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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: 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 on Woody: That’s All Folks
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 on Woody: Jimmie The Drama Killer
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 […]

Fairgrounds Speedway Is No More
Wednesday, Nov 4, 2009 – 12:20 | One Comment
Fairgrounds Speedway Is No More

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville –  The end came quicker than expected for Fairgrounds Speedway.
Track operator Danny Denson Wednesday decided to cancel the scheduled season-ending All-American 400. The race had originally been set for last weekend but was postponed due to a rainy forecast and rescheduled for the end of the month.
Denson reconsidered and decided […]

Woody: McMurray Counterjabs Chase-Bashers
Wednesday, Nov 4, 2009 – 8:48 | Comments Off on Woody: McMurray Counterjabs Chase-Bashers
Woody: McMurray Counterjabs Chase-Bashers

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Jamie McMurray proved the Chase-bashers wrong.
They said drivers who didn’t make the Chase would have no incentive during the last 10 races.
Well, McMurray seemed to have plenty of incentive last Sunday when he blazed his way to victory at Talladega.
They anti-Chase crowd whined that the non-Chase drivers would be ignored […]

Woody: Don’t Tamper With Talla’
Wednesday, Nov 4, 2009 – 7:53 | 8 Comments
Woody: Don’t Tamper With Talla’

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I remember a time when drivers had trouble sleeping the night before Talladega.
Now they have trouble staying awake during the race.
At one point during last Sunday’s race – using the term loosely – Tony Stewart radioed his crew that he was having a problem keeping his eyes open.
Trust me Tony, you […]

Memphis Blues: Track Shuts Down
Friday, Oct 30, 2009 – 12:19 | 3 Comments
Memphis Blues: Track Shuts Down

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville – Dover Motorsports’ surprise announcement on Friday that it is closing Memphis Motorsports Park was bittersweet news for Cliff Hawks.
Hawks is VP/GM of Nashville Superspeedway  – another Dover facility – which will inherit the 2010 NASCAR truck race that had been scheduled at Memphis. While the Nashville track can use […]