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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

Looking For Right Zone In Texas
Monday, Apr 7, 2014 – 7:39 | Comments Off
Looking For Right Zone In Texas

Zone tread tire technology isn’t new to Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., just to racing.
Known as the Assurance Tripletred, the multi-zone passenger tire introduced in 2004 inspired the racing tire unveiled at Atlanta last Labor Day and used at Texas Motor Speedway. The passenger tire’s three zones are designed to deal with ice, wet and [...]

Busch Completes Personal Reconstruction Job
Monday, Mar 31, 2014 – 7:20 | 2 Comments
Busch Completes Personal Reconstruction Job

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – When the checkered flag waved Sunday on Martinsville Speedway’s STP 500, Kurt Busch felt a sharp chill go through his body that he had done it, he was back, and he was a winner for the first time in two years.
The self-proclaimed “Outlaw” had snapped an 83-race [...]

Martinsville A Special Place For Rick Hendrick
Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 – 19:24 | Comments Off
Martinsville A Special Place For Rick Hendrick

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – “If it wasn’t for Martinsville, I wouldn’t be racing today.”
Those were the words of Rick Hendrick Sunday at Martinsville Speedway prior to the STP 500. Thirty years ago in Martinsville’s spring race, Hendrick obtained his first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory with driver Geoff Bodine and crew chief [...]

Sixteen Winners? Could Happen Some Are Saying
Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 – 8:06 | Comments Off
Sixteen Winners? Could Happen Some Are Saying

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Five different winners in the first five NASCAR Sprint Cup races is a trend that existed last year, but with the rule change for Chase admittance this season if the trend continues team strategy could be in flux until the September Richmond event.
“If we get into week [...]

Some Special Thoughts About A Special Person
Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 – 8:09 | 2 Comments
Some Special Thoughts About A Special Person

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Throughout life there are certain people who touch your heart in a special way. Lynda Petty was one of those people.
In 1992 the paper I worked for assigned me to shadow the Petty family, specifically Richard, during his final season as a driver. Little did I know it was a [...]

Will New Format Bring Banging Back To Bristol?
Sunday, Mar 16, 2014 – 8:21 | Comments Off
Will New Format Bring Banging Back To Bristol?

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – NASCAR’s new format for making the Chase has created a “Winner’s Club” and it’s the desire to gain entrance into the select group that could cause Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway to resemble the tough half-mile track’s sheet metal banging affairs of old.
A victory [...]

Logano Vs. Hamlin Feud Is In Simmer Mode
Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 – 20:21 | Comments Off
Logano Vs. Hamlin Feud Is In Simmer Mode

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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BRISTOL, Tenn. – One year after a post-race confrontation at Bristol Motor Speedway between former Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano spilled over to Auto Club Speedway where Hamlin suffered a potentially career-ending injury, the two competitors are just professionally polite to one another.
“We don’t talk or [...]

Keselowski’s Heart Not Confined To Racing
Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 – 8:04 | Comments Off
Keselowski’s Heart Not Confined To Racing

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
If you haven’t read Brad Keselowski’s March 12 blog on his Website –  – I encourage you to do so. His lawyers and agents told him not to write it, but his heart told him he should. He followed his heart. And it’s an emotional commentary that provides a tremendous [...]

Earnhardt Jr.: I’m Not Qualified To Carry NASCAR
Friday, Mar 14, 2014 – 17:20 | One Comment
Earnhardt Jr.: I’m Not Qualified To Carry NASCAR

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Friday he’s “comfortable” with the popularity the sport has bestowed upon him, but he’s uncomfortable with the attitude that he’s the person who can elevate NASCAR to another level.
“I don’t have the accolades and the hardware that a lot of these guys have, [...]

Haas Speeds Forward With Formula One Plans
Monday, Feb 10, 2014 – 6:41 | Comments Off
Haas Speeds Forward With Formula One Plans

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas knows there are those who doubt his ability to field a Formula One team due to the failure of USF1 about five years ago, but that’s not keeping him from taking the next step in his pursuit of one.
Haas was scheduled to [...]