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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

Kyle Busch Survives ‘Kill’ Mode To Win Martinsville
Monday, Oct 30, 2017 – 7:02 | Comments Off on Kyle Busch Survives ‘Kill’ Mode To Win Martinsville
Kyle Busch Survives ‘Kill’ Mode To Win Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Kyle Busch punched his ticket to the championship round with a narrow victory in Martinsville Speedway’s First Data 500, but the final 10 laps in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race provided more twists-and-turns than a TV soap opera.
“The last run of the race there, everybody was just set on kill […]

Gragson Notches A Sickening Victory In Martinsville
Sunday, Oct 29, 2017 – 11:47 | Comments Off on Gragson Notches A Sickening Victory In Martinsville
Gragson Notches A Sickening Victory In Martinsville

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – First-time winners usually bring a breath of fresh air to an environment that has a tendency to become jaded. Such was the case Saturday when rookie Noah Gragson won the Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway.
After exiting his truck on the short track’s frontstretch, the teenager […]

Hamlin: Speed Overcomes Experience In Playoffs
Saturday, Oct 28, 2017 – 17:37 | Comments Off on Hamlin: Speed Overcomes Experience In Playoffs
Hamlin: Speed Overcomes Experience In Playoffs

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Half of the drivers remaining in NASCAR’s playoffs for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup championship have earned a title in the series, but Denny Hamlin said Saturday he doesn’t believe that experience gives them an advantage like it once did.
“I think it’s about the speed that you […]

Burton Cousins To Be Brawling For Same Track Space
Friday, Oct 27, 2017 – 16:47 | Comments Off on Burton Cousins To Be Brawling For Same Track Space
Burton Cousins To Be Brawling For Same Track Space

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Cousins Jeb and Harrison Burton are no strangers to Martinsville Speedway, having grown up at the tough NASCAR short track when their fathers competed against each other.
On Saturday, however, the two will bring the family ties full circle when they race against each other for the first […]

Cup Drivers Test Tires On Charlotte’s ‘Roval’
Thursday, Oct 19, 2017 – 8:14 | Comments Off on Cup Drivers Test Tires On Charlotte’s ‘Roval’
Cup Drivers Test Tires On Charlotte’s ‘Roval’

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – “Interesting”, “challenging”, “intimidating” and “tricky” are just a few of the words used Wednesday by NASCAR drivers to describe Charlotte Motor Speedway’s road course that will be used next year for the Bank of America 500.
“(We’re) still trying to figure it all out,” said Martin Truex Jr., […]

Torrence Family Operation Beating The Big Boys Of Top Fuel
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 – 8:11 | Comments Off on Torrence Family Operation Beating The Big Boys Of Top Fuel
Torrence Family Operation Beating The Big Boys Of Top Fuel

Midway through the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship, Steve Torrence possesses a 42-point lead in Top Fuel, but the Texas native believes it’s the length of time his team has worked together that eventually will make the difference in the title battle.
“Some of those guys have been with me six years,” the 34-year-old Torrence said. […]

The Magic Keeps Building For Martin Truex Jr.
Monday, Oct 9, 2017 – 11:54 | Comments Off on The Magic Keeps Building For Martin Truex Jr.
The Magic Keeps Building For Martin Truex Jr.

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Four years ago Martin Truex Jr. didn’t know if he would ever have the opportunity to race competitively in NASCAR’s premier series again.
In 2013 Truex found himself without a sponsor and without a ride due to fallout from a team orders scandal at Michael Waltrip Racing. Following […]

Jones Unhurt After Plowing Into Steps At CMS
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 – 18:22 | Comments Off on Jones Unhurt After Plowing Into Steps At CMS
Jones Unhurt After Plowing Into Steps At CMS

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – NASCAR driver Erik Jones escaped injury Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway when the NBC track car hit aluminum steps that were on the speedway.
The aluminum steps were at the frontstretch gate located at the flagstand. They are used for those walking from the grandstand to the infield […]

Earnhardt’s Difficult Season Drags On At CMS
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 – 8:16 | Comments Off on Earnhardt’s Difficult Season Drags On At CMS
Earnhardt’s Difficult Season Drags On At CMS

CONCORD, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway he would be having more fun and he thought the fans would, too, if he was in the thick of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup championship battle.
“I think it’s a little bittersweet for me and the fans and our supporters with the […]

Junior’s Concussions May Help Out Others
Friday, Oct 6, 2017 – 17:00 | Comments Off on Junior’s Concussions May Help Out Others
Junior’s Concussions May Help Out Others

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s experience with concussions in the waning years of his career has led Charlotte Motor Speedway and Speedway Children’s Charities to create a concussion research fund in his name, it was announced Friday.
A $100,000 gift, the Dale Earnhardt Jr. Concussion Research Fund at Carolinas Healthcare […]