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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: Old Warriors Made NASCAR Great
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 – 6:59 | 4 Comments
Woody: Old Warriors Made NASCAR Great

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Over the weekend I watched the TV biographies of three of this month’s NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees – Bud Moore, Lee Petty and Ned Jarrett – and it make me realize what’s missing from the sport today:
Them, and men like them.
Lots of older fans complain about today’s lackluster racing, micro-managed [...]

Woody: Nashville Racers Try To Save Old Track
Sunday, May 1, 2011 – 18:00 | One Comment
Woody: Nashville Racers Try To Save Old Track

I’ve known Chad Chaffin and Bobby Hamilton Jr. since they were kids. I covered their dads’ racing careers and, later on, chronicled their own NASCAR adventures.
They’re both great guys and that’s why awhile back when I heard they were awarded a two-year lease to operate Nashville’s 54-year-old Fairgrounds Speedway I wasn’t sure whether congratulations or [...]

Woody: Ricky Craven Re-Lives Hiccup Finish
Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011 – 10:23 | 2 Comments
Woody: Ricky Craven Re-Lives Hiccup Finish

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville, Tenn. – It was a micro-second that would define Ricky Craven’s 25-year racing career.
In a 2003 race at Darlington, Craven nipped Kurt Busch by 0.002 seconds, the closest finish ever recorded in a NASCAR race since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993.
A couple of weeks ago at Talladega, that [...]

Woody: It Will Be A Hollow Hall Without D.W.
Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 – 7:29 | 12 Comments
Woody: It Will Be A Hollow Hall Without D.W.

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Which of the 25 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012 should be inducted?
Every one of ‘em.
But since Oz, or whoever’s behind the curtain, is adamant about restricting each class to five, here’s my choices for the third round:
Darrell Waltrip
Cale Yarborough
Fireball Roberts
Curtis Turner
Tim Flock
How there can be [...]

New ‘Go Canada’ Nationwide Team Is On The Go
Sunday, Apr 24, 2011 – 7:07 | 2 Comments
New ‘Go Canada’ Nationwide Team Is On The Go

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville, Tenn. – Go Canada Racing, a new NASCAR team owned by a Canadian businessman and based in Nashville, made its debut in Saturday’s Nationwide race at Nashville Superspeedway and announced big plans for the future.
Team owner Steve Meehan said his plan is to run “about’’ 10 Nationwide races and two [...]

Woody: Hopefully The Talladega Tingle Will Last
Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011 – 7:18 | One Comment
Woody: Hopefully The Talladega Tingle Will Last

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
There are two ways to look at this weekend’s open date on the Sprint Cup schedule:
1. It gives drivers and fans a chance to exhale after last Sunday’s Talladega thriller.
2. Like lifting down the backstretch, the pause will break the tremendous momentum that NASCAR has finally built up.
I tend to take [...]

Woody: Bayne’s Bite Could Have Been Serious
Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 – 8:52 | One Comment
Woody: Bayne’s Bite Could Have Been Serious

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Young driver Trevor Bayne was bitten by the racing bug when he was just a kid.
Last week he was bitten by some other type of insect and went through some scary moments. Bayne was admitted to a Charlotte hospital for treatment, later released, and at last word he is OK and [...]

Woody: Another So-Called Race, Another Snoozer
Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 – 6:30 | 15 Comments
Woody: Another So-Called Race, Another Snoozer

It’s become a weekly refrain: Last week’s race at (fill in the blank) was an uncompetitive bore.
Matt Kenseth’s Texas one-step DID differ a bit from most of the so-called racing that has become the NASCAR norm: in a typical race the drivers log laps for 95 percent of the race, then turn it on during [...]

New NASCAR Team Bound For Nashville?
Wednesday, Apr 6, 2011 – 8:24 | Comments Off
New NASCAR Team Bound For Nashville?

Nashville, Tenn. – A Canadian businessman has purchased some of the assets of Baker Curb Racing and reportedly plans to locate a new NASCAR team in Nashville, with aspirations to eventually compete in the Sprint Cup Series.
Sources say Go Canada Racing, owned by Toronto millionaire Steve Meehan, will make its debut in the April 23 [...]

Surprise! Nationwide Leader Likes New System
Wednesday, Apr 6, 2011 – 6:34 | Comments Off
Surprise! Nationwide Leader Likes New System

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville, Tenn. – You figure you already know the answer when you ask Ricky Stenhouse Jr. the question:
How does he like the new NASCAR rule that prevents full-time Sprint Cup drivers from competing for the second-tier Nationwide Series championship?
“It’s cool,” said Stenhouse. “I like it just fine.”
No wonder; thanks to the [...]