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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

Rookie Blaney No Stranger To Martinsville
Friday, Apr 1, 2016 – 15:14 | Comments Off on Rookie Blaney No Stranger To Martinsville
Rookie Blaney No Stranger To Martinsville

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Ryan Blaney is no stranger to Martinsville Speedway, having produced four top-10 finishes in five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at the half-mile track; a fact the 22-year-old believes will benefit him in his Sprint Cup debut Sunday in the STP 500.
“Even though they are completely […]

A Changed Kyle Busch Logs Best Finish In A 500
Monday, Feb 22, 2016 – 9:22 | Comments Off on A Changed Kyle Busch Logs Best Finish In A 500
A Changed Kyle Busch Logs Best Finish In A 500

One year after Kyle Busch lay in a hospital bed in Daytona Beach, Fla., wondering if he would ever drive again due to severe foot and leg injuries he suffered in the 2015 Xfinity Series season opener, the NASCAR Sprint Cup champion produced his best-ever finish in the Daytona 500.
Placing third to fellow Toyota drivers […]

Mr. H: Young Elliott Is Better Than I Thought
Monday, Feb 15, 2016 – 15:24 | Comments Off on Mr. H: Young Elliott Is Better Than I Thought
Mr. H: Young Elliott Is Better Than I Thought

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Two years before Chase Elliott was even eligible for a driver’s license, NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott met with multi-car team owner Rick Hendrick about his son’s future.
It was a meeting that led to Hendrick signing the teenager before he even celebrated his 16th birthday. Now, not even a […]

Charter System A Big Boost For Big-Team Owners
Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016 – 21:08 | Comments Off on Charter System A Big Boost For Big-Team Owners
Charter System A Big Boost For Big-Team Owners

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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Five days before NASCAR kicks off its 2016 season with the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona, the sanctioning body’s first-ever charter system is in place.
It means that 36 of this year’s 38 full-time teams are guaranteed a starting position in the Sprint Cup Series 36-point races, which will have a grid […]

Isaac Outraced Hard Times En Route To The Hall
Friday, Feb 5, 2016 – 8:13 | Comments Off on Isaac Outraced Hard Times En Route To The Hall
Isaac Outraced Hard Times En Route To The Hall

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Stock car racing’s early years weren’t financially lucrative when compared to today, but for NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Isaac, the sport provided a means to escape poverty and become a champion.
“He loved to win, but he hated to lose, and he used this passion to drive […]

Curtis Turner: He ‘Lived Good’ And Drove Better
Saturday, Jan 23, 2016 – 18:36 | 2 Comments
Curtis Turner: He ‘Lived Good’ And Drove Better

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A 6-foot-2, ruggedly handsome Virginian, Curtis Turner combined his brazen driving tactics with a swashbuckling lifestyle to carve himself a unique place in NASCAR history.
On Saturday, Turner was rewarded for his efforts with induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame along with Speedway Motorsports Inc. founder […]

Teams Hope Leavine/Childress Relationship Will Help Both Teams
Friday, Jan 22, 2016 – 19:35 | Comments Off on Teams Hope Leavine/Childress Relationship Will Help Both Teams
Teams Hope Leavine/Childress Relationship Will Help Both Teams

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Leavine Family Racing and Circle Sport Racing, owned by Joe Falk, have entered into a partnership that will allow LFR to run full time in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series with drivers Michael McDowell and Ty Dillon.
The team also has entered into an alliance with Richard Childress Racing and will switch to Chevrolets […]

zMAX Dragway To Host MXGP
Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 – 18:54 | Comments Off on zMAX Dragway To Host MXGP
zMAX Dragway To Host MXGP

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – When Monster Energy MXGP of the Americas rolls into zMAX Dragway Labor Day weekend it will mark the culmination of nearly two years of work by Speedway Motorsports Inc. executives to bring professional motocross to the Charlotte area.
SMI CEO Marcus Smith said Tuesday night that people began […]

NASCAR Nearing Charter Agreement With Team Owners
Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 – 8:00 | Comments Off on NASCAR Nearing Charter Agreement With Team Owners
NASCAR Nearing Charter Agreement With Team Owners

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Seven-time NASCAR champion and veteran team owner Richard Petty said Wednesday that he believed NASCAR and the sport’s team owners had reached an agreement on about 75 percent of the sanctioning body’s charter program which would provide teams with long-term equity.
However, there is still a question as to whether it will […]

With Help From The Dead, Hamlin Getting Better
Tuesday, Jan 19, 2016 – 19:36 | Comments Off on With Help From The Dead, Hamlin Getting Better
With Help From The Dead, Hamlin Getting Better

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Denny Hamlin said Tuesday he’s not fully recovered from the right knee surgery he had in the off-season to repair his torn ACL, but he expects to be ready for next month’s season opening Daytona 500.
“At this point, this one is a lot more difficult than the […]