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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

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 […]

Bristol Notes: Taking A Car For A Spin Has Become More Difficult
Saturday, Apr 6, 2019 – 7:56 | Comments Off on Bristol Notes: Taking A Car For A Spin Has Become More Difficult
Bristol Notes: Taking A Car For A Spin Has Become More Difficult

Playing bumper cars at Bristol is becoming a thing of the past. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The sheet metal grinding and bumping that once characterized NASCAR short-track stock car racing is almost extinct and Ryan Newman says that is due to a combination of things.

“The bumpers, […]

Keselowski, Penske Come Up Big At Short Track
Sunday, Mar 24, 2019 – 20:18 | Comments Off on Keselowski, Penske Come Up Big At Short Track
Keselowski, Penske Come Up Big At Short Track

Brad Keselowski put on a smoke show after winning at Martinsville on Sunday. RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Even though the 36-race 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season is in its infancy, it’s already taken on the appearance of a power struggle between Team Penske and Joe […]

Logano Rolls On At Martinsville
Saturday, Mar 23, 2019 – 18:27 | Comments Off on Logano Rolls On At Martinsville
Logano Rolls On At Martinsville

Joey Logano continued his successful run in qualifying at Martinsville.(RacinToday/HHP file photo by David Tulis)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Joey Logano, driving a Ford, posted a lap of 97.830 mph Saturday at Martinsville Speedway to earn the pole for Sunday’s STP 500, his fifth No. 1 starting position in the last seven […]

Diversifying Is The Key For Harrison Burton
Saturday, Mar 23, 2019 – 18:07 | Comments Off on Diversifying Is The Key For Harrison Burton
Diversifying Is The Key For Harrison Burton

Harrison Burton is into driving and learning. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Ashley R Dickerson)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Harrison Burton has known since childhood that he wanted a racing career, but the second-generation driver doesn’t confine himself to one series, preferring instead to develop a versatility that he believes will pay dividends […]

Keselowski Overcomes A Ton; Passes Donohue
Monday, Feb 25, 2019 – 8:07 | Comments Off on Keselowski Overcomes A Ton; Passes Donohue
Keselowski Overcomes A Ton; Passes Donohue

Brad Keselowski was one sick driver over the weekend in Atlanta. But after winning the Cup Series race there, he made sure he took in plenty of fluids. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

HAMPTON, Ga. – Neither flu-like symptoms, an overheating engine, or a hard charging Martin Truex Jr. could keep […]