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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

Strategy Options Are Limited For Chase Chiefs
Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011 – 10:52 | Comments Off
Strategy Options Are Limited For Chase Chiefs

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – For NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chiefs Bob Osborne and Darian Grubb, their strategy for Sunday’s season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is quite simple – win the race.
With only three points separating the first place Carl Edwards and second place Tony Stewart, if one of those two [...]

Williams: Chase’s On, As Stewart Issues Challenge
Monday, Oct 31, 2011 – 7:23 | Comments Off
Williams: Chase’s On, As Stewart Issues Challenge

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Tony Stewart has partnered with tough championship battles throughout his storied racing career, so to hear him issue a challenge to NASCAR Sprint Cup point leader Carl Edwards after winning Sunday’s TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway shouldn’t have surprised anyone.
“He better be worried. That is [...]

Jimmie Could Be Down To His Last Gasp
Saturday, Oct 29, 2011 – 18:52 | Comments Off
Jimmie Could Be Down To His Last Gasp

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Hendrick Motorsports has dominated Martinsville Speedway this century, winning 10 of the last 17 races with Jimmie Johnson claiming six of them.
In fact, from April 2003-March 2009 Hendrick Motorsports lost only three Martinsville races – one to Rusty Wallace, one to Tony Stewart and another to Denny Hamlin. When Johnson wasn’t in [...]

Rain Cancels Qualifying, Heats Up Controversies
Saturday, Oct 29, 2011 – 9:30 | One Comment
Rain Cancels Qualifying, Heats Up Controversies

(Editor’s Note: Saturday’s Sprint Cup qualifying session at Martinsville Speedway has been canceled by rain.)
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. cited a playing field that’s “way too level” as the catalyst for numerous incidents last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway that spilled over into a racing ethics discussion at Martinsville Speedway on Friday.
On a day that [...]

Fuel Injection Learning Process Under Way
Tuesday, Oct 18, 2011 – 7:35 | Comments Off
Fuel Injection Learning Process Under Way

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – NASCAR Sprint Cup cars equipped with an electronic fuel injection system sounded no different Monday at Charlotte Motor Speedway than those that raced in Saturday’s Bank of America 500, but everyone admitted there was still much to be learned before the 2012 season opening Daytona 500.
“There is [...]

NASCAR’s Johnson: Indycars On Ovals A Bad Idea
Monday, Oct 17, 2011 – 16:46 | 2 Comments
NASCAR’s Johnson: Indycars On Ovals A Bad Idea

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Despite auto racing’s worldwide existence, it is a small community and when tragedy strikes, as it did with Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon’s death in Sunday’s IndyCar Series season finale, it is felt by every series competitor and sanctioning body.
“Those of us walking around the garage today, [...]

Williams: This Cup Chase Has Been Biz-zarre
Sunday, Oct 16, 2011 – 10:18 | 3 Comments
Williams: This Cup Chase Has Been Biz-zarre

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Matt Kenseth’s Saturday night Bank of America 500 victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway marked the half way point in a title chase that has displayed only one characteristic – unpredictability.
In fact, third-place finisher and points leader Carl Edwards readily admits “this season’s not like others.” He believes [...]

Edwards Slams Wall, Busch At Charlotte
Friday, Oct 14, 2011 – 21:06 | Comments Off
Edwards Slams Wall, Busch At Charlotte

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Carl Edwards’ victory chances in Friday’s Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage appeared to have been extinguished only 32 laps into the event when his Ford pancaked the wall exiting Charlotte Motor Speedway’s fourth turn. However, the Missouri driver envisioned a different ending.
With five laps remaining, Edwards [...]

Sadler Shows His True Colors In Charlotte
Friday, Oct 14, 2011 – 20:41 | Comments Off
Sadler Shows His True Colors In Charlotte

Concord, N.C. – Pink was the color of the day Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway as NASCAR, track officials and competitors showed their support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, but for at least three members of the NASCAR community the Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage was more than a Nationwide Series race.
Elliott and Hermie [...]

New Sprint Cup Team Unveiled
Friday, Oct 14, 2011 – 17:46 | One Comment
New Sprint Cup Team Unveiled

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Sinica Motorsports is joining NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series with Camping World Truck Series and ARCA driver Grant Enfinger, it was announced Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Owned by George Sinica, the No. 93 team will compete in 10 to 15 races in 2012 with Allen Wellman as the [...]