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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

Dillon, Childress Have 3 Reasons To Celebrate Victory In The 600
Monday, May 29, 2017 – 12:33 | One Comment
Dillon, Childress Have 3 Reasons To Celebrate Victory In The 600

CONCORD, N.C. – In the early morning hours of Monday on Memorial Day weekend, Austin Dillon silenced his critics.
The eldest grandson of team owner Richard Childress became the seventh driver to claim his first-ever Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory in Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Coca-Cola 600 – stock car racing’s longest race – and the […]

Winning The 600 Made Kyle Petty Feel Like A Wood
Sunday, May 28, 2017 – 11:05 | Comments Off on Winning The 600 Made Kyle Petty Feel Like A Wood
Winning The 600 Made Kyle Petty Feel Like A Wood

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – In February 1986, Kyle Petty snaked his Wood Brothers’ Ford through a multi-car crash to obtain his first NASCAR victory, but it wasn’t until slightly more than a year later when he won Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Coca-Cola 600 that he felt he truly deserved to be the […]

Blaney Captures Xfinity Win At CMS
Saturday, May 27, 2017 – 19:01 | Comments Off on Blaney Captures Xfinity Win At CMS
Blaney Captures Xfinity Win At CMS

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Two NASCAR drivers born one year and two weeks apart stole the spotlight Saturday in Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Hisense 4K TV 300 Xfinity Series race with one winning and the other finishing fourth in his series debut.
Ryan Blaney, 23, came from the rear of the field to […]

Power Down On Power, Not Confidence
Saturday, May 27, 2017 – 16:23 | Comments Off on Power Down On Power, Not Confidence
Power Down On Power, Not Confidence

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Will Power enters Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 knowing the Honda entries have more power than the Chevrolets, but this year’s Indy Grand Prix winner isn’t worried.
“Every time we have a session, every day a Honda engine blew, so they don’t have the reliability,” said Power, who starts ninth. […]

Junior Reflects On Importance of Charlotte Track
Thursday, May 25, 2017 – 19:53 | Comments Off on Junior Reflects On Importance of Charlotte Track
Junior Reflects On Importance of Charlotte Track

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Thursday that Charlotte Motor Speedway was a special track to him because he grew up at the facility.
“I used to go to the dirt tracks with Dad when I was very small, but the first memories of actually being at a Cup […]

NASCAR Hall Of Fame Class of ’18 Unveiled
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – 20:05 | Comments Off on NASCAR Hall Of Fame Class of ’18 Unveiled
NASCAR Hall Of Fame Class of ’18 Unveiled

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Robert Yates once had a Mars Hill College professor tell him he would never amount to anything because he spent his Sunday afternoon working on a farmer’s tractor instead of studying.
On Wednesday, Yates once again proved the professor wrong as he was elected to the NASCAR Hall […]

Rules Hamstringing Racing In Cup
Sunday, May 21, 2017 – 17:32 | Comments Off on Rules Hamstringing Racing In Cup
Rules Hamstringing Racing In Cup

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – For several years, I have maintained NASCAR has over-regulated the sport and as a result, the racing has suffered. Jimmie Johnson supported my theory Saturday night after the Monster Energy All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“The rule book is so thick and the cars are so […]

Almirola Rips Photographers In KC
Friday, May 19, 2017 – 17:54 | Comments Off on Almirola Rips Photographers In KC
Almirola Rips Photographers In KC

CONCORD, N.C. – Aric Almirola said Friday he was “pretty pissed off” about the photos that were taken of him as safety personnel removed him from his mangled race car following his horrendous crash that left him with a broken back last weekend at Kansas Speedway.
“I wasn’t going to talk about it unless somebody asked, […]

Almirola: Injury Felt Like Twisting Knife In Back
Friday, May 19, 2017 – 14:51 | Comments Off on Almirola: Injury Felt Like Twisting Knife In Back
Almirola: Injury Felt Like Twisting Knife In Back

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Aric Almirola knew immediately following his horrendous crash at Kansas Speedway that he had a spinal injury, but the NASCAR driver said Friday he didn’t realize the severity of his broken back until he talked with doctors and learned he would be sidelined for eight to 12 […]

Young Cindric Having One Large Week
Friday, May 19, 2017 – 7:03 | One Comment
Young Cindric Having One Large Week

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – For Austin Cindric, the date May 19, 2017 will forever be etched in his memory for two very important reasons. One, the 18-year-old will graduate Friday from high school. Two, he will compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte […]