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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

Hurricane May Blow Away Charlotte Schedule
Thursday, Oct 6, 2016 – 19:49 | Comments Off on Hurricane May Blow Away Charlotte Schedule
Hurricane May Blow Away Charlotte Schedule

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – With Hurricane Matthew bearing down on the Southeast, NASCAR teams at Charlotte Motor Speedway viewed Thursday’s practice sessions as perhaps their only ones for this weekend’s races.
Friday’s Xfinity Series race and Saturday’s Sprint Cup event were expected to be completed this weekend, but there was a […]

Winning Still A Hoot For Champions Like Force And Brown
Monday, Sep 19, 2016 – 10:44 | Comments Off on Winning Still A Hoot For Champions Like Force And Brown
Winning Still A Hoot For Champions Like Force And Brown

CONCORD, N.C. – Top Fuel winner Antron Brown and Funny Car victor John Force gave each other a congratulatory hug in the media center at zMAX Dragway shortly after receiving their Wallys at the NHRA Carolina Nationals.
Both have won championships in their respective classes, but each time they add to their victory total they exhibit […]

Field Set For Countdown-Opener In Carolina
Saturday, Sep 17, 2016 – 18:26 | Comments Off on Field Set For Countdown-Opener In Carolina
Field Set For Countdown-Opener In Carolina

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Doug Kalitta and Tommy Johnson Jr. maintained the No. 1 qualifying positions in Top Fuel and Funny Car, respectively, as qualifying for the NHRA Carolina Nationals concluded Saturday at zMAX Dragway.  
Both drivers claimed the top spot in their respective categories Friday in second round qualifying and […]

Teammates Not A Blessing For DSR Drivers
Saturday, Sep 17, 2016 – 7:51 | Comments Off on Teammates Not A Blessing For DSR Drivers
Teammates Not A Blessing For DSR Drivers

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – All eight of Don Schumacher Racing’s NHRA teams earned positions in the Countdown to the Championship, but that doesn’t mean it will be DSR against the rest of the field in the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories.
In fact, Top Fuel defending champion and No. 1 seed […]

Youth Movement Moves Into The 2016 Chase
Sunday, Sep 11, 2016 – 7:20 | Comments Off on Youth Movement Moves Into The 2016 Chase
Youth Movement Moves Into The 2016 Chase

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
RICHMOND, Va. – Austin Dillon could barely contain his excitement, Chase Elliott talked with reporters then quietly sat down beside his race car on pit road to catch his breath and drink fluids, Chris Buescher calmly dealt with the media bombardment and Kyle Larson assumed a seat on the outer […]

Pressure Is On Chase Bubble-Sitters At Richmond
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 – 9:02 | Comments Off on Pressure Is On Chase Bubble-Sitters At Richmond
Pressure Is On Chase Bubble-Sitters At Richmond

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
RICHMOND, Va. – Pressure is a way of life for those competing in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, but in Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 it’s different for those already solidified in the Chase versus those still trying to gain a spot in the title run.
Chris Buescher possesses a victory, but […]

Darlington Cup Penalties May Have Big Effect On Chicago
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 – 7:59 | Comments Off on Darlington Cup Penalties May Have Big Effect On Chicago
Darlington Cup Penalties May Have Big Effect On Chicago

RICHMOND, Va. – Several teams received penalties following the Darlington NASCAR Sprint Cup race and Carl Edwards said Friday he believed penalties could impact the Chase, which begins next weekend at Chicago.
“I haven’t talked to many people about it in depth, but seeing the 31 car’s [Ryan Newman] penalty and realizing … that could affect […]

Young Elliott Waves Off Criticism From Others
Monday, Sep 5, 2016 – 8:58 | Comments Off on Young Elliott Waves Off Criticism From Others
Young Elliott Waves Off Criticism From Others

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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DARLINGTON, S.C. – Two years ago Chase Elliott pulled off a major upset and won the NASCAR Xfinity race in his Darlington Raceway debut, but the Georgia native said that doesn’t mean anything today.
“We didn’t have a very strong run here last year, which was disappointing,” Elliott said prior […]

Truex Seals Darlington Victory With A Kiss
Monday, Sep 5, 2016 – 7:46 | Comments Off on Truex Seals Darlington Victory With A Kiss
Truex Seals Darlington Victory With A Kiss

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DARLINGTON, S.C. – Martin Truex Jr. couldn’t help himself; he just had to kiss Darlington Raceway’s finish line after claiming Sunday’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 and no doubt the Lady in Black appreciated his thoughtfulness.
After all, the historic 1.366-mile track appears to have developed an affection for team owner Barney Visser […]

Doctor: Junior “Pretty Sick” On First Visit
Sunday, Sep 4, 2016 – 17:50 | Comments Off on Doctor: Junior “Pretty Sick” On First Visit
Doctor: Junior “Pretty Sick” On First Visit

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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DARLINGTON, S.C. –  Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s concussion-like symptoms were so severe when he first visited the University of Pittsburgh’s concussion program that Dr. Micky Collins said Sunday his primary objective was to see the third-generation driver “become a human being again.”
“When I first saw Dale a month-and-a-half ago I can […]