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Deb Williams, Senior Writer

An award winning motorsports journalist, Deb Williams has covered auto racing for more than 30 years. She began her career covering weekly short-track races in Asheville, N.C., while a student at East Tennessee State University and continued after becoming the sports editor at the newspaper in Waynesville, N.C. Upon joining United Press International in Raleigh, N.C., as a general assignment reporter, she began covering NASCAR's top two series and continued to do so after being named UPI's Charlotte, N.C., bureau manager. After leaving UPI, she spent 18 years with the publication NASCAR Winston Cup Scene, serving as its editor for 10 years. Her numerous honors include the Henry T. McLemore Award, the Russ Catlin Award and the George Cunningham National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year award. She has received NMPA awards for columns, news, features and magazine stories. She has written three books. Her most recent, “The Evolution of NASCAR, A Historical Collection, was released in November 2010. Williams has taught the Evolution of Southern Motorsports at Appalachian State University, and has been interviewed for historical motorsports shows that have aired on ESPN and SPEED. She resides in Concord, N.C.

Articles by Deb Williams

Gibbs Wrestles Charlotte Away From Hendrick
Monday, May 25, 2015 – 8:05 | No Comment
Gibbs Wrestles Charlotte Away From Hendrick

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – In recent years, Hendrick Motorsports’ domination of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s May race weeks had become fairly common; however, 2015 will be remembered as the year Joe Gibbs Racing stole that organization’s thunder.
For two weeks JGR dominated NASCAR Sprint Cup activities at the 1.5-mile track. First, Denny Hamlin […]

Gordon Set For Swan Song 600 Appearance
Saturday, May 23, 2015 – 19:19 | No Comment
Gordon Set For Swan Song 600 Appearance

CONCORD, N.C. – Twenty-one years ago Jeff Gordon stepped into the spotlight on NASCAR’s Sprint Cup stage at Charlotte Motor Speedway. That night the then 22-year-old Hendrick Motorsports driver and his Ray Evernham-led crew outsmarted veteran Rusty Wallace and his Penske team on the competitors’ final stop in the Coca-Cola 600 to claim their first […]

Notes: NASCAR Drivers OK With Safety Teams
Thursday, May 21, 2015 – 21:02 | No Comment
Notes: NASCAR Drivers OK With Safety Teams

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – With four crashes this month during preparations for the Indianapolis 500, one which left James Hinchcliffe hospitalized in ICU, the question as to whether NASCAR should have a traveling medical team has once again come to the forefront.
NASCAR has nurses who are familiar with the drivers and […]

NASCAR Hall Having A Healing Effect On The Sport
Thursday, May 21, 2015 – 18:59 | No Comment
NASCAR Hall Having A Healing Effect On The Sport

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – No matter whether it’s the adage “time heals old wounds” or it’s the fact that sometimes history takes a different view of events, there’s little doubt that one person was correct when he said the NASCAR Hall of Fame mends fences.
With Bruton Smith’s and Curtis Turner’s selection to the NASCAR Hall of […]

Nascar Hall of Fame Names Class of ’16
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 – 19:34 | No Comment
Nascar Hall of Fame Names Class of ’16

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
Racintoday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Two-time NASCAR champion Terry Labonte and Speedway Motorsports Inc. Executive Chairman Bruton Smith were the top vote getters in balloting Wednesday to determine the five new members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Joining Labonte and Smith for the Jan. 22, 2016 induction of the seventh class will […]

Hamlin Nets The ‘Coach’ An All-Star Victory
Sunday, May 17, 2015 – 7:09 | No Comment
Hamlin Nets The ‘Coach’ An All-Star Victory

NASCAR and NFL championships are synonymous with Joe Gibbs; however, one thing was missing from the team owner’s illustrious career – a victory in NASCAR’s All-Star race. After Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, it’s missing no more.
With Denny Hamlin winning the race off pit road for the 110-lap event’s fifth and final segment, the […]

The Pace Of Technology Is Quickening In NASCAR
Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 – 7:18 | Comments Off on The Pace Of Technology Is Quickening In NASCAR
The Pace Of Technology Is Quickening In NASCAR

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In a technology driven society, NASCAR is faced with a delicate balancing act of determining the proper amount of technology to incorporate into its race cars without overshadowing a driver’s talent.
A digital dash under development for use in NASCAR would provide a driver with a myriad of information during a […]

Rookie Suarez Serves Notice In Bristol Xfinity Race
Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 – 18:19 | Comments Off on Rookie Suarez Serves Notice In Bristol Xfinity Race
Rookie Suarez Serves Notice In Bristol Xfinity Race

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Xfinity Series rookie Daniel Suarez knew he faced a steep learning curve when the 2015 season began, so when he finished second in Saturday’s Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway he left many in disbelief, including himself.
“I can’t explain to you in words right […]

Kenseth On Pole At Bristol
Friday, Apr 17, 2015 – 18:46 | Comments Off on Kenseth On Pole At Bristol
Kenseth On Pole At Bristol

Matt Kenseth, with a lap at 128.632 mph (14.917 seconds), earned the 14th pole of his career on Friday when he was fastest at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Kenseth edged Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski (128.442 mph) by .022 seconds.
Carl Edwards (128.322 mph) qualified third while Kevin Harvick (128.211 mph)  was fourth.
Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano (who was fastest in […]

Kenseth Says He’s Not Yet Ready For A Rocker
Friday, Apr 17, 2015 – 18:13 | Comments Off on Kenseth Says He’s Not Yet Ready For A Rocker
Kenseth Says He’s Not Yet Ready For A Rocker

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Food City 500 pole winner Matt Kenseth is only a year younger than Jeff Gordon, but unlike the four-time NASCAR champion who is in his final full-time Sprint Cup season, Kenseth says he doesn’t see the checkered flag waving on his driving career any time soon.
“I feel […]