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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

Dirt Fans Pack CMS To See ‘The Big Boys Play’
Saturday, Nov 9, 2019 – 17:28 | No Comment
Dirt Fans Pack CMS To See ‘The Big Boys Play’

Sprint car fans from all over are packing the Charlotte Motor Speedway short track to watch the dirt fly this weekend. (RacinToday/HHP photos by Jim Fluharty)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

CONCORD. N.C. – Nearly two years ago the Ulrich family set their sights on The Dirt Track at Charlotte and the 2019 Can-Am World Finals, […]

Byron, 21, Looked Like 24 In Martinsville Race
Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019 – 7:45 | No Comment
Byron, 21, Looked Like 24 In Martinsville Race

William Byron showed major maturity during Sunday’s Cup race at Martinsville Speedway. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Martin Truex Jr. seemed untouchable in Sunday’s First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway until the race’s latter stages when young William Byron drove into the picture. 

Truex held on for the narrow […]

Hamlin Vs. Logano: Round 4 At Martinsville
Monday, Oct 28, 2019 – 14:58 | Comments Off on Hamlin Vs. Logano: Round 4 At Martinsville
Hamlin Vs. Logano: Round 4 At Martinsville

Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin got into a brawl after Sunday’s Cup race at Martinsville. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Garry Eller)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Altercations at Martinsville Speedway are nothing new, almost expected, but the one Sunday night after the First Data 500 wasn’t the first between Joey Logano and former Joe […]

Martinsville Short Track Long On Playoff Implications
Monday, Oct 28, 2019 – 8:03 | Comments Off on Martinsville Short Track Long On Playoff Implications
Martinsville Short Track Long On Playoff Implications

Kyle Busch at Martinsville Speedway. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Talladega and Charlotte Motor Speedway’s The ROVAL are often touted as the NASCAR Cup playoffs’ wildcard races, but there are those who believe Martinsville Speedway is lurking in the shadows as one, too. 

Kyle Busch, this year’s regular season […]

Martinsville Brings Out The Best In Truex
Monday, Oct 28, 2019 – 8:03 | Comments Off on Martinsville Brings Out The Best In Truex
Martinsville Brings Out The Best In Truex

Martin Truex Jr. claimed a spot in the Cup Series’ final four by winning at Martinsville on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Martin Truex Jr. produced a textbook performance on how to conquer Martinsville Speedway in Sunday’s First Data 500, leading 464 of the 500 laps to […]

Gilliland Gets Elusive Trucks Victory: Bashes Busch Bigly
Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 – 19:41 | Comments Off on Gilliland Gets Elusive Trucks Victory: Bashes Busch Bigly
Gilliland Gets Elusive Trucks Victory: Bashes Busch Bigly

Todd Gilliland celebrates his victory in Saturday’s Truck Series race at Martinsville. (Photo courtesy of NASCAR)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – For Todd Gilliland, his last 1 ½ years at Kyle Busch Motorsports has been excruciating as time-after-time victory has slipped through his fingers.

On Saturday at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Hall of […]

Engine Woes Have Hendrick’s Elliott On Edge
Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 – 19:30 | Comments Off on Engine Woes Have Hendrick’s Elliott On Edge
Engine Woes Have Hendrick’s Elliott On Edge

Engine failures have the attention of Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Chase Elliott said Saturday at Martinsville Speedway that he didn’t believe the engine problem his Chevrolet suffered five laps into the first practice at the short track was related to the Dover […]

Hight, Torrence Tear Through Concord Fields
Monday, Oct 14, 2019 – 16:54 | Comments Off on Hight, Torrence Tear Through Concord Fields
Hight, Torrence Tear Through Concord Fields

Robert Hight collected more hardware Monday in North Carolina. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

CONCORD, N.C. – Funny Car point leader Robert Hight and reigning Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence maneuvered through their elimination rounds Monday in the rain-delayed NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway to solidify their bids for […]

Rain Postpones NHRA Finals
Sunday, Oct 13, 2019 – 17:31 | Comments Off on Rain Postpones NHRA Finals
Rain Postpones NHRA Finals

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

CONCORD, N.C. – A day-long rain Sunday forced postponement of the NHRA NTK Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway until Monday.

Gates will open at 9 a.m. with eliminations beginning at 10 a.m.

Tickets for Sunday’s event will be honored Monday. There also will be walk-up ticket sales. A dragway official said […]

Rookie Ashley’s Dreams Coming True
Sunday, Oct 13, 2019 – 8:18 | Comments Off on Rookie Ashley’s Dreams Coming True
Rookie Ashley’s Dreams Coming True

Justin Ashley is making his NHRA Top Fuel debut this weekend in North Carolina. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

CONCORD, N.C. – Justin Ashley always knew he wanted to race in the NHRA, but the second-generation driver never expected to make his Top Fuel debut at age 24 or be able […]