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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 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 [...]

Woody: Surely They Jest About The Gist
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 – 7:22 | Comments Off
Woody: Surely They Jest About The Gist

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I don’t know if it was a typo, a misunderstanding by the transcriber or an intentionally-clever play on words by Kevin Harvick.
This is what he was quoted as saying about being called in and chewed out by NASCAR following his Darlington dust-up with Kyle Busch, according to the printed transcript:
“That [...]

Woody: What Happens When Hard Heads Collide?
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 – 6:59 | One Comment
Woody: What Happens When Hard Heads Collide?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick are two of the most talented drivers in NASCAR.
They also are two of the most temperamental.
What happens when the two opposing forces collide? Sheet metal and fists fly.
That’s what occurred last Saturday night at Darlington when Busch and Harvick tangled while scrambling for the same slab [...]

Woody: NASCAR Is Rooting For Junior
Saturday, May 7, 2011 – 7:47 | 7 Comments
Woody: NASCAR Is Rooting For Junior

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR’s official position is that it doesn’t play favorites with its drivers, and that may be true in terms of enforcing the rules.
But you can bet your bippy – as they used say on Laugh-In – that NASCAR is rooting for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to have a successful season. Successful, [...]