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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: 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 on The Hendrick Bar Will Remain High In 2010
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 […]

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 on Woody: 2010 A Year Full Of Promises
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 on Woody: Jimmie Wins Award, Debate
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 […]