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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

Big Bill Would Not Like SCOTUS Decision
Friday, May 18, 2018 – 18:10 | 2 Comments
Big Bill Would Not Like SCOTUS Decision

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. vehemently fought against legalized gambling in stock car racing, but a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this week could allow it and Kyle Busch believes it would be good for the sport.
“I think it’ll put more eyeballs on the sport,” Busch said […]

CMS ‘Roval’ Feels Like ‘True Road Course’
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – 16:05 | Comments Off on CMS ‘Roval’ Feels Like ‘True Road Course’
CMS ‘Roval’ Feels Like ‘True Road Course’

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Paul Menard said Tuesday he believes this year’s Bank of America 500 will be a “survival” race due to the characteristics possessed by Charlotte Motor Speedway’s new road course.
“It looks like Watkins Glen, it feels like Watkins Glen, but it has the grip of Sonoma. It’s pretty […]

NHRA Underdogs Have Their Day In Concord
Monday, Apr 30, 2018 – 7:28 | Comments Off on NHRA Underdogs Have Their Day In Concord
NHRA Underdogs Have Their Day In Concord

CONCORD, N.C. – An independent racer searching for inspiration need look no further than Steve Torrence and Cruz Pedregon, who swept the nitro classes Sunday in the NGK Spark Plugs 4-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
Both men operate as independents and in the second four-wide event this year they overpowered the multi-team giants in Top Fuel […]

Pawuk Returning To NHRA
Sunday, Apr 29, 2018 – 7:45 | Comments Off on Pawuk Returning To NHRA
Pawuk Returning To NHRA

CONCORD, N.C. – Former NHRA Pro Stock driver Mark Pawuk is ending an 11-year hiatus to compete in the SAM Tech NHRA Factory Stock Showdown for Don Schumacher Racing, it was announced Saturday at zMAX Dragway.
Pawuk’s first outing in the Factory Stock Showdown will be in June at the Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals […]

The Roll Continues For The Force Sisters In N.C.
Saturday, Apr 28, 2018 – 18:15 | Comments Off on The Roll Continues For The Force Sisters In N.C.
The Roll Continues For The Force Sisters In N.C.

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Sisters Brittany and Courtney Force proved to be formidable in qualifying at the same event for the third time in their career Saturday, walking off with the No. 1 positions in their respective classes in the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA 4-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
The previous […]

Highway Wreck Kills James Hylton, Son
Saturday, Apr 28, 2018 – 17:24 | Comments Off on Highway Wreck Kills James Hylton, Son
Highway Wreck Kills James Hylton, Son

LAVONIA, Ga. – Former NASCAR driver and ARCA team owner James Hylton and his son were killed early Saturday when the vehicle hauling their race car back from Talladega Superspeedway crashed on I-85 in Franklin County, Ga.
The Georgia State Patrol and the Franklin County Coroner’s office told WSPA in Spartanburg, S.C., that James Harvey Hylton, […]

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 […]