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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

Notes: Suarez Feeling Wanted At Stewart-Haas Racing
Friday, Feb 15, 2019 – 19:12 | Comments Off on Notes: Suarez Feeling Wanted At Stewart-Haas Racing
Notes: Suarez Feeling Wanted At Stewart-Haas Racing

Daniel Suarez says his moved from Joe Gibbs Racing to Stewart-Haas has been a good one. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Ashley R Dickerson)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – During Daniel Suarez’s first season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the 27-year-old thought he would be at Joe Gibbs Racing longer than […]

Fords Raise Eyebrows In Daytona Duels
Friday, Feb 15, 2019 – 8:10 | Comments Off on Fords Raise Eyebrows In Daytona Duels
Fords Raise Eyebrows In Daytona Duels

Kevin Harvick drove his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to victory in the first Duel qualifying race at Daytona on Thursday night. A Ford also won the second Duel. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ford Motorsports executives exhibited a tremendous amount of confidence in their new […]

Hemric Has Number of Reasons To Enjoy 2019
Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019 – 16:33 | Comments Off on Hemric Has Number of Reasons To Enjoy 2019
Hemric Has Number of Reasons To Enjoy 2019

Rookie Daniel Hemric is a good pick to sport historic number at RCR. (RacinTdoday/HHP file photo by /Ashley R Dickerson)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daniel Hemric’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookie season with Richard Childress Racing is filled with sentimentality.

Besides being RCR’s 50th anniversary, Hemric shares his hometown (Kannapolis, N.C.) […]

Jimmie, Chad Show They Can Still Make Cars Fast
Sunday, Feb 10, 2019 – 20:15 | Comments Off on Jimmie, Chad Show They Can Still Make Cars Fast
Jimmie, Chad Show They Can Still Make Cars Fast

Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus showed winning form on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Rusty Jarrett)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and veteran crew chief Chad Knaus showed one thing Sunday at Daytona International Speedway: They can be successful without each other.

Knaus […]

Notes: Success Not Going To Bowman’s Head
Sunday, Feb 10, 2019 – 12:32 | Comments Off on Notes: Success Not Going To Bowman’s Head
Notes: Success Not Going To Bowman’s Head

Alex Bowman was the surprise pole winner at Daytona a year ago. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Alex Bowman became a household name last year when he succeeded Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet and then won the Daytona 500 pole. However, […]

NASCAR Class Of ’19 Has A Lot In Common
Saturday, Feb 2, 2019 – 12:51 | Comments Off on NASCAR Class Of ’19 Has A Lot In Common
NASCAR Class Of ’19 Has A Lot In Common

Members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame gathered for the induction of the Class of 2018 Friday in Charlotte.

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Watching common men do uncommon things is what made NASCAR’s popularity explode in the late 20th Century, but it also defines this year’s NASCAR Hall of Fame class that […]

Change of Scene May Be Just What Suarez Needs
Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 – 5:10 | Comments Off on Change of Scene May Be Just What Suarez Needs
Change of Scene May Be Just What Suarez Needs

Daniel Suarez has new life in the NASCAR Cup Series. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Ashley R Dickerson)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

No one need ever question Daniel Suarez’s adaptability.

In 10 years, the Monterrey, Mexico native has competed in ARCA and NASCAR’s Mexico, K&N, truck, Xfinity and Cup series. He won the 2016 Xfinity Series championship […]

Hopes High For Jim France’s NASCAR
Monday, Nov 19, 2018 – 8:17 | Comments Off on Hopes High For Jim France’s NASCAR
Hopes High For Jim France’s NASCAR

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Any question as to who was now overseeing NASCAR was quickly addressed by NASCAR President Steve Phelps Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway during a lengthy press conference regarding the state of the sport.  
“Our chairman and CEO is Jim France,” Phelps said. “For those of you who have gone to all of the […]

The Promise Of Joey Logano Has Been Fulfilled
Monday, Nov 19, 2018 – 8:06 | Comments Off on The Promise Of Joey Logano Has Been Fulfilled
The Promise Of Joey Logano Has Been Fulfilled

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Joey Logano possessed one dream as a child – to be a NASCAR champion. On Sunday at Homestead-Motor Speedway his dream finally became reality.
With a Ford that was powerful on the short runs, Logano bolted into the lead with 12 laps remaining and stretched his advantage to […]

Reddick Gives Earnhardt Another Xfinity Series Championship
Sunday, Nov 18, 2018 – 16:27 | Comments Off on Reddick Gives Earnhardt Another Xfinity Series Championship
Reddick Gives Earnhardt Another Xfinity Series Championship

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – JR Motorsports has a knack for transforming young rookie drivers into NASCAR Xfinity Series champions. Anyone who doubts it need only look at Tyler Reddick, William Byron and Chase Elliott.
All three earned their Xfinity Series titles with the Mooresville, N.C.-based team as rookies. Reddick, who shunned the underdog label during this year’s […]