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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

Bowyer And His One-Liners Are Back, Baby
Tuesday, Mar 27, 2018 – 7:11 | Comments Off on Bowyer And His One-Liners Are Back, Baby
Bowyer And His One-Liners Are Back, Baby

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – When Tony Stewart tapped Clint Bowyer to succeed him in the No. 14 at Stewart-Haas Racing it really didn’t surprise anyone. After all, they are cut from the same cloth – old school racers.
Bowyer viewed it as team owners Stewart and Gene Haas giving him a […]

Nemechek Gets Timely Truck Victory At Martinsville
Monday, Mar 26, 2018 – 15:10 | Comments Off on Nemechek Gets Timely Truck Victory At Martinsville
Nemechek Gets Timely Truck Victory At Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Tick Tock. John Hunter Nemechek finally won a grandfather clock.
After two second-place finishes and a third in nine NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Martinsville Speedway, the 20-year-old Nemechek held off rookie Kyle Benjamin to claim his sixth career truck series victory in Monday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250.
“I knew the […]

Rhodes Not Lonesome During Slack Schedule
Friday, Mar 23, 2018 – 16:44 | Comments Off on Rhodes Not Lonesome During Slack Schedule
Rhodes Not Lonesome During Slack Schedule

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – In the 2018 season’s first three months, NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series has only four races. It’s a schedule a driver doesn’t like, but Ben Rhodes admitted Friday the lengthy breaks at the season’s beginning were good for ThorSport Racing which switched from Toyota to Ford this […]

Pruett’s ‘Quite A Ride’ Is About To Come To An End
Saturday, Jan 27, 2018 – 12:53 | Comments Off on Pruett’s ‘Quite A Ride’ Is About To Come To An End
Pruett’s ‘Quite A Ride’ Is About To Come To An End

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – For 50 years Scott Pruett and racing have been synonymous, but when the checkered flag falls on this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona it will put a period on a championship career that has spanned four different forms of motorsports.
Since age 8, Pruett’s primary focus has been […]

Fans Are Fanning Ryan Blaney’s Racing Fires
Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018 – 19:46 | One Comment
Fans Are Fanning Ryan Blaney’s Racing Fires

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Ryan Blaney only has one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory on his racing resume and he has yet to claim a championship, but the soft-spoken 24-year-old driver is already walking in Richard Petty’s footsteps when it comes to dealing with the fans.
Last year at Texas Motor Speedway he sat […]

Keselowski Knows Who Buttered His Bread
Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018 – 17:41 | Comments Off on Keselowski Knows Who Buttered His Bread
Keselowski Knows Who Buttered His Bread

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski believes his job entails more than winning races and representing his sponsors, it’s also important for him to promote the sport so it’s there for future generations.
“I am eating the fruits off a tree produced by generations before me; by Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip […]

Childress Cars Will Be Running Leaner This Year
Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018 – 19:32 | One Comment
Childress Cars Will Be Running Leaner This Year

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Richard Childress Racing became a leaner organization at the conclusion of the 2017 season and it’s a change that Austin Dillon and Daniel Hemric believe will strengthen RCR this year.
Last year, RCR fielded three full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams and five in the Xfinity Series. […]

Veteran Kyle Busch Advocates For Young Gun Control
Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018 – 17:14 | Comments Off on Veteran Kyle Busch Advocates For Young Gun Control
Veteran Kyle Busch Advocates For Young Gun Control

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Several recent marketing campaigns focus on the young drivers entering the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and that bothers 32-year-old Kyle Busch.
“We’ve paid our dues, and our sponsors have and everything else, and all you’re doing is advertising all these younger guys for fans to figure out and pick up on and […]

Things Could Get Wild On The Road At CMS
Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018 – 8:08 | Comments Off on Things Could Get Wild On The Road At CMS
Things Could Get Wild On The Road At CMS

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Perhaps Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. provided the best summation of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s new challenging road course Monday when he said it would “break some people’s hearts.”
That’s heartbreak that could come in the form of elimination from the playoffs.
“It’s a wildcard for […]

Kyle Busch Survives ‘Kill’ Mode To Win Martinsville
Monday, Oct 30, 2017 – 7:02 | Comments Off on Kyle Busch Survives ‘Kill’ Mode To Win Martinsville
Kyle Busch Survives ‘Kill’ Mode To Win Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Kyle Busch punched his ticket to the championship round with a narrow victory in Martinsville Speedway’s First Data 500, but the final 10 laps in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race provided more twists-and-turns than a TV soap opera.
“The last run of the race there, everybody was just set on kill […]