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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

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. [...]

Woody: Kyle Pulled A Kyle After Texas Race
Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 – 14:15 | 24 Comments
Woody: Kyle Pulled A Kyle After Texas Race

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
When Kyle Busch narrowly missed making the make the Chase for the Championship at Richmond back in September I though he showed a lot of class with the way he handed his defeat and disappointment in the harsh glare of the TV lights.
That low point of his season might have been [...]

Woody: Hiccups Are Seldom Fatal
Monday, Nov 9, 2009 – 15:36 | One Comment
Woody: Hiccups Are Seldom Fatal

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Ok, so he hit a pothole. A Texas-sized pothole.
But anybody – including the Boys in the Booth – who thinks Jimmie Johnson’s hiccup Sunday means he’s about to let the championship slip through his fingers better think again.
Yeah, he wiped out early in the race and wobbled home 38th. So?
In golf [...]

Woody: Jimmie The Drama Killer
Friday, Nov 6, 2009 – 9:29 | Comments Off
Woody: Jimmie The Drama Killer

It wasn’t supposed to be this way.
NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship was supposed to bunch up a field of fire-ballers for a final 10-race shootout that would have sparks flying and keep fans perched breathlessly on the edge of their seats.
Something went amiss.
With three races to go this hunt’s over. It’s time to call in [...]