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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

The 600 Has Become A Sprint Race
Sunday, May 27, 2018 – 12:28 | Comments Off on The 600 Has Become A Sprint Race
The 600 Has Become A Sprint Race

CONCORD, N.C. – For several decades, the Coca-Cola 600 was an endurance race with the final 100 miles often a mechanical nightmare, but technology has changed the way drivers approach Sunday’s Memorial Day classic.
 “It’s 400 laps as fast as the car will go,” says Kevin Harvick, who starts stock car racing’s longest race at the […]

Companies Are Bullish On Seven-Time Champion Jimmie Johnson
Thursday, May 24, 2018 – 20:19 | Comments Off on Companies Are Bullish On Seven-Time Champion Jimmie Johnson
Companies Are Bullish On Seven-Time Champion Jimmie Johnson

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Jimmie Johnson confirmed Thursday that Red Bull was one of the companies that had expressed an interest in replacing Lowe’s as the seven-time NASCAR champion’s primary sponsor in 2019.
Red Bull was involved in NASCAR from 2006-2011. During that time the team fielded cars for Brian Vickers, Kasey […]

Gordon, Of Course, Enters The Hall Of Fame
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 – 18:44 | Comments Off on Gordon, Of Course, Enters The Hall Of Fame
Gordon, Of Course, Enters The Hall Of Fame

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon led the balloting Wednesday in a selection process that placed three drivers and two team owners into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Joining Gordon for the Feb. 1, 2019 induction ceremonies will be 1992 NASCAR premier series champion Alan Kulwicki, Davey Allison, and […]

Another 500 Victory Is Within Penske’s Power
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 – 12:12 | Comments Off on Another 500 Victory Is Within Penske’s Power
Another 500 Victory Is Within Penske’s Power

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Roger Penske’s expectations of his open-wheel drivers are twofold – win the Indianapolis 500 and a championship – and teammates Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud believe they have a good shot at the former this weekend.
The two IndyCar champions Tuesday pointed to Chevrolet’s development during the past year as the key reason. […]

Has NASCAR Found A Cookie Cutter Buster?
Sunday, May 20, 2018 – 15:35 | One Comment
Has NASCAR Found A Cookie Cutter Buster?

With 1.5-mile tracks responsible for 11 of the 36 races on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule and nearly half of those in the playoffs, something needed to be done about the boring races that often occur on those tracks. Now, it appears NASCAR has the solution.
The package used in Saturday night’s All-Star race […]

Like Old Times: Roush Cars On Front Row At CMS
Saturday, May 19, 2018 – 8:10 | Comments Off on Like Old Times: Roush Cars On Front Row At CMS
Like Old Times: Roush Cars On Front Row At CMS

By Deb Williams | Senor Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Roush Fenway Racing has struggled for most of the season, but less than a month after announcing Matt Kenseth’s return, the organization swept the front row in qualifying Friday for this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Kenseth earned the pole in the […]

Big Bill Would Not Like SCOTUS Decision
Friday, May 18, 2018 – 18:10 | 2 Comments
Big Bill Would Not Like SCOTUS Decision

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. vehemently fought against legalized gambling in stock car racing, but a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this week could allow it and Kyle Busch believes it would be good for the sport.
“I think it’ll put more eyeballs on the sport,” Busch said […]

CMS ‘Roval’ Feels Like ‘True Road Course’
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – 16:05 | Comments Off on CMS ‘Roval’ Feels Like ‘True Road Course’
CMS ‘Roval’ Feels Like ‘True Road Course’

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Paul Menard said Tuesday he believes this year’s Bank of America 500 will be a “survival” race due to the characteristics possessed by Charlotte Motor Speedway’s new road course.
“It looks like Watkins Glen, it feels like Watkins Glen, but it has the grip of Sonoma. It’s pretty […]

NHRA Underdogs Have Their Day In Concord
Monday, Apr 30, 2018 – 7:28 | Comments Off on NHRA Underdogs Have Their Day In Concord
NHRA Underdogs Have Their Day In Concord

CONCORD, N.C. – An independent racer searching for inspiration need look no further than Steve Torrence and Cruz Pedregon, who swept the nitro classes Sunday in the NGK Spark Plugs 4-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
Both men operate as independents and in the second four-wide event this year they overpowered the multi-team giants in Top Fuel […]

Pawuk Returning To NHRA
Sunday, Apr 29, 2018 – 7:45 | Comments Off on Pawuk Returning To NHRA
Pawuk Returning To NHRA

CONCORD, N.C. – Former NHRA Pro Stock driver Mark Pawuk is ending an 11-year hiatus to compete in the SAM Tech NHRA Factory Stock Showdown for Don Schumacher Racing, it was announced Saturday at zMAX Dragway.
Pawuk’s first outing in the Factory Stock Showdown will be in June at the Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals […]