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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

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 […]

‘Dirty’ Drivers Should Have An Edge At Bristol
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 – 19:40 | Comments Off on ‘Dirty’ Drivers Should Have An Edge At Bristol
‘Dirty’ Drivers Should Have An Edge At Bristol

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – At least two NASCAR drivers believe competitors with dirt track experience may possess the upper hand in Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway because of VHT, a traction compound, being applied to the track’s surface in the turns.
“This is a perfect style of track to […]

Ford Takes First Steps Toward Cup Rebirth At Daytona
Monday, Feb 27, 2017 – 16:22 | Comments Off on Ford Takes First Steps Toward Cup Rebirth At Daytona
Ford Takes First Steps Toward Cup Rebirth At Daytona

Ford Motor Co. executives readily admit their desire this season is to seize the manufacturer’s championship in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, a title they have not possessed since 2002.
Chevrolet dominated the competition for 13 years before Toyota dethroned the General Motors brand last year. Now Ford hungers to be the king of the […]

Keselowski: Head Injuries Need To Be Addressed
Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017 – 20:55 | Comments Off on Keselowski: Head Injuries Need To Be Addressed
Keselowski: Head Injuries Need To Be Addressed

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Brad Keselowski said Wednesday he still believed NASCAR’s concussion protocol was lacking, but he had read an article that he felt bode well for the future.
 “I think it was Northwestern University that has made some huge studies and potential breakthroughs with respect to coming up with a […]

A Mature Earnhardt Jr. Ready To Grab The Wheel
Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017 – 16:44 | Comments Off on A Mature Earnhardt Jr. Ready To Grab The Wheel
A Mature Earnhardt Jr. Ready To Grab The Wheel

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Statistics show Dale Earnhardt Jr. is entering his 19th season in NASCAR’s Cup Series, but for the third-generation driver it’s as if he’s beginning his career anew.
After missing 18 races last year due to concussion issues, Earnhardt returns a different person. He’s calm, comfortable with himself and […]

Busch Brothers Get Lesson In Global Party System
Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017 – 21:53 | Comments Off on Busch Brothers Get Lesson In Global Party System
Busch Brothers Get Lesson In Global Party System

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch said Tuesday they enjoyed the international competition in the Race of Champions, but the European drivers’ ability to party at night and then race the next day left them scratching their heads.
 “It’s a chaotic, frat house feel,” Kurt Busch said about the […]