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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: 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: [...]

Logano Wins, Refuses To Be Busch-Whacked
Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 – 8:49 | Comments Off
Logano Wins, Refuses To Be Busch-Whacked

By Larry Woody |  Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
GLADEVILLE, Tn. – Here’s the setup:
Joey Logano, cool beyond his years (18) peeked in his rear-view mirror during the waning laps of Saturday’s Nationwide 300 and saw temperamental teammate Kyle Busch – the driver who’s most loath to lose – straining to catch up.
Jittery? Not Joey.
“I wasn’t nervous,” said Logano [...]

Nationwide Rolling Toward Tough Times?
Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 – 20:26 | 5 Comments
Nationwide Rolling Toward Tough Times?

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASHVILLE  – As Sprint Cup interlopers continue to raid NASCAR’s second-tier Nationwide Series, scooping up prize money and sponsorships, the question arises:
Can the series survive?
“I don’t see the doom and gloom at this juncture, but our antenna is up,” says team owner Gary Baker. “Right now we’re seeing full fields [...]

Woody: Say It Ain’t So, Helio
Friday, Apr 10, 2009 – 19:59 | One Comment
Woody: Say It Ain’t So, Helio

Could Helio Castroneves go from Dancing With the Stars to Dancing Behind the Bars?

The two-time Indy 500 champion knows how to cut a rug. But he also took some short cuts with his income taxes, according to a criminal complaint that is currently playing out in the courts.

Woody: Cowboy Hats To Have Their Day at Indy 500
Wednesday, Apr 8, 2009 – 15:33 | 3 Comments
Woody: Cowboy Hats To Have Their Day at Indy 500

 
By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
There’s gotta be some mistake. I didn’t know they raced Pony-acks at Indy.
But I’ve re-read the story – real slow, moving my lips and everything – and that’s what it says: Richard Petty is going to race at Indianapolis.
Well, sorta.
Petty is going to field a car for John Andretti to [...]

Keller Likes Racing, Loves Winning
Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009 – 10:15 | Comments Off
Keller Likes Racing, Loves Winning

 
By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASHVILLE – Jason Keller has made more starts than any other driver in the history of the Busch/Nationwide Series.
Big deal, he says.
“I don’t want to be known as just the guy who started the most races,” Keller says. “I want to win races and compete for championships.”
But to win he [...]

Woody: Points For Poles Is Preposterous
Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009 – 10:14 | 2 Comments
Woody: Points For Poles Is Preposterous

 
By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
 RacinToday.com
Awarding a driver points for winning a pole makes about as much sense as awarding a football team points for field goals made by its kicker during pre-game warm-ups.
Winning a pole is not related to winning the race – no how, no way – so why on earth should it [...]

Sutherlin Marlin About To Take Her Shot
Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 – 11:27 | One Comment
Sutherlin Marlin About To Take Her Shot

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
She inherited her dad’s corn-silk hair, her mom’s vivaciousness, her folks’ Tennessee twang and her grandparents’ wry sense of humor.
If she also inherited her family’s racing genes, look out – Sutherlin Marlin just could become NASCAR’s Danica Patrick.

All Martin Asks for is a Miracle
Friday, Mar 27, 2009 – 0:30 | 4 Comments
All Martin Asks for is a Miracle

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Like so many middle-age-crazy ideas – buying that sports car convertible, getting matching tattoos with Darlene down at the Waffle House, returning Bernie Madoff’s phone call – it seemed like a good idea at the time.
That’s what 50-year-old Mark Martin would tell you.
He decided to end a perfectly good semi-retirement [...]