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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

Notes: Today’s Young Drivers Slower To Develop?
Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 – 7:35 | One Comment
Notes: Today’s Young Drivers Slower To Develop?

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Kevin Harvick doesn’t believe today’s rookies in NASCAR Sprint Cup racing succeed as quickly as those who preceded them about a decade ago because the training ground isn’t as good as it was in that era.
“I think that the Nationwide cars and trucks are so slow,” Harvick [...]

Gordon Regains That Old Magic At Charlotte
Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 – 20:51 | One Comment
Gordon Regains That Old Magic At Charlotte

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Jeff Gordon was beaming when he strode into Charlotte Motor Speedway’s infield media center Thursday night after claiming his ninth pole at the 1.5-mile track in perhaps the most dramatic qualifying session this season.
The smile on his face and the twinkle in his eye seemed to say, [...]

Team Owner Roush Is Thinking Young
Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 – 20:47 | 2 Comments
Team Owner Roush Is Thinking Young

CONCORD, N.C. – Jack Roush said Thursday he was excited about the youth coming into Roush Fenway Racing, noting Ryan Reed was expected to compete full time for the organization next year in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series while Chris Buescher possessed the inside track for his fourth Cup team.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 26, returns to Roush Fenway [...]

Hot Hight Wins Funny Car In Concord; Lucas Tops In Top Fuel
Sunday, Sep 15, 2013 – 19:15 | Comments Off
Hot Hight Wins Funny Car In Concord; Lucas Tops In Top Fuel

CONCORD, N.C. – Funny Car driver Robert Hight repeated history Sunday at zMAX Dragway in the Carlyle Tools Carolina Nationals while Top Fuel’s Morgan Lucas secured his first-ever victory at the 6-year-old track as the Mello Yello NHRA Countdown to the Championship began with some interesting
scenarios.
In the other two professional categories, Jeg Coughlin claimed his [...]

Antron Brown: Things Didn’t Go Our Way
Sunday, Sep 15, 2013 – 7:46 | Comments Off
Antron Brown: Things Didn’t Go Our Way

CONCORD, N.C. – Antron Brown’s Top Fuel dragster shut off before he completed his final qualifying run Saturday and the category’s defending champion found himself eliminated from zMAX Dragway’s Carlyle Tools Carolina Nationals, the opening event in the six-race Mello Yello NHRA Countdown to the Championship.
“You never imagine this kind of thing happening,” said Brown, [...]

Second Time Around Is Easier For Brown
Saturday, Sep 14, 2013 – 12:37 | Comments Off
Second Time Around Is Easier For Brown

CONCORD, N.C. – Defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Antron Brown says going after his second title isn’t nearly as stressful as trying to get the first one.
“The first championship is the hardest, just like winning the first race, because you don’t know how to do it; you don’t know how to get the job done,” [...]

Cruz Pedregon Early Funny Car Leader In N.C.
Saturday, Sep 14, 2013 – 7:34 | Comments Off
Cruz Pedregon Early Funny Car Leader In N.C.

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Cool temperatures in a night qualifying session for the Carlyle Carolina Nationals resulted in one track record being set and another being equaled as the Mello Yello NHRA Countdown to the Championship began Friday at zMAX Dragway.
Cruz Pedregon’s elapsed time of 3.980 seconds was not only a [...]

Furniture Row On A Rocky Mountain High
Sunday, Sep 8, 2013 – 8:18 | 2 Comments
Furniture Row On A Rocky Mountain High

RICHMOND, Va. – If you thought Cinderella stories no longer existed in NASCAR Sprint Cup racing, that only multi-car teams could succeed, think again.
This year a Colorado-based, single-car team with a former champion focused on rebuilding his career fought their way into the Chase. The glass slipper isn’t theirs yet, but with Kurt Busch’s second-place [...]

Newman: I Was Not Lied To By Tony Stewart
Saturday, Sep 7, 2013 – 19:11 | Comments Off
Newman: I Was Not Lied To By Tony Stewart

RICHMOND, Va. – Stewart-Haas Racing’s announcement that it would field a fourth team next year for Kurt Busch has resulted in many fans and at least one TV analyst accusing Tony Stewart of lying to Ryan Newman in July when he told him the organization wouldn’t have a fourth team next year and he
needed to [...]

Playing Nice Is The New Norm In Sprint Cup
Saturday, Sep 7, 2013 – 15:32 | Comments Off
Playing Nice Is The New Norm In Sprint Cup

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
RICHMOND, Va. – Any long-time NASCAR fan knows the way competitors race each other in the Sprint Cup Series has changed, but that couldn’t have been any more evident than when several drivers vying for a position in the Chase said they wouldn’t wreck a peer to gain one of [...]