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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: 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 [...]

Woody: Danica The Jolt That NASCAR Needs
Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009 – 7:51 | 11 Comments
Woody: Danica The Jolt That NASCAR Needs

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Danica Patrick, who has yet to make a lap in a stock car, has generated a bigger media blitz and fan buzz than Jimmie Johnson did with his record-busting fourth-straight NASCAR championship.
And if you think Danica-mania has created a stir thus far, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
Just wait ’til this Tigress [...]

Woody: NASCAR Fans Stand By Their Man
Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009 – 12:00 | 8 Comments
Woody: NASCAR Fans Stand By Their Man

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Having covered football for 40 some-odd years (some odder than others) I know I shouldn’t be shocked nor surprised by the boorish behavior of a sizable segment of fans.
But I am. I’ll never get used to adults – using the term loosely – savaging some kid like University of Tennessee [...]

Hamilton Jr. Buys Hometown Track
Friday, Dec 4, 2009 – 13:55 | One Comment
Hamilton Jr. Buys Hometown Track

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Bobby Hamilton Jr. has bought Highland Rim Speedway, a quarter-mile asphalt track located in Ridgetop, Tenn., 20 miles north of Nashville, and said the purchase is partly from the heart and partly from the head.
“It’s a little bit sentimental in addition to being a business move,” he said of his [...]

Woody: Is Knaus Indispensible?
Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009 – 13:03 | 4 Comments
Woody: Is Knaus Indispensible?

Is Chad Knaus a good crew chief?
Yes he is.
Has he contributed to Jimmie Johnson’s many triumphs?
Yes he has.
Is he vital to Johnson’s continued success?
No he’s not.
Knaus was unquestionably a strong asset during Johnson’s drive to a record four-straight NASCAR championships. He’s cool under fire, knows how to set up and adjust a race car, and [...]

Woody: Vegas Perfect For Bubbas
Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009 – 8:28 | Comments Off
Woody: Vegas Perfect For Bubbas

I attended the first Bubba on Broadway NASCAR Awards Banquet in New York in 1981 and had a ball. Talk about swapping grits for ritz.
That first one was fun, but over the years the ceremony grew as stale as a subway wino’s socks.
The best entertainment became watching drivers try to read the speeches on the [...]

Woody: The Low Light Of 2009
Monday, Nov 30, 2009 – 18:03 | 4 Comments
Woody: The Low Light Of 2009

You know things aren’t going well when you get sued by your attorney.
That’s where the Jeremy Mayfield mess has meandered, as the weirdest story of ’09 just keeps getting weirder and weirder.
Mayfield’s ex-lawyer Bill Diehl has filed a lawsuit against the suspended driver for unpaid legal fees. Diehl claims Mayfield owes him $371,973.66. Now he’ll [...]

Woody: Where’s The Help For Nationwide?
Wednesday, Nov 25, 2009 – 9:21 | 6 Comments
Woody: Where’s The Help For Nationwide?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
This is getting ridiculous.
No, it’s been ridiculous for years; now it’s getting absurd.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A full-time Sprint Cup driver won the championship in NASCAR’s second-tier Nationwide Series.
Kyle Busch not only won the title, he made a shambles of the race. He won nine races and [...]

Sterling Marlin Says It Is ‘Probably” All Over
Monday, Nov 16, 2009 – 20:50 | 24 Comments
Sterling Marlin Says It Is ‘Probably” All Over

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The last of the Good Ol’ Boys is preparing to ride off into the sunset.
Sterling Marlin plans to enter Sunday’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway then, after over 30 years of life in the fast lane, will “probably” hang up his helmet.
“Will I miss it? Yeah, in some ways,” said Marlin, [...]

Woody: That’s All Folks
Monday, Nov 16, 2009 – 9:57 | Comments Off
Woody: That’s All Folks

They can take down the tents, load the elephants and wipe the grease paint off the clowns’ faces so they can return to their regular jobs as Washington politicians.
This circus is over.
As if there was really ever any doubt.
Anyone who wondered how Jimmie Johnson could win a NASCAR-record fourth Cup championship should wonder no more. [...]