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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

Truex Jr. Wins 600 With A Record-Trashing Run
Sunday, May 29, 2016 – 21:00 | No Comment
Truex Jr. Wins 600 With A Record-Trashing Run

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Domination. That is the only word needed to define Martin Truex Jr.’s performance in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Never before in NASCAR history had anyone conquered the sport’s longest race with such ease. En route to his first victory this season and the fourth of his career, Truex set […]

Hamlin Scores OT Xfinity Win
Saturday, May 28, 2016 – 17:04 | No Comment
Hamlin Scores OT Xfinity Win

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Four new tires during the final caution flag gave Denny Hamlin the advantage he needed to shoot to the front in the last two laps of Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and claim a 0.291-second victory over Austin Dillon.
“We needed a caution […]

Montoya Is Back Home Again In IndyCar
Saturday, May 28, 2016 – 13:02 | No Comment
Montoya Is  Back Home Again In IndyCar

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A few days before Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 the internationally renowned race’s defending champion Juan Pablo Montoya casually sat in the loft of a Charlotte restaurant chatting with about a dozen media members at lunch.
The two-time Indy 500 winner was relaxed and obviously happy with his professional and […]

Pearson Was The King At Charlotte In The ’70s
Friday, May 27, 2016 – 7:51 | 2 Comments
Pearson Was The King At Charlotte In The ’70s

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – During the 1970s, epic on-track battles were status quo for NASCAR Hall of Famers David Pearson and Richard Petty; however, it was the three-time champion Pearson who owned the deed to Charlotte Motor Speedway in that decade.
From 1972-78, Pearson piloted the potent No. 21, candy-apple red and […]

Truex On Pole For 600
Friday, May 27, 2016 – 5:41 | No Comment
Truex On Pole For 600

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Martin Truex Jr. edged Sprint All-Star race winner Joey Logano for the Coca-Cola 600 pole in qualifying Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The No. 1 starting position was Truex’s first at the 1.5-mile track, his second this season and the ninth of his career.
“We were not that good […]

Team Owners Dominate Hall’s Class of 2017
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 – 18:27 | No Comment
Team Owners Dominate Hall’s Class of 2017

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Three car owners and two drivers were named Wednesday as the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s 2017 inductees while Martinsville Speedway founder H. Clary Earles was selected as the Landmark Award winner.
Team owners Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick and Raymond Parks will join NASCAR champion and TV personality Benny […]

Logano Wins ‘Screwed Up’ All-Star Race
Sunday, May 22, 2016 – 7:52 | No Comment
Logano Wins ‘Screwed Up’ All-Star Race

CONCORD, N.C. – NASCAR’s Sprint All-Star race Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which was won by Joey Logano, left drivers both pleased and confused.   
They praised NASCAR’s rules package that removed more downforce from the cars, but deemed the non-points event’s new format as too confusing.
“It’s the most screwed up All-Star race I’ve ever […]

Showdown Produces All-Stars And Thrills
Saturday, May 21, 2016 – 14:57 | No Comment
Showdown Produces All-Stars And Thrills

CONCORD, N.C. – Five drivers advanced to Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star race following the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but it was the racing produced by the event’s new format that provided a rebirth of the excitement for which NASCAR was once known.
Smoke flew from rubbing, banging sheet metal as Kyle Larson and Chase […]

Harvick: I Never Talked to Hendrick
Friday, May 20, 2016 – 18:47 | No Comment
Harvick: I Never Talked to Hendrick

CONCORD, N.C. – Kevin Harvick said Friday he never talked with Hendrick Motorsports about joining the organization and that his contract talks with Stewart-Haas Racing were the result of NASCAR’s charter program.
“I had an automatic two-year extension that the team held,” Harvick explained to the media at Charlotte Motor Speedway as teams prepared for Saturday’s […]

Notes: Custer Says His Truck Roll Custer Was Costly
Thursday, May 19, 2016 – 20:00 | No Comment
Notes: Custer Says His Truck Roll Custer Was Costly

CONCORD, N.C. – A week after being black-flagged at Dover for jumping a restart in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series, Cole Custer said Thursday he was told officials didn’t like the way he rolled ahead of the leader in the restart box.
“It was really close from what I was told and what I understood, but […]