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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

Pritchett Facing Hard Work On, Off The Track
Friday, Apr 22, 2016 – 18:38 | Comments Off on Pritchett Facing Hard Work On, Off The Track
Pritchett Facing Hard Work On, Off The Track

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Leah Pritchett’s enthusiasm provides no indication to the dire situation the Top Fuel competitor faces as she attempts to continue her bid for a NHRA championship.
Initially without a ride for this weekend’s NHRA Four Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods at zMAX Dragway, Pritchett had a deal […]

Jones Has Big Xfinity Pay Day At Bristol
Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 – 18:41 | Comments Off on Jones Has Big Xfinity Pay Day At Bristol
Jones Has Big Xfinity Pay Day At Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Erik Jones out-smarted Kyle Larson Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway, then held off Kyle Busch to snap the strangle-hold the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have had on the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year. By winning the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300, Jones also collected the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus.
“If you had asked […]

Sprint Cup Rookies Are Piling Up Top-10 Finishes
Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 – 8:03 | Comments Off on Sprint Cup Rookies Are Piling Up Top-10 Finishes
Sprint Cup Rookies Are Piling Up Top-10 Finishes

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Throughout NASCAR’s history certain rookie classes have generated more attention than others, but it has been quite some time since the top two rookie contenders have so heavily epitomized the sport’s future.
Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney both come from racing families, having known the sound of high-powered […]

Kyle Busch Ponders, Nixes Indy 500 Run
Friday, Apr 15, 2016 – 19:00 | Comments Off on Kyle Busch Ponders, Nixes Indy 500 Run
Kyle Busch Ponders, Nixes Indy 500 Run

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Kyle Busch would like to add his name to the Indianapolis 500 roster, but the NASCAR Sprint Cup champion said Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway that it wouldn’t occur this year.
Details would need to be worked out, but he said convincing team owner Joe Gibbs to allow him to do it probably […]

A.J. Allmendinger Rediscovers His Rhythm
Monday, Apr 4, 2016 – 7:50 | Comments Off on A.J. Allmendinger Rediscovers His Rhythm
A.J. Allmendinger Rediscovers His Rhythm

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – After a dismal 2015 season in which A.J. Allmendinger produced no top-five and only three top-10 finishes, the Los Gatos, Calif., native’s fickle NASCAR career appeared Sunday to have again found solid footing.
In Martinsville Speedway’s STP 500, Allmendinger trailed winner Kyle Busch by a mere 0.663 second […]

Trucker Kyle Busch Is On The Board In Martinsville
Saturday, Apr 2, 2016 – 19:05 | Comments Off on Trucker Kyle Busch Is On The Board In Martinsville
Trucker Kyle Busch Is On The Board In Martinsville

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Kyle Busch snapped a 0-30 winless streak at Martinsville Speedway Saturday, holding off John Hunter Nemechek through three restarts in the final 21 laps of the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race to claim his first victory at the historical short track.
It was […]

Hamlin Knows He Needs To Be Good Boy At Mville
Saturday, Apr 2, 2016 – 17:01 | Comments Off on Hamlin Knows He Needs To Be Good Boy At Mville
Hamlin Knows He Needs To Be Good Boy At Mville

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – With Jeff Gordon’s retirement, Martinsville Speedway’s top three race winners no longer compete, leaving Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin as the only active drivers in the top 10 of this statistic.
In a category NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads with 15 victories, Johnson ranks fourth […]

Earnhardt Jr. Pledges Brain To Scientific Research
Friday, Apr 1, 2016 – 17:52 | Comments Off on Earnhardt Jr. Pledges Brain To Scientific Research
Earnhardt Jr. Pledges Brain To Scientific Research

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Information Dale Earnhardt Jr. received four years ago when he suffered two concussions in a six-week period as well as inspiration garnered from other athletes convinced the third-generation driver to pledge his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation after his death, the NASCAR driver said Friday.
“I […]

Logano Wins Pole In Martinsville
Friday, Apr 1, 2016 – 16:13 | Comments Off on Logano Wins Pole In Martinsville
Logano Wins Pole In Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Joey Logano claimed his third straight pole at Martinsville Speedway Friday and readily admitted that last year’s incident with Matt Kenseth at the half-mile track had become a major motivator for him.
“You have to use things like that to motivate you and your team,” Logano said following qualifying for Sunday’s STP 500. […]

Rookie Blaney No Stranger To Martinsville
Friday, Apr 1, 2016 – 15:14 | Comments Off on Rookie Blaney No Stranger To Martinsville
Rookie Blaney No Stranger To Martinsville

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Ryan Blaney is no stranger to Martinsville Speedway, having produced four top-10 finishes in five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at the half-mile track; a fact the 22-year-old believes will benefit him in his Sprint Cup debut Sunday in the STP 500.
“Even though they are completely […]