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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

Winning Restart Ignites Controversy At Bristol
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 – 7:28 | Comments Off
Winning Restart Ignites Controversy At Bristol

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Ryan Blaney capitalized on the final restart in Friday’s rain delayed Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway, but the maneuver that gave him his first Nationwide Series victory this season wasn’t without controversy.
Kyle Busch, who was leading at the time, criticized the way Blaney handled the [...]

Key Sprint Cup Races On The Move In 2015
Friday, Aug 22, 2014 – 19:07 | Comments Off
Key Sprint Cup Races On The Move In 2015

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Bristol Motor Speedway’s spring races have been moved next year to April 18-19, hopefully, signaling an end to the snow and extremely cold weather that has plagued the track’s March date, it was announced Friday.
That, however, won’t be the only change on the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule. Two others are expected [...]

Kenseth: The Best Way Forward Is To Go Backward
Friday, Aug 22, 2014 – 14:35 | Comments Off
Kenseth: The Best Way Forward Is To Go Backward

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Matt Kenseth described the NASCAR aerodynamic-engine package test earlier this week at Michigan as really interesting, but said Friday he believed the best configuration was when all of the downforce was removed and the cars were given full power.
“It was like going back 15 years in time [...]

Truck Win Has Special Significance For Keselowski
Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 – 16:52 | Comments Off
Truck Win Has Special Significance For Keselowski

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – For Brad Keselowski, Thursday’s victory in the UNOH 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race not only made history, it also gave the Michigan native a special satisfaction on a personal and professional level.
The 30-year-old Keselowski’s victory provided him and his father, Bob, with the distinction of [...]

Rain Postpones Truck Race
Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 – 6:15 | Comments Off
Rain Postpones Truck Race

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Rain forced postponement of Wednesday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP at Bristol Motor Speedway.
The race has been rescheduled to start Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. ET live on FOX Sports 1.
Kyle Busch will start the race on the pole.

Busch Makes Most Of His Time On A ‘Grand Stage’
Monday, May 26, 2014 – 8:22 | Comments Off
Busch Makes Most Of His Time On A ‘Grand Stage’

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C – A blown engine foiled Kurt Busch’s bid to complete 1,100 miles Sunday in the Indy-Charlotte double, but the NASCAR champion said what occurred in the Coca-Cola 600 wouldn’t dampen his stellar performance and sixth-place finish in his inaugural Indianapolis 500.
“Today is a memory I’ll have forever,” said [...]

Roush’s 2015 Driver Lineup Remains ‘In Flux’
Saturday, May 24, 2014 – 21:26 | 2 Comments
Roush’s 2015 Driver Lineup Remains ‘In Flux’

CONCORD, N.C. – Roush Fenway Racing’s Saturday announcement that Trevor Bayne will compete fulltime next year in the Sprint Cup Series provides only a small glimpse into the team’s 2015 driver lineup.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. returns to the Roush Fenway operation, but Greg Biffle’s and Carl Edwards’ plans for next year have yet to be finalized. [...]

Back Spasms Keep Gordon Out Of Car; Backup To Be Ready On Race Day
Saturday, May 24, 2014 – 14:45 | Comments Off
Back Spasms Keep Gordon Out Of Car; Backup To Be Ready On Race Day

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Jeff Gordon bypassed Saturday’s final practice session for the Coca-Cola 600 due to back spasms and said Regan Smith would be standing by Sunday in case he needed relief during NASCAR’s
longest race.
“Unfortunately, I had a back spasm the other night [Thursday] in that last qualifying run that [...]

Two Night: Gordon, Evernham ‘Snookered” The 600
Saturday, May 24, 2014 – 10:40 | Comments Off
Two Night: Gordon, Evernham ‘Snookered” The 600

CONCORD, N.C. – Twenty years ago, 22-year-old upstart Jeff Gordon and his Ray Evernham-led Hendrick Motorsports team drove into Coca-Cola 600 history by outsmarting the 1989 series champion on the competitors’ final stop at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Rusty Wallace’s Penske Racing crew changed four tires, which was the accepted practice at the time, while Gordon’s Chevrolet [...]

Bayne To Drive The RFR No. 6 Ford
Saturday, May 24, 2014 – 9:51 | Comments Off
Bayne To Drive The RFR No. 6 Ford

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Trevor Bayne will move to NASCAR Sprint Cup racing fulltime in 2015, driving the No. 6 Ford fielded by Roush Fenway Racing, Jack Roush announced Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Advocare, who is sponsoring Bayne in the Nationwide Series this year, will move to the Sprint Cup level [...]