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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

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 [...]

Woody: Would Cattle Prod Get Drivers Moving?
Tuesday, Apr 5, 2011 – 14:00 | 2 Comments
Woody: Would Cattle Prod Get Drivers Moving?

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In response to a recent rant about the non-racing that has become the norm in NASCAR, readers suggested numerous solutions – from awarding points to only the top finishers to using an electric cattle prod to nudge drivers along.
To be fair, sandbagging is not new to the sport. David Pearson [...]

Woody: Non-Racing Has Become NASCAR Norm
Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011 – 6:15 | 10 Comments
Woody: Non-Racing Has Become NASCAR Norm

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I don’t know what tickets cost for Sunday’s race at California cost, but whatever it was, fans deserved about 90 percent of their money back.
They paid for 200 laps of racing and got maybe 10.
Part of the problem was the track – big and wide and relatively flat, which allowed [...]

Woody: Was Bristol Half Empty Or Half Full?
Thursday, Mar 24, 2011 – 13:08 | 12 Comments
Woody: Was Bristol Half Empty Or Half Full?

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Like everybody else, I was surprised by the vacant seats at Bristol Motor Speedway last Sunday – gaps as glaring as missing front teeth in a smiling beauty-queen contestant.
Some estimates place the attendance at around 130,000 — 30,000 below capacity.
Since then all the talk has been how the empties are [...]

Woody: Does Daytona Dazzle Haunt Bayne?
Wednesday, Mar 23, 2011 – 6:52 | One Comment
Woody: Does Daytona Dazzle Haunt Bayne?

Trevor Bayne’s amazing victory in the season-opening Daytona 500 has its downside.
The just-turned-20 driver left himself a hard – no, an impossible – act to follow.
When you start the season on top of the world, there’s only one way to go from there. Since capturing Daytona, Bayne has had his struggles.
He is sixth in points [...]

Woody: And The Rich Get Richer…
Friday, Mar 18, 2011 – 11:40 | 3 Comments
Woody: And The Rich Get Richer…

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I read that Hendrick Motorsports is building an outdoor pit-crew training facility that includes a six-lane track, 75-yard AstroTurf field and strength & conditioning area.
It goes to show what they about the rich getting richer while the poor get – well, in NASCAR the poor get left behind.
With five consecutive [...]

Woody: It’s Time To Dump Lap-Leading Points
Wednesday, Mar 16, 2011 – 6:50 | 8 Comments
Woody: It’s Time To Dump Lap-Leading Points

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
When NASCAR tweaked its points system at the start of the season it should have made one more change:
It should stop awarding bonus points to each driver who leads a lap.
It’s become a travesty and a fraud. We see it in almost every race: a leader slows down and allows a teammate [...]

Woody: Cheering By Press Has Always Gone On
Wednesday, Mar 2, 2011 – 15:52 | 8 Comments
Woody: Cheering By Press Has Always Gone On

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
SI.com’s firing of reporter Tom Bowles for cheering in the press box is absurd.
In case the suits at SI.com haven’t been following the sport for the past 40 years or so (that’s as far back as I can personally testify to) cheering by reporters in racing press [...]

Woody: Some Thrilling Memories
Tuesday, Mar 1, 2011 – 14:12 | Comments Off
Woody: Some Thrilling Memories

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Joie Chitwood III has his first Speed Weeks under his belt as president of Daytona International Speedway, and all the events were crowd-wowing successes – as has come to be expected whenever a Chitwood and a racetrack come into contact.
Joie’s grandfather founded the famous Joie Chiltwood Thrill Show, in addition [...]