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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: Elliott An Awesome Ambassador, Too
Wednesday, Aug 26, 2009 – 9:00 | 2 Comments
Woody: Elliott An Awesome Ambassador, Too

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville – The first time I met Bill Elliott was in the early 1970’s as I was speeding down a California turnpike one Sunday morning on my way to cover a race at Riverside Raceway.
Up ahead I noticed a car on the side of the road, hood up, steam spewing out. [...]

Woody: Free Answers To Your Toughest Questions
Tuesday, Aug 25, 2009 – 15:34 | 8 Comments
Woody: Free Answers To Your Toughest Questions

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Free advice and worth every cent:
* Mr. Answer Man: Why can’t somebody can’t tell me, for gosh sakes, what time the dad-gummed race starts? – Teed-Off in Tallahassee.
Dear Teed: NASCAR hopes to be more precise about its starting times when its Research & Development Center completes work on a radical new [...]

Woody: Kyle Busch Hits Another Sour Note In Nashville
Sunday, Aug 23, 2009 – 19:40 | 7 Comments
Woody: Kyle Busch Hits Another Sour Note In Nashville

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville – If Kyle Busch’s plan was to mend some fences with a return visit to Nashville after June’s embarrassing guitar-smashing tirade, he failed miserably.
Busch, coming off Saturday night’s Sprint Cup victory at Bristol, ran a Champion Racing Association (CRA) race at Nashville’s Fairgrounds Speedway and sparks started flying well before [...]

Woody: It’s Crunch Time For Sprint Cup Series
Wednesday, Aug 19, 2009 – 21:13 | 3 Comments
Woody: It’s Crunch Time For Sprint Cup Series

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR’s Car of Tomorrow hasn’t been able to liven up the show but maybe a visit to the Track of Yesterday will do the trick.
There’s nothing like a hot Saturday night at Bristol to get the juices flowing and the sparks flying, and if this weekend’s race can’t get pulses pumping [...]

Woody: Mechanical Malpractice In The Sprint Cup Garages?
Wednesday, Aug 19, 2009 – 7:15 | 3 Comments
Woody: Mechanical Malpractice In The Sprint Cup Garages?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Let’s see if I’ve got this straight:
Hendrick Motorsports supplies Tony Stewart with the engines that Tony uses to beat Hendrick Motorsports’ drivers.
Stewart sits atop the Sprint Cup standings and is a lock for the Chase, which means he’ll be a major threat – maybe THE major threat — to Jimmie Johnson’s [...]

Woody: Let It Rain And Let Them Race
Monday, Aug 10, 2009 – 11:15 | One Comment
Woody: Let It Rain And Let Them Race

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
And now for those most famous words in auto racing:
“Gentlemen, start your umbrellas!”
After back-to-back rainouts at Pocono and Watkins Glen, word is that NASCAR has begun work at its R&D facility on a new AOT (Ark of Tomorrow.)
It’s been so rainy that the AFLAC duck caught a cold.
For two weeks in [...]

Woody: Nothing Funny About Racing Humor
Thursday, Aug 6, 2009 – 6:45 | 10 Comments
Woody: Nothing Funny About Racing Humor

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I knew I was in trouble when I got an angry e-mail from Friends of Commodes complaining about a tongue-in-cheek column I wrote about the ongoing NASCAR-Jeremy Mayfield drug-testing soap opera (As the Urinal Turns).
“Dear Dumbo,” it read, “so you think there’s something funny about going to the bathroom? What a [...]

Woody: Mayfield Stars In ‘As The Urinal Turns’
Tuesday, Aug 4, 2009 – 10:04 | 11 Comments
Woody: Mayfield Stars In ‘As The Urinal Turns’

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I know we shouldn’t be too flippant about a story that has riveted nationwide attention and is the subject of an upcoming major motion picture: “Jeremy Mayfield Goes to the Bathroom.”
But you have to admit, this opera has too much soap to ignore. 
For those who haven’t followed developments, here’s the timeline [...]

Hornaday Streaks On, Smooches Gibson Guitar
Sunday, Aug 2, 2009 – 16:02 | 2 Comments
Hornaday Streaks On, Smooches Gibson Guitar

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Gladeville, Tn. – Ron Hornaday became the first driver in 38 years to win five consecutive NASCAR races when he captured Saturday night’s Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeeday, and afterwards he gave the trademark Gibson guitar trophy a smooch instead of a smash.
When Kyle Busch won the track’s June [...]

Woody: NASCAR Traffic Police Got Their Man
Friday, Jul 31, 2009 – 7:30 | 6 Comments
Woody: NASCAR Traffic Police Got Their Man

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I suppose by now everybody has heard about Juan Pablo Montoya getting ticketed for speeding down pit road at Indy last Sunday while eating a McDonald’s breakfast burrito and talking on his cell phone.
NASCAR crossing guard John Darby said he repeatedly blew his whistle in an attempt to get “El Speedo” [...]