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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

The Chase Puzzle To Be Untangled Saturday Night
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 – 7:40 | Comments Off on The Chase Puzzle To Be Untangled Saturday Night
The Chase Puzzle To Be Untangled Saturday Night

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
RICHMOND, Va. – Seizing every opportunity is critical to one’s success in NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship, but before the 16-driver field is set one more obstacle must be cleared – Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
Eleven drivers already are guaranteed berths in the field via one […]

Notes: Hobbled Hamlin Says Swelling In Knee Is Not So Swell
Friday, Sep 11, 2015 – 18:12 | Comments Off on Notes: Hobbled Hamlin Says Swelling In Knee Is Not So Swell
Notes: Hobbled Hamlin Says Swelling In Knee Is Not So Swell

RICHMOND, Va. – Denny Hamlin said Friday the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee wasn’t painful when he was in his race car and his only limitation was being able to walk without crutches.
“I think I’m probably about a day or maybe two away from maybe ditching the extra crutch to walk around, […]

500 Victor Edwards: Tough Racing’s Good Racing
Monday, Sep 7, 2015 – 7:10 | Comments Off on 500 Victor Edwards: Tough Racing’s Good Racing
500 Victor Edwards: Tough Racing’s Good Racing

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DARLINGTON, S.C. – Carl Edwards overcame a two-lap deficit to record his first-ever Bojangles Southern 500 victory in a Darlington Raceway event that the Joe Gibbs Racing driver said placed NASCAR at a bigger crossroads than most people realize.
“I think this is the opportunity for the sport to […]

Aero Rules Could Produce A Slick Southern 500
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 – 19:20 | Comments Off on Aero Rules Could Produce A Slick Southern 500
Aero Rules Could Produce A Slick Southern 500

DARLINGTON, S.C. – NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers are facing a tough, slippery Darlington Raceway this Labor Day weekend with less downforce on their cars and most believe it’s the right way to go to improve the racing.
“Losing grip is usually a good thing for our racing,” Brad Keselowski said Saturday after winning the pole […]

Gordon’s Romance With Lady In Black Almost Over
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 – 17:56 | Comments Off on Gordon’s Romance With Lady In Black Almost Over
Gordon’s Romance With Lady In Black Almost Over

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DARLINGTON, S.C. – For more than two decades Jeff Gordon has had an annual date with the Lady in Black – aka Darlington Raceway – and most of the time the treacherous ol’ gal and her young suitor have enjoyed their dance.
In 34 races, Gordon has collected seven victories on […]

Teams, Drivers Turn Back The Pages At Darlington
Friday, Sep 4, 2015 – 18:51 | One Comment
Teams, Drivers Turn Back The Pages At Darlington

DARLINGTON, S.C. – With the Southern 500 returning to its traditional Labor Day weekend date at Darlington Raceway and the track promoting a “throwback” theme, of the 28 teams using throwback paint schemes on their cars, perhaps Richard Petty Motorsports has taken the biggest step back in time.
Aric Almirola has adopted a Fu Manchu […]

Texters Ride For Love Of Sport And Family
Wednesday, Sep 2, 2015 – 7:10 | Comments Off on Texters Ride For Love Of Sport And Family
Texters Ride For Love Of Sport And Family

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Cory and Shayna Texter know well the tough life of an AMA Pro Flat Track racer; after all, their father, Randy, was an AMA U.S. Twin Sports Champion. But when he died in 2010 the siblings didn’t know if they could continue in the sport.
Their biggest supporter […]

Logano, Team Penske Are Again Stellar At Night
Sunday, Aug 23, 2015 – 7:17 | Comments Off on Logano, Team Penske Are Again Stellar At Night
Logano, Team Penske Are Again Stellar At Night

BRISTOL, Tenn. – With Joey Logano’s Saturday victory in the Irwin Tools Night Race, Team Penske has now won three of the last five night races at Bristol Motor Speedway to move owner Roger Penske into sole position of second on the tough half-mile track’s all-time win list.
Previously, Penske was tied for second with […]

SMI’s Bruton Smith Battling Lymphoma
Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 – 7:05 | Comments Off on SMI’s Bruton Smith Battling Lymphoma
SMI’s Bruton Smith Battling Lymphoma

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Speedway Motorsports Inc. Executive Chairman Bruton Smith is attending this weekend’s events at Bristol Motor Speedway after battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma earlier this summer, it was announced Friday.
“We talked about this for the last few days actually, about having a conversation because health and personal matters are […]

Kauffman, Bowyer Dish On Demise of Waltrip Racing
Friday, Aug 21, 2015 – 18:11 | Comments Off on Kauffman, Bowyer Dish On Demise of Waltrip Racing
Kauffman, Bowyer Dish On Demise of Waltrip Racing

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Clint Bowyer admitted Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway that neither he nor sponsor Five-Hour Energy saw the demise of Michael Waltrip Racing coming. After all, Bowyer was eight months into a three-year deal.
Bowyer isn’t tipping his hand as to where he’s going, even though the rumors are strong that it’s HScott […]