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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: Mayfield Could Strike Gold
Thursday, Jul 2, 2009 – 13:15 | 7 Comments
Woody: Mayfield Could Strike Gold

Larry Woody | Senior Writer

RacinToday.com
After news broke Wednesday about a federal judge lifting NASCAR’s suspension of Jeremy Mayfield for alleged drug use, I called a lawyer buddy to ask him what it meant.
He said it means that Mayfield is probably going to be a very wealthy young man.
When the case winds its way to civil [...]

Woody: Mayfield Wins, But What, Exactly?
Wednesday, Jul 1, 2009 – 17:20 | 4 Comments
Woody: Mayfield Wins, But What, Exactly?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I’m no lawyer – haven’t even played one on TV nor stayed at a Holiday Inn – but from a  layman’s vantage point it looks like NASCAR is in trouble.
A federal judge Wednesday lifted NASCAR’s suspension of owner/driver Jeremy Mayfield, brushing aside the contention that Mayfield is a druggie who’s too [...]

Woody: Weber, What Are You Working On?
Wednesday, Jul 1, 2009 – 12:30 | One Comment
Woody: Weber, What Are You Working On?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
* Beamed Up By Aliens?
TNT analyst Bill Weber abruptly vanished from the broadcast booth last Sunday at New Hampshire and the only comment the network made was that it would make no comment.
That’s pretty lame even by TV reporting standards.
There have been lots of rumors floating around but nobody seems to [...]

Woody: Freebie Leaves Kahne Missing The Point
Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 – 14:50 | 7 Comments
Woody: Freebie Leaves Kahne Missing The Point

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Remember those five bonus points Jimmie Johnson gave teammate Mark Martin by letting him lead a lap at Dover back on May 31?
Remember how I said it was shameful?
Remember how I said hurt the integrity of the sport?
Remember how some readers said it was no big deal?
Well, try telling Kasey Kahne [...]

Woody: I Love The King And Bud
Friday, Jun 26, 2009 – 7:40 | One Comment
Woody: I Love The King And Bud

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer

RacinToday.com
Some of my recent rants have drawn responses from readers who may have misunderstood my positions on certain matters:
On Richard Petty & Budweiser: I don’t care if Richard serves Victory Lane brewskies from his cowboy hat – I’ll always be a Petty fan.
I’m pro-Petty and I’m certainly not anti-Bud. Some [...]

Woody: The Fate Of IndyCar Rests In Pair of Very Petite Hands
Thursday, Jun 25, 2009 – 7:47 | 10 Comments
Woody: The Fate Of IndyCar Rests In Pair of Very Petite Hands

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer

RacinToday.com
As I watched the Indy Racing League’s 20-car field romp through the Iowa cornfields Sunday, I couldn’t help thinking:
How long could it last without Danica?
I’d give it about 10 minutes, in terms of general public interest.
OK, maybe it’s not quite that grim – yet – but it’s getting there.
Twenty cars? [...]

Busch Scheduled To Make Encore Performance In Nashville
Wednesday, Jun 24, 2009 – 9:33 | 2 Comments
Busch Scheduled To Make Encore Performance In Nashville

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com 
Nashville – Kyle Busch, whose guitar-bashing antics following his June 6 win at Nashville Superspeedway created a nationwide uproar, is coming back to Music City.
Busch is scheduled to compete in the Aug. 23 All-American 150 at Fairgrounds Speedway.
“It’s going to be an interesting reception,” said track operator Danny Denson. “I [...]

Woody: The King And The King Of Beer
Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009 – 12:13 | 3 Comments
Woody: The King And The King Of Beer

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In 1958 Richard Petty ran his first race, after making his mom a solemn promise:
He would never be associated with alcohol in any way.
Over the decades, as he piled up 200 wins and became the most famous and favored personality the sport has ever known, he kept that promise.
He refused [...]

Woody: Another Helping Of The Vanilla, Please
Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009 – 9:24 | 4 Comments
Woody: Another Helping Of The Vanilla, Please

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In terms of driver images, in recent weeks we’ve seen the worst and the best.
The worst: Kyle Busch dashing to bits his classic trophy guitar after a victory at Nashville Superspeedway.
The best: Jimmie Johnson seeking out Kurt Bush after last Sunday’s race at Sonoma to offer an apologic handshake for [...]

Woody: Dog Pile On Mayfield!
Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 – 7:30 | 12 Comments
Woody: Dog Pile On Mayfield!

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
As the most intriguing mystery in modern NASCAR history drags on – did suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield use a banned substance or did he not? – the piling-on has begun.
More and more bloggers and other ozone-dwellers are suggesting that the evidence against Mayfield is mounting and it is folly for [...]