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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

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 [...]

Fox Cable Snaps, Stops Race And Injures Fans
Sunday, May 26, 2013 – 20:34 | Comments Off
Fox Cable Snaps, Stops Race And Injures Fans

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Ten people were injured Sunday night during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway when a rope cable used by FOX to guide its CamCat overhead camera system broke and fell over the fourth turn grandstands.
A statement released by speedway officials said seven fans were treated [...]

Keselowski: Mental Fitness Is The Key In The 600
Sunday, May 26, 2013 – 12:37 | Comments Off
Keselowski: Mental Fitness Is The Key In The 600

CONCORD, N.C. – Several NASCAR drivers have a personal trainer and follow a strict workout schedule while others compete in marathons and triathlons, but none of those are for Brad Keselowski. The current NASCAR Sprint Cup champion prefers to rely on mental toughness.
“I’ve never really been big into the whole workout routine thing,” Keselowski [...]

The 600 Is Milestone For Iconic Wood Brothers
Sunday, May 26, 2013 – 12:34 | Comments Off
The 600 Is Milestone For Iconic Wood Brothers

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Glen Wood first competed in a NASCAR race on May 17, 1953 and ever since the Stuart, Va., family has produced memorable, history-making moments in the sport. Another one of those will occur Sunday when Trevor Bayne gives the famed Wood Brothers their 1,400th NASCAR Cup [...]

France: NASCAR To Bring Innovation In-House
Saturday, May 25, 2013 – 17:46 | One Comment
France: NASCAR To Bring Innovation In-House

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – For NASCAR’s first five decades, innovations and technology in the sport primarily came from the race teams, but now those items will originate at the sanctioning body’s Research and Development Center in Concord, NASCAR Chairman Brian France said Saturday.
“We’re going to use a lot more science [...]

NASCAR Boss Prefers Charlotte Keep Two Cup Races
Saturday, May 25, 2013 – 17:36 | Comments Off
NASCAR Boss Prefers Charlotte Keep Two Cup Races

CONCORD, N.C. – NASCAR Chairman Brian France said Saturday Bruton Smith hadn’t requested a realignment of a Sprint Cup Series event at one of his tracks, but he would prefer Charlotte Motor Speedway’s October race remain at the 53-year-old facility.
“Our preference, my preference, is to make the events where they are more successful,” France [...]