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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

Hopes High For Jim France’s NASCAR
Monday, Nov 19, 2018 – 8:17 | Comments Off on Hopes High For Jim France’s NASCAR
Hopes High For Jim France’s NASCAR

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Any question as to who was now overseeing NASCAR was quickly addressed by NASCAR President Steve Phelps Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway during a lengthy press conference regarding the state of the sport.  
“Our chairman and CEO is Jim France,” Phelps said. “For those of you who have gone to all of the […]

The Promise Of Joey Logano Has Been Fulfilled
Monday, Nov 19, 2018 – 8:06 | Comments Off on The Promise Of Joey Logano Has Been Fulfilled
The Promise Of Joey Logano Has Been Fulfilled

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Joey Logano possessed one dream as a child – to be a NASCAR champion. On Sunday at Homestead-Motor Speedway his dream finally became reality.
With a Ford that was powerful on the short runs, Logano bolted into the lead with 12 laps remaining and stretched his advantage to […]

Reddick Gives Earnhardt Another Xfinity Series Championship
Sunday, Nov 18, 2018 – 16:27 | Comments Off on Reddick Gives Earnhardt Another Xfinity Series Championship
Reddick Gives Earnhardt Another Xfinity Series Championship

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – JR Motorsports has a knack for transforming young rookie drivers into NASCAR Xfinity Series champions. Anyone who doubts it need only look at Tyler Reddick, William Byron and Chase Elliott.
All three earned their Xfinity Series titles with the Mooresville, N.C.-based team as rookies. Reddick, who shunned the underdog label during this year’s […]

Makers Predict Hybrids In NASCAR Future
Saturday, Nov 17, 2018 – 17:48 | Comments Off on Makers Predict Hybrids In NASCAR Future
Makers Predict Hybrids In NASCAR Future

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – With hybrid passenger cars becoming more popular, executives with the three automotive manufacturers involved in NASCAR said Saturday they envisioned a hybrid-style engine eventually being used in the sport.
However, they admitted they didn’t know when that day would arrive since racing, like the automobile business, was a long-lead business.
“You’ve got […]

FRR’s Shut Down Won’t Slow Garone
Saturday, Nov 17, 2018 – 8:33 | Comments Off on FRR’s Shut Down Won’t Slow Garone
FRR’s Shut Down Won’t Slow Garone

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Ever since Furniture Row Racing made its debut in 2005 Joe Garone has been by owner Barney Visser’s side, but now the organization’s president has to find a new job due to the team’s closing.
A mainstay in racing for more than two decades, Garone said Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway that he’s not […]

Logano Wins, Truex Threatens at Martinsville
Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 – 20:38 | Comments Off on Logano Wins, Truex Threatens at Martinsville
Logano Wins, Truex Threatens at Martinsville

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Tempers always flare at Martinsville Speedway; it’s a well-defined by-product of short-track racing and Sunday’s First Data 500 was no exception.
Shortly after the checkered flag waved third-place finisher Martin Truex Jr. vowed race winner Joey Logano wouldn’t be the 2018 champion.
Winning team owner Roger […]

Elite Eight Got Big Date at Martinsville Short Track
Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 – 8:25 | Comments Off on Elite Eight Got Big Date at Martinsville Short Track
Elite Eight Got Big Date at Martinsville Short Track

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Martinsville Speedway’s First Data 500 kicks off the round of eight in NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Series and with Stewart-Haas racing possessing half of the contenders, the playoffs have taken on a different look than many expected.
Already eliminated from the post-season are seven-time NASCAR champion […]

Sauter Wins; Is Back In Championship Round
Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 – 18:35 | Comments Off on Sauter Wins; Is Back In Championship Round
Sauter Wins; Is Back In Championship Round

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Johnny Sauter’s dominating victory in Saturday’s Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway guaranteed him a berth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship battle at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
It’s the third consecutive year the series’ 2016 champion has reached the title race.
“This final round of the playoffs has […]

Torrence Remains Torrid
Sunday, Oct 14, 2018 – 19:07 | Comments Off on Torrence Remains Torrid
Torrence Remains Torrid

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CONCORD, N.C. – Unstoppable and dominating. Those are the only two words to describe Steve Torrence’s history making run towards his first-ever NHRA Top Fuel championship.
With Torrence’s victory Sunday in the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway, the Texan remained undefeated in the Countdown to the Championship. He’s now 4-0 […]

Swinging Singles Torrence, Millican Duking It Out
Saturday, Oct 13, 2018 – 18:38 | Comments Off on Swinging Singles Torrence, Millican Duking It Out
Swinging Singles Torrence, Millican Duking It Out

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – NHRA Top Fuel drivers Steve Torrence and Clay Millican don’t have hundreds of employees, but Torrence hopes that the fact they’re the top two in the standings with their single-car operations will be inspirational to others.
“We’re saying, hey, you don’t have to be a multi-car team to […]