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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

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 [...]

Officials Search For Pilot of Downed Copter
Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 – 18:15 | Comments Off

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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ABINGDON, Va. – FAA investigators were scheduled to arrive Saturday at South Holston Lake where a Food City corporate helicopter crashed after transporting passengers from Bristol Motor Speedway to a residence following Friday night’s Food City 250 NASCAR Nationwide race.
The 1996 Bell 407 helicopter crashed in the lake’s Washington [...]

Old Bristol, Rage Resurface In Nationwide Race
Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 – 7:40 | Comments Off
Old Bristol, Rage Resurface In Nationwide Race

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Shades of the old Bristol Motor Speedway that fans loved and most drivers despised reappeared Friday night in the Food City 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
The 250-lap event that was delayed nearly an hour by rain and eventually won by Joey Logano produced nine yellow flags for [...]

Bayne ‘Bummed’ About Not Getting A Cup Ride
Friday, Aug 24, 2012 – 18:09 | 2 Comments
Bayne ‘Bummed’ About Not Getting A Cup Ride

BRISTOL, Tenn. –Trevor Bayne admitted Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway he has mixed emotions about Ricky Stenhouse Jr. being Matt Kenseth’s replacement at Roush Fenway Racing because he believes they both deserve a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ride.
“At first when they said that [Stenhouse in the No. 17 next year] I was a little bit [...]

Peters Finds Perfect Gift For Team Owner In Bristol
Thursday, Aug 23, 2012 – 6:49 | Comments Off
Peters Finds Perfect Gift For Team Owner In Bristol

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – When NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner Tom DeLoach wants to remember his 65th birthday all he’ll have to do is look at his trophy case and focus on the unique hardware from Bristol Motor Speedway.
Given to DeLoach by driver Timothy Peters, it was a gift any [...]