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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

Engine Guru: New Rules Are A Concern
Saturday, Feb 23, 2019 – 20:42 | Comments Off on Engine Guru: New Rules Are A Concern
Engine Guru: New Rules Are A Concern

Doug Yates says new spacer engines could be a problem. (File photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.co

HAMPTON, Ga. – Engine rules for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season will challenge the durability of the power plants and could affect events known as fuel mileage races, says Doug […]

Cars Have Hit New Low And Crews Must Cope
Saturday, Feb 23, 2019 – 14:35 | Comments Off on Cars Have Hit New Low And Crews Must Cope
Cars Have Hit New Low And Crews Must Cope

With ride-height rules abolished, new problems have popped up for the guys in the pits. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Garry Eller)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

HAMPTON, Ga. – With no ride-height rule this year in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the sides of the cars almost scrape the ground and Hendrick Motorsports pit crew coach […]

NASCAR Cup Teams Venturing Into The Unknown
Friday, Feb 22, 2019 – 20:00 | Comments Off on NASCAR Cup Teams Venturing Into The Unknown
NASCAR Cup Teams Venturing Into The Unknown

Cup teams are trying to figure out NASCAR’s new rules this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

HAMPTON, Ga. – Normally, NASCAR drivers agree on very little, but this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway they concur that with the new Cup rules package they are venturing into […]

Notes: Jimmie Johnson Is Padding Out His Resume
Friday, Feb 22, 2019 – 18:29 | Comments Off on Notes: Jimmie Johnson Is Padding Out His Resume
Notes: Jimmie Johnson Is Padding Out His Resume

Jimmie Johnson has some marathon plans for this coming spring. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

HAMPTON, Ga. – Training for a marathon and providing color commentary for a televised Xfinity Series race are just two events seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson is focusing on when he’s not concentrating on his […]

J.D. Was On A Lot Of Minds At End Of The 500
Monday, Feb 18, 2019 – 8:16 | Comments Off on J.D. Was On A Lot Of Minds At End Of The 500
J.D. Was On A Lot Of Minds At End Of The 500

Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing celebrates his victory in Sunday’s Daytona 500. The win was an emotional one for several reasons. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Joe Gibbs Racing co-founder and former president J.D. Gibbs always believed in Denny Hamlin’s driving talent. On Sunday in the […]

NASCAR Loses A Pair Of Icons
Sunday, Feb 17, 2019 – 15:25 | Comments Off on NASCAR Loses A Pair Of Icons
NASCAR Loses A Pair Of Icons

Sam Bass worked his artistry on everything from canvas to guitars. (RacinToday file photo by David Vaughn)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

NASCAR lost two very special people Saturday; people who were icons in very different areas of the sport but still connected.

One was motorsports artist Sam Bass. The other was former NASCAR official and […]

McMurray Set To Drive Off To Broadcast Booth
Saturday, Feb 16, 2019 – 18:47 | Comments Off on McMurray Set To Drive Off To Broadcast Booth
McMurray Set To Drive Off To Broadcast Booth

Jamie McMurray is driving in what looks to be his final Cup race on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Garry Eller)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Seven drivers will realize a career goal Sunday when they start their first Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, but for Jamie McMurray it marks the […]

Notes: Front Row Continues Its Slow, Steady Biz Plan
Saturday, Feb 16, 2019 – 13:08 | Comments Off on Notes: Front Row Continues Its Slow, Steady Biz Plan
Notes: Front Row Continues Its Slow, Steady Biz Plan

Front Row Motorsports “has not bitten off more than it can chew.”

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Front Row Motorsports owner Bob Jenkins entered NASCAR with a plan to develop his team over an eight- to 10-year period and David Regan believes that approach will be the key to the organization’s longevity.

“He […]

Crew Member Hit By Truck
Saturday, Feb 16, 2019 – 9:31 | 2 Comments
Crew Member Hit By Truck

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

A crew member was severely injured during Friday night’s Truck Series race at Daytona.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – FDNY Racing jackman Billy Rock suffered a broken shoulder Friday night when he was hit by Bryan Dauzat’s Chevrolet during the chaotic opening laps of the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at […]

Notes: Suarez Feeling Wanted At Stewart-Haas Racing
Friday, Feb 15, 2019 – 19:12 | Comments Off on Notes: Suarez Feeling Wanted At Stewart-Haas Racing
Notes: Suarez Feeling Wanted At Stewart-Haas Racing

Daniel Suarez says his moved from Joe Gibbs Racing to Stewart-Haas has been a good one. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Ashley R Dickerson)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – During Daniel Suarez’s first season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the 27-year-old thought he would be at Joe Gibbs Racing longer than […]