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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: Dealing With Media All Part Of The Job
Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011 – 15:18 | 5 Comments
Woody: Dealing With Media All Part Of The Job

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The first time I met Dale Earnhardt he came to the sports department where I worked to be interviewed.
It was in the mid-1970s and Earnhardt was scheduled to race at Nashville’s Fairgrounds Speedway the coming weekend. The track PR guy, Joe Carver, called and asked if I could come out to [...]

Woody: Kahne Smokes No-Chase, No-Race Theory
Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011 – 8:33 | Comments Off
Woody: Kahne Smokes No-Chase, No-Race Theory

When NASCAR inaugurated its Chase for the Championship – its version of a playoff between a select number of drivers – critics complained that any driver who didn’t make the Chase wouldn’t have any
incentive to keep racing.
They said the non-Chasers would simply ride out the final 10 races.
They said if their favorite driver wasn’t in [...]

Marlin Interested In Nashville Track
Monday, Nov 14, 2011 – 13:49 | 4 Comments
Marlin Interested In Nashville Track

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Retired NASCAR driver Sterling Marlin is interested in acquiring the lease to Nashville’s Fairgrounds Speedway, after fellow driver Bobby Hamilton Jr. gave up after one frustrating season.
Hamilton will not continue to operate the track next season, according to Buck Dozier, head of the Metro Fair Board that oversees the city-owned [...]

Woody: The Law Of The Jungle Has Its Limits
Tuesday, Nov 8, 2011 – 8:32 | Comments Off
Woody: The Law Of The Jungle Has Its Limits

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
When NASCAR told its drivers, “Boys, have at it,” it really didn’t mean it.
At least not in a Darwinistic, fang-and-claw, survival-of-the-fittest sense.
It didn’t mean it was going to entirely turn the jungle over to the animals. But apparently Kyle Busch took it literally.
After Kyle turned Texas Motor Speedway into the [...]

Woody: Jeremy Mayfield Case Is Heart-Breaking
Thursday, Nov 3, 2011 – 20:00 | 12 Comments
Woody: Jeremy Mayfield Case Is Heart-Breaking

Despite an onslaught of incriminating evidence over the last couple of years I had continued to hold onto hope that the drug-use accusations against Jeremy Mayfield were untrue.
I thought maybe a mistake had been made in the lab, or that people who claimed to know about Mayfield’s alleged problem were either mistaken or making it [...]

Woody: Three In The Show With Three To Go
Wednesday, Nov 2, 2011 – 7:24 | Comments Off
Woody: Three In The Show With Three To Go

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR’s original Dandy Dozen has been whittled down to a final trio with a realistic shot at the title with three to go, and each has his own special story-line.
Carl Edwards is clinging to a tenuous 8-point lead over charging Tony Stewart. Carl, having soft-peddled his way through the last two [...]

Woody: Copying NASCAR Is A Bad Idea
Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 – 7:43 | 5 Comments
Woody: Copying NASCAR Is A Bad Idea

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In recent years the IndyCar Series has been trying to pattern itself more and more after NASCAR.
That’s OK in areas of marketing and promotion, but on the track it’s asking for trouble – as evidenced by the 15-car crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that claimed the life of Dan [...]

Woody: Waltrip Says ‘Fear’ Hung Over Vegas
Thursday, Oct 20, 2011 – 7:27 | One Comment
Woody: Waltrip Says ‘Fear’ Hung Over Vegas

In the wake of Dan Wheldon’s death at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last Sunday, Darrell Waltrip says he hesitates to “second-guess” the IndyCar Series’ decision to race there – but that it was probably a bad idea.
“I know those guys were apprehensive going into that race,” says Waltrip, a retired three-time NASCAR champion who early [...]

Woody: Anybody But Jimmie Would Be Toast
Monday, Oct 17, 2011 – 8:04 | Comments Off
Woody: Anybody But Jimmie Would Be Toast

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
If Jimmie Johnson can escape this one, he should change his name to Jimmie Houdini.
Last Saturday night’s Charlotte wipeout dropped Johnson five spots in the standings and left him buried in eighthplace with just five races to go. And so we can say with absolute certainty that one of two [...]

Woody: Gordon’s A Goner In The Chase
Tuesday, Oct 11, 2011 – 7:57 | 2 Comments
Woody: Gordon’s A Goner In The Chase

Another one bites the dust.
While Jimmie Johnson was blowing away the field last Sunday at Kansas Speedway Jeff Gordon was blowing a motor, and with it his hopes for that oh-so-elusive 5th championship.
Gordon finished 34th and sank to 10th in the standings.
With just six races to go, starting Saturday night at Charlotte, that’s too deep [...]