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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: 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 [...]

Woody: Montoya Brings Passion To The Chase
Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009 – 8:00 | Comments Off
Woody: Montoya Brings Passion To The Chase

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Twelve Supermen dashed into the phone booth Sunday at New Hampshire and 11 emerged as Clark Kent.
The Chase for the Sprint Cup kicked off with a promise of passion, drama and fireworks and something seemed to be missing.
Namely, passion, drama and fireworks.
From my vantage point – the admittedly-removed seclusion of [...]

Woody: Two Losers Acted Like Winners at Richmond
Thursday, Sep 17, 2009 – 5:40 | 3 Comments
Woody: Two Losers Acted Like Winners at Richmond

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
They say you can tell more about a person’s character in defeat than in victory. If that’s true we got a revealing look at the hearts of Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch last Saturday night.
I thought both were at their best following what had to be one of the most [...]

Woody: Is NASCAR In Need Of A Trust Buster?
Tuesday, Sep 15, 2009 – 6:50 | 5 Comments
Woody: Is NASCAR In Need Of A Trust Buster?

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Let’s see if I’ve got this straight:
Evernham Motorsports merged with Gillett Motorsports, which merged with Petty Enterprises which merged with Yates Racing.
Previously Ginn Racing merged with Dale Earnhardt Inc., which merged with Ganassi Racing which had absorbed Sabatas Racing.
Used to be you couldn’t tell the drivers without a program. Today [...]

Woody: Deck The Hall With A Lot More Names
Tuesday, Sep 15, 2009 – 6:30 | 3 Comments
Woody: Deck The Hall With A Lot More Names

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It’s not too late. NASCAR still has time to change its mind and increase the number of inductees in the inaugural class when its new Hall of Fame opens next spring.
If it can change the racing rules in mid-season it can certainly change the number of Hall of Fame inductees.
But so [...]

Woody: Get Ready NASCAR Nation, Here She Comes
Friday, Sep 11, 2009 – 9:10 | 2 Comments
Woody: Get Ready NASCAR Nation, Here She Comes

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I don’t think there’s any question that the Tattooed Lady is going to run off and join the NASCAR circus.
The only question is when. And what will her arrival register on the Richter scale?
It appears more and more likely that open-wheel diva Danica Patrick is going to forsake the IndyCar [...]

Woody: Busch Set For Another Guitar Solo?
Friday, Sep 11, 2009 – 9:00 | 2 Comments
Woody: Busch Set For Another Guitar Solo?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The irony is dripping and delicious. Kyle Busch, who showed such disdain for the trophy Gibson guitar he got for a June Nationwide win in Nashville (he smashed it to pieces) needs to win another guitar Saturday night at Richmond or his slim Chase hopes are likely dead.
Busch is 14th in [...]

Woody: Let Us Partake In Some Of These Fine Whines
Wednesday, Sep 9, 2009 – 12:19 | 2 Comments
Woody: Let Us Partake In Some Of These Fine Whines

Larry Wood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Last week I noted the excitement and drama that the Chase for the Sprint Cup brings to what would otherwise be a dreary end to a fairly dreary season, and predictably the critics began to clamor.
Here’s a sample of the Fine Whines:
THE CHASE RENDERS THE FIRST 26 RACES MEANINGLESS.
Just the opposite [...]