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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

Showdown Produces All-Stars And Thrills
Saturday, May 21, 2016 – 14:57 | Comments Off on Showdown Produces All-Stars And Thrills
Showdown Produces All-Stars And Thrills

CONCORD, N.C. – Five drivers advanced to Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star race following the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but it was the racing produced by the event’s new format that provided a rebirth of the excitement for which NASCAR was once known.
Smoke flew from rubbing, banging sheet metal as Kyle Larson and Chase […]

Harvick: I Never Talked to Hendrick
Friday, May 20, 2016 – 18:47 | Comments Off on Harvick: I Never Talked to Hendrick
Harvick: I Never Talked to Hendrick

CONCORD, N.C. – Kevin Harvick said Friday he never talked with Hendrick Motorsports about joining the organization and that his contract talks with Stewart-Haas Racing were the result of NASCAR’s charter program.
“I had an automatic two-year extension that the team held,” Harvick explained to the media at Charlotte Motor Speedway as teams prepared for Saturday’s […]

Notes: Custer Says His Truck Roll Custer Was Costly
Thursday, May 19, 2016 – 20:00 | Comments Off on Notes: Custer Says His Truck Roll Custer Was Costly
Notes: Custer Says His Truck Roll Custer Was Costly

CONCORD, N.C. – A week after being black-flagged at Dover for jumping a restart in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series, Cole Custer said Thursday he was told officials didn’t like the way he rolled ahead of the leader in the restart box.
“It was really close from what I was told and what I understood, but […]

Brittany Force Adds To Historic Roll At Four-Wides
Monday, Apr 25, 2016 – 7:04 | Comments Off on Brittany Force Adds To Historic Roll At Four-Wides
Brittany Force Adds To Historic Roll At Four-Wides

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – After taking 75 races to collect her first NHRA Top Fuel victory, Brittany Force wasted little time in snatching her second and etching her name in the history books Sunday at zMAX Dragway in the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods.
Force’s second career Top Fuel victory […]

DeJoria Wins Pole, Breaks Record at zMAX
Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 – 19:00 | Comments Off on DeJoria Wins Pole, Breaks Record at zMAX
DeJoria Wins Pole, Breaks Record at zMAX

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – One day after NHRA Funny Car driver Matt Hagan broke the track record at zMAX Dragway, Alexis DeJoria stole it from him to claim the No. 1 starting position for this weekend’s NHRA Four-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods.
Other top qualifiers Saturday were Steve Torrence in Top […]

Pritchett Facing Hard Work On, Off The Track
Friday, Apr 22, 2016 – 18:38 | Comments Off on Pritchett Facing Hard Work On, Off The Track
Pritchett Facing Hard Work On, Off The Track

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Leah Pritchett’s enthusiasm provides no indication to the dire situation the Top Fuel competitor faces as she attempts to continue her bid for a NHRA championship.
Initially without a ride for this weekend’s NHRA Four Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods at zMAX Dragway, Pritchett had a deal […]

Jones Has Big Xfinity Pay Day At Bristol
Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 – 18:41 | Comments Off on Jones Has Big Xfinity Pay Day At Bristol
Jones Has Big Xfinity Pay Day At Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Erik Jones out-smarted Kyle Larson Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway, then held off Kyle Busch to snap the strangle-hold the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have had on the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year. By winning the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300, Jones also collected the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus.
“If you had asked […]

Sprint Cup Rookies Are Piling Up Top-10 Finishes
Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 – 8:03 | Comments Off on Sprint Cup Rookies Are Piling Up Top-10 Finishes
Sprint Cup Rookies Are Piling Up Top-10 Finishes

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Throughout NASCAR’s history certain rookie classes have generated more attention than others, but it has been quite some time since the top two rookie contenders have so heavily epitomized the sport’s future.
Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney both come from racing families, having known the sound of high-powered […]

Kyle Busch Ponders, Nixes Indy 500 Run
Friday, Apr 15, 2016 – 19:00 | Comments Off on Kyle Busch Ponders, Nixes Indy 500 Run
Kyle Busch Ponders, Nixes Indy 500 Run

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Kyle Busch would like to add his name to the Indianapolis 500 roster, but the NASCAR Sprint Cup champion said Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway that it wouldn’t occur this year.
Details would need to be worked out, but he said convincing team owner Joe Gibbs to allow him to do it probably […]

A.J. Allmendinger Rediscovers His Rhythm
Monday, Apr 4, 2016 – 7:50 | Comments Off on A.J. Allmendinger Rediscovers His Rhythm
A.J. Allmendinger Rediscovers His Rhythm

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – After a dismal 2015 season in which A.J. Allmendinger produced no top-five and only three top-10 finishes, the Los Gatos, Calif., native’s fickle NASCAR career appeared Sunday to have again found solid footing.
In Martinsville Speedway’s STP 500, Allmendinger trailed winner Kyle Busch by a mere 0.663 second […]