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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

Smashed Guitar Strikes Sour Chord In Music City
Tuesday, Jun 9, 2009 – 7:52 | 32 Comments
Smashed Guitar Strikes Sour Chord In Music City

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville – Images of Kyle Busch’s guitar-smashing antics following last Saturday’s victory at Nashville Superspeedway have gone ‘round the world, creating a sensation on YouTube and other internet outlets.
Meanwhile on Monday, Nashville Superspeedway vice president/general manager Cliff Hawks said, “It’s still hard for me to watch.”
Renowned racing artist Sam Bass, [...]

Belt-Tightening Is The New Racing Reality
Tuesday, Jun 9, 2009 – 7:50 | Comments Off
Belt-Tightening Is The New Racing Reality

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com 
Nashville – Bobby Hamilton Jr. says the tough economic times have forced some NASCAR teams to confront some belt-tightening reality.
“A lot of teams got fat and spoiled back when times were good, and now they’re having to learn to live within their means,” Hamilton said during last weekend’s race at [...]

Busch Not A ‘Sorry Sap’ Nor A Smashing Success In Nashville
Sunday, Jun 7, 2009 – 14:20 | Comments Off
Busch Not A ‘Sorry Sap’ Nor A Smashing Success In Nashville

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com 
Gladeville, Tenn. – It was surely the weirdest “victory celebration” in NASCAR history.
Kyle Busch dashed to pieces the $2,000 hand-painted Gibson guitar that for nine years has been Nashville Superspeedway’s trademark trophy following his win Saturday night.
Busch said he wanted to celebrate “rock-star style” and had told his team beforehand [...]

Nationwiders Tell Stars To Bring It On
Friday, Jun 5, 2009 – 9:55 | Comments Off
Nationwiders Tell Stars To Bring It On

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville – A pair of NASCAR Nationwide Series rookies aren’t awed or intimidated by taking on two Sprint Cup stars in Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway.
The daunting Cup duo is Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards who are running both series this season. They are ranked 1-2 in [...]

Woody: Long Shorted, No Big Surprise There
Wednesday, Jun 3, 2009 – 17:50 | 3 Comments
Woody: Long Shorted, No Big Surprise There

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Perhaps the great philosopher Gomer Pyle put it best:
“Surprise! Surprise!”
And:
“Gawleeeeeee!”
Everyone who thought the National Stock Car Racing Commission might do Carl Long justice and throw out the absurdly-harsh penalties recently meted out by NASCAR, please raise your hand.
I’d like get with you later to discuss some beautiful beachfront property in [...]

Woody: Passing Should Always Be Between Non-Consenting Adults
Wednesday, Jun 3, 2009 – 13:08 | 4 Comments
Woody: Passing Should Always Be Between Non-Consenting Adults

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer 
RacinToday.com
It’s one for NASCAR’s Lowlights Film:
At one point during last Sunday’s race at Dover, leader Jimmie Johnson deliberately slowed down and allowed teammate Mark Martin to pass him.
Martin led the lap, “earning” five bonus points.
Then Johnson zipped back around him, reassumed the lead, and sped off to victory.
A charity pass [...]

Woody: Stewart Is Top Driver, Top Story Right Now
Monday, Jun 1, 2009 – 17:24 | Comments Off
Woody: Stewart Is Top Driver, Top Story Right Now

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A lot of us thought Tony Stewart was making a big mistake when he weaned himself from Joe Gibbs and threw away the security blanket in which he’d wrapped himself for his entire NASCAR career.
We weren’t convinced he had made a wise career move by starting his own team (well, [...]

Woody: Will Splitting The Juniors Produce Intended Results?
Thursday, May 28, 2009 – 16:18 | One Comment
Woody: Will Splitting The Juniors Produce Intended Results?

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer 
RacinToday.com
The splash that so many had been anticipating finally was heard yesterday morning.
Tony Eury Jr. was thrown overboard.
He’s no longer crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Brian Whitesell will take over this weekend at Dover – and with Eury’s exit goes another excuse.
The Eury/Earnhardt combination wasn’t working. They managed [...]

Woody: Time For Change At Hand For Earnhardt
Thursday, May 28, 2009 – 10:56 | 2 Comments
Woody: Time For Change At Hand For Earnhardt

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com 
Have you heard the big news out of Hendrick Motorsports regarding Dale Earnhardt Jr.?
Me neither.
Nothing’s happened.
The silence is deafening.
Here it is mid-week, with Dover looming, and so far boss Rick Hendrick has announced no changes, no shakeups, no tweaking on Junior’s team.
That’s incredible no-news. The sport’s biggest star is quickly [...]

Woody: Here’s Hoping The Big Meeting Was A Big Success
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 – 13:10 | One Comment
Woody: Here’s Hoping The Big Meeting Was A Big Success

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I’ve seen it happen in every organization of which I’ve been a part: the U.S. Army, a major metropolitan newspaper, a football team. Now I suspect it’s happened in NASCAR:
When all else fails, when the general/boss/coach is at wit’s end and has absolutely no idea what to do next, he [...]