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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

Truex Survives Wallburger To Win The 600
Monday, May 27, 2019 – 8:23 | Comments Off on Truex Survives Wallburger To Win The 600
Truex Survives Wallburger To Win The 600

Martin Truex Jr. won NASCAR’s marathon event on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of NASCAR)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

CONCORD, N.C. – Martin Truex Jr.’s chances for his second Coca-Cola 600 victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway appeared to disintegrate on lap 74 when he blew a tire and hit the wall while leading Sunday night’s race, but […]

Drivers Debate Pros/Cons Of Racing 600 Miles
Sunday, May 26, 2019 – 11:10 | Comments Off on Drivers Debate Pros/Cons Of Racing 600 Miles
Drivers Debate Pros/Cons Of Racing 600 Miles

Driving 600 miles at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Memorial Day weekend is a long tradition in more ways than one. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Brian Cleary)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

CONCORD, N.C. – Discussions constantly swirl as to whether NASCAR Cup races should be shortened, but several series champions cite the  Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte […]

Jeffrey Turns In Earnhardt-Like Performance
Saturday, May 25, 2019 – 17:50 | Comments Off on Jeffrey Turns In Earnhardt-Like Performance
Jeffrey Turns In Earnhardt-Like Performance

Jeffrey Earnhardt survived a spin to go on to record a podium finish in the Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

CONCORD, N.C. – Under the scorching Carolina sun that sent temperatures soaring into the mid-90s, Jeffrey Earnhardt produced his best career finish […]

Cindric Doing The Double – Sort Of
Saturday, May 25, 2019 – 8:58 | Comments Off on Cindric Doing The Double – Sort Of
Cindric Doing The Double – Sort Of

Xfinity Series driver Austin Cindric will start his Memorial Day weekend driving the No. 22 Ford Mustang in Concord, N.C., and will end it in Indianapolis watching his father try to win the 500. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

CONCORD, N.C. – On Saturday, Austin Cindric’s primary focus is the […]

Youngster On Pole Of Cup’s Longest Race
Friday, May 24, 2019 – 7:27 | Comments Off on Youngster On Pole Of Cup’s Longest Race
Youngster On Pole Of Cup’s Longest Race

William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports is on pole for the 600. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by David Tulis)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

CONCORD, N.C. – William Byron became the youngest driver to ever win a pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway Thursday, claiming the No. 1 starting position for this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 with a 183.424-mph […]

The 600 Has Always Been A Test Of Survival
Thursday, May 23, 2019 – 17:06 | Comments Off on The 600 Has Always Been A Test Of Survival
The 600 Has Always Been A Test Of Survival

The front row for the start of the first 600-miler at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Photos courtesy of Charlotte Motor Speedway archives)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Decades before the reality television show “Survivor” there was an event that truly tested one’s survival skills. No script existed for this “survivor” show because there had never been a […]

‘Smoke’ Plays Major Role In 2019 Hall Voting
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 – 19:44 | Comments Off on ‘Smoke’ Plays Major Role In 2019 Hall Voting
‘Smoke’ Plays Major Role In 2019 Hall Voting

Tony Stewart will enter NASCAR’s Hall of Fame. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Christa L Thomas)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tony Stewart’s election Wednesday into the NASCAR Hall of Fame was no surprise, but the connection the other four had to the Indiana native during his career created a special class.

Joining Stewart in […]

NASCAR To Keep Eye On Bowyer And Newman
Monday, May 20, 2019 – 7:16 | Comments Off on NASCAR To Keep Eye On Bowyer And Newman
NASCAR To Keep Eye On Bowyer And Newman

Ryan Newman, left, and Clint Bowyer, center, yukked it up at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday. Fisticuffs replaced the yuks after Saturday night’s All-Star race at CMS. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

CONCORD, N.C. – NASCAR Competition Senior Vice President Scott Miller said he didn’t expect any penalties to be assessed […]

Larson Hopes All-Star Win Is Just The Beginning
Sunday, May 19, 2019 – 8:20 | Comments Off on Larson Hopes All-Star Win Is Just The Beginning
Larson Hopes All-Star Win Is Just The Beginning

Kyle Larson broke a victory drought Saturday night when he won the Cup Series All-Star Race. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

CONCORD, N.C. – Kyle Larson hadn’t enjoyed a NASCAR Cup victory lane since September 2017, but that changed Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway when he emerged victorious in the […]

Jimmie: Chances Of Nailing Goals Are Slimming
Saturday, May 18, 2019 – 8:03 | Comments Off on Jimmie: Chances Of Nailing Goals Are Slimming
Jimmie: Chances Of Nailing Goals Are Slimming

Jimmie Johnson said Friday that his contract with Hendrick Motorsports expires after the 2020 season. After that, he said, who knows?

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

CONCORD, N.C. – Jimmie Johnson said Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway that he doesn’t have a contract beyond 2020 and in reality, he probably doesn’t have five years left as […]