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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: Is Happy Hour Coming To An End In NASCAR?
Wednesday, Oct 14, 2009 – 7:42 | 4 Comments
Woody: Is Happy Hour Coming To An End In NASCAR?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Is the bar about to close in NASCAR?
Jack Daniel’s has announced that it will end its sponsorship of one of Richard Childress Racing’s Sprint Cup cars at the end of the season. Earlier, Jim Beam likewise said it will discontinue its sponsorship of Robby Gordon’s cars.
A couple of years ago Busch [...]

Woody: This Earnhardt Jr. Thing Is A Head-Scratcher
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2009 – 19:25 | 33 Comments
Woody: This Earnhardt Jr. Thing Is A Head-Scratcher

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
For awhile I wrote it off as just some sort of weird coincidence.
I don’t any more.
It can’t be mere coincidence that week after week, race after race, three Hendrick Motorsports drivers do so well while a fourth flounders.
It happened again Sunday in California. Jimmie Johnson won the race. One of [...]

Woody: France Drug Problems A Sign of Times
Friday, Oct 9, 2009 – 21:00 | 14 Comments
Woody: France Drug Problems A Sign of Times

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I’m sure a lot of NASCAR-haters are grinning and gloating over the arrest of J.C. France on drug charges after a traffic stop in Daytona Beach.
How shameful.
I doubt that there’s a family anywhere that hasn’t been touched by the poison of drugs, and just because someone doesn’t care for NASCAR is [...]

Woody: Bottom-Feeders Need To Chow Down
Friday, Oct 9, 2009 – 6:00 | 3 Comments
Woody: Bottom-Feeders Need To Chow Down

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Going into this 6th edition of the Chase for the Championship I thought this 12-car field was the strongest in history, top to bottom.
I thought we’d see tight, tense battles and exciting position-shuffling week after week.
I thought the stage was set for one of the most wide-open, dramatic title fights in [...]

Woody: What Time Will The 1 p.m Races Start?
Wednesday, Oct 7, 2009 – 17:00 | 6 Comments
Woody: What Time Will The 1 p.m Races Start?

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR Chairman Brian France scheduled a 3 p.m. press conference Wednesday to announce a shift to more consistent starting times.
I wasn’t sure if the 3 p.m. start was Central, Eastern or Mountain Time, or if 3 p.m. was when the “pre-press conference” began or if it was when the starting [...]

Woody: The Poor Get Poorer And The Rich Get Warned
Wednesday, Oct 7, 2009 – 9:21 | 8 Comments
Woody: The Poor Get Poorer And The Rich Get Warned

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I still don’t understand exactly what went down last week when NASCAR warned a couple of championship contenders that they were about to step out of bounds.
But I’ve got a sneaking suspicion.
I think what we saw was yet another case of NASCAR looking out for the rich & famous – the [...]

Woody: Drivers Alive Today Because of Car of Tomorrow
Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009 – 9:30 | 5 Comments
Woody: Drivers Alive Today Because of Car of Tomorrow

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Did the Car of Tomorrow save the Star of Tomorrow?
Despite persistent criticism of the COT that was introduced into the Sprint Cup Series, there is accumulating evidence that it is meeting NASCAR’s main goal – increased driver safety.
The latest testimonial is last Sunday’s wild Dover rollover by rookie sensation Joey Logano.
Logano’s [...]

Woody: New Testing Policy Doesn’t Add Up
Tuesday, Sep 29, 2009 – 11:00 | Comments Off
Woody: New Testing Policy Doesn’t Add Up

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I’m not sure who’s in charge of accounting at NASCAR, but they might want to change the batteries in their calculator. I’m not sure it’s calculating.
NASCAR, which at the end of last season curtailed (but not entirely eliminated) testing as a cost-cutting measure, has announced that it will be permitted next [...]

Woody: Racing Is About Competition, Not Cooperation
Monday, Sep 28, 2009 – 15:00 | 10 Comments
Woody: Racing Is About Competition, Not Cooperation

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
With the growing “cooperation” between racing teammates, you knew it was bound to happen:
A driver deliberately crashed in order to bring out a caution that helped his teammate win.
It happened in Formula One. Could it happen in NASCAR?
We know there’s a definite trend toward teammates helping teammates. That’s troubling, and if [...]

Woody: A Goose-Egg Champion? It’s A Possibility
Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009 – 17:13 | Comments Off
Woody: A Goose-Egg Champion? It’s A Possibility

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR has never had a winless champion, although it has come close a couple of times. Benny Parsons (1973) and Matt Kenseth (2003) both were one-win wonders.
But there’s never been a goose-egg champion.
Could this be the year?
Of the 12 drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, four have not won [...]