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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

Waltrip Racing Takes Big Step Forward at Bristol
Sunday, Mar 18, 2012 – 18:53 | Comments Off
Waltrip Racing Takes Big Step Forward at Bristol

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, TENN. – Michael Waltrip Racing raised more than a few eyebrows when it announced its driver lineup for 2012.
Many wondered if Clint Bowyer had made a mistake leaving Richard Childress Racing. Few considered the team an option for Mark Martin, whose contract with Hendrick Motorsports ended last year. [...]

Another Opportunity Knocks On Vickers’ Door
Sunday, Mar 18, 2012 – 9:22 | Comments Off
Another Opportunity Knocks On Vickers’ Door

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Ever since May 2010 when Brian Vickers was diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs, the Thomasville, N.C., native’s NASCAR career hasn’t gone quite as he envisioned.
That’s why Vickers’ six-race stint with Michael Waltrip Racing that begins Sunday in Bristol Motor Speedway’s Food City 500 is a [...]

Deb Williams: Sadler Finds A Home At RCR
Sunday, Mar 18, 2012 – 7:34 | Comments Off
Deb Williams: Sadler Finds A Home At RCR

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Elliott Sadler isn’t shy about letting people know Bristol Motor Speedway is his favorite track; that he loves it and its race dates are always circled on his calendar.
Saturday the high-banked, half-mile speedway became a little more special to the Virginia native as he collected his [...]

Conflicted Pastrana Cuts Schedule
Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 – 17:59 | Comments Off
Conflicted Pastrana Cuts Schedule

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Travis Pastrana had planned to run NASCAR’s entire K&N Series schedule this year, but said Saturday that won’t happen because of conflicts in the Global Rallycross events. He now will miss three K&N races.
“That was very disappointing, but at the same time I think we’ll be [...]

Jimmie Says Team Can Survive Denial Of Final Appeal
Friday, Mar 16, 2012 – 18:05 | Comments Off
Jimmie Says Team Can Survive Denial Of Final Appeal

BRISTOL, Tenn. – For Hendrick Motorsports, it’s time to appear before stock car racing’s Supreme Court.
On Tuesday, team owner Rick Hendrick and crew chief Chad Knaus will make their final appeal regarding the penalties assessed the No. 48 team for infractions in Daytona. And if they’re upheld, Jimmie Johnson said Friday it would be [...]

Williams: Memories Of Media Tour Then And Now
Sunday, Jan 29, 2012 – 12:35 | Comments Off
Williams: Memories Of Media Tour Then And Now

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – In 1983, Charlotte Motor Speedway’s publicists created an interesting “experiment” known as the Media Tour. It was designed to provide preseason publicity for the track and NASCAR in a typically slow news month – January. That year the organizers struggled to fill one charter bus and it [...]

Elliott To Drive in Coke Zero 400
Thursday, Jan 26, 2012 – 8:45 | Comments Off
Elliott To Drive in Coke Zero 400

Notes and quotes from the Sprint NASCAR Media Tour presented by Charlotte Motor Speedway:
CONCORD, N.C. – Bill Elliott will return to Sprint Cup driving duty in 2012 for, as it stands right now, just one race.
During the morning session of the annual Sprint NASCAR Media Tour presented by Charlotte Motor Speedway Thursday, it was announced [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Says He Likes Being On The Hook
Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012 – 19:16 | One Comment
Earnhardt Jr. Says He Likes Being On The Hook

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – NASCAR champion team owner Rick Hendrick really didn’t know if pairing crew chief Steve Letarte with Dale Earnhardt Jr. last year would work, but it did and Wednesday the third-generation driver said he doesn’t want Letarte to change anything for the 2012 season.
“I told him during the [...]

Steve Addington Embarks On A Working Vacation
Monday, Jan 23, 2012 – 18:52 | Comments Off
Steve Addington Embarks On A Working Vacation

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart couldn’t resist the temptation Monday to casually remark that his new crew chief, Steve Addington, felt like he was on vacation at Stewart-Haas Racing.
After all, Addington’s previous two drivers were the Busch brothers – Kurt at Penske Racing and Kyle [...]

Preview, Fans Are Back At The NASCAR Hall
Sunday, Jan 22, 2012 – 9:32 | Comments Off
Preview, Fans Are Back At The NASCAR Hall

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Rain and chilly temperatures failed to dampen the spirits of several thousand race fans who traveled to the Charlotte Convention Center and NASCAR Hall of Fame Saturday to meet their favorite drivers – past and present – at the NASCAR Preview presented by Sprint.
Several people slept on the sidewalk outside the building [...]