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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

Elliott Survived Lions, Earned Spot In Hearts, Hall
Friday, May 23, 2014 – 7:16 | Comments Off
Elliott Survived Lions, Earned Spot In Hearts, Hall

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In a nine-month period in the mid-1980s, Bill Elliott skyrocketed from a relatively unknown north Georgia race car driver to international stardom.
With a potent Ford Thunderbird, Elliott and his older brothers, Ernie and Dan, turned NASCAR Cup racing upside down with their victories and record pole runs. [...]

Tough Choices Mark Selection Of Sixth HOF Class
Thursday, May 22, 2014 – 6:43 | Comments Off
Tough Choices Mark Selection Of Sixth HOF Class

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR President Mike Helton said Wednesday that selecting the five people to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2015 was probably the most challenging of the six voting sessions that have occurred.
“It was very difficult to come to five,” Helton said. “The conversation (we [...]

Busch Has Hair Raised During Indy Qualifying Run
Saturday, May 17, 2014 – 20:27 | Comments Off
Busch Has Hair Raised During Indy Qualifying Run

CONCORD, N.C. – Kurt Busch posted a four-lap average speed of 229.960 mph Saturday during Indianapolis 500 qualifying, narrowly missing the top nine, then calmly told reporters at Charlotte Motor Speedway the effort was “hair-raising.”
“I had three, what I felt, were moments in the car,” Busch said. “If I had, had a fourth, I might [...]

Net Result Is that Wise Is In, Danica Out At CMS
Saturday, May 17, 2014 – 7:16 | One Comment
Net Result Is that Wise Is In, Danica Out At CMS

CONCORD, N.C. – What? Who?
Those were the two questions that could be heard echoing through Charlotte Motor Speedway’s infield media center deadline room Friday night after the winner of the Sprint All-Star fan vote was announced.
Josh Wise, a USAC three-quarter Midget division champion from Riverside, Calif., had defeated odds-on-favorite Danica Patrick in the fan voting [...]

Junior Won’t Be Rushed Into Rushing Chase Elliott
Friday, May 16, 2014 – 20:02 | One Comment
Junior Won’t Be Rushed Into Rushing Chase Elliott

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie Chase Elliott already has two victories this year and sits atop the point standings, but team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Friday he doesn’t believe the plans outlined for the 18-year-old driver should change.
“We have like a two-year plan, I suppose, that he [...]

DW Became OK After The 1989 All-Star Race
Friday, May 16, 2014 – 15:25 | One Comment
DW Became OK After The 1989 All-Star Race

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Twenty-five years ago one quick spin in NASCAR’s All-Star race sent three-time champion Darrell Waltrip to the fans’ penthouse and Rusty Wallace to the outhouse.
When the 1989 All-Star race began many NASCAR fans equated Waltrip to the character J.R. Ewing on the then popular TV show “Dallas” [...]

Rain Keeps Trucks Garaged, Crafton Happy At CMS
Thursday, May 15, 2014 – 17:15 | Comments Off
Rain Keeps Trucks Garaged, Crafton Happy At CMS

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Matt Crafton’s wish for rain to continue Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway was granted, forcing cancellation of practice at the 1.5-mile track where the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion tested two weeks ago.
“We feel like we have a pretty good balance on it,” Crafton said of [...]

Haas Lays Out Plans For Move Into Formula One
Monday, Apr 14, 2014 – 14:17 | Comments Off
Haas Lays Out Plans For Move Into Formula One

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – California businessman Gene Haas said Monday he believes basing his Formula One operation in Kannapolis at the current Stewart-Haas Racing location will be an enhancement rather than a distraction to his four NASCAR teams.
“There are a lot of similarities between both forms of racing,” Haas said. “Both [...]

Antron Brown Nets First Victory At The Four-Wides
Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 – 19:55 | One Comment
Antron Brown Nets First Victory At The Four-Wides

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – NHRA 2009 Funny Car champion Robert Hight was the only familiar face in the Four-Wide Nationals victory lane Sunday at zMAX Dragway as three veteran drivers celebrated first-time wins in the unique event.
Antron Brown, the 2012 Top Fuel champion and the weekend’s fourth qualifier, earned his first [...]

Action, Games Heat Up At Four-Wide Nationals
Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 – 19:55 | Comments Off
Action, Games Heat Up At Four-Wide Nationals

CONCORD, N.C. – Drag racers always play mind games with one another and when it comes to the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway the challenges faced in the staging area are doubled.
“I know a lot of people think you just get in the car, stand on the pedal and put the parachutes out, but [...]