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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

Logano Can Relax But Not Kick Back After CMS
Monday, Oct 12, 2015 – 8:32 | Comments Off on Logano Can Relax But Not Kick Back After CMS
Logano Can Relax But Not Kick Back After CMS

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Perhaps Martin Truex Jr. summed up the status of NASCAR’s Contender Round the best when he said Bank of America 500 winner Joey Logano would be the only one sleeping for the next two weeks.
Logano didn’t disagree.
“Last year we won Kansas when it was the first […]

JGR Drivers Out To Maintain Ownership Of CMS
Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 – 8:12 | Comments Off on JGR Drivers Out To Maintain Ownership Of CMS
JGR Drivers Out To Maintain Ownership Of CMS

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Same song, second verse.
Such is the case where Joe Gibbs Racing is concerned when it comes to Charlotte Motor Speedway this year. What had been Hendrick Motorsports’ playground in previous years switched ownership to Joe Gibbs Racing this season.
With Matt Kenseth claiming the pole for Saturday’s Bank […]

Talladega On Minds Of Cup Drivers In Charlotte
Friday, Oct 9, 2015 – 7:10 | Comments Off on Talladega On Minds Of Cup Drivers In Charlotte
Talladega On Minds Of Cup Drivers In Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. – With Talladega being in the Contender round in the Chase for the Championship, Carl Edwards said Thursday the segment that kicks off at Charlotte Motor Speedway feels more like a two-race rather than a three-race series.  
“I think you have to look at it that way,” Edwards said during preparations for Saturday’s […]

Stewart Will Be Leaving As He Drove: His Way
Thursday, Oct 1, 2015 – 8:24 | One Comment
Stewart Will Be Leaving As He Drove: His Way

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
If there’s one thing I have learned in the more than three decades that I have covered racing, it’s that drivers and crew chiefs always seem to know when it’s time to move on. Such is the case with Tony Stewart.
In Wednesday’s press conference at Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kannapolis headquarters, the […]

Haas: Grosjean’s Experience Won Him Job
Tuesday, Sep 29, 2015 – 15:08 | Comments Off on Haas: Grosjean’s Experience Won Him Job
Haas: Grosjean’s Experience Won Him Job

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Citing experience as the No. 1 requirement for the Haas F1 Team driver, owner Gene Haas announced Tuesday that Frenchman Romain Grosjean would pilot the organization’s cars in the FIA Formula One World Championship in 2016.
“I like his style of being more reserved and just keeping your […]

NHRA Countdown Gets Off To Surprising Start
Monday, Sep 21, 2015 – 7:50 | Comments Off on NHRA Countdown Gets Off To Surprising Start
NHRA Countdown Gets Off To Surprising Start

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Historical moments and upsets defined Sunday’s NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway as three of the four pro classes point leaders changed in the first round of the Countdown to the Championship.
Top Fuel winner Antron Brown, Funny Car victor Del Worsham and Pro Stock Motorcycle winner Andrew […]

Johnson Jr. And Team Have Become A Serious Funny Car Threat
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 – 17:54 | Comments Off on Johnson Jr. And Team Have Become A Serious Funny Car Threat
Johnson Jr. And Team Have Become A Serious Funny Car Threat

CONCORD, N.C. – Tommy Johnson Jr.’s NHRA career looked pretty grim about three years ago, but the Indiana resident revitalized it and this weekend entered the Countdown to the Championship at zMAX Dragway with one of the most consistent Funny Cars this season.
“We’re not running the record numbers,” Johnson Jr. said. “We’re racing what […]

Enders In Prime Position As Countdown Begins
Friday, Sep 18, 2015 – 17:23 | Comments Off on Enders In Prime Position As Countdown Begins
Enders In Prime Position As Countdown Begins

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Erica Enders opens the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship at zMAX Dragway in a very enviable position – atop the point standings and as Pro Stock’s defending champion.
With six victories on the season, she and her Elite Motorsports team are brimming with confidence. They enter the NHRA Carolina […]

Gibbs Racing Begins Chase In Position Of Power
Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 – 7:18 | Comments Off on Gibbs Racing Begins Chase In Position Of Power
Gibbs Racing Begins Chase In Position Of Power

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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RICHMOND, Va. – Joe Gibbs Racing enters the Chase having won eight of the last 11 races, the favorite to walk off with the 2015 title, but when the season began it was a bleak time for the organization.
Kyle Bush was sidelined in February with a broken right leg […]

The Chase Puzzle To Be Untangled Saturday Night
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 – 7:40 | Comments Off on The Chase Puzzle To Be Untangled Saturday Night
The Chase Puzzle To Be Untangled Saturday Night

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
RICHMOND, Va. – Seizing every opportunity is critical to one’s success in NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship, but before the 16-driver field is set one more obstacle must be cleared – Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
Eleven drivers already are guaranteed berths in the field via one […]