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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

Funny Cars Can’t Afford To Flop In Concord
Saturday, Oct 12, 2019 – 7:56 | Comments Off on Funny Cars Can’t Afford To Flop In Concord
Funny Cars Can’t Afford To Flop In Concord

The race for the Funny Car championship is white hot as the Countdown reaches the halfway point in Concord, N.C. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

CONCORD, N.C. – With five drivers embroiled in an intense battle for the NHRA Funny Car championship halfway through the Countdown, veteran Ron Capps says removing […]

Crash Sends NHRA Driver To Hospital
Friday, Oct 11, 2019 – 20:02 | Comments Off on Crash Sends NHRA Driver To Hospital
Crash Sends NHRA Driver To Hospital

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

CONCORD , N.C. – NHRA Pro Stock driver Alan Prusiensky was transported to a local hospital for evaluation Friday night after a crash destroyed his 2018 Dodge Dart during the second round of qualifying for the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.

Prusiensky was racing Chris McGaha, of Odessa, Texas, when […]

Determining The Dozen Got A Little Bit Ugly
Monday, Sep 30, 2019 – 17:02 | Comments Off on Determining The Dozen Got A Little Bit Ugly
Determining The Dozen Got A Little Bit Ugly

Turn 1 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway infield road circuit took a big toll on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Tami Pope)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

CONCORD, N.C. – Entering Sunday’s Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, seven drivers were within 26 points of one another in the playoffs. But their quest to […]

Elliott Turns Bad Move Into A Winning Moment
Monday, Sep 30, 2019 – 8:02 | Comments Off on Elliott Turns Bad Move Into A Winning Moment
Elliott Turns Bad Move Into A Winning Moment

Chase Elliott hit some bumps in the road during Sunday’s Cup Series race at the Charlotte infield road course, but he recovered and got the victory. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

CONCORD, N.C. – Redemption is sweet! 

Anyone who doubts that statement need only refer to Chase Elliott’s victory celebration Sunday following […]

IndyCar Demo At Roval Fires Up Teams, Fans
Saturday, Sep 28, 2019 – 17:45 | Comments Off on IndyCar Demo At Roval Fires Up Teams, Fans
IndyCar Demo At Roval Fires Up Teams, Fans

Josef Newgarden, who won this year’s IndyCar Series championship, drive his Team Penske Chevrolet in a demonstration at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL over the weekend. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Jim Fluharty)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

CONCORD, N.C. – If you thought Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL would be used only once a year for NASCAR events, […]

Bad News Came Out Of The Blue For Stenhouse
Saturday, Sep 28, 2019 – 12:41 | Comments Off on Bad News Came Out Of The Blue For Stenhouse
Bad News Came Out Of The Blue For Stenhouse

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. didn’t see the axe coming. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Ashley R Dickerson)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

CONCORD, N.C. – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. admitted Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway that he was blindsided by Roush Fenway Racing’s decision to replace him for the 2020 season with Chris Buescher.

“I got a text on Tuesday […]

Childress Racing Is Still Going Strong At Age 50
Friday, Sep 27, 2019 – 20:15 | Comments Off on Childress Racing Is Still Going Strong At Age 50
Childress Racing Is Still Going Strong At Age 50

Austin Dillon is carrying on the tradition at Richard Childress Racing. (RacingToday/HHP photo by Jim Fluharty)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Today when Richard Childress crosses the railroad tracks in tiny Welcome, N.C., he enters the 52-acre campus of the racing operation that bears his name. Housed in the 17 buildings are a museum, three NASCAR […]

Jones’ Win May Prolong His Career At JGR
Monday, Sep 2, 2019 – 20:17 | Comments Off on Jones’ Win May Prolong His Career At JGR
Jones’ Win May Prolong His Career At JGR

Erik Jones got a really big victory Sunday/Monday at the Southern 500 in Darlington, S.C. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Speculation has persisted throughout the year that Erik Jones’ ride at Joe Gibbs Racing might be in jeopardy for the 2020 season, but early Monday he silenced his […]

Southern 500 A Biggie For Playoff Hopefuls
Saturday, Aug 31, 2019 – 18:54 | Comments Off on Southern 500 A Biggie For Playoff Hopefuls
Southern 500 A Biggie For Playoff Hopefuls

Jimmie Johnson’s hopes to earn a berth in this year’s Cup Playoffs are in big trouble. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Two races, two positions, four drivers. That is the situation facing Ryan Newman, Daniel Suarez, Clint Bowyer and seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson as they battle for […]

Junior Returns: From Plane Crash and Retirement
Friday, Aug 30, 2019 – 16:56 | Comments Off on Junior Returns: From Plane Crash and Retirement
Junior Returns: From Plane Crash and Retirement

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is climbing back into a race car this weekend at Darlington. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. believes the more than two decades he spent driving race cars has played a key role in the way he has processed the plane crash he […]