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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

With Help From The Dead, Hamlin Getting Better
Tuesday, Jan 19, 2016 – 19:36 | Comments Off on With Help From The Dead, Hamlin Getting Better
With Help From The Dead, Hamlin Getting Better

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Denny Hamlin said Tuesday he’s not fully recovered from the right knee surgery he had in the off-season to repair his torn ACL, but he expects to be ready for next month’s season opening Daytona 500.
“At this point, this one is a lot more difficult than the […]

Winner Gordon Revels In His ‘Rock Star Moment’
Monday, Nov 2, 2015 – 9:02 | Comments Off on Winner Gordon Revels In His ‘Rock Star Moment’
Winner Gordon Revels In His ‘Rock Star Moment’

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Jeff Gordon is no stranger to Martinsville Speedway’s victory lane, but perhaps his ninth trip in Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 will be among his sweetest.
With his first victory this season and the 93rd of his illustrious career, Gordon has guaranteed himself a position in the […]

Logano Can Make Personal, Professional History
Sunday, Nov 1, 2015 – 7:47 | Comments Off on Logano Can Make Personal, Professional History
Logano Can Make Personal, Professional History

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Joey Logano has yet to win a race at the tough Martinsville Speedway, but with the momentum the Team Penske driver possesses, Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 could be the one he checks off his list.
A victory Sunday would make Logano the first driver to win […]

SAFER Means Tougher At Martinsville Short Track
Friday, Oct 30, 2015 – 17:13 | Comments Off on SAFER Means Tougher At Martinsville Short Track
SAFER Means Tougher At Martinsville Short Track

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – With the addition of SAFER barriers on Martinsville Speedway’s straightaway walls, drivers said Friday the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ shortest track had become an even tougher place to negotiate.
“It seems driving down the straightaway, trying to pass cars, even in practice, it just seems really tight,” Carl […]

Notes: Haters Cast Wide Net In Wake Of Junior ‘Wronging’
Friday, Oct 30, 2015 – 17:00 | Comments Off on Notes: Haters Cast Wide Net In Wake Of Junior ‘Wronging’
Notes: Haters Cast Wide Net In Wake Of Junior ‘Wronging’

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Perhaps no races generate more emotion from fans than those at Talladega Superspeedway. And with the way last Sunday’s race ended, the “hate mail” to a few drivers has been abundant.
Jeff Gordon said he had even received some and he wasn’t even involved in anything.
“That’s what happens when you ‘wrong’ (Dale Earnhardt) […]

Logano Can Relax But Not Kick Back After CMS
Monday, Oct 12, 2015 – 8:32 | Comments Off on Logano Can Relax But Not Kick Back After CMS
Logano Can Relax But Not Kick Back After CMS

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Perhaps Martin Truex Jr. summed up the status of NASCAR’s Contender Round the best when he said Bank of America 500 winner Joey Logano would be the only one sleeping for the next two weeks.
Logano didn’t disagree.
“Last year we won Kansas when it was the first […]

JGR Drivers Out To Maintain Ownership Of CMS
Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 – 8:12 | Comments Off on JGR Drivers Out To Maintain Ownership Of CMS
JGR Drivers Out To Maintain Ownership Of CMS

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Same song, second verse.
Such is the case where Joe Gibbs Racing is concerned when it comes to Charlotte Motor Speedway this year. What had been Hendrick Motorsports’ playground in previous years switched ownership to Joe Gibbs Racing this season.
With Matt Kenseth claiming the pole for Saturday’s Bank […]

Talladega On Minds Of Cup Drivers In Charlotte
Friday, Oct 9, 2015 – 7:10 | Comments Off on Talladega On Minds Of Cup Drivers In Charlotte
Talladega On Minds Of Cup Drivers In Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. – With Talladega being in the Contender round in the Chase for the Championship, Carl Edwards said Thursday the segment that kicks off at Charlotte Motor Speedway feels more like a two-race rather than a three-race series.  
“I think you have to look at it that way,” Edwards said during preparations for Saturday’s […]

Stewart Will Be Leaving As He Drove: His Way
Thursday, Oct 1, 2015 – 8:24 | One Comment
Stewart Will Be Leaving As He Drove: His Way

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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If there’s one thing I have learned in the more than three decades that I have covered racing, it’s that drivers and crew chiefs always seem to know when it’s time to move on. Such is the case with Tony Stewart.
In Wednesday’s press conference at Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kannapolis headquarters, the […]

Haas: Grosjean’s Experience Won Him Job
Tuesday, Sep 29, 2015 – 15:08 | Comments Off on Haas: Grosjean’s Experience Won Him Job
Haas: Grosjean’s Experience Won Him Job

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Citing experience as the No. 1 requirement for the Haas F1 Team driver, owner Gene Haas announced Tuesday that Frenchman Romain Grosjean would pilot the organization’s cars in the FIA Formula One World Championship in 2016.
“I like his style of being more reserved and just keeping your […]