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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

NASCAR Wants A Safer Watkins Glen Track
Tuesday, Aug 16, 2011 – 21:27 | Comments Off
NASCAR Wants A Safer Watkins Glen Track

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR President Mike Helton said Tuesday he expected safety updgrades to be made at Watkins Glen International before next season’s event, but he stopped short of saying SAFER barriers would be installed on every section of the road
course where two vicious crashes occurred during Monday’s Sprint Cup race.
A horrendous crash on Monday’s [...]

Gibbs And Toyota To Combine Forces For Future
Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 – 16:24 | One Comment
Gibbs And Toyota To Combine Forces For Future

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A partnership between Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota Racing Development will provide a more united front in 2012 when NASCAR begins using fuel injected engines and result in JGR and Michael Waltrip Racing using the same engine packages, company executives said Thursday.
TRD has 32 years of experience developing, building and [...]

Star Of Today, Star Of Tomorrow Team Up
Friday, Aug 5, 2011 – 7:39 | Comments Off
Star Of Today, Star Of Tomorrow Team Up

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
When 15-year-old Kyle Plott and his family pull into Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, Ga., Saturday for the three-eighths-mile track’s Late Model event, don’t be surprised if the teenager is smiling.
After all, it isn’t often a young driver gets to defeat his mentor in one of grassroots racing’s largest events, [...]

Radio Days; Communication Upgraded For DIS
Thursday, Jun 30, 2011 – 10:12 | One Comment
Radio Days; Communication Upgraded For DIS

Daytona Beach, Fla. – When NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers began racing in two-car drafts at Daytona in February, the unique form of competition created scenarios and safety issues never before seen.
For the first time in the sport’s history, drivers discovered they needed to talk to fellow competitors who were not their teammates. That was possible [...]

Cars Edge Hoops In N.C.
Wednesday, Jun 22, 2011 – 6:40 | One Comment
Cars Edge Hoops In N.C.

CONCORD, N.C. – With the stroke of a pen, North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue signed into law Tuesday a bill adopting stock car racing as the Tar Heel state’s official sport, but it was 13 elementary school students who were responsible for the new state symbol.
“Why is it that sometimes it takes really bright kids [...]

Williams: Product Wars Still Percolating In NASCAR
Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 – 7:45 | One Comment
Williams: Product Wars Still Percolating In NASCAR

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
With Schick’s entrance into NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series sponsorship arena, it rekindles memories of the coffee wars and how a team’s performance isn’t the only thing that drives the coveted dollars on which the racing operations rely.
In case you missed it, Schick executives announced at Michigan International Speedway its Xtreme3 [...]

2012 Hall Of Fame Vote Is Called Toughest Yet
Wednesday, Jun 15, 2011 – 2:23 | Comments Off
2012 Hall Of Fame Vote Is Called Toughest Yet

Charlotte, N.C.  – NASCAR’s 2012 inductees into its Hall of Fame total 23 championships and more than 900 victories, but NASCAR President Mike Helton said Tuesday deciding on the five for enshrinement in January was the toughest yet.
NASCAR Cup champions Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip, legendary team owner Glen Wood, the sport’s winningest crew chief, [...]

Kevin Harvick Once Again Stars As ‘The Closer’
Monday, May 30, 2011 – 8:46 | 3 Comments
Kevin Harvick Once Again Stars As ‘The Closer’

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – In three victories this year Kevin Harvick has led only nine laps; an accomplishment that has resulted in him garnering the nickname “The Closer.”
For one victory he overtook five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson on the final lap. The other two came at Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s expense. [...]

Roush’s Faith In Stenhouse Is Beginning To Pay Off
Saturday, May 28, 2011 – 18:51 | Comments Off
Roush’s Faith In Stenhouse Is Beginning To Pay Off

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – One year ago Ricky Stenhouse Jr. didn’t know if he would keep his NASCAR Nationwide Series ride with Roush Fenway Racing and he certainly never envisioned a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in the near future.
Stenhouse arrived at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May 2010 with four crashes [...]

McMurray Shares Pain Of Hometown Neighbors
Saturday, May 28, 2011 – 13:19 | Comments Off
McMurray Shares Pain Of Hometown Neighbors

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – For Joplin, Mo., native Jamie McMurray, never being able to go home again is a stark reality the NASCAR driver could never have imagined.
The massive tornado that cut a deadly swath through McMurray’s hometown last Sunday destroyed the high school he attended as well as the house [...]