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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

Williams: ‘Bad Brad’ Has Become ‘Mr. August’
Sunday, Aug 28, 2011 – 7:49 | Comments Off
Williams: ‘Bad Brad’ Has Become ‘Mr. August’

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Standing a short distance from Bristol Motor Speedway’s entrance is a large Miller Lite billboard sporting Brad Keselowski’s profile and the phrase “Have At It Brad”.
For the 27-year-old driver, it’s a sentence that has served as a permission slip from his sponsor to transform August’s dog days [...]

Busch Wins “A Pretty Big One” At Bristol
Saturday, Aug 27, 2011 – 6:28 | Comments Off
Busch Wins “A Pretty Big One” At Bristol

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Joe Gibbs Racing Nationwide Series crew chief Jason Ratcliff knew from the first time he met Kyle Busch the Nevada native would eventually earn a record 50 career victories in the NASCAR series. Busch accomplished the feat Friday night in his 219th race – the Food City [...]

Harvick Wins, Ponders 2012 For His Teams
Thursday, Aug 25, 2011 – 0:43 | Comments Off
Harvick Wins, Ponders 2012 For His Teams

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Kevin Harvick dominated Wednesday night’s O’Reilly 200 to collect his third straight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory, but the California native said he didn’t know what 2012 holds for Kevin Harvick Inc.
“For us, it has a lot to do with winning,” said Harvick, who led 103 [...]

Williams: HOF Hopes Acceleration Will Pick Up Pace
Thursday, Aug 18, 2011 – 6:25 | 2 Comments
Williams: HOF Hopes Acceleration Will Pick Up Pace

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Increasing attendance at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., has been a constant challenge for officials since the $195 million building opened in May 2010 amid the worst recession since the Great Depression.
Predicted attendance figures for the first year were inflated – about four times more than what [...]

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
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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
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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 [...]