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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

Earnhardt Jr. Likes Look, Feel Of His New Chevy
Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012 – 17:07 | 2 Comments
Earnhardt Jr. Likes Look, Feel Of His New Chevy

CONCORD, N.C. – Some adjustments must still be made on the cars to be raced next year in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, but during Tuesday’s test at Charlotte Motor Speedway drivers were giving a nod of approval to the 2013 car nicknamed “Gen 6.”
“The cars drive really good,” said Dale Earnhardt Jr., who noted it [...]

Keselowski Stays Out Too Late In Martinsville
Monday, Oct 29, 2012 – 7:24 | Comments Off
Keselowski Stays Out Too Late In Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – With 25 laps remaining in Sunday’s TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway, Brad Keselowski asked crew chief Paul Wolfe to let him make the call on whether to pit. Wolfe obliged and Keselowski stayed on the tough, half-mile track.
However, the Penske Racing driver and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were the only [...]

Newman, Borland Hoping To Re-Engineer Success
Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 – 8:56 | Comments Off
Newman, Borland Hoping To Re-Engineer Success

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – When Ryan Newman and Matt Borland first appeared on the NASCAR scene more than a decade ago they produced an on-track magic that caused nightmares for their competitors.
In five NASCAR Sprint Cup seasons they totaled 12 victories, 37 poles, 52 top-5s and 83 top-10s. Newman became the second rookie to win the [...]

Truckers Shake It Up On Martinsville Short Track
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 – 18:32 | Comments Off
Truckers Shake It Up On Martinsville Short Track

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Talladega Superspeedway is always cited as the wild card in a championship battle, but the tough, half-mile Martinsville Speedway proved Saturday it could overshadow the 2.66-mile track.
In Saturday’s Kroger 200, the historic, paperclip-shaped track caused a shakeup in the NASCAR Camping Work Truck Series standings that kept [...]

Johnson: Drivers ‘Wired’ To Make Iffy Decisions
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 – 7:03 | Comments Off
Johnson: Drivers ‘Wired’ To Make Iffy Decisions

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson said Friday he believes a change is coming in how NASCAR deals with drivers that may have a concussion.
“We know that a series of concussions within a short period of time is very dangerous and we need to keep our sport safe,” [...]

Vickers Going Back To Waltrip But Keeping Options Open
Friday, Oct 26, 2012 – 17:37 | Comments Off
Vickers Going Back To Waltrip But Keeping Options Open

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Brian Vickers has a nine-race NASCAR Sprint Cup deal with Michael Waltrip Racing for 2013, but the North Carolina driver said Friday he’s open-minded about driving for teams in other series.
This year Vickers has competed in seven Sprint Cup races for MWR and has piloted a Ferrari in selected events in the [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Sees The Light After Suffering Injury
Friday, Oct 26, 2012 – 13:34 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. Sees The Light After Suffering Injury

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Friday his experience the last two weeks has changed his approach to dealing with concussions and if he has symptoms in the future he will be more responsible about dealing with them.
“I can understand people’s opinions that they would want to try [...]

Bowyer Back In Chase After Winning Fuel Duel
Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 – 6:14 | Comments Off
Bowyer Back In Chase After Winning Fuel Duel

CONCORD, N.C. – Fuel mileage strategy can be defined rather simply – a love-hate relationship.
In Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, that often frustrating facet of racing smiled on Clint Bowyer and his Michael Waltrip Racing team, allowing the Kansas native to collect his first victory in the Chase and third [...]

Head Injury Turned Ricky Craven Upside Down
Saturday, Oct 13, 2012 – 12:17 | One Comment
Head Injury Turned Ricky Craven Upside Down

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – When former NASCAR driver and now ESPN analyst Ricky Craven heard Dale Earnhardt Jr. was stepping out of his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet for two Sprint Cup races it resurrected a lot of memories for the 46-year-old Maine native.
That’s because Craven was driving a Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet when [...]

NNS Looking Like Redux With A Rookie Tossed In
Saturday, Oct 13, 2012 – 7:38 | Comments Off
NNS Looking Like Redux With A Rookie Tossed In

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Elliott Sadler vs. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Sound familiar? It should because this year’s NASCAR Nationwide Series championship battle involves the same players as last season’s with a rookie named Austin Dillon thrown into the mix.
With only four races remaining, Sadler possesses a 13-point lead over Stenhouse, the [...]