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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: Monaco Vs. ‘Dega – Viva La Difference
Wednesday, Oct 28, 2009 – 8:49 | Comments Off on Woody: Monaco Vs. ‘Dega – Viva La Difference
Woody: Monaco Vs. ‘Dega – Viva La Difference

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Earlier this year my RacinToday.com cohort Jonathan Ingram reminisced about his first visit to Monaco for the Grand Prix. Allow me to wax similarly nostalgic about my first trip to one of my favorite venues:
Talladega. White-knuckle, breath-taking Talladega down in sweet-home Alabama.
The asphalt had barely cooled on the mammoth track – […]

Racing History Takes A Beating In Nashville
Tuesday, Oct 27, 2009 – 7:57 | 11 Comments
Racing History Takes A Beating In Nashville

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville – She was once fast and frisky and known throughout the nation for her wild Saturday nights, but now she’s faded, forlorn and almost forgotten.
After this weekend all that’ll be left are the memories.
Historic Fairgrounds Speedway is closing its gates, ending a 51-year-run as one of the most fabled short […]

Woody: Are Non-Chasers Non-Racers?
Saturday, Oct 24, 2009 – 7:00 | 2 Comments
Woody: Are Non-Chasers Non-Racers?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Critics of the Chase for the Championship claim that drivers who don’t make the 12-man playoff become ride-around clock-watchers with no incentive in the final 10 races.
Oh really?
How about pride?
How about a little self-respect?
How about showing some grit and professionalism?
How about trying to get your sponsor some publicity the old-fashioned way […]

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 […]