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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

J.D. Was On A Lot Of Minds At End Of The 500
Monday, Feb 18, 2019 – 8:16 | No Comment
J.D. Was On A Lot Of Minds At End Of The 500

Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing celebrates his victory in Sunday’s Daytona 500. The win was an emotional one for several reasons. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Joe Gibbs Racing co-founder and former president J.D. Gibbs always believed in Denny Hamlin’s driving talent. On Sunday in the […]

NASCAR Loses A Pair Of Icons
Sunday, Feb 17, 2019 – 15:25 | No Comment
NASCAR Loses A Pair Of Icons

Sam Bass worked his artistry on everything from canvas to guitars. (RacinToday file photo by David Vaughn)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

NASCAR lost two very special people Saturday; people who were icons in very different areas of the sport but still connected.

One was motorsports artist Sam Bass. The other was former NASCAR official and […]

McMurray Set To Drive Off To Broadcast Booth
Saturday, Feb 16, 2019 – 18:47 | No Comment
McMurray Set To Drive Off To Broadcast Booth

Jamie McMurray is driving in what looks to be his final Cup race on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Garry Eller)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Seven drivers will realize a career goal Sunday when they start their first Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, but for Jamie McMurray it marks the […]

Notes: Front Row Continues Its Slow, Steady Biz Plan
Saturday, Feb 16, 2019 – 13:08 | No Comment
Notes: Front Row Continues Its Slow, Steady Biz Plan

Front Row Motorsports “has not bitten off more than it can chew.”

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Front Row Motorsports owner Bob Jenkins entered NASCAR with a plan to develop his team over an eight- to 10-year period and David Regan believes that approach will be the key to the organization’s longevity.

“He […]

Crew Member Hit By Truck
Saturday, Feb 16, 2019 – 9:31 | One Comment
Crew Member Hit By Truck

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

A crew member was severely injured during Friday night’s Truck Series race at Daytona.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – FDNY Racing jackman Billy Rock suffered a broken shoulder Friday night when he was hit by Bryan Dauzat’s Chevrolet during the chaotic opening laps of the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at […]

Notes: Suarez Feeling Wanted At Stewart-Haas Racing
Friday, Feb 15, 2019 – 19:12 | No Comment
Notes: Suarez Feeling Wanted At Stewart-Haas Racing

Daniel Suarez says his moved from Joe Gibbs Racing to Stewart-Haas has been a good one. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Ashley R Dickerson)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – During Daniel Suarez’s first season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the 27-year-old thought he would be at Joe Gibbs Racing longer than […]

Fords Raise Eyebrows In Daytona Duels
Friday, Feb 15, 2019 – 8:10 | No Comment
Fords Raise Eyebrows In Daytona Duels

Kevin Harvick drove his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to victory in the first Duel qualifying race at Daytona on Thursday night. A Ford also won the second Duel. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ford Motorsports executives exhibited a tremendous amount of confidence in their new […]

Hemric Has Number of Reasons To Enjoy 2019
Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019 – 16:33 | No Comment
Hemric Has Number of Reasons To Enjoy 2019

Rookie Daniel Hemric is a good pick to sport historic number at RCR. (RacinTdoday/HHP file photo by /Ashley R Dickerson)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daniel Hemric’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookie season with Richard Childress Racing is filled with sentimentality.

Besides being RCR’s 50th anniversary, Hemric shares his hometown (Kannapolis, N.C.) […]

Jimmie, Chad Show They Can Still Make Cars Fast
Sunday, Feb 10, 2019 – 20:15 | No Comment
Jimmie, Chad Show They Can Still Make Cars Fast

Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus showed winning form on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Rusty Jarrett)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and veteran crew chief Chad Knaus showed one thing Sunday at Daytona International Speedway: They can be successful without each other.

Knaus […]

Notes: Success Not Going To Bowman’s Head
Sunday, Feb 10, 2019 – 12:32 | No Comment
Notes: Success Not Going To Bowman’s Head

Alex Bowman was the surprise pole winner at Daytona a year ago. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Alex Bowman became a household name last year when he succeeded Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet and then won the Daytona 500 pole. However, […]