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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

Pressure Is On Chase Bubble-Sitters At Richmond
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 – 9:02 | Comments Off on Pressure Is On Chase Bubble-Sitters At Richmond
Pressure Is On Chase Bubble-Sitters At Richmond

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
RICHMOND, Va. – Pressure is a way of life for those competing in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, but in Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 it’s different for those already solidified in the Chase versus those still trying to gain a spot in the title run.
Chris Buescher possesses a victory, but […]

Darlington Cup Penalties May Have Big Effect On Chicago
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 – 7:59 | Comments Off on Darlington Cup Penalties May Have Big Effect On Chicago
Darlington Cup Penalties May Have Big Effect On Chicago

RICHMOND, Va. – Several teams received penalties following the Darlington NASCAR Sprint Cup race and Carl Edwards said Friday he believed penalties could impact the Chase, which begins next weekend at Chicago.
“I haven’t talked to many people about it in depth, but seeing the 31 car’s [Ryan Newman] penalty and realizing … that could affect […]

Young Elliott Waves Off Criticism From Others
Monday, Sep 5, 2016 – 8:58 | Comments Off on Young Elliott Waves Off Criticism From Others
Young Elliott Waves Off Criticism From Others

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DARLINGTON, S.C. – Two years ago Chase Elliott pulled off a major upset and won the NASCAR Xfinity race in his Darlington Raceway debut, but the Georgia native said that doesn’t mean anything today.
“We didn’t have a very strong run here last year, which was disappointing,” Elliott said prior […]

Truex Seals Darlington Victory With A Kiss
Monday, Sep 5, 2016 – 7:46 | Comments Off on Truex Seals Darlington Victory With A Kiss
Truex Seals Darlington Victory With A Kiss

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DARLINGTON, S.C. – Martin Truex Jr. couldn’t help himself; he just had to kiss Darlington Raceway’s finish line after claiming Sunday’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 and no doubt the Lady in Black appreciated his thoughtfulness.
After all, the historic 1.366-mile track appears to have developed an affection for team owner Barney Visser […]

Doctor: Junior “Pretty Sick” On First Visit
Sunday, Sep 4, 2016 – 17:50 | Comments Off on Doctor: Junior “Pretty Sick” On First Visit
Doctor: Junior “Pretty Sick” On First Visit

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DARLINGTON, S.C. –  Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s concussion-like symptoms were so severe when he first visited the University of Pittsburgh’s concussion program that Dr. Micky Collins said Sunday his primary objective was to see the third-generation driver “become a human being again.”
“When I first saw Dale a month-and-a-half ago I can […]

Elliott Thinking Now, Not Then
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 – 18:49 | Comments Off on Elliott Thinking Now, Not Then
Elliott Thinking Now, Not Then

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DARLINGTON, S.C. – Two years ago Chase Elliott pulled off a major upset and won the NASCAR Xfinity race in his Darlington Raceway debut, but the Georgia native said that doesn’t mean anything today.
“We didn’t have a very strong run here last year, which was disappointing,” Elliott said prior […]

Community Service Will Be Betty Jane’s Legacy
Tuesday, Aug 30, 2016 – 17:13 | Comments Off on Community Service Will Be Betty Jane’s Legacy
Community Service Will Be Betty Jane’s Legacy

Bill and Betty Jane.
That’s the way former NASCAR Chairman and CEO Bill France Jr. and his wife, Betty Jane, were known to everyone in the racing community. Even though it was Bill Jr. who sat in a director’s chair behind the NASCAR hauler every race weekend in the garage, conversing with those who wanted to […]

Harvick Finally Closes One Out At Bristol Short Track
Monday, Aug 22, 2016 – 14:17 | Comments Off on Harvick Finally Closes One Out At Bristol Short Track
Harvick Finally Closes One Out At Bristol Short Track

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Every year Stewart-Haas Racing crew chief Rodney Childers circles the races at Bristol Motor Speedway on his calendar as the ones he especially wants to win due to his background in short-track racing.
Sunday in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race driver Kevin Harvick delivered the coveted […]

Buescher Takes Big Step Toward Chase Berth
Monday, Aug 22, 2016 – 11:46 | Comments Off on Buescher Takes Big Step Toward Chase Berth
Buescher Takes Big Step Toward Chase Berth

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Chris Buescher will be the first to admit that his 2016 season has fallen into the roller-coaster category.
After all, the season was 12 races old before he recorded a top-20 finish at Dover in May. And he didn’t acquire a top-15 until Indianapolis in July. That’s why when he emerged victorious […]

Cup Buddies Honor ‘BC’ In Bristol
Monday, Aug 22, 2016 – 11:41 | Comments Off on Cup Buddies Honor ‘BC’ In Bristol
Cup Buddies Honor ‘BC’ In Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Only two weeks have passed since Bryan Clauson succumbed to injuries suffered in a crash during the Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas, but for his friends Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kyle Larson the loss is still painfully fresh.
“He was a great person, awesome race car driver,” Larson said Friday at Bristol Motor […]