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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: There’s Smoke But Where’s The Fire?
Tuesday, Jul 5, 2011 – 8:07 | One Comment
Woody: There’s Smoke But Where’s The Fire?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Tony Stewart has dug himself a deep hole in the point standings and the clock is ticking.
Stewart is 12th in the standings, with nine races remaining to set the field for the Chase for the Championship.
Following the 26th race on Sept. 10 at Richmond, only the top 10 in the standings [...]

Woody: Carl’s Decision To Stay Single Was Right
Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011 – 17:49 | One Comment
Woody: Carl’s Decision To Stay Single Was Right

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Carl Edwards made a last-minute decision to skip last Saturday’s Nationwide race in Wisconsin to concentrate on dialing in his car for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race in California.
As a result (?) Edwards turned in a strong third-place performance.
The reason for the question mark is because nobody will ever know if the [...]

Efforts To Save Nashville Track Are Amped Up
Monday, Jun 27, 2011 – 10:56 | 3 Comments
Efforts To Save Nashville Track Are Amped Up

Nashville – Two high-profile backers with links to the music and racing industry have thrown their support behind Fairgrounds Speedway to try to enhance its long-range future.
Mike Curb, one of the nation’s premier music moguls and co-owner of Baker Curb Racing, has joined Scott Borchetta, another prominent music promoter and former racer, as the track’s [...]

Woody: Waltrip Tribute Well-Deserved, Overdue
Friday, Jun 17, 2011 – 8:20 | 5 Comments
Woody: Waltrip Tribute Well-Deserved, Overdue

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In 1973 Darrell Waltrip was denied the Rookie of the Year Award because of his sandpaper personality.
Fast-forward almost four decades, and I was starting to feel that DW was getting a similar snub by the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
It took three tries but he finally made it – Darrell was among [...]

Woody: Going Into Stands Is Asking For Trouble
Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011 – 9:47 | 2 Comments
Woody: Going Into Stands Is Asking For Trouble

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Carl Edwards has been risking his neck after some of his victories and I’m not talking about his famous back-flip off his car.
I’m referring to his habit of going into the grandstands to glad-hand fans, a la Jay Leno.
It’s a nice gesture on Carl’s part, but it’s dangerous. NASCAR better [...]

Woody: Secret Fines, And Why Did Kyle Slide?
Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 – 17:14 | 7 Comments
Woody: Secret Fines, And Why Did Kyle Slide?

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A couple of things puzzle me about NASCAR’s handling of Richard Childress’ smackdown of Kyle Busch.
How come Childress’ $150,000 fine was made public when, according to reports, NASCAR kept quiet about a $50,000 it issued Ryan Newman for the same punching-a-driver offense?
Also: Why did NASCAR let Busch off Scot-free? There’s [...]

Sterling Marlin Back In Race Cars, Victory Lanes
Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011 – 7:45 | 3 Comments
Sterling Marlin Back In Race Cars, Victory Lanes

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville, Tenn. – Sterling Marlin has come full-circle.
As a teenager in the 1970s he won his first race at Nashville’s Fairgrounds Speedway. A couple of weeks ago Sterling – now 54 and retired from a NASCAR career that includes two Daytona 500 championships – returned to the Fairgrounds. And won [...]

Woody: Childress Finally Reached Boiling Point
Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011 – 11:19 | 5 Comments
Woody: Childress Finally Reached Boiling Point

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I’ve been around Richard Childress for most of his racing career. I covered him as a struggling driver and I covered him as a successful team owner.
I’ve been to supper with him, shared beverages with him, swapped stories with him.
In all of those 40-something years I’ve never seen him lose his [...]

Woody: Good-bye, Good Riddance To The Double
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 – 8:10 | 6 Comments
Woody: Good-bye, Good Riddance To The Double

Last Sunday’s Indy 500 and Coke 600 shared dramatic finishes but they didn’t share a single driver. Good. Perhaps the NASCAR guys who used to “do the double” have finally come to their senses.
I suppose we had to admire their grit but I always questioned their gumption.
I also questioned their dedication to their NASCAR teams, [...]

Woody: Indy’s Aura Has Faded For NASCAR
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 – 7:09 | 2 Comments
Woody: Indy’s Aura Has Faded For NASCAR

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
When I covered the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994 the place was packed to the seams. Scalpers lined the streets. Newspapers in several states were crammed with ads for tickets, invariably as part of some sort of gold-plated travel package.
One estimate put the crowd at 350,000 and I figure that was [...]