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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: Sam Bass Readies A New Guitar
Thursday, Jul 30, 2009 – 16:20 | 8 Comments
Woody: Sam Bass Readies A New Guitar

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville – Although NASCAR made no official response to Kyle Busch’s embarrassing guitar-bashing antics following his June 6 Nationwide victory at Nashville Superspeedway, it took notice.
“Mike Helton (NASCAR president) came up to me a few weeks later and said he appreciated how I handled it,” said Sam Bass, the renowned [...]

Woody: Five Not Enough For Hall’s Walls
Tuesday, Jul 28, 2009 – 8:45 | 3 Comments
Woody: Five Not Enough For Hall’s Walls

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I know exactly which of the 25 nominees should be in the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s inaugural class.
All of ‘em.
Nobody can dispute that every one of the 25 is deserving, so why not open the Hall with a bang and induct all of them in one banner class?
There’s no future shortage [...]

Woody: The News Is Good On Good-Guy Gossage
Monday, Jul 27, 2009 – 11:00 | One Comment
Woody: The News Is Good On Good-Guy Gossage

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In a year woefully short of good news, I got some last week.
Eddie Gossage, Texas Motor Speedway president and a good friend for some 30 years, said he’s making progress in his battle with cancer.
I’d sent Eddie (“Goose” as he’s been called by friends since he worked in The Tennessean sports [...]

There’s A New Marlin Taking To The Race Track
Tuesday, Jul 21, 2009 – 9:49 | 4 Comments
There’s A New Marlin Taking To The Race Track

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville – Sporting the red No. 711 that her grandfather made famous in the 1960’s, and with her two-time Daytona 500 champion dad coaching her over her radio headset, Sutherlin Marlin chased down her destiny Saturday night.
Sutherlin, 19, finished 8th in a 40-lap Supertruck feature at Fairgrounds Speedway, the track [...]

Woody: Something Is Wrong With This Picture
Thursday, Jul 16, 2009 – 17:00 | 19 Comments
Woody: Something Is Wrong With This Picture

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
That hammering we heard earlier this week was said to be the final nails in Jeremy Mayfield’s coffin.
Well, maybe.
Even though NASCAR has produced another alleged positive drug test, along with an eye-witness who has sworn to Mayfield’s past drug use, I’ve still got some nagging questions.
For starters, how plausible is this [...]

Woody: Confidence Is High On The Trucks Side
Thursday, Jul 16, 2009 – 11:00 | One Comment
Woody: Confidence Is High On The Trucks Side

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville – Veteran NASCAR truck racer Mike Skinner says the series faces some potholes in the road, but predicts that it will keep on truckin’.
“I’ve had some conversations about it with folks at NASCAR and the truck series isn’t going anywhere,” Skinner said during a Wednesday press luncheon to promote [...]

Woody: Marty Robbins Loved Racing As Much As Singing
Wednesday, Jul 15, 2009 – 19:50 | 4 Comments
Woody: Marty Robbins Loved Racing As Much As Singing

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville, Tenn. – Marty Robbins used to race at the Fairgrounds, then rush downtown to the Ryman in time to take the stage – sometimes still bearing the sweat and grime of the track – for the final set on the Grand Ole Opry.
“The only thing my dad loved more [...]

Woody: Waltrip Had The Sizzle and the Steak As Driver
Wednesday, Jul 8, 2009 – 6:56 | 2 Comments
Woody: Waltrip Had The Sizzle and the Steak As Driver

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Darrell Waltrip has been – and continues to be – one of the most influential individuals in NASCAR history.
Likewise, there’s no argument that Waltrip deserves to be in the new NASCAR Hall Fame.
The only question is, when?
Waltrip is one of 25 nominees for the HOF, whose inaugural class will be [...]

Woody: Pass The Butter, Earnhardt Is Toast
Sunday, Jul 5, 2009 – 11:00 | 12 Comments
Woody: Pass The Butter, Earnhardt Is Toast

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com 
NASCAR’s most popular driver appears destined to be a spectator in this fall’s championship playoffs.
If Dale Earnhardt Jr. was going to make the 12-man championship field, he needed to make a major move Saturday night at Daytona.
But he moved in the wrong direction, dropping from 19th to 21st in the standings [...]

Woody: Drug Testing Kicked Up By NASCAR
Friday, Jul 3, 2009 – 13:00 | One Comment
Woody: Drug Testing Kicked Up By NASCAR

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR reportedly has altered its drug-testing procedure – going to a longer, more detailed process – after Jeremy Mayfield claimed his test results were flawed and inaccurate.
Kasey Kahne told reporters during a Thursday press conference at Daytona International Speedway that what used to be a relatively speedy 5- to 10-minute [...]