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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

France Talks Diversity At CMS
Saturday, May 19, 2012 – 21:03 | Comments Off
France Talks Diversity At CMS

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C.  – Darrell Wallace Jr. becomes the third African-American to compete in a NASCAR Nationwide Series race this weekend and NASCAR Chairman Brian France said Saturday it would be big for the sport if he performed well.
“He’s somebody with the most promising talent who is an African-American who has [...]

Sharp Decisions Got Lofton To Victory Lane
Saturday, May 19, 2012 – 7:19 | Comments Off
Sharp Decisions Got Lofton To Victory Lane

CONCORD, N.C. – For NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner Eddie Sharp, Justin Lofton’s first career victory in Friday night’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway was a gamble that paid off.
Lofton simply viewed it as the fifth move in a chess match.
“First move, going back to Eddie’s,” explained the 26-year-old [...]

Kurt Busch Defends Darlington Actions
Friday, May 18, 2012 – 19:43 | 2 Comments
Kurt Busch Defends Darlington Actions

CONCORD, N.C. – Kurt Busch said Friday he didn’t believe any of Ryan Newman’s crewmen were in danger when he executed a burnout through Newman’s pit as he left pit road following a wreck in last weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Darlington Raceway.
“Newman left his pit a good 10 seconds before us,” Busch [...]

Johnson’s Pit Crew Is Up To The Challenge
Friday, May 18, 2012 – 8:32 | Comments Off
Johnson’s Pit Crew Is Up To The Challenge

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Everyone knows the adage a photo is worth a 1,000 words, but for Jimmie Johnson’s NASCAR Sprint Cup team one photograph was worth $80,675.
Thursday night in the NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge at Time Warner Arena, Johnson’s crew gained some sweet revenge, defeating Denny Hamlin’s team [...]

Childress, Rudd Enter NMPA Hall Together
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 – 15:32 | One Comment
Childress, Rudd Enter NMPA Hall Together

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – NASCAR championship team owner Richard Childress and the sport’s “Iron Man” Ricky Rudd never envisioned induction into halls of fame when they began their respective NASCAR careers, but it seemed only fitting they enter the National Motorsports Press Association’s Hall of Fame the way they [...]

Biffle Helps Kids Smile
Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 – 19:15 | Comments Off
Biffle Helps Kids Smile

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Nine-year-old Abby Gail Baver suddenly appeared beside Greg Biffle, wanting to show him a photo of her Quarter Midget that was on the mobile phone she held in her hand.
Biffle briefly stopped talking with reporters and turned his attention to the Lake Norman Elementary School student. Once [...]

NASCAR Fashion Becoming Less Fashionable
Wednesday, Apr 4, 2012 – 7:50 | 2 Comments
NASCAR Fashion Becoming Less Fashionable

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Normally when covering a race I arrive at the track at least four hours before it starts in order to get pre-race work completed and avoid the traffic. However, I faced a different scenario the morning of Martinsville’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 and that left me sitting in traffic for about 45 [...]

Martinsville Winners Pay Tribute To An ‘Inspiration’
Monday, Apr 2, 2012 – 8:30 | 2 Comments
Martinsville Winners Pay Tribute To An ‘Inspiration’

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Crew chief Tony Gibson rarely shows his emotions at the race track, but when he and driver Ryan Newman earned their first victory this season in Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway the Florida native admitted it was special due to the date – April 1.
It was the date that [...]

Odd Finish Denies Hendrick 200th Victory
Sunday, Apr 1, 2012 – 19:44 | Comments Off
Odd Finish Denies Hendrick 200th Victory

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – With five laps remaining in Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500, it appeared Rick Hendrick would finally claim his 200th NASCAR Cup victory as two of his drivers were battling for the lead and he had another sitting third.
No one, however, envisioned David Reutimann as the spoiler.
With only [...]

Keselowski Springs Back To Life At Bristol
Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 – 7:14 | Comments Off
Keselowski Springs Back To Life At Bristol

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn.  – If you don’t want an honest answer, don’t ask Brad Keselowski, but if you want an insightful one, then go to the Michigan native.
On the eve of Sunday’s Food City 500, Keselowski tweeted that his car for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race was the best one he’d [...]