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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

John Force Says: Five More Years In The Cockpit
Sunday, Sep 16, 2012 – 7:11 | Comments Off
John Force Says: Five More Years In The Cockpit

CONCORD, N.C. – Fifteen-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force doesn’t plan on retiring any time soon. The 63-year-old Force said at zMAX Dragway he was in meetings with sponsors Castrol and Auto Club about extending his contract.
“We’ve got two years left and we’re looking at pushing it out three more to five,” said Force, [...]

Wilkerson Doing Lots With Less
Sunday, Sep 16, 2012 – 6:01 | Comments Off
Wilkerson Doing Lots With Less

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Most people in motorsports adhere to the philosophy that money buys speed, but sometimes a team’s heart and experience can overcome what many would consider insurmountable odds.
Such was the case Saturday at zMAX Dragway during qualifying for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.
Funny Car driver Tim [...]

Top Seeds Falter As Countdown Begins At ZMAX
Saturday, Sep 15, 2012 – 7:54 | Comments Off
Top Seeds Falter As Countdown Begins At ZMAX

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. –  The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series’ season comes down to six races as the Countdown to the Championship begins this weekend at zMAX Dragway. It’s an intense stretch where one bad race can quickly end a team’s championship hopes. And for the Countdown’s top seeds, Friday’s [...]

Waltrip Racing Becomes One Of NASCAR’s Big Boy Teams
Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 – 6:00 | 2 Comments
Waltrip Racing Becomes One Of NASCAR’s Big Boy Teams

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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RICHMOND, Va. –  Five years ago Michael Waltrip failed to qualify for the September race at Richmond International Raceway. In the wee hours of Sunday morning 2012 one of his Toyotas sat in victory lane with Clint Bowyer and two of his three teams had qualified for the Sprint Cup [...]

Bowyer Wins Race; Gordon In Chase, Busch Not
Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 – 5:20 | Comments Off
Bowyer Wins Race; Gordon In Chase, Busch Not

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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RICHMOND, Va. – Jeff Gordon never knew where Kyle Busch was in the running order throughout Saturday’s rain-plagued Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International; crew chief Alan Gustafson simply told him who he needed to pass.
With 10 laps to go Gustafson became animated on the radio, emphasizing to [...]

Earnhardt Jr. On Eury Sr.: It Had To Be Done
Saturday, Sep 8, 2012 – 21:15 | One Comment
Earnhardt Jr. On Eury Sr.: It Had To Be Done

RICHMOND, Va. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. says parting ways with Tony Eury Sr., who was JR Motorsports’ competition director and a crew chief, was a “difficult decision that we had to make.”
“As a company, we just felt like we wanted to make some changes and I was telling Jeff [Gordon] earlier that the environment for [...]

Keselowski: Nothing Against Hornish But Logano Is ‘Elite’
Saturday, Sep 8, 2012 – 16:06 | 3 Comments
Keselowski: Nothing Against Hornish But Logano Is ‘Elite’

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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RICHMOND, Va. – Penske Racing’s Brad Keselowski admits he lobbied for Joey Logano to become the driver of the No. 22 car and notes the process to obtain the Connecticut native probably began 10 months ago.
“I felt like he had the right approach to be successful in so many [...]

Stewart Will Steer The Course Of The Chase
Saturday, Sep 8, 2012 – 14:07 | Comments Off
Stewart Will Steer The Course Of The Chase

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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RICHMOND, Va. – Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart possibly has never possessed as much power as he wields headed into Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
Currently 10th in the standings, Stewart’s performance in the 400-lap race on the 0.75-mile track will affect eight [...]

Sadler Steaks Toward Title – And Uncertain Future
Saturday, Sep 8, 2012 – 7:23 | Comments Off
Sadler Steaks Toward Title – And Uncertain Future

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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RICHMOND, Va. – NASCAR Nationwide Series point leader Elliott Sadler credits Richard Childress with resurrecting his career, so to know he won’t be with the team owner next year is a bitter pill to swallow.
“The stars don’t always line up,” Sadler said in explaining his situation Friday at Richmond [...]

Hamlin Slides To First, Biggest Victory At Bristol
Sunday, Aug 26, 2012 – 7:17 | Comments Off
Hamlin Slides To First, Biggest Victory At Bristol

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Denny Hamlin claimed his first-ever Bristol Motor Speedway victory in Saturday’s IRWIN Tools Night Race, four drivers clinched spots in the Chase and four drivers emerged tied for the Chase’s top seed, but Tony Stewart’s helmet throw will undoubtedly receive top billing on next week’s highlights and [...]