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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 Hall Of Fame Class of ’18 Unveiled
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – 20:05 | Comments Off on NASCAR Hall Of Fame Class of ’18 Unveiled
NASCAR Hall Of Fame Class of ’18 Unveiled

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Robert Yates once had a Mars Hill College professor tell him he would never amount to anything because he spent his Sunday afternoon working on a farmer’s tractor instead of studying.
On Wednesday, Yates once again proved the professor wrong as he was elected to the NASCAR Hall […]

Rules Hamstringing Racing In Cup
Sunday, May 21, 2017 – 17:32 | Comments Off on Rules Hamstringing Racing In Cup
Rules Hamstringing Racing In Cup

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – For several years, I have maintained NASCAR has over-regulated the sport and as a result, the racing has suffered. Jimmie Johnson supported my theory Saturday night after the Monster Energy All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“The rule book is so thick and the cars are so […]

Almirola Rips Photographers In KC
Friday, May 19, 2017 – 17:54 | Comments Off on Almirola Rips Photographers In KC
Almirola Rips Photographers In KC

CONCORD, N.C. – Aric Almirola said Friday he was “pretty pissed off” about the photos that were taken of him as safety personnel removed him from his mangled race car following his horrendous crash that left him with a broken back last weekend at Kansas Speedway.
“I wasn’t going to talk about it unless somebody asked, […]

Almirola: Injury Felt Like Twisting Knife In Back
Friday, May 19, 2017 – 14:51 | Comments Off on Almirola: Injury Felt Like Twisting Knife In Back
Almirola: Injury Felt Like Twisting Knife In Back

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Aric Almirola knew immediately following his horrendous crash at Kansas Speedway that he had a spinal injury, but the NASCAR driver said Friday he didn’t realize the severity of his broken back until he talked with doctors and learned he would be sidelined for eight to 12 […]

Young Cindric Having One Large Week
Friday, May 19, 2017 – 7:03 | One Comment
Young Cindric Having One Large Week

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – For Austin Cindric, the date May 19, 2017 will forever be etched in his memory for two very important reasons. One, the 18-year-old will graduate Friday from high school. Two, he will compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte […]

PO’d Torrence Gets His Top Fuel Four-Wide Wally
Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 – 18:37 | Comments Off on PO’d Torrence Gets His Top Fuel Four-Wide Wally
PO’d Torrence Gets His Top Fuel Four-Wide Wally

CONCORD, N.C. – Steve Torrence said Sunday that in 2011 veteran team owner Don Schumacher told him he couldn’t be competitive against the multi-car operations as an independent in NHRA Top Fuel.
It sparked the Texan’s determination to prove him wrong. In fact, “it pissed me off,” Torrence said.
On Sunday in the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals […]

Millican Hopes Concord Is His Wally World
Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 – 19:28 | Comments Off on Millican Hopes Concord Is His Wally World
Millican Hopes Concord Is His Wally World

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – At 51 years old, Top Fuel competitor Clay Millican is still searching for his first Wally, the trophy cherished by competitors that signify a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series victory.
Oh, he’s come close with eight runner-up finishes, but the Tennessean who still refers to his parents […]

Force Cars To Be Reckoned With At zMAX
Friday, Apr 28, 2017 – 19:47 | Comments Off on Force Cars To Be Reckoned With At zMAX
Force Cars To Be Reckoned With At zMAX

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – In hot and humid weather Friday at zMAX Dragway, John Force Racing dominated the first two sessions of Funny Car qualifying in the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, claiming the top three positions.
Courtney Force moved into the No. 1 position with a track record elapsed time of 3.851 seconds, […]

Force Wants To Field A Second Top Fuel Car
Friday, Apr 28, 2017 – 17:20 | One Comment
Force Wants To Field A Second Top Fuel Car

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Sixteen-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force said Friday he plans to field a second Top Fuel dragster team, but he can’t say when it will join daughter Brittany Force at the starting line.
“I just can’t get the money to get there, but I’ve got a deal […]

Rain Moves Bristol Cup Race To Monday
Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 – 13:14 | Comments Off on Rain Moves Bristol Cup Race To Monday
Rain Moves Bristol Cup Race To Monday

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – A steady rain Sunday forced postponement of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway until Monday.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and will be televised on FOX beginning at 12:30 p.m. PRN will begin its radio broadcast, also […]