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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

Force Sisters On Top At Four-Wides
Saturday, Apr 28, 2018 – 7:38 | Comments Off on Force Sisters On Top At Four-Wides
Force Sisters On Top At Four-Wides

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Sisters Brittany and Courtney Force owned the No. 1 starting positions in Top Fuel and Funny Car, respectively, after two rounds of qualifying Friday in the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA 4-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
Brittany, who was fifth fastest after the first round, soared to the No. […]

Season Has Been ‘Scary’ For Force Racing
Friday, Apr 27, 2018 – 20:25 | Comments Off on Season Has Been ‘Scary’ For Force Racing
Season Has Been ‘Scary’ For Force Racing

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Having grown up in drag racing, sisters Brittany and Courtney Force are well aware of the sport’s dangers, but this season’s beginning has been gut wrenching for their family’s NHRA organization – John Force Racing.
In the 2018 season’s first five events, 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John […]

Bristol Featured Numerous Good Storylines
Monday, Apr 16, 2018 – 16:56 | Comments Off on Bristol Featured Numerous Good Storylines
Bristol Featured Numerous Good Storylines

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – A Kyle Busch victory at Bristol Motor Speedway is nothing new. After all, he’s won at the tough half-mile track in all three of NASCAR’s top three series and swept the Truck-Xfinity-Cup weekend twice.
Overall, the 32-year-old Busch possesses seven Bristol victories in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup […]

Rains Force Postponement Of Bristol Cup Race
Sunday, Apr 15, 2018 – 17:50 | Comments Off on Rains Force Postponement Of Bristol Cup Race
Rains Force Postponement Of Bristol Cup Race

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Persistent rain Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway forced NASCAR to postpone the conclusion of the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race until Monday.
The race is scheduled to resume at 1 p.m. EDT on lap 205 in Stage 2 with Kyle Larson leading. Rounding out the […]

Preece’s Investment In Himself Pays Off In Bristol
Saturday, Apr 14, 2018 – 18:19 | Comments Off on Preece’s Investment In Himself Pays Off In Bristol
Preece’s Investment In Himself Pays Off In Bristol

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – A Modified champion and short-track star, Ryan Preece knew he possessed the talent needed to succeed in NASCAR’s top touring series. He simply needed a chance to prove it.
That chance came last year, but only because Preece possessed a strong belief in himself and the passion to […]

All-Star Aero Package Has Doubters In Garages
Friday, Apr 13, 2018 – 18:03 | Comments Off on All-Star Aero Package Has Doubters In Garages
All-Star Aero Package Has Doubters In Garages

BRISTOL, Tenn. – NASCAR drivers admit something needs to be done to improve the racing on 1.5-mile tracks, but several of them said Friday they didn’t know if the rules package announced for next month’s All-Star race would be the solution.
Implemented for the first time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, it’s the same […]

Bowyer And His One-Liners Are Back, Baby
Tuesday, Mar 27, 2018 – 7:11 | Comments Off on Bowyer And His One-Liners Are Back, Baby
Bowyer And His One-Liners Are Back, Baby

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – When Tony Stewart tapped Clint Bowyer to succeed him in the No. 14 at Stewart-Haas Racing it really didn’t surprise anyone. After all, they are cut from the same cloth – old school racers.
Bowyer viewed it as team owners Stewart and Gene Haas giving him a […]

Nemechek Gets Timely Truck Victory At Martinsville
Monday, Mar 26, 2018 – 15:10 | Comments Off on Nemechek Gets Timely Truck Victory At Martinsville
Nemechek Gets Timely Truck Victory At Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Tick Tock. John Hunter Nemechek finally won a grandfather clock.
After two second-place finishes and a third in nine NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Martinsville Speedway, the 20-year-old Nemechek held off rookie Kyle Benjamin to claim his sixth career truck series victory in Monday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250.
“I knew the […]

Rhodes Not Lonesome During Slack Schedule
Friday, Mar 23, 2018 – 16:44 | Comments Off on Rhodes Not Lonesome During Slack Schedule
Rhodes Not Lonesome During Slack Schedule

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – In the 2018 season’s first three months, NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series has only four races. It’s a schedule a driver doesn’t like, but Ben Rhodes admitted Friday the lengthy breaks at the season’s beginning were good for ThorSport Racing which switched from Toyota to Ford this […]

Pruett’s ‘Quite A Ride’ Is About To Come To An End
Saturday, Jan 27, 2018 – 12:53 | Comments Off on Pruett’s ‘Quite A Ride’ Is About To Come To An End
Pruett’s ‘Quite A Ride’ Is About To Come To An End

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – For 50 years Scott Pruett and racing have been synonymous, but when the checkered flag falls on this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona it will put a period on a championship career that has spanned four different forms of motorsports.
Since age 8, Pruett’s primary focus has been […]