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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

Pruett’s ‘Quite A Ride’ Is About To Come To An End
Saturday, Jan 27, 2018 – 12:53 | Comments Off on Pruett’s ‘Quite A Ride’ Is About To Come To An End
Pruett’s ‘Quite A Ride’ Is About To Come To An End

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – For 50 years Scott Pruett and racing have been synonymous, but when the checkered flag falls on this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona it will put a period on a championship career that has spanned four different forms of motorsports.
Since age 8, Pruett’s primary focus has been […]

Fans Are Fanning Ryan Blaney’s Racing Fires
Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018 – 19:46 | One Comment
Fans Are Fanning Ryan Blaney’s Racing Fires

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Ryan Blaney only has one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory on his racing resume and he has yet to claim a championship, but the soft-spoken 24-year-old driver is already walking in Richard Petty’s footsteps when it comes to dealing with the fans.
Last year at Texas Motor Speedway he sat […]

Keselowski Knows Who Buttered His Bread
Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018 – 17:41 | Comments Off on Keselowski Knows Who Buttered His Bread
Keselowski Knows Who Buttered His Bread

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski believes his job entails more than winning races and representing his sponsors, it’s also important for him to promote the sport so it’s there for future generations.
“I am eating the fruits off a tree produced by generations before me; by Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip […]

Childress Cars Will Be Running Leaner This Year
Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018 – 19:32 | One Comment
Childress Cars Will Be Running Leaner This Year

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Richard Childress Racing became a leaner organization at the conclusion of the 2017 season and it’s a change that Austin Dillon and Daniel Hemric believe will strengthen RCR this year.
Last year, RCR fielded three full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams and five in the Xfinity Series. […]

Veteran Kyle Busch Advocates For Young Gun Control
Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018 – 17:14 | Comments Off on Veteran Kyle Busch Advocates For Young Gun Control
Veteran Kyle Busch Advocates For Young Gun Control

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Several recent marketing campaigns focus on the young drivers entering the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and that bothers 32-year-old Kyle Busch.
“We’ve paid our dues, and our sponsors have and everything else, and all you’re doing is advertising all these younger guys for fans to figure out and pick up on and […]

Things Could Get Wild On The Road At CMS
Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018 – 8:08 | Comments Off on Things Could Get Wild On The Road At CMS
Things Could Get Wild On The Road At CMS

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Perhaps Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. provided the best summation of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s new challenging road course Monday when he said it would “break some people’s hearts.”
That’s heartbreak that could come in the form of elimination from the playoffs.
“It’s a wildcard for […]

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 […]