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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

Cup Chase Now Has Big Historical Implications
Monday, Oct 31, 2016 – 7:25 | Comments Off on Cup Chase Now Has Big Historical Implications
Cup Chase Now Has Big Historical Implications

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – For weeks Jimmie Johnson has attempted to ignore any conversation about a seventh NASCAR championship, but the winner of Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway can no longer sidestep the issue.
With Johnson’s 79th career victory Sunday, he now has a guaranteed position in the Chase’s […]

Car Slams, Injures Pedestrians After Race At Martinsville
Monday, Oct 31, 2016 – 7:12 | Comments Off on Car Slams, Injures Pedestrians After Race At Martinsville
Car Slams, Injures Pedestrians After Race At Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Nearly two dozen people were injured Sunday at Martinsville Speedway after the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 when a person maneuvered his vehicle out of the traffic line and plowed into a group of pedestrians.
The injured, who Virginia State Police said ranged in age from 13 to 65, were behind turns one and […]

Hamlin Escapes Pre-Race Tragedy
Sunday, Oct 30, 2016 – 18:41 | Comments Off on Hamlin Escapes Pre-Race Tragedy
Hamlin Escapes Pre-Race Tragedy

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Denny Hamlin led twice for 48 laps in Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 en route to a third-place finish, but the day didn’t begin as well as it ended for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver.
Hamlin was using his golf cart for travel to-and-from an appearance before the […]

Earnhardt Eyes ’17: Sitting Home Not A Lot Of Fun
Sunday, Oct 30, 2016 – 13:39 | Comments Off on Earnhardt Eyes ’17: Sitting Home Not A Lot Of Fun
Earnhardt Eyes ’17: Sitting Home Not A Lot Of Fun

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Sunday his intentions were to race next year and his Hendrick Motorsports team was handling bookings for 2017 as usual.
“We are doing all our photo shoots and everything with anticipation of our sponsors marketing me as the driver of the No. 88 car,” […]

Out Of Chase, He’s Now Truex The Trophy Hunter
Sunday, Oct 30, 2016 – 7:54 | Comments Off on Out Of Chase, He’s Now Truex The Trophy Hunter
Out Of Chase, He’s Now Truex The Trophy Hunter

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Martin Truex Jr. readily admits the week after his elimination from NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Chase at Talladega has been a tough one.
After all, Truex’s strong Toyota was one of the favorites in the title run. He lost the season opening Daytona 500 by inches, produced a dominating […]

Hamlin Defends Lack of JGR Support At ‘Dega
Friday, Oct 28, 2016 – 19:27 | 2 Comments
Hamlin Defends Lack of JGR Support At ‘Dega

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Denny Hamlin said Friday his three Joe Gibbs Racing teammates who remained at the back of the field during last weekend’s Talladega race shouldn’t be criticized; that they were simply being smart.
“They would be the dumbest group in history if they had run in the middle […]

X’d Out: Charlotte Out-Talladega’s Talladega
Monday, Oct 10, 2016 – 7:59 | Comments Off on X’d Out: Charlotte Out-Talladega’s Talladega
X’d Out: Charlotte Out-Talladega’s Talladega

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Prior to Sunday’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, several drivers pointed to the Round of 12 as the toughest in the Chase because of Talladega Superspeedway and the “big one” that’s always expected.
However, Sunday the 1.5-mile Charlotte track showed it could be just as […]

Wallace Moves Up, Dillon Down in Xfinity Series Chase
Monday, Oct 10, 2016 – 7:27 | Comments Off on Wallace Moves Up, Dillon Down in Xfinity Series Chase
Wallace Moves Up, Dillon Down in Xfinity Series Chase

CONCORD, N.C. – After Sunday’s Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Darrell Wallace Jr. admitted he could shed a tear for joy, but a devastated Ty Dillon probably could have shed many for disappointment.
That’s because Wallace, who finished 20th, advanced to the second round in the Xfinity Series Chase while Dillon didn’t […]

Thanks To Junior, Bowman Showing His Talents
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 – 8:41 | Comments Off on Thanks To Junior, Bowman Showing His Talents
Thanks To Junior, Bowman Showing His Talents

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Prior to mid-July, Alex Bowman wasn’t a familiar name to most race fans.
The 23-year-old Arizona native had enjoyed success in ARCA, winning six races in 21 starts over a two-year period, but when it came to NASCAR he possessed no victories. He had produced top-five and top-10 […]

Childress, Earnhardt Were Hot At CMS 30 Years Ago
Friday, Oct 7, 2016 – 18:28 | Comments Off on Childress, Earnhardt Were Hot At CMS 30 Years Ago
Childress, Earnhardt Were Hot At CMS 30 Years Ago

Thirty years before Charlotte Motor Speedway became the first race in the Chase’s second round, Dale Earnhardt and his Richard Childress Racing team steamrolled into the 1.5-mile track in October 1986 with a season as hot as the sweltering temperatures that blanketed the facility that fall.
With only four races left in the 29-race season. Earnhardt […]