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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

Logano Rolls On At Martinsville
Saturday, Mar 23, 2019 – 18:27 | Comments Off on Logano Rolls On At Martinsville
Logano Rolls On At Martinsville

Joey Logano continued his successful run in qualifying at Martinsville.(RacinToday/HHP file photo by David Tulis)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Joey Logano, driving a Ford, posted a lap of 97.830 mph Saturday at Martinsville Speedway to earn the pole for Sunday’s STP 500, his fifth No. 1 starting position in the last seven […]

Diversifying Is The Key For Harrison Burton
Saturday, Mar 23, 2019 – 18:07 | Comments Off on Diversifying Is The Key For Harrison Burton
Diversifying Is The Key For Harrison Burton

Harrison Burton is into driving and learning. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Ashley R Dickerson)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Harrison Burton has known since childhood that he wanted a racing career, but the second-generation driver doesn’t confine himself to one series, preferring instead to develop a versatility that he believes will pay dividends […]

Keselowski Overcomes A Ton; Passes Donohue
Monday, Feb 25, 2019 – 8:07 | Comments Off on Keselowski Overcomes A Ton; Passes Donohue
Keselowski Overcomes A Ton; Passes Donohue

Brad Keselowski was one sick driver over the weekend in Atlanta. But after winning the Cup Series race there, he made sure he took in plenty of fluids. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

HAMPTON, Ga. – Neither flu-like symptoms, an overheating engine, or a hard charging Martin Truex Jr. could keep […]

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 […]