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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 Says ‘Fear’ Hung Over Vegas
Thursday, Oct 20, 2011 – 7:27 | One Comment
Woody: Waltrip Says ‘Fear’ Hung Over Vegas

In the wake of Dan Wheldon’s death at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last Sunday, Darrell Waltrip says he hesitates to “second-guess” the IndyCar Series’ decision to race there – but that it was probably a bad idea.
“I know those guys were apprehensive going into that race,” says Waltrip, a retired three-time NASCAR champion who early […]

Woody: Anybody But Jimmie Would Be Toast
Monday, Oct 17, 2011 – 8:04 | Comments Off on Woody: Anybody But Jimmie Would Be Toast
Woody: Anybody But Jimmie Would Be Toast

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
If Jimmie Johnson can escape this one, he should change his name to Jimmie Houdini.
Last Saturday night’s Charlotte wipeout dropped Johnson five spots in the standings and left him buried in eighthplace with just five races to go. And so we can say with absolute certainty that one of two […]

Woody: Gordon’s A Goner In The Chase
Tuesday, Oct 11, 2011 – 7:57 | 2 Comments
Woody: Gordon’s A Goner In The Chase

Another one bites the dust.
While Jimmie Johnson was blowing away the field last Sunday at Kansas Speedway Jeff Gordon was blowing a motor, and with it his hopes for that oh-so-elusive 5th championship.
Gordon finished 34th and sank to 10th in the standings.
With just six races to go, starting Saturday night at Charlotte, that’s too deep […]

Woody: Junior’s Hopes For The Title Fizzle
Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011 – 7:05 | 7 Comments
Woody: Junior’s Hopes For The Title Fizzle

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s championship chances probably went down the drain with last Sunday’s 24th-place finish at Dover.
The lackluster run dropped Junior two spots in the standings, to 10th, and with only seven races to go that’s too deep a hole from which to climb. […]

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 […]