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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

Truex’s Future Will Depend On Dough
Friday, Aug 17, 2018 – 17:28 | Comments Off on Truex’s Future Will Depend On Dough
Truex’s Future Will Depend On Dough

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. said Friday that sponsorship was the key to his remaining at Furniture Row Racing in 2019.
5-hour ENERGY, a co-primary sponsor on Truex’s Toyota with Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats for 30 Cup races this year, announced last month it was leaving the […]

Kasey Kahne Will Walk Back Into Sprinting
Friday, Aug 17, 2018 – 14:06 | Comments Off on Kasey Kahne Will Walk Back Into Sprinting
Kasey Kahne Will Walk Back Into Sprinting

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Kasey Kahne said Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway that  he could no longer give 100 percent to a full-time NASCAR schedule and it wasn’t fair for him to continue, but he might run 40 to 50 Sprint Car races in 2019.
“You can do 40 or 50 (Sprint […]

Kahne Follows Sadler Into NASCAR Retirement
Thursday, Aug 16, 2018 – 19:44 | Comments Off on Kahne Follows Sadler Into NASCAR Retirement
Kahne Follows Sadler Into NASCAR Retirement

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – One day after Elliott Sadler announced that 2018 would be his final season as a full-time NASCAR driver, Kasey Kahne followed suit, saying Thursday he would not return next year.
In a letter released on Twitter, Kahne said he had thought about his decision for many months. He […]

Cup Drivers Getting Straight On ROVAL Curves
Wednesday, Jul 11, 2018 – 15:27 | Comments Off on Cup Drivers Getting Straight On ROVAL Curves
Cup Drivers Getting Straight On ROVAL Curves

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
“Challenging” and “survival” could easily become the operative words describing Charlotte Motor Speedway’s road course and the Bank of America ROVAL 400 scheduled for Sept. 30.
The two words first surfaced when Goodyear began tire testing on the course that incorporates part of Charlotte’s 1.5-mile oval with a winding track through […]

Newman To Hit The Dirt In Anderson Truck
Wednesday, Jul 11, 2018 – 6:59 | Comments Off on Newman To Hit The Dirt In Anderson Truck
Newman To Hit The Dirt In Anderson Truck

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. –When Jordan Anderson asked Ryan Newman if he would drive his truck in the NASCAR Camping World Series event at Eldora Speedway, the Indiana native agreed on one condition: He could come to the shop and work on his entry.
Anderson gladly obliged.
“To have him in the shop […]

Moffitt Learning In School And In Race Shop
Friday, Jun 1, 2018 – 7:06 | Comments Off on Moffitt Learning In School And In Race Shop
Moffitt Learning In School And In Race Shop

At age 17, Thad Moffitt is on the threshold of his stock car racing career, learning his profession and dealing with school simultaneously.
During the week the Trinity, N.C., teenager works at Mooresville, N.C.-based Empire Racing from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and then attends school online at night and while he’s at the race track. […]

Busch Wins 600; Becomes Mastered Tracksman
Monday, May 28, 2018 – 6:58 | Comments Off on Busch Wins 600; Becomes Mastered Tracksman
Busch Wins 600; Becomes Mastered Tracksman

By Deb Williams | Senor Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Ever since childhood, Kyle Busch has dreamed of winning the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. On Sunday night, the Las Vegas native turned his dream into reality, becoming the first driver in NASCAR’s Modern Era to win at every Cup track on which he has competed.
“Always […]

The 600 Has Become A Sprint Race
Sunday, May 27, 2018 – 12:28 | Comments Off on The 600 Has Become A Sprint Race
The 600 Has Become A Sprint Race

CONCORD, N.C. – For several decades, the Coca-Cola 600 was an endurance race with the final 100 miles often a mechanical nightmare, but technology has changed the way drivers approach Sunday’s Memorial Day classic.
 “It’s 400 laps as fast as the car will go,” says Kevin Harvick, who starts stock car racing’s longest race at the […]

Companies Are Bullish On Seven-Time Champion Jimmie Johnson
Thursday, May 24, 2018 – 20:19 | Comments Off on Companies Are Bullish On Seven-Time Champion Jimmie Johnson
Companies Are Bullish On Seven-Time Champion Jimmie Johnson

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Jimmie Johnson confirmed Thursday that Red Bull was one of the companies that had expressed an interest in replacing Lowe’s as the seven-time NASCAR champion’s primary sponsor in 2019.
Red Bull was involved in NASCAR from 2006-2011. During that time the team fielded cars for Brian Vickers, Kasey […]

Gordon, Of Course, Enters The Hall Of Fame
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 – 18:44 | Comments Off on Gordon, Of Course, Enters The Hall Of Fame
Gordon, Of Course, Enters The Hall Of Fame

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon led the balloting Wednesday in a selection process that placed three drivers and two team owners into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Joining Gordon for the Feb. 1, 2019 induction ceremonies will be 1992 NASCAR premier series champion Alan Kulwicki, Davey Allison, and […]