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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 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 [...]

Woody: The Show Is Too Good For Camping World To Pack It In
Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 – 10:54 | 3 Comments
Woody: The Show Is Too Good For Camping World To Pack It In

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The NASCAR truck series is in trouble.
Nobody can deny that.
The only question is, how dire is it?
Naturally no one at the top will dare give a straight answer – they’ll hem and haw about “difficult times” and “strong commitments.”
But the rumblings have been growing louder for sometime, and a tidal [...]

Woody: On Road Racing, Put Me Down For A No
Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 – 15:55 | 5 Comments
Woody: On Road Racing, Put Me Down For A No

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Well, they’re off to Snore-noma this weekend for a road race.
Time to catch up on watching the grass grow.
If I could figure out what time the race is over – which is impossible because I can’t even figure out what time it starts – I’d leave a wakeup call.
I think [...]

Woody: Restart of Tomorrow Is A Winner
Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 – 8:00 | 2 Comments
Woody: Restart of Tomorrow Is A Winner

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The National Football League just announced that midway through the upcoming season it’s going to shorten the field to 90 yards, give each offense five downs instead of four, and limit the defense to nine men on the field.
And one other thing – all field-goal kickers have to wear pink [...]

Woody: Handful Of Morons Keep Reviving NASCAR Stereotypes
Monday, Jun 15, 2009 – 17:03 | 6 Comments
Woody: Handful Of Morons Keep Reviving NASCAR Stereotypes

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville – I don’t know if a member of Rusty Wallace’s Nationwide Series team cast a “racist slur” toward a black driver following the June 7 race at Nashville Superspeedway or not.
But that’s what has been alleged, and we know that Wallace was furious over the incident and that the [...]

Woody: Hoping For Best For Benson
Sunday, Jun 14, 2009 – 10:28 | Comments Off
Woody: Hoping For Best For Benson

By Larry Woody |Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
All Johnny Benson wanted to do was race.
But even winning the NASCAR truck series championship last year couldn’t save Benson’s ride in the current crumbling economy, and last week his Red Horse Racing Team folded due to lack of sponsorship.
Undeterred, the 45-year-old Benson packed his racing suit and helmet and headed [...]

Woody: The Breath Of Fresh Air Needs A Tic Tac
Friday, Jun 12, 2009 – 17:15 | 7 Comments
Woody: The Breath Of Fresh Air Needs A Tic Tac

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville – Kyle Busch said J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing, thought Kyle bashing his trophy to bits last Saturday night at Nashville Superspeedway was “cool.”
Really? Then how about this: Let artist Sam Bass, who spent countless hours hand-painting the classic Gibson guitar, crash Kyle’s brand-new race car through [...]

Woody: NASCAR Decisions Prove Puzzling
Friday, Jun 12, 2009 – 13:25 | 7 Comments
Woody: NASCAR Decisions Prove Puzzling

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com 
I’ve been writing about cars running in circles for 40 years and in that entire span I’ve never come across two more puzzling stories than the back-to-back mysteries of recent weeks.
One is Jeremy Mayfield’s ongoing drug case. The other is Carl Long’s record-breaking penalties for a trivial infraction.
First, Mayfield:
Last week [...]