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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

‘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 […]

Seven-Time Champion Is Feeling The Pressure To Lead
Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017 – 18:02 | Comments Off on Seven-Time Champion Is Feeling The Pressure To Lead
Seven-Time Champion Is Feeling The Pressure To Lead

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson said Tuesday he feels more pressure to be the proper leader in the sport than to compete for an eighth title.
“I’ve felt like there hasn’t been a lot of pressure on me through six and seven (championships) because I
never even thought I’d […]

The Effect Of Monday’s Big News Is Unknown
Monday, Jan 23, 2017 – 21:12 | One Comment
The Effect Of Monday’s Big News Is Unknown

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR executives, team owners, drivers and track owners were extremely positive Monday when the sanctioning body announced the most drastic race format change in its history, but several questions remained with the season opening events in the three national touring series just weeks away.
Will the fans be […]

The Class Of 2017 Says A Lot About Racing In NASCAR
Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 – 8:49 | Comments Off on The Class Of 2017 Says A Lot About Racing In NASCAR
The Class Of 2017 Says A Lot About Racing In NASCAR

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Memorable Remarks from the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony:
Richard Childress:  I’d like to start out by saying only in America.  Only in America could a kid selling peanuts and popcorn at Bowman Gray Stadium have a dream of becoming a race driver someday, and then he goes […]

Roads To The NASCAR Hall Crossed Many Times
Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 – 8:40 | Comments Off on Roads To The NASCAR Hall Crossed Many Times
Roads To The NASCAR Hall Crossed Many Times

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C – Four of the five men inducted Friday into the NASCAR Hall of Fame had careers that were intertwined over three decades.
For Richard Childress and Rick Hendrick, their first formal meeting came in 1987 at the invitation of then NASCAR president Bill France Jr. France summoned Childress, Hendrick […]

Stewart’s Hopes To Drive At Le Mans And Rolex May Have Gone Up In Smoke
Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 – 9:46 | Comments Off on Stewart’s Hopes To Drive At Le Mans And Rolex May Have Gone Up In Smoke
Stewart’s Hopes To Drive At Le Mans And Rolex May Have Gone Up In Smoke

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Tony Stewart said Wednesday his efforts to acquire a ride for the Jan. 28-29 Rolex 24 at Daytona and the June 17-18 24 Hours of Le Mans didn’t materialize, but he could alter his schedule if one developed.
“I had some interesting conversations about running Le Mans and […]