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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

Chase Mysteries Will Be Solved At Richmond
Saturday, Sep 7, 2013 – 13:17 | Comments Off
Chase Mysteries Will Be Solved At Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. – Ten drivers, five positions and multiple scenarios exist for those drivers vying for a position in this year’s Chase with each contender’s performance in Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway the critical element.
In fact, the possibilities are so convoluted they could be a basis for a routine reminiscent of [...]

Confidence In Toyota Engines Remains High
Saturday, Sep 7, 2013 – 7:18 | Comments Off
Confidence In Toyota Engines Remains High

RICHMOND, Va. – Despite Clint Bowyer’s engine failure last weekend at Atlanta while he was leading, his team owner, Michael Waltrip, said Friday he wasn’t concerned about the Toyota power plant’s reliability heading into the Chase.
“Toyota Racing Development has the ability to analyze and define what happened and make sure that it doesn’t happen again, [...]

Hall of Famer Ingram Makes Big Day Bigger
Friday, Sep 6, 2013 – 17:24 | 2 Comments
Hall of Famer Ingram Makes Big Day Bigger

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
RICHMOND, Va. – When Elliott Sadler walked out of his house to head for Richmond International Raceway, his father gave him a simple message – “Please don’t embarrass Jack Ingram and run like crap tomorrow night.”
Ingram, a five-time NASCAR champion who will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in [...]

Stewart: Fight To Return Will Not Be Easy
Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013 – 17:12 | Comments Off
Stewart: Fight To Return Will Not Be Easy

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – An upbeat Tony Stewart said Tuesday he would return to the cockpit of his No. 14 Chevrolet for the Daytona 500, but admitted a tremendous amount of therapy lay ahead of him before he could resume his passion – driving a race car.
“If it [injury] had happened [...]

When Opportunity Knocked, SHR Had To Answer
Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 – 16:27 | Comments Off
When Opportunity Knocked, SHR Had To Answer

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Three-time NASCAR Cup champion Tony Stewart wanted a fourth team at Stewart-Haas Racing just not in 2014, but team co-owner Gene Haas felt he had to make the move now in order to add Kurt Busch to the organization’s driver roster.
“I’ve talked to Kurt Busch over the years. He’s been kind [...]

Drivers: Make Bristol Night Race A Chase Race
Monday, Aug 26, 2013 – 20:53 | Comments Off
Drivers: Make Bristol Night Race A Chase Race

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Bristol Motor Speedway’s August race should be one of the 10 Chase races, not before it, says Kurt Busch and after Saturday’s 500-lap race most of those vying for a coveted spot in NASCAR’s playoffs would probably agree.
By the time the checkered flag waved, Matt Kenseth had [...]

Hamlin Forced Into New Role At Gibbs Racing
Saturday, Aug 24, 2013 – 17:47 | One Comment
Hamlin Forced Into New Role At Gibbs Racing

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Denny Hamlin, who earned the pole for the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, says the last nine races have been the worst of his career and now he must be a guinea pig for his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates.
Since Michigan in June Hamlin has [...]

Vickers’ Crew Chief To Defect To Stewart-Haas
Friday, Aug 23, 2013 – 17:30 | Comments Off
Vickers’ Crew Chief To Defect To Stewart-Haas

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Mark Martin said Friday Michael Waltrip Racing’s announcement 10 days ago that Brian Vickers would drive the No. 55 full time in 2014 opened the door for him to join Stewart-Haas Racing for the season’s remainder, but Martin’s move won’t provide Vickers with the benefits he expected.
Instead of getting a head start [...]

Stewart-Haas Looking To Expand With Kurt Busch
Friday, Aug 23, 2013 – 13:59 | Comments Off
Stewart-Haas Looking To Expand With Kurt Busch

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Slightly more than a month ago, Stewart-Haas Racing told Ryan Newman it wouldn’t field a fourth team in 2014 and he needed to find another home, but that’s no longer the case, at least where a fourth team is concerned.
SHR Competition Director Greg Zipadelli said Friday at [...]

Harvick Pits His Way To Victory Lane In Charlotte
Monday, May 27, 2013 – 6:17 | Comments Off
Harvick Pits His Way To Victory Lane In Charlotte

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – With 14 laps remaining in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kevin Harvick pitted for two fresh tires and returned to the 1.5-mile track with only one thought – “Don’t screw up.”
“I knew they put me in the best position to win the race,” said [...]