...]

Woody: Father Time Eats Red’s Dust
Tuesday, Jan 5, 2010 – 10:04 | 3 Comments
Woody: Father Time Eats Red’s Dust

Red Farmer spent his formative years listening to the whine of racing engines just down the street from his home near Nashville’s Fairgrounds Speedway.
It was a siren song that lured Farmer into racing and decades later – at age 77 – refuses to let him go.
Farmer was recently admitted to a Bessemer, Ala., hospital for [...]

Woody: 2010 A Year Full Of Promises
Saturday, Jan 2, 2010 – 13:13 | Comments Off
Woody: 2010 A Year Full Of Promises

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In the New Year I promise:
* Never again to say Jimmie Johnson can’t win another championship – as I’ve done the past three years.
* Not to grind my teeth so much every time a driver says “awesome.”
* To stop bashing Kyle Busch – until he bashes another guitar.
* To stop saying [...]

Woody: Sadler Leaves Big ‘Family’
Tuesday, Dec 29, 2009 – 15:00 | 3 Comments
Woody: Sadler Leaves Big ‘Family’

When Earl Sadler was considering starting a racing team, he sought advice from legendary owner/driver Junior Johnson. Johnson advised Sadler to run a race team like a business – control costs and make careful, calculated decisions.
Sadler thanked Johnson, went out, and threw the advice to the winds. He raced from the heart. He delighted in [...]

Woody: Jimmie Wins Award, Debate
Monday, Dec 28, 2009 – 16:50 | Comments Off
Woody: Jimmie Wins Award, Debate

The argument began about the time the caveman invented the wheel and he and a buddy loaded up their coolers and took it for a spin:
Are race drivers athletes?
There was a time when much of the media ignored auto racing because subjective sports editors didn’t think it belonged in the sports section. Even during NASCAR’s [...]

Woody: Asterisks For Jimmie? That’s Asinine
Thursday, Dec 24, 2009 – 7:52 | 5 Comments
Woody: Asterisks For Jimmie? That’s Asinine

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The only thing more predictable than Jimmie Johnson’s championship stretch run was the afterburner whine of a certain segment of fans who continue to chastise the Chase.
Some even suggest putting an asterisk beside each of Johnson’s four titles, as well as the championships won by Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart under [...]

Woody: Drivers Should Learn From Tiger Tale
Wednesday, Dec 16, 2009 – 16:00 | 10 Comments
Woody: Drivers Should Learn From Tiger Tale

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It’s always amusing to hear celebrities who earn millions by being famous complain when their fame becomes bothersome and inconvenient.
Tiger Woods, caught with his paw in the cookie jar, is arguably the country’s most recognized sports figure, yet he seems to think that for some reason he’s entitled to absolute privacy [...]

Woody: Commentators Must Be Able To Comment
Tuesday, Dec 15, 2009 – 8:12 | 9 Comments
Woody: Commentators Must Be Able To Comment

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I once wrote a story in which a prominent NASCAR TV commentator was critical of his network – specifically of some racy ads that it ran during race telecasts.
I called a network executive to get his response to the criticism. Shortly afterwards the commentator called me back and pleaded: please [...]

Woody: Hunter Is Simply Irreplaceable
Sunday, Dec 13, 2009 – 10:42 | 5 Comments
Woody: Hunter Is Simply Irreplaceable

I doubt that any individual in the history of NASCAR has exerted a more positive influence on the sport than Jim Hunter.
During his decades in racing, from running Darlington Raceway to his current role as a NASCAR executive, Hunter was always a friend of the media.
As a former Atlanta sports writer he was able to [...]

Woody: Danica Bashing Stinks
Friday, Dec 11, 2009 – 9:40 | 18 Comments
Woody: Danica Bashing Stinks

In the aftermath of Danica Patrick’s announced plan to stick her toe into NASCAR’s Nationwide pool next year, I’ve been surprised by the amount of hostile fan response.
Is Danica fiery and temperamental?
Yes she is. Just like A.J. Foyt used to be.
Is she a tough, take-no-prisoners racer?
You bet. Just like The Intimidator was.
Has she proven she [...]