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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

Penske Votes Yes On Latest NASCAR Changes
Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 – 21:26 | One Comment
Penske Votes Yes On Latest NASCAR Changes

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – International businessman Roger Penske’s motorsports involvement has covered all major facets of the sport – driver, team and track owner – and he said Wednesday he believed NASCAR was headed in the right direction with its rule changes for 2014.
“Change is an important evolution. There is no [...]

The No. 3 Will Be Right Where Earnhardt Wanted
Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 – 22:50 | One Comment
The No. 3 Will Be Right Where Earnhardt Wanted

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Fourteen years ago Richard Childress and Dale Earnhardt sat in a car one rainy day and discussed how they would bring the famous No. 3 back to NASCAR’s Sprint Cup circuit after the seven-time champion retired. The two men decided it would only return on a car driven by a family member.
This [...]

Stewart Will Wobble His Way Into Daytona 500
Monday, Jan 27, 2014 – 18:33 | 2 Comments
Stewart Will Wobble His Way Into Daytona 500

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tony Stewart said Monday the bone in his injured leg would only be about 65 percent healed when he returned to racing next month at Daytona, but the titanium rod in his leg would provide it with the strength it needed.
“The reality is it could get injured [...]

Gordon Wins Martinsville, Moves Into Contention
Sunday, Oct 27, 2013 – 16:34 | One Comment
Gordon Wins Martinsville, Moves Into Contention

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Jeff Gordon continued Hendrick Motorsports’ decade-long domination of Martinsville Speedway Sunday by scoring his eighth victory at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series shortest track, taking the lead for good with 21 laps remaining in the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger.
The 42-year-old driver’s first victory this season gives him 88 [...]

Brian Vickers Talks About Clot, Return To Racing
Sunday, Oct 27, 2013 – 12:11 | Comments Off
Brian Vickers Talks About Clot, Return To Racing

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Brian Vickers said Sunday the blood clot that has sidelined him for the rest of the season was caused by a protective boot he wore for 1 ½ months after suffering a mid-foot sprain in a wreck at Bristol Motor Speedway in [...]

Keselowski Not Sure NASCAR Is Using Its Head
Friday, Oct 25, 2013 – 20:04 | One Comment
Keselowski Not Sure NASCAR Is Using Its Head

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski says he’s trying to keep an open mind about the sanctioning body’s requirement for 2014 that drivers in its three national touring series undergo pre-season neurocognitive baseline testing.
“I don’t want to call it a negative, but at this point I haven’t [...]

Elliott Sadler Ready For New Role As Cup Sub
Friday, Oct 25, 2013 – 15:49 | One Comment
Elliott Sadler Ready For New Role As Cup Sub

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Elliott Sadler steps into the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota this weekend at Martinsville Speedway for the first time since a medical issue sidelined the team’s regular driver, Brian Vickers, earlier this month and the Virginia native said Friday Vickers was handling the situation better
than he [...]

Charlotte Test To Take On Gen 6 Pushiness
Monday, Oct 14, 2013 – 9:22 | 2 Comments
Charlotte Test To Take On Gen 6 Pushiness

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – A NASCAR test scheduled for Monday at Charlotte Motor Speedway will deal with various aerodynamic devices on Sprint Cup cars in an effort to find a configuration that will eliminate aero push, thus allowing for easier passing and side-by-side racing during an event.
Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR’s vice president [...]

Wolfe Call Makes Keselowski A Winner
Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 – 6:57 | Comments Off
Wolfe Call Makes Keselowski A Winner

CONCORD, N.C. – Two tires or four?
It’s often the toughest question a crew chief faces in the closing stages of a race. However, for Penske Racing crew chief Paul Wolfe, that wasn’t the case in Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
When the fourth and final caution period began with 27 laps [...]

Cup Career Curtains Will Rise At Charlotte
Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 – 7:37 | Comments Off
Cup Career Curtains Will Rise At Charlotte

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Three drivers – Kyle Larson, Brian Scott and Blake Koch – will make their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut Saturday in Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Bank of America 500, adding their names to a rather stellar list.
Seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt, five-time Cup titlist Jimmie Johnson, Harry Gant, [...]