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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

Text Gives Regan Smith His Early Morning Jolt
Friday, Oct 12, 2012 – 8:39 | Comments Off
Text Gives Regan Smith His Early Morning Jolt

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – For 29-year-old Regan Smith, the last four weeks have been quite a roller-coaster ride.
During that time span he has lost his NASCAR Sprint Cup ride with Furniture Row Racing to Kurt Busch, gained a ride with Busch’s former team fielded by James Finch and been named [...]

Peers To Junior: We Hear Ya
Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 – 20:22 | One Comment
Peers To Junior: We Hear Ya

CONCORD, N.C. – Several NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers said Thursday it’s their responsibility to get checked by a doctor when they believe they have suffered a concussion, but admitted it’s a difficult step to take knowing they may not be cleared to drive.
“For any race car driver not being in the car is your [...]

Earnhardt Jr.: Reporting Injury Was Toughest Part
Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 – 17:39 | One Comment
Earnhardt Jr.: Reporting Injury Was Toughest Part

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. admitted Thursday the concussion he suffered last weekend in the final lap 25-car pileup at Talladega Superspeedway was his second in the last six weeks and he knew for his own “well-being” he needed to follow a neurosurgeon’s orders and step out of [...]

Enders: From ‘Little Crew Chief’ To Big Talent
Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 – 18:33 | Comments Off
Enders: From ‘Little Crew Chief’ To Big Talent

For Erica Enders, drag racing comes naturally. After all, her father, Gregg, raced in Super Comp and Super Gas, and during her childhood years she was his “little crew chief.” At least, that’s what she thought as she ran around with a shop rag in her pocket assisting him with various tasks.
“He’s definitely the [...]

Forces Are Learning About Each Other at 300 mph
Sunday, Sep 23, 2012 – 7:41 | Comments Off
Forces Are Learning About Each Other at 300 mph

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Fifteen-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force describes daughter Courtney as an extrovert, daughter Ashley as an introvert and third daughter Brittany, well, he admits he has yet to figure out their 26-year-old sister.
However, there is one thing Courtney and Ashley have in common – both are [...]

Langdon Starts Countdown With First Top Fuel Victory
Sunday, Sep 16, 2012 – 20:56 | Comments Off
Langdon Starts Countdown With First Top Fuel Victory

CONCORD, N.C. – NHRA Top Fuel competitor Shawn Langdon led a quartet of zMAX Dragway first-time winners Sunday, narrowly defeating Tony Schumacher in the four-hour rain delayed O’Reilly Auto Parts Nationals.
Other winners at the dragway were: Funny Car, Ron Capps; Pro Stock, Jason Line; and Pro Stock Motorcycle, Andrew Hines.
Langdon, who was the No. 1 [...]

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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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 [...]