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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

Seven-Time Champion Is Feeling The Pressure To Lead
Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017 – 18:02 | Comments Off on Seven-Time Champion Is Feeling The Pressure To Lead
Seven-Time Champion Is Feeling The Pressure To Lead

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson said Tuesday he feels more pressure to be the proper leader in the sport than to compete for an eighth title.
“I’ve felt like there hasn’t been a lot of pressure on me through six and seven (championships) because I
never even thought I’d […]

The Effect Of Monday’s Big News Is Unknown
Monday, Jan 23, 2017 – 21:12 | One Comment
The Effect Of Monday’s Big News Is Unknown

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR executives, team owners, drivers and track owners were extremely positive Monday when the sanctioning body announced the most drastic race format change in its history, but several questions remained with the season opening events in the three national touring series just weeks away.
Will the fans be […]

The Class Of 2017 Says A Lot About Racing In NASCAR
Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 – 8:49 | Comments Off on The Class Of 2017 Says A Lot About Racing In NASCAR
The Class Of 2017 Says A Lot About Racing In NASCAR

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Memorable Remarks from the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony:
Richard Childress:  I’d like to start out by saying only in America.  Only in America could a kid selling peanuts and popcorn at Bowman Gray Stadium have a dream of becoming a race driver someday, and then he goes […]

Roads To The NASCAR Hall Crossed Many Times
Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 – 8:40 | Comments Off on Roads To The NASCAR Hall Crossed Many Times
Roads To The NASCAR Hall Crossed Many Times

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C – Four of the five men inducted Friday into the NASCAR Hall of Fame had careers that were intertwined over three decades.
For Richard Childress and Rick Hendrick, their first formal meeting came in 1987 at the invitation of then NASCAR president Bill France Jr. France summoned Childress, Hendrick […]

Stewart’s Hopes To Drive At Le Mans And Rolex May Have Gone Up In Smoke
Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 – 9:46 | Comments Off on Stewart’s Hopes To Drive At Le Mans And Rolex May Have Gone Up In Smoke
Stewart’s Hopes To Drive At Le Mans And Rolex May Have Gone Up In Smoke

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Tony Stewart said Wednesday his efforts to acquire a ride for the Jan. 28-29 Rolex 24 at Daytona and the June 17-18 24 Hours of Le Mans didn’t materialize, but he could alter his schedule if one developed.
“I had some interesting conversations about running Le Mans and […]

Bowyer Eager To Get Back To Driving For Wins
Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 – 9:37 | Comments Off on Bowyer Eager To Get Back To Driving For Wins
Bowyer Eager To Get Back To Driving For Wins

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Optimism flourishes among drivers and race teams during the pre-season, but for Clint Bowyer there’s a high level of excitement and anticipation that the Kansas driver hasn’t experienced in several years.
“I love what I see at Stewart-Haas (Racing),” Bowyer said Wednesday at the Ford Performance Center in […]

A Long List Spurred Edwards To Fix His Priorities
Saturday, Jan 14, 2017 – 13:13 | One Comment
A Long List Spurred Edwards To Fix His Priorities

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A NASCAR driver at the height of his career, driving for one of the premier series’ top teams, walked out his house’s back door and headed for a meeting. Sitting on the steps was one of his daughters.
When he asked why she wasn’t riding her bicycle she replied that […]

Cup Chase Now Has Big Historical Implications
Monday, Oct 31, 2016 – 7:25 | Comments Off on Cup Chase Now Has Big Historical Implications
Cup Chase Now Has Big Historical Implications

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – For weeks Jimmie Johnson has attempted to ignore any conversation about a seventh NASCAR championship, but the winner of Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway can no longer sidestep the issue.
With Johnson’s 79th career victory Sunday, he now has a guaranteed position in the Chase’s […]

Car Slams, Injures Pedestrians After Race At Martinsville
Monday, Oct 31, 2016 – 7:12 | Comments Off on Car Slams, Injures Pedestrians After Race At Martinsville
Car Slams, Injures Pedestrians After Race At Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Nearly two dozen people were injured Sunday at Martinsville Speedway after the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 when a person maneuvered his vehicle out of the traffic line and plowed into a group of pedestrians.
The injured, who Virginia State Police said ranged in age from 13 to 65, were behind turns one and […]

Hamlin Escapes Pre-Race Tragedy
Sunday, Oct 30, 2016 – 18:41 | Comments Off on Hamlin Escapes Pre-Race Tragedy
Hamlin Escapes Pre-Race Tragedy

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Denny Hamlin led twice for 48 laps in Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 en route to a third-place finish, but the day didn’t begin as well as it ended for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver.
Hamlin was using his golf cart for travel to-and-from an appearance before the […]