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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

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 […]

Torrence Nabs Wally, Shot Of Confidence In N.C.
Monday, Apr 29, 2019 – 4:59 | Comments Off on Torrence Nabs Wally, Shot Of Confidence In N.C.
Torrence Nabs Wally, Shot Of Confidence In N.C.

Steve Torrence, bottom lane, drove to victory at the 4-Wide Nationals on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Jim Fluharty)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

CONCORD, N.C. – NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence snared his first victory this season in Sunday’s NGK Spark Plugs 4-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway while five-time Pro Stock Motorcycle title holder Andrew […]

Langdon Gets A Heartening Win In Concord
Monday, Apr 29, 2019 – 4:33 | Comments Off on Langdon Gets A Heartening Win In Concord
Langdon Gets A Heartening Win In Concord

Shawn Langdon’s talked about his emotional Funny Car victory with nephew Caden Casner at his side. (Photo by John Davison)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

CONCORD, N.C. – Five-year-old Caden Casner told his mother he knew his uncle Shawn Langdon would grab his first NHRA Funny Car victory Sunday in the NGK Spark Plugs 4-Wide Nationals […]

Salinas’ Journey Takes Him To Pole In Concord
Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 – 14:07 | Comments Off on Salinas’ Journey Takes Him To Pole In Concord
Salinas’ Journey Takes Him To Pole In Concord

Top Fuel driver Mike Salinas is making his move at the Four Wides.

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

CONCORD, N.C. – For several years team owner Mike Salinas was a NHRA journeyman, competing in different classes with qualifying for an event his sole objective. That, however, is no longer the case.

Saturday Salinas claimed the No. […]

‘Oddball’ Drag Racing Still Seems Kind Of Odd
Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 – 8:25 | Comments Off on ‘Oddball’ Drag Racing Still Seems Kind Of Odd
‘Oddball’ Drag Racing Still Seems Kind Of Odd

Head to head to head to head racing is still kind of strange for some fans. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

CONCORD, N.C. – NHRA competitors are constantly asked their feelings about veering from the norm at zMAX Dragway in the spring and racing four-wide, but at least two said […]

Four Wides Get Off To Fast But Strange Start
Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 – 8:13 | Comments Off on Four Wides Get Off To Fast But Strange Start
Four Wides Get Off To Fast But Strange Start

It took a while but qualifying finally got rolling at the Four Wide Nationals on Friday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

CONCORD, N.C. – NHRA Top Fuel driver Mike Salinas and 2012 Funny Car champion Jack Beckman led qualifying in their respective classes Friday on a day that will be more […]

Busch Continues His Assault On History Books
Monday, Apr 8, 2019 – 7:00 | Comments Off on Busch Continues His Assault On History Books
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 […]