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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

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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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 […]

Keselowski: Ending Truck Program Is About His Future
Friday, Aug 18, 2017 – 17:23 | Comments Off on Keselowski: Ending Truck Program Is About His Future
Keselowski: Ending Truck Program Is About His Future

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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Bristol, Tenn.  – Earlier this year, NASCAR lost Red Horse Racing, one of the Camping World Truck Series premier teams. Now it’s losing another at the end of the season in Brad Keselowski Racing.
Keselowski shocked the motorsports community Thursday when he announced he would shutter the doors on his truck […]

Kenseth ‘Not Concerned’ About Job Status For ’18
Friday, Aug 18, 2017 – 15:46 | Comments Off on Kenseth ‘Not Concerned’ About Job Status For ’18
Kenseth ‘Not Concerned’ About Job Status For ’18

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – NASCAR champion Matt Kenseth said Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway that he currently had no racing plans for 2018.
“When I do I’ll tweet something, like on a Monday or something,” Kenseth said.
NASCAR’s 2003 premier series champion said he’s not worried about 2018.
“I’m just not concerned […]

Dillon, Childress Have 3 Reasons To Celebrate Victory In The 600
Monday, May 29, 2017 – 12:33 | One Comment
Dillon, Childress Have 3 Reasons To Celebrate Victory In The 600

CONCORD, N.C. – In the early morning hours of Monday on Memorial Day weekend, Austin Dillon silenced his critics.
The eldest grandson of team owner Richard Childress became the seventh driver to claim his first-ever Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory in Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Coca-Cola 600 – stock car racing’s longest race – and the […]

Winning The 600 Made Kyle Petty Feel Like A Wood
Sunday, May 28, 2017 – 11:05 | Comments Off on Winning The 600 Made Kyle Petty Feel Like A Wood
Winning The 600 Made Kyle Petty Feel Like A Wood

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – In February 1986, Kyle Petty snaked his Wood Brothers’ Ford through a multi-car crash to obtain his first NASCAR victory, but it wasn’t until slightly more than a year later when he won Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Coca-Cola 600 that he felt he truly deserved to be the […]

Blaney Captures Xfinity Win At CMS
Saturday, May 27, 2017 – 19:01 | Comments Off on Blaney Captures Xfinity Win At CMS
Blaney Captures Xfinity Win At CMS

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Two NASCAR drivers born one year and two weeks apart stole the spotlight Saturday in Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Hisense 4K TV 300 Xfinity Series race with one winning and the other finishing fourth in his series debut.
Ryan Blaney, 23, came from the rear of the field to […]

Power Down On Power, Not Confidence
Saturday, May 27, 2017 – 16:23 | Comments Off on Power Down On Power, Not Confidence
Power Down On Power, Not Confidence

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Will Power enters Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 knowing the Honda entries have more power than the Chevrolets, but this year’s Indy Grand Prix winner isn’t worried.
“Every time we have a session, every day a Honda engine blew, so they don’t have the reliability,” said Power, who starts ninth. […]