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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: 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 [...]

‘Lia Show’ Hangs With NASCAR
Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 – 7:14 | One Comment
‘Lia Show’ Hangs With NASCAR

By Larry Wood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
While racing coverage has waned in many media outlets in recent years, one influential radio program has remained faithful and steadfast in its support.
The Lia Show, formerly known as Neon Nights, is nationally syndicated out of Seattle and, for a 6th consecutive year, includes a weekly NASCAR segment. The segment consists [...]

Woody: New Rule Bans Bayne, Bites NASCAR
Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011 – 7:50 | 9 Comments
Woody: New Rule Bans Bayne, Bites NASCAR

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinTodya.com
A just-turned-20 driver won NASCAR’s biggest race, the Daytona 500, in his second Sprint Cup start.
He had a yellow “rookie stripe” on the back of his car.
Yet according a just-implemented NASCAR rule Trevor Bayne is not eligible to contend for this season’s Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year.
Starting this year [...]

Woody: New System Has Good Points And Glitches
Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 – 14:00 | 3 Comments
Woody: New System Has Good Points And Glitches

NASCAR’s new championship system is set to launch, and since every other life form in the known Solar System has waded in on it, here’s my take:
It’s essentially the same as the old system(s). Drivers are awarded a certain number of points based on their order of finish. That means that the driver who consistently [...]

Woody: From Tobacco Road To Smoke-Free Racing
Tuesday, Feb 8, 2011 – 16:00 | 7 Comments
Woody: From Tobacco Road To Smoke-Free Racing

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It’s interesting to see a sport that once ran on tobacco fumes come full-cycle with the announcement that Richmond International Raceway will have smoke-free grandstands this coming season.
NASCAR wouldn’t be where it is today without the boost from Big Tobacco. Back in the ‘70s, after the Feds banned tobacco advertising [...]

Woody: Gentleman, Start Your Commercials
Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011 – 9:09 | 2 Comments
Woody: Gentleman, Start Your Commercials

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
When I began covering NASCAR in the early 1970s, lots of folks poked fun at the commercialization of the sport.
They called the decal-plastered cars “billboards on wheels.” They smirked at the quilt-work of logos on drivers’ uniforms.
They snickered at races named after corporate sponsors, such as the Hooters 500 that [...]

Baker Curb Halts Operations
Saturday, Jan 29, 2011 – 14:25 | Comments Off
Baker Curb Halts Operations

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville – Baker Curb Racing, a veteran Nationwide Series team, has suspended operations indefinitely due to lack of funding RacinToday.com has learned.
Team co-owner Gary Baker said the team has not officially folded. He said it will re-open its doors if and when a sponsor is found. However, with the season [...]

Woody: Racing Doesn’t Need TV-Dictated Finishes
Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011 – 8:05 | One Comment
Woody: Racing Doesn’t Need TV-Dictated Finishes

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fox Sports Chairman David Hall believes if races were shortened it would solve the problem of waning NASCAR fan interest.
I’m not so sure.
If the racing is close and exciting, fans will stick with it no matter how long it takes to complete the race.
If the racing is boring, fans’ attention will [...]

Historic Nashville Track Gets Stay of Execution
Wednesday, Jan 19, 2011 – 16:31 | One Comment
Historic Nashville Track Gets Stay of Execution

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nashville’s Fairgrounds Speedway, a 53-year-old track where many of NASCAR’s giants competed over the decades, has avoided the wrecking ball – at least temporarily.
Metro Council on Tuesday voted to hold off on demolishing the track as part of a “redevelopment” of the 114-acre city-owned property.
The vote was a major setback [...]

Woody: Single-Title Rule Won’t Cure Nationwide Series’ Woes
Tuesday, Jan 18, 2011 – 8:06 | 4 Comments
Woody: Single-Title Rule Won’t Cure Nationwide Series’ Woes

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR deserves credit for its reported change that will limit drivers to one championship a season. It is intended to provide some relief for its second-tier Nationwide Series, in which
Nationwide-only teams are gasping for air.
Unfortunately it probably won’t help.
The new rule will prevent big-league Cup drivers from making off with [...]