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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

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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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, [...]

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
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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
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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,” [...]