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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

Families Take Center Stage At Hall Of Fame
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 – 21:52 | Comments Off
Families Take Center Stage At Hall Of Fame

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR has always billed itself as a family oriented sport and seven-time champion Richard Petty said the 2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame class announced Wednesday reinforces that sentiment.
Petty’s younger brother, Maurice, and Ned Jarrett’s younger son, Dale, were among the five selected by a voting panel that [...]

Kulwicki Team Assembles 20 Years After Title
Monday, May 20, 2013 – 13:46 | 5 Comments
Kulwicki Team Assembles 20 Years After Title

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – With very few exceptions, loyalty in NASCAR disappeared with the arrival of the 21st Century. Therefore, when one sees the loyalty that still exists for Alan Kulwicki from his 1992 championship crew, it is heart-warming.
Twenty years after losing their mentor, their leader, in a plane crash near [...]

Jimmie Becomes NASCAR’s All-Time All-Star
Sunday, May 19, 2013 – 6:59 | 2 Comments
Jimmie Becomes NASCAR’s All-Time All-Star

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Entering Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway Jimmie Johnson wasn’t sure about his chances in the event due to an 18th-place qualifying run, but when the checkered flag waved the California native had once again rewritten a page in the NASCAR record book.
With an [...]

Edwards, Fennig Hope To Put Trickle In Victory Lane
Saturday, May 18, 2013 – 14:38 | Comments Off
Edwards, Fennig Hope To Put Trickle In Victory Lane

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Thanks to Carl Edwards, his Wisconsin-born crew chief Jimmy Fennig and many of his Roush-Fenway Racing crew, legendary short-track driver Dick Trickle has one more opportunity to visit victory lane.
That opportunity will be Saturday night in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In [...]

Garages React With Shock, Sadness To Trickle
Saturday, May 18, 2013 – 7:25 | Comments Off
Garages React With Shock, Sadness To Trickle

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – A cup of coffee in one hand and a cigarette in another. Those were legendary driver Dick Trickle’s staples, but it was his sense of humor and willingness to help others that will always endear him to those who knew him.
Perhaps that’s the reason it came [...]

DSR Rules At zMAX Dragway
Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 – 19:18 | Comments Off
DSR Rules At zMAX Dragway

Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Spencer Massey successfully defended his Top Fuel title in Sunday’s Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway, while Matt Hagan snapped a Funny Car winless streak of more than a year to give Don Schumacher Racing a sweep of the NHRA’s top two categories.
It was the [...]

Rookie Funny Car Driver Stuns Field, Self at zMAX
Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 – 19:48 | Comments Off
Rookie Funny Car Driver Stuns Field, Self at zMAX

CONCORD, N.C. – Always expect the unexpected in racing, especially when it comes to the Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway where Funny Car rookie Chad Head earned his first-ever No. 1 qualifying position Saturday.
With an ET of 4.014 seconds – 315.19 mph – one could say Head even surprised himself.
“I’m just lucky [...]

Funny Car Body Hurtles Into Grandstands At Four-Wides
Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 – 18:53 | Comments Off
Funny Car Body Hurtles Into Grandstands At Four-Wides

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Spectators seated in zMAX Dragway’s East Grandstand escaped serious injury Saturday when the carbon fiber body from Robert Hight’s Funny Car hit a portion of the seating area following an engine explosion during the Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals final qualifying round.
NHRA officials said two people were [...]

NHRA Qualifying Washed Out At zMAX
Friday, Apr 19, 2013 – 16:24 | Comments Off
NHRA Qualifying Washed Out At zMAX

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Rain washed out Friday afternoon qualifying in the Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway shortly after Pro Stock began its first round and Pro Stock Motorcycle had completed its inaugural session.
Qualifying for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series resumes Saturday at 12:15 p.m. as [...]

Finish Puts Smile On Patrick’s, Team’s Faces
Monday, Apr 8, 2013 – 8:18 | One Comment
Finish Puts Smile On Patrick’s, Team’s Faces

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Entering the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season the motorsports community pointed to the demanding Martinsville Speedway as possibly Danica Patrick’s biggest challenge in her rookie year.
The flat, half-mile, paper-clipped short track had been the nightmare for many drivers, both rookies and veterans, throughout its storied history. [...]