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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

Legge Headed To Charlotte
Saturday, Sep 22, 2018 – 7:57 | Comments Off on Legge Headed To Charlotte
Legge Headed To Charlotte

RICHMOND, Va. – IMSA title contender Katherine Legge said Friday she will compete next weekend in the NASCAR Xfinity race at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL.
Legge, an international open-wheel and road racer, made her NASCAR debut last month at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Engine failure late in the race relegated her to a 30th-place finish. She […]

The First Was Among The Best For Sadler At RIR
Saturday, Sep 22, 2018 – 7:52 | Comments Off on The First Was Among The Best For Sadler At RIR
The First Was Among The Best For Sadler At RIR

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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RICHMOND, Va. – Elliott Sadler’s memories of racing at Richmond Raceway were abundant Friday, but he cited his first race at the three-quarter-mile track in 1995 as his fondest.
“We pulled in on a flatbed trailer and we were parked in between Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt,” Sadler recalled. “It was […]

Crowded Xfinity Series Set To Begin Playoffs
Thursday, Sep 20, 2018 – 8:07 | Comments Off on Crowded Xfinity Series Set To Begin Playoffs
Crowded Xfinity Series Set To Begin Playoffs

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
With Justin Allgaier and Christopher Bell winning nine of the first 26 races in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series, the two are considered title favorites, but their challengers could make this year’s championship battle one of the most interesting since positions third to 12th are separated by only 11 points.
The 12 contenders […]

Keselowski: Southern 500 Victory ‘Biggest Ever’
Monday, Sep 3, 2018 – 7:54 | Comments Off on Keselowski: Southern 500 Victory ‘Biggest Ever’
Keselowski: Southern 500 Victory ‘Biggest Ever’

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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DARLINGTON, S.C. – Brad Keselowski entered Darlington Raceway a frustrated driver, winless on the season and plagued throughout the year with inconsistencies. He left with a weekend sweep, a victory in NASCAR’s oldest speedway race, and an emotional boost for the playoffs.
 “It’s probably the biggest win of my career, especially […]

Drivers Expecting A Hot Time In The Southern
Sunday, Sep 2, 2018 – 7:31 | Comments Off on Drivers Expecting A Hot Time In The Southern
Drivers Expecting A Hot Time In The Southern

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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DARLINGTON, S.C. – Labor Day weekend in Darlington means grueling heat and humidity with temperatures in the race cars easily soaring to more than 120 degrees.
It’s an environment that Kurt Busch believes makes the Bojangles Southern 500 tougher than the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte on Memorial Day weekend.
“It’s that […]

Elliotts To Make Emotional Return To The Past
Friday, Aug 31, 2018 – 18:13 | Comments Off on Elliotts To Make Emotional Return To The Past
Elliotts To Make Emotional Return To The Past

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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DARLINGTON, S.C. – Throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway has become one of NASCAR’s most popular due to the memories it resurrects, but perhaps no paint scheme for Sunday’s Bojangles Southern 500 will elicit more emotion than the one on Chase Elliott’s Chevrolet.
To many it’s simply a yellow and blue […]

CMS Roval Could Host Other Series
Sunday, Aug 19, 2018 – 16:39 | One Comment
CMS Roval Could Host Other Series

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Speedway Motorsports Inc. President and CEO Marcus Smith said Saturday that with the creation of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL it was possible that IMSA and/or the Verizon IndyCar Series could return to the iconic facility.
IMSA visited the facility in the early 1980s, utilizing the speedway’s old road course. Indy Cars raced on […]

Kurt Busch Kicks Back At Bristol Track
Sunday, Aug 19, 2018 – 8:01 | Comments Off on Kurt Busch Kicks Back At Bristol Track
Kurt Busch Kicks Back At Bristol Track

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Kurt Busch readily admits that ever since Bristol Motor Speedway was resurfaced and its banking changed in 2007 that it has “kicked my butt”, but in Saturday’s Night Race the NASCAR champion kicked back.
Busch conquered the tough short track by leading the final 24 laps in one […]

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 […]