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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: 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 [...]

Woody: Junior’s Hopes For The Title Fizzle
Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011 – 7:05 | 7 Comments
Woody: Junior’s Hopes For The Title Fizzle

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s championship chances probably went down the drain with last Sunday’s 24th-place finish at Dover.
The lackluster run dropped Junior two spots in the standings, to 10th, and with only seven races to go that’s too deep a hole from which to climb. [...]

Woody: As Exciting As Watching A Tank Dry
Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 – 7:19 | 5 Comments
Woody: As Exciting As Watching A Tank Dry

Larry Woody |Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Tony Stewart should change his nickname from “Smoke” to “Fumes.”
After going winless through NASCAR’s regular season, Stewart has won back-to-back Chase races by getting superior gas mileage.
Or at least that’s what I hear; I didn’t watch much of last Sunday’s race at New Hampshire or the previous week’s event at Chicagoland. There [...]

Woody: Fresh Start Will Revive Clint Bowyer
Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 – 6:55 | One Comment
Woody: Fresh Start Will Revive Clint Bowyer

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
If Clint Bowyer goes overboard at Richard Childress Racing as anticipated, he has two choices: sink or swim.
Clint undoubtedly will swim, and reportedly is exploring a new ride next year with Michael Waltrip Racing.
He could be a force to be reckoned with, wherever he lands. Bowyer is a gifted racer despite [...]