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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

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 [...]

Woody: Mark Martin A Miracle In The Making? Maybe
Saturday, May 2, 2009 – 17:34 | Comments Off
Woody: Mark Martin A Miracle In The Making? Maybe

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com 
He’s up. He’s down. He’s up. He’s down.
Mark Martin’s Comeback Season reads like the diary of an elevator operator in the Empire State Building.
One minute he’s enjoying a bright and shining view from the penthouse, the next minute he plunges down into the dark parking garage where the rats squeak [...]

Woody: Bud Moore Was The Genuine American Hero
Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 – 11:16 | One Comment
Woody: Bud Moore Was The Genuine American Hero

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com 
Tom Wolfe once penned a famous Esquire article about moonshiner/racer Junior Johnson titled “The Last American Hero.”
Nothing against Junior, understand – I’ve always admired his gritty individualism – but I think the sobriquet might better be applied to one of Johnson’s fellow NASCAR competitors, Bud Moore.
Moore, crusty, craggy-faced and cantankerous [...]

Woody: On Sunday, The Beast Struck Again
Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 – 18:10 | 3 Comments
Woody: On Sunday, The Beast Struck Again

 
By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Talladega Superspeedway, with its skyscraper banking, oxygen-sucking speeds and 200-mph traffic jams, has always been a beast of a different breed.
It’s the one track that keeps drivers awake the night before a race.
At 2.66 miles Talladega the biggest, baddest slab of asphalt in NASCAR. Predictably, after last Sunday’s wild crash-o-rama, [...]

Woody: David Poole Was Good Man, Journalist
Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 – 18:08 | Comments Off
Woody: David Poole Was Good Man, Journalist

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I was sitting at my desk working on a racing story awhile ago when I got a call that David Poole had just suffered a fatal heart attack. He was 50 years old.
Ironically the story I was writing was in response to David’s column about Sunday’s crash-fest at Talladega. He [...]

Woody: Move To Vegas Is A Winner for NASCAR
Friday, Apr 24, 2009 – 13:05 | One Comment
Woody: Move To Vegas Is A Winner for NASCAR

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR made a wise move with by switching its big awards shindig from New York to Las Vegas, although I confess to a twinge of nostalgia – or maybe it’s the crick that’s still in my neck from my last Big Apple tour.
I attended the first NASCAR banquet in the [...]

Woody: Atwood Wonders and Hopes
Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 – 7:26 | 2 Comments
Woody: Atwood Wonders and Hopes

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Casey Atwood stands in the garage area, watching the swirl of activity around him, and thinks of what might have been.
The young Nashville driver burst onto the national scene in 2000 when he was signed by Ray Evernham as Bill Elliott’s teammate on Evernham’s fledging race team. Elliott and Atwood [...]

Woody: Danica Would Look Good In Fenders
Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 – 18:04 | 6 Comments
Woody: Danica Would Look Good In Fenders

 
By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Question: could a driver who is described as being “sexy and sculpted” find happiness in NASCAR?
I never heard Junior Johnson described that way.
But that’s how Danica Patrick is depicted in the current edition of SHAPE Magazine, drawing attention to herself as rumors ripple once again about the possibility of a [...]

Woody: Waltrip Doesn’t Miss Racing
Monday, Apr 13, 2009 – 19:45 | 6 Comments
Woody:  Waltrip Doesn’t Miss Racing

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
You know what they say when the end of a painful journey mercifully arrives: “Well, now he’s in a better place.”
That was definitely the case in the twilight days of Darrell Waltrip’s driving career. Since his racing retirement almost nine years ago, DW has been in a much better place: [...]