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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

DW Became OK After The 1989 All-Star Race
Friday, May 16, 2014 – 15:25 | One Comment
DW Became OK After The 1989 All-Star Race

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Twenty-five years ago one quick spin in NASCAR’s All-Star race sent three-time champion Darrell Waltrip to the fans’ penthouse and Rusty Wallace to the outhouse.
When the 1989 All-Star race began many NASCAR fans equated Waltrip to the character J.R. Ewing on the then popular TV show “Dallas” [...]

Rain Keeps Trucks Garaged, Crafton Happy At CMS
Thursday, May 15, 2014 – 17:15 | Comments Off
Rain Keeps Trucks Garaged, Crafton Happy At CMS

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Matt Crafton’s wish for rain to continue Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway was granted, forcing cancellation of practice at the 1.5-mile track where the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion tested two weeks ago.
“We feel like we have a pretty good balance on it,” Crafton said of [...]

Haas Lays Out Plans For Move Into Formula One
Monday, Apr 14, 2014 – 14:17 | Comments Off
Haas Lays Out Plans For Move Into Formula One

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – California businessman Gene Haas said Monday he believes basing his Formula One operation in Kannapolis at the current Stewart-Haas Racing location will be an enhancement rather than a distraction to his four NASCAR teams.
“There are a lot of similarities between both forms of racing,” Haas said. “Both [...]

Antron Brown Nets First Victory At The Four-Wides
Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 – 19:55 | One Comment
Antron Brown Nets First Victory At The Four-Wides

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – NHRA 2009 Funny Car champion Robert Hight was the only familiar face in the Four-Wide Nationals victory lane Sunday at zMAX Dragway as three veteran drivers celebrated first-time wins in the unique event.
Antron Brown, the 2012 Top Fuel champion and the weekend’s fourth qualifier, earned his first [...]

Action, Games Heat Up At Four-Wide Nationals
Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 – 19:55 | Comments Off
Action, Games Heat Up At Four-Wide Nationals

CONCORD, N.C. – Drag racers always play mind games with one another and when it comes to the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway the challenges faced in the staging area are doubled.
“I know a lot of people think you just get in the car, stand on the pedal and put the parachutes out, but [...]

Female Drag Racers Close In On Milestone At ZMAX
Friday, Apr 11, 2014 – 19:27 | Comments Off
Female Drag Racers Close In On Milestone At ZMAX

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – On any given race weekend, a track record is always a possibility, but this Sunday in the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway a milestone could be reached in the victory department.
Women competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series have totaled 98 victories since Shirley [...]

Looking For Right Zone In Texas
Monday, Apr 7, 2014 – 7:39 | Comments Off
Looking For Right Zone In Texas

Zone tread tire technology isn’t new to Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., just to racing.
Known as the Assurance Tripletred, the multi-zone passenger tire introduced in 2004 inspired the racing tire unveiled at Atlanta last Labor Day and used at Texas Motor Speedway. The passenger tire’s three zones are designed to deal with ice, wet and [...]

Busch Completes Personal Reconstruction Job
Monday, Mar 31, 2014 – 7:20 | 2 Comments
Busch Completes Personal Reconstruction Job

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – When the checkered flag waved Sunday on Martinsville Speedway’s STP 500, Kurt Busch felt a sharp chill go through his body that he had done it, he was back, and he was a winner for the first time in two years.
The self-proclaimed “Outlaw” had snapped an 83-race [...]

Martinsville A Special Place For Rick Hendrick
Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 – 19:24 | Comments Off
Martinsville A Special Place For Rick Hendrick

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – “If it wasn’t for Martinsville, I wouldn’t be racing today.”
Those were the words of Rick Hendrick Sunday at Martinsville Speedway prior to the STP 500. Thirty years ago in Martinsville’s spring race, Hendrick obtained his first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory with driver Geoff Bodine and crew chief [...]

Sixteen Winners? Could Happen Some Are Saying
Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 – 8:06 | Comments Off
Sixteen Winners? Could Happen Some Are Saying

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Five different winners in the first five NASCAR Sprint Cup races is a trend that existed last year, but with the rule change for Chase admittance this season if the trend continues team strategy could be in flux until the September Richmond event.
“If we get into week [...]