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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: It’s Do It Or Lose It Time
Wednesday, Oct 21, 2009 – 14:51 | 3 Comments
Woody: It’s Do It Or Lose It Time

It’s soul-search, gut-check, look-in-the-mirror time for at least eight of the 12 drivers in the Chase for the Championship Sunday at Martinsville.
If they don’t make a move – and I mean a MAJOR move – they can kick it in cruise control and just go through the motions the rest of the way. They’re out. [...]

Woody: Skimpy First Class Hurts The New Hall
Tuesday, Oct 20, 2009 – 8:23 | 8 Comments
Woody: Skimpy First Class Hurts The New Hall

If it was chatter that the NASCAR Hall of Fame folks wanted, it was chatter they got.
And – just as I predicted – much of it’s not good.
By limiting the first HOF class to five inductees – FIVE, to represent 62 years of racing! – they created a lot of bruised feelings and peeved fans.
It [...]

Woody: The Great Chase Seems To Be Fading Fast
Monday, Oct 19, 2009 – 14:54 | 5 Comments
Woody: The Great Chase Seems To Be Fading Fast

Going into this 6th edition of NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship, I thought the 12-pack of drivers represented the strongest field ever.
I thought the stage was set for the most wham-bam title fight in NASCAR history.
I thought we’d see goose-bump battles and constant shuffling of the standings.
Looks like I thought wrong.
We’re five races into the [...]

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 [...]