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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

Rookie Suarez Serves Notice In Bristol Xfinity Race
Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 – 18:19 | Comments Off on Rookie Suarez Serves Notice In Bristol Xfinity Race
Rookie Suarez Serves Notice In Bristol Xfinity Race

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Xfinity Series rookie Daniel Suarez knew he faced a steep learning curve when the 2015 season began, so when he finished second in Saturday’s Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway he left many in disbelief, including himself.
“I can’t explain to you in words right […]

Kenseth On Pole At Bristol
Friday, Apr 17, 2015 – 18:46 | Comments Off on Kenseth On Pole At Bristol
Kenseth On Pole At Bristol

Matt Kenseth, with a lap at 128.632 mph (14.917 seconds), earned the 14th pole of his career on Friday when he was fastest at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Kenseth edged Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski (128.442 mph) by .022 seconds.
Carl Edwards (128.322 mph) qualified third while Kevin Harvick (128.211 mph)  was fourth.
Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano (who was fastest in […]

Kenseth Says He’s Not Yet Ready For A Rocker
Friday, Apr 17, 2015 – 18:13 | Comments Off on Kenseth Says He’s Not Yet Ready For A Rocker
Kenseth Says He’s Not Yet Ready For A Rocker

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Food City 500 pole winner Matt Kenseth is only a year younger than Jeff Gordon, but unlike the four-time NASCAR champion who is in his final full-time Sprint Cup season, Kenseth says he doesn’t see the checkered flag waving on his driving career any time soon.
“I feel […]

Schumacher Cars Dominate Four-Wide Finals
Monday, Mar 30, 2015 – 7:30 | Comments Off on Schumacher Cars Dominate Four-Wide Finals
Schumacher Cars Dominate Four-Wide Finals

CONCORD, N.C. – Don Schumacher Racing continued its domination of the NHRA Mello Yello Racing nitro classes this season with Top Fuel and Funny Car victories Sunday in the Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
With Antron Brown’s Top Fuel victory and Jack Beckman’s Funny Car win, DSR has now won seven of eight nitro titles in […]

Records Fall On Cool Day At The Four-Wides
Sunday, Mar 29, 2015 – 7:41 | Comments Off on Records Fall On Cool Day At The Four-Wides
Records Fall On Cool Day At The Four-Wides

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Even though track records were broken Saturday in three of the NHRA’s four professional classes, competitors thought their two qualifying runs in the Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway would have been faster due to the unseasonably cold temperatures.
Funny Car was the only class that didn’t have a […]

Perseverance Led These Five To NASCAR’s Hall
Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 – 9:11 | Comments Off on Perseverance Led These Five To NASCAR’s Hall
Perseverance Led These Five To NASCAR’s Hall

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – When I was a child my dad and I were sitting on the backstretch at Bristol during a race. He pointed to car No. 34 as it entered pit road and said, “Watch this.”
The driver positioned his race car in the proper pit box, turned off the […]

Gordon To Hand Seat Over To Chase Elliott
Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 – 20:49 | Comments Off on Gordon To Hand Seat Over To Chase Elliott
Gordon To Hand Seat Over To Chase Elliott

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Exit Jeff Gordon. Enter Chase Elliott.
On Thursday, one week after Gordon announced 2015 would be his final full-time season in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, team owner Rick Hendrick made it official that Elliott would be the four-time champion’s successor. The announcement surprised no one. After all, Hendrick had signed Elliott when he […]

Pearson On The Mend
Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 – 12:43 | Comments Off on Pearson On The Mend
Pearson On The Mend

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR Hall of Famer and three-time champion David Pearson is recovering from a mild stroke he suffered Dec. 9 and a full recovery is expected, his family said Wednesday in a statement released by NASCAR during the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour.
“The stroke affected his left side […]

New Year, New Look, New Attitude At Roush Fenway
Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 – 19:23 | Comments Off on New Year, New Look, New Attitude At Roush Fenway
New Year, New Look, New Attitude At Roush Fenway

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
After this year’s Roush Fenway Racing drivers were seated on stage for the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour presented by Technocom’s opening event Wednesday, it became evident there was a different atmosphere among the competitors than had existed at the organization in previous years.
At past media tours, the organization’s drivers […]

Biffle Hopes To Lead Roush Fenway Back To Top
Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 – 16:35 | Comments Off on Biffle Hopes To Lead Roush Fenway Back To Top
Biffle Hopes To Lead Roush Fenway Back To Top

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – At the end of each season in three of the last four years Greg Biffle has watched teammates exit Roush Fenway Racing; two moved to another organization while one had his sponsor withdraw from the sport.
It was a scenario that made the 45-year-old Biffle wonder if he […]