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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: 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 [...]

NASCAR Keeping Nashville Options Open
Monday, Aug 8, 2011 – 8:33 | Comments Off
NASCAR Keeping Nashville Options Open

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville – The apparent demise of Nashville Superspeedway might open the door to bringing back NASCAR racing to historical old Fairgrounds Speedway.
The Supespeedway, located 40 miles east of Nashville, will seek no NASCAR sanctions next year, owner Dover Motorsports announced last week. The 11-year-old track, valued at around $50 million, [...]

Nashville Opts Out Of NASCAR
Wednesday, Aug 3, 2011 – 10:51 | 3 Comments
Nashville Opts Out Of NASCAR

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville – Dover Motorsports has announced it will seek no NASCAR races next year for Nashville Superspeedway and will “evaluate all options for the track, including its possible sale.”
The track, located in Gladeville, Tenn., 40 miles east of Nashville, has struggled with attendance since opening in 2001.
Should Dover sell the [...]

Smokin’ Hot Preacher Is Welcome To Come Back
Tuesday, Aug 2, 2011 – 7:16 | 6 Comments
Smokin’ Hot Preacher Is Welcome To Come Back

Nashville – The pit-road preacher who gave perhaps the most memorable invocation in NASCAR history will have a chance for an encore performance.
Cliff Hawks, VP/GM of Nashville Superspeedway, says pastor Joe Nelms “will definitely be invited back next year.”
Nelms is minister of Family Baptist Church in Lebanon, Tenn., located a few miles from the Superspeedway [...]

Woody: Are Outhouse Races Next For Indy?
Thursday, Jul 28, 2011 – 7:28 | 7 Comments
Woody: Are Outhouse Races Next For Indy?

I remember a time when outhouse races were held to drum up interest in a NASCAR race. Might that be next for Indy?
More on that in a minute.
Who’d have thunk that the once-ballyhooed Brickyard 400 would require a supporting cast to draw a crowd? I covered the inaugural 1994 race and some estimated the crowd [...]

Woody: Bayne Getting Better, Eager To Catch Up
Saturday, Jul 23, 2011 – 11:31 | One Comment
Woody: Bayne Getting Better, Eager To Catch Up

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Gladeville, Tenn. – Talented young Tennessee racer Trevor Bayne says he has had no recurring problems from the mysterious illness that sidelined him earlier in the season.
“I feel fine, no problems at all,” Bayne said Friday at Nashville Superspeedway, where he will compete in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race.
“I’m scheduled to go [...]

Woody: ‘Start-And-Bark’ Funny, Turnout Not
Saturday, Jul 23, 2011 – 10:10 | 3 Comments
Woody: ‘Start-And-Bark’ Funny, Turnout Not

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Gladeville, Tenn. – Friday afternoon’s truck race practice at Nashville Superspeedway was interrupted when a dog trotted onto the track.
The meddling mutt was identified as a “one-eyed beagle” and according to one Media Center wag he turned some impressive lap times before being black-flagged for failing to pass pre-race inspection.
It [...]

Woody: Kyle’s ‘100 NASCAR Wins’ Is A Skewed Stat
Tuesday, Jul 19, 2011 – 8:22 | 14 Comments
Woody: Kyle’s ‘100 NASCAR Wins’ Is A Skewed Stat

A weekend story claimed Kyle Busch became “just the third NASCAR driver to win 100 races” after his Nationwide victory last Saturday at New Hampshire Speedway.
Wrong. Several other drivers have won that many races – and more.
Dick Trickle estimated he won over 1,000 races during his career. How many of those were “NASCAR” races? Impossible [...]

Woody: Traffic Glitch Was Bad For Bruton
Friday, Jul 15, 2011 – 17:39 | One Comment
Woody: Traffic Glitch Was Bad For Bruton

Timing, they say, is everything, and that goes for sports columns.
Last week as Kentucky Speedway got ready for its grand Sprint Cup opener I penned (well, pecked) a commentary in praise of Bruton Smith’s latest jewel. Smith’s Speedway Motorsports Inc. owns eight Cup tracks and has been instrumental in making upgrades in the sport.
I said [...]

Woody: Bruton Smith Deserves Hall Of Fame
Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 – 8:14 | 3 Comments
Woody: Bruton Smith Deserves Hall Of Fame

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
For the last couple of decades Bruton Smith has been one of the most important players in NASCAR racing. Maybe THE most important.
Kentucky Speedway’s launch into the Sprint Cup Series last Saturday night was made possible entirely by Smith – the latest exhibit in the case for a Hall of Fame [...]