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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: As Exciting As Watching A Tank Dry
Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 – 7:19 | 5 Comments
Woody: As Exciting As Watching A Tank Dry

Larry Woody |Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Tony Stewart should change his nickname from “Smoke” to “Fumes.”
After going winless through NASCAR’s regular season, Stewart has won back-to-back Chase races by getting superior gas mileage.
Or at least that’s what I hear; I didn’t watch much of last Sunday’s race at New Hampshire or the previous week’s event at Chicagoland. There [...]

Woody: Fresh Start Will Revive Clint Bowyer
Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 – 6:55 | One Comment
Woody: Fresh Start Will Revive Clint Bowyer

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
If Clint Bowyer goes overboard at Richard Childress Racing as anticipated, he has two choices: sink or swim.
Clint undoubtedly will swim, and reportedly is exploring a new ride next year with Michael Waltrip Racing.
He could be a force to be reckoned with, wherever he lands. Bowyer is a gifted racer despite [...]

Woody: First Point-Fixing, Now Fake Spins?
Saturday, Sep 17, 2011 – 11:07 | 2 Comments
Woody: First Point-Fixing, Now Fake Spins?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I’m surprised that anyone’s surprised that a NASCAR driver might (gasp!) intentionally spin out to bring out a late-race caution to help a teammate win.
Heck, drivers routinely engage in point-fixing. They do it right under NASCAR’s nose, plotting their strategy over the radio, on national TV.
How many times have we seen [...]

Woody: Kurt Busch May Be In For Painful Lesson
Monday, Sep 12, 2011 – 15:13 | 11 Comments
Woody: Kurt Busch May Be In For Painful Lesson

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Sounds like Kurt Busch may be due for a booster shot from Jimmy Spencer.
After a run-in with Jimmie Johnson on the track at Richmond last Saturday night, Busch took out his frustrations on a couple of reporters. He had to be “restrained” when NASCAR.com’s Joe Menzer asked a question about [...]

Woody: Martin’s Final Title Shot Is Over
Monday, Sep 12, 2011 – 7:54 | 9 Comments
Woody: Martin’s Final Title Shot Is Over

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The end came quietly, with no fuss and fanfare – sort of the way Mark Martin’s entire racing career has gone.
Martin failed to make the cut for this season’s NASCAR playoffs that open a 10-race run Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. Following last Saturday night’s race at Richmond, attention was lavished [...]

Woody: Drivers Shouldn’t Blow Off The Prez
Thursday, Sep 8, 2011 – 12:00 | 3 Comments
Woody: Drivers Shouldn’t Blow Off The Prez

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A controversy was stirred when four of eight NASCAR drivers blew off President Obama’s invitation to visit the White House Wednesday.
The President – having nothing better to do with soaring unemployment, roller-coaster stock markets, three wars, raging hurricanes, searing droughts and general turbulence from sea to shining sea – decided [...]

Is There IndyCar Life A.D. (After Danica)
Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 – 7:05 | 10 Comments
Is There IndyCar Life A.D. (After Danica)

Danica Patrick’s announcement about jilting the IndyCar Series for NASCAR started tongues wagging and keyboards clicking last week as pundits pondered the impact Ms. Patrick will have on stock car racing.
Frankly, nobody knows how she’ll do on the track. She’s reasonably talented and will have reasonably good equipment. Other than that all we know for [...]

Woody: TV Bumps Bristol For NFL Practice Game
Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011 – 7:27 | 7 Comments
Woody: TV Bumps Bristol For NFL Practice Game

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville’s ABC affiliate Channel 2 will bump Saturday night’s Bristol race in favor of an NFL exhibition game between the Tennessee Titans and Chicago Bears.
I’m sure there are contractual complications involved, but for whatever reason(s) the decision is telling:
In Middle Tennessee, once a hot-bed of NASCAR racing, one of the most [...]

Woody: Empty-Seat Syndrome Haunts IndyCar
Friday, Aug 19, 2011 – 9:45 | 4 Comments
Woody: Empty-Seat Syndrome Haunts IndyCar

I saw an estimate that put the crowd at New Hampshire Speedway at 30,000 for last Sunday’s IndyCar race.
As my old sports editor once said about an obviously-inflated attendance figure at a Vanderbilt football game, a lot of those fans came disguised as empty seats.
When the TV cameras panned the gaping New Hampshire grandstands, a [...]

Woody: Safe Landings Biggest Story In NASCAR
Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011 – 14:26 | 2 Comments
Woody: Safe Landings Biggest Story In NASCAR

The biggest story in NASCAR this season is not Jimmie Johnson’s drive for a history-boggling sixth championship, Dale Earnhardt Jr’s promising comeback or the stirring first-time triumphs by five Sprint Cup drivers.
The biggest story is one that doesn’t get much coverage: drivers walking away unscathed from crashes that a few years ago would have been [...]