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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

Busch Continues His Assault On History Books
Monday, Apr 8, 2019 – 7:00 | No Comment
Busch Continues His Assault On History Books

Kyle Busch put on another show for NASCAR fans on Sunday. This time at the expense of his older brother.

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Team Penske owned the race, but when the checkered flag waved in Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Kyle Busch possessed the victory that gave him […]

Bristol’s Spring Race Has Been Driver Springboard
Saturday, Apr 6, 2019 – 18:15 | Comments Off on Bristol’s Spring Race Has Been Driver Springboard
Bristol’s Spring Race Has Been Driver Springboard

Dale Earnhardt got his first Cup victory when he won the Bristol spring race in 1979. (Photo courtesy of NASCAR)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Forty years ago, a 27-year-old Dale Earnhardt rolled into victory lane for the first time in his NASCAR Cup career, defeating veteran Bobby Allison by three seconds at […]

Bristol Notes: Taking A Car For A Spin Has Become More Difficult
Saturday, Apr 6, 2019 – 7:56 | Comments Off on Bristol Notes: Taking A Car For A Spin Has Become More Difficult
Bristol Notes: Taking A Car For A Spin Has Become More Difficult

Playing bumper cars at Bristol is becoming a thing of the past. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The sheet metal grinding and bumping that once characterized NASCAR short-track stock car racing is almost extinct and Ryan Newman says that is due to a combination of things.

“The bumpers, […]

Keselowski, Penske Come Up Big At Short Track
Sunday, Mar 24, 2019 – 20:18 | Comments Off on Keselowski, Penske Come Up Big At Short Track
Keselowski, Penske Come Up Big At Short Track

Brad Keselowski put on a smoke show after winning at Martinsville on Sunday. RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Even though the 36-race 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season is in its infancy, it’s already taken on the appearance of a power struggle between Team Penske and Joe […]

Logano Rolls On At Martinsville
Saturday, Mar 23, 2019 – 18:27 | Comments Off on Logano Rolls On At Martinsville
Logano Rolls On At Martinsville

Joey Logano continued his successful run in qualifying at Martinsville.(RacinToday/HHP file photo by David Tulis)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Joey Logano, driving a Ford, posted a lap of 97.830 mph Saturday at Martinsville Speedway to earn the pole for Sunday’s STP 500, his fifth No. 1 starting position in the last seven […]

Diversifying Is The Key For Harrison Burton
Saturday, Mar 23, 2019 – 18:07 | Comments Off on Diversifying Is The Key For Harrison Burton
Diversifying Is The Key For Harrison Burton

Harrison Burton is into driving and learning. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Ashley R Dickerson)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Harrison Burton has known since childhood that he wanted a racing career, but the second-generation driver doesn’t confine himself to one series, preferring instead to develop a versatility that he believes will pay dividends […]

Keselowski Overcomes A Ton; Passes Donohue
Monday, Feb 25, 2019 – 8:07 | Comments Off on Keselowski Overcomes A Ton; Passes Donohue
Keselowski Overcomes A Ton; Passes Donohue

Brad Keselowski was one sick driver over the weekend in Atlanta. But after winning the Cup Series race there, he made sure he took in plenty of fluids. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

HAMPTON, Ga. – Neither flu-like symptoms, an overheating engine, or a hard charging Martin Truex Jr. could keep […]

Engine Guru: New Rules Are A Concern
Saturday, Feb 23, 2019 – 20:42 | Comments Off on Engine Guru: New Rules Are A Concern
Engine Guru: New Rules Are A Concern

Doug Yates says new spacer engines could be a problem. (File photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.co

HAMPTON, Ga. – Engine rules for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season will challenge the durability of the power plants and could affect events known as fuel mileage races, says Doug […]

Cars Have Hit New Low And Crews Must Cope
Saturday, Feb 23, 2019 – 14:35 | Comments Off on Cars Have Hit New Low And Crews Must Cope
Cars Have Hit New Low And Crews Must Cope

With ride-height rules abolished, new problems have popped up for the guys in the pits. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Garry Eller)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

HAMPTON, Ga. – With no ride-height rule this year in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the sides of the cars almost scrape the ground and Hendrick Motorsports pit crew coach […]

NASCAR Cup Teams Venturing Into The Unknown
Friday, Feb 22, 2019 – 20:00 | Comments Off on NASCAR Cup Teams Venturing Into The Unknown
NASCAR Cup Teams Venturing Into The Unknown

Cup teams are trying to figure out NASCAR’s new rules this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

HAMPTON, Ga. – Normally, NASCAR drivers agree on very little, but this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway they concur that with the new Cup rules package they are venturing into […]