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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

Capps Gives Mentor Props To Cup’s Elliott
Friday, Sep 15, 2017 – 17:04 | Comments Off on Capps Gives Mentor Props To Cup’s Elliott
Capps Gives Mentor Props To Cup’s Elliott

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – NHRA Funny Car champion Ron Capps begins defense of his crown the same weekend that Chase Elliott opens his NASCAR title hopes in his playoffs, but the bond between the two goes beyond sharing the same sponsor – NAPA Auto Parts.
Capps looked up to Chase’s father, Bill, […]

NASCAR Scrapping Steel Friday In Richmond
Friday, Sep 8, 2017 – 13:42 | Comments Off on NASCAR Scrapping Steel Friday In Richmond
NASCAR Scrapping Steel Friday In Richmond

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
RICHMOND, Va. – For nearly seven decades, steel-body race cars and NASCAR have been synonymous, but at Richmond International Raceway on Friday the sanctioning body ushered in a new era that will eventually make sheet metal obsolete in at least one of its three national touring series.
In Friday’s Virginia529 College […]

‘Tailless’ Hamlin Finds Victory Lane At Darlington
Monday, Sep 4, 2017 – 7:43 | Comments Off on ‘Tailless’ Hamlin Finds Victory Lane At Darlington
‘Tailless’ Hamlin Finds Victory Lane At Darlington

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DARLINGTON, S.C. – Two laps. That was all that remained when the Lady in Black snatched victory from Martin Truex Jr.’s grasp and handed it to Denny Hamlin on Sunday, giving him his second Bojangles Southern 500 win at Darlington Raceway.
It was a gut wrenching experience for Truex, who won […]

Retro Cars At Southern 500 Only Look Old
Sunday, Sep 3, 2017 – 7:57 | Comments Off on Retro Cars At Southern 500 Only Look Old
Retro Cars At Southern 500 Only Look Old

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Retro weekend at Darlington Raceway has become one of NASCAR’s most popular, but that doesn’t mean the racing will resemble the era celebrated by the 30 old-school paint schemes in Sunday’s Bojangles Southern 500.
“I believe it’s new-school racing with old-school paint schemes,” NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin said Friday. “The importance […]

Junior: Retirement Emotions Have Not Kicked In
Saturday, Sep 2, 2017 – 13:39 | Comments Off on Junior: Retirement Emotions Have Not Kicked In
Junior: Retirement Emotions Have Not Kicked In

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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DARLINGTON, S.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. admits he’s allowed thoughts of his final event this season to creep into his mind, but he still doesn’t know what he’ll miss about being a race car driver.
“If I knew what I was going to miss, it would be more emotional and harder […]

Junior’s Team Bailing As He Prepares To Bail
Friday, Sep 1, 2017 – 18:58 | Comments Off on Junior’s Team Bailing As He Prepares To Bail
Junior’s Team Bailing As He Prepares To Bail

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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DARLINGTON, S.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. doesn’t hesitate to admit that he’s not happy about his season in the performance department, but he said Friday at Darlington Raceway he wants his team to come away from the 2017 season with positive memories.
“I’ve seen this situation in the past and teams […]

Millington Racing For More Than Money And Trophies
Friday, Aug 25, 2017 – 18:39 | Comments Off on Millington Racing For More Than Money And Trophies
Millington Racing For More Than Money And Trophies

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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Ryan Millington always knew his mother was Missisquoi Abenaki, but he never understood his Native American heritage until he began racing for the Vermont-based Abenaki nation as well as himself; a revelation that has changed the 16-year-old Statesville, N.C., resident.
“It’s not just racing anymore. It’s more than that,” said Millington, […]

Using The Bristles At Bristol: Busch Sweeps Up
Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 – 8:16 | Comments Off on Using The Bristles At Bristol: Busch Sweeps Up
Using The Bristles At Bristol: Busch Sweeps Up

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – There’s only one word to describe Kyle Busch this month at Bristol Motor Speedway – unstoppable.
In a four-day period at the tough, half-mile track, Busch won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series. It was the second time he’s accomplished the […]

Crew Chief Kerr Talks Of Being Crushed Under Car
Saturday, Aug 19, 2017 – 17:11 | Comments Off on Crew Chief Kerr Talks Of Being Crushed Under Car
Crew Chief Kerr Talks Of Being Crushed Under Car

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – TriStar Motorsports crew chief Frank Kerr sat in the cool lounge of his team’s hauler Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway, his right arm in a sling, and calmly discussed an accident less than 24 hours earlier that left a 3,400-pound stock car sitting on top of him.
His […]

Buescher OK To Be Headed To JTG
Friday, Aug 18, 2017 – 20:10 | Comments Off on Buescher OK To Be Headed To JTG
Buescher OK To Be Headed To JTG

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Chris Buescher was once viewed as an integral part of Roush Fenway Racing’s future, but that’s no longer the case now that he has signed a multi-year contract with JTG Daugherty Racing, it was announced Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Tad Geschickter, JTG’s co-owner, also said crew chief Trent Owens would remain paired […]