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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: Did-Too, Did-Not Game Getting Tedious
Thursday, May 21, 2009 – 9:00 | Comments Off
Woody: Did-Too, Did-Not Game Getting Tedious

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
After weeks of accusations, denials, rumors, official statements and more denials, all we know for sure – for absolute, positive certainty – about the NASCAR/Jeremy Mayfield drug-testing donnybrook is this:
Somebody’s fibbing.
Mayfield, who has been suspended indefinitely by NASCAR after testing positive for a “banned substance” said he has not been [...]

Tim Richmond To Be Saluted In Home State
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 – 12:00 | 3 Comments
Tim Richmond To Be Saluted In Home State

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Tim Richmond’s colorful playboy lifestyle and off-track controversies tended to overshadow his immense talent on the track.
Some believe that Richmond, who died of AIDS on Aug. 13, 1989, was one of the most talented racers ever to compete in NASCAR. One of those believers is acclaimed team-owner Rick Hendrick, for [...]

Woody: Some Simple Fixes To Get Fans To Watch Racing Again
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 – 12:51 | 6 Comments
Woody: Some Simple Fixes To Get Fans To Watch Racing Again

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I see that NASCAR on FOX TV ratings are down. They’re trying to figure out why, and how they can be improved.
Here’s some suggestions from one Frustrated Viewer:
For starters, shoot the gopher.
There may have been more annoying animations in the long history of TV-dom but I can’t recall one off-hand.
Having [...]

Woody: Mr. Hyde Has Gone Into Hiding
Monday, May 18, 2009 – 14:15 | One Comment
Woody: Mr. Hyde Has Gone Into Hiding

By Larry Woody | Senor Writer
RacinToday.com
I used to consider Tony Stewart NASCAR’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
You never knew which would show up. Over the years I experienced both ends of Tony’s split personality.
One summer night following a victory at Bristol, Tony and I went nose-to-nose in the press box after he took offense over [...]

Woody: Kyle Petty Moves From Racing Cars To Helping Kids
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 – 16:50 | 3 Comments
Woody: Kyle Petty Moves From Racing Cars To Helping Kids

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com 
When Adam Petty, an effervescent teenager with the trademark Petty-sunbeam smile, died in a crash at New Hampshire Speedway in 2000 his parents decided to build a lasting monument.
Kyle and Pattie Petty, on a plot of North Carolina land donated by Adam’s famous grandfather Richard, built Victory Junction Camp, an [...]

Woody: Mayfield Case Doesn’t Make Sense
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 – 8:00 | 7 Comments
Woody: Mayfield Case Doesn’t Make Sense

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer 
RacinToday.com
I became acquainted with Jeremy Mayfield when he moved from Owensboro, Ky., to Nashville as a teenager, following the career path of his hometown hero Darrell Waltrip.
Mayfield, like Waltrip, began racing at historical old Fairgrounds Speedway while working at Sadler Racing. He swept floors, did body work, handled odd jobs around [...]

Reality Pays Visit To NASCAR Nation
Monday, May 11, 2009 – 15:50 | One Comment
Reality Pays Visit To NASCAR Nation

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I met Kevin Grubb only a couple of times but I was impressed by what a nice guy he seemed to be.
He was always open and friendly, smiling and outgoing even as the first dark clouds began to rumble over his racing career.
In 2004 Grubb was suspended by NASCAR for [...]

Woody: The Lady In Black Has A Very Firm Grip
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 – 17:30 | 4 Comments
Woody: The Lady In Black Has A Very Firm Grip

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer 
RacinToday.com
As you drive into Darlington, having wound your way through miles of fertile cotton fields and pine forests, up ahead you’ll see a water tower on the horizon. It boasts a simple banner:
NASCAR.
‘Nuff said.
Darlington, S.C., is NASCAR country. Has been since 1950 and continues to be today, an old-fashioned track [...]

Keller Nationwide Effort Showing Promise
Monday, May 4, 2009 – 15:55 | Comments Off

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville – It hasn’t won yet, but it’s getting closer.
Nashville-based Baker Curb Racing, with veteran Jason Keller at the wheel, has put together back-to-back top-10 finishes to climb to 7th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series ratings – the highest in the team’s history at this juncture of the season.
“We’re showing [...]

Woody: Crashes Not Wrecking Racing
Monday, May 4, 2009 – 12:33 | One Comment
Woody: Crashes Not Wrecking Racing

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It is race fans’ guilty little secret: We love wrecks.
We crave crashes, we delight in demolitions, we’re wowed by wipeouts. We can’t get enough of that tumbling stuff.
I’ve been covering NASCAR for 40-some odd years (some odder than others) and I continue to be puzzled by why so many race [...]