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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: 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 [...]

Woody: Laugh Or Cry? Waltrip Picks Former
Friday, Jan 14, 2011 – 8:46 | 2 Comments
Woody: Laugh Or Cry? Waltrip Picks Former

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A few years ago I interviewed Michael Waltrip for a magazine story about his quick wit and sense of humor.
I asked the Clown Prince of NASCAR where he acquired his funny bone.
“From my mom,” Michael said. “She was the one in our family who always had a joke or a funny [...]

Woody: Tanks For The Memories, Catch-Can Man
Tuesday, Jan 11, 2011 – 9:09 | One Comment
Woody: Tanks For The Memories, Catch-Can Man

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
He was racing’s un-sung hero, reeking of gas fumes and laboring in obscurity, and now he’s no more.
We’re talking, of course, about the catch-can man, for decades an integral part of every NASCAR pit crew. Starting this season he goes the way of the passenger pigeon and the do-do bird.
If [...]

Woody: Will Junior Johnson’s Son Also Rise?
Friday, Jan 7, 2011 – 8:13 | 3 Comments
Woody: Will Junior Johnson’s Son Also Rise?

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Junior Johnson is generally credited with the classic quip: “Know how to make $1 million in racing? Start with $2 million.”
A lot of folks who stumbled into the sport with illusions of grandeur over the years would have been wise to have heeded Junior’s advice. More men have gone bust trying [...]