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Bill Lester

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Bill Lester
Person

A NASCAR driver.  Notable for being first African-American driver to start a Nextel Cup race, and the first to race in NASCAR's top series since Willy T. Ribbs.

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Photographs
Article Index
Billy Ballew Motorsports Newsletters
Racing Record


Photographs

Bill Lester U.S. Army photo by William Thurmond
Brig. Gen. Dennis E. Rogers, U.S. Army Accessions Command deputy commanding general, greets NASCAR racer Bill Lester prior to the start of the Golden Corral 500 in Atlanta Ga. Lester was the first African-American driver to compete in NASCAR's top series since the mid-1980s.
View photo of Bill Lester and Brig. Gen. Dennis E. Rogers, U.S. Army - 543KB
Bill Lester 2007 Sam’s Town 400
Photo courtesy Sandra Vorse
View photo of Bill Lester at the 2007 Sam’s Town 400 - 17KB
Loose Leaves Lester Longing in the Lone Star State
Bill Lester 2007 O’Reilly 200
Photo courtesy Sandra Vorse
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Lester Leaves Memphis With Best Start and Finish
Bill Lester 2007 Power Stroke Diesel 200 presented by Ford and International
Photo courtesy Sandra Vorse
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Another Top-20 for Lester and Ballew with Allstate


Article Index

DateArticleAgency/Author/Speaker
June 11, 2007Loose Leaves Lester Longing in the Lone Star StateSandra Vorse
June 13, 2007Family Focus This Weekend For LesterSandra Vorse
July 2, 2007Lester Leaves Memphis With Best Start and FinishSandra Vorse
July 16, 2007Lester and Ballew Post Best Finish of ‘07Sandra Vorse
July 31, 2007Another Top-20 for Lester and Ballew with AllstateSandra Vorse
May 17, 2011Grand-Am Road Racing Media ConferenceBill Lester
Jordan Taylor
September 14, 2011Grand-Am Road Racing Media ConferenceSarah Cattaneo
Bill Lester


Billy Ballew Motorsports Newsletters

June 20, 2007 - 550KB
June 27, 2007 - 550KB
July 11, 2007 - 550KB


Racing Record

Racing Record Notes

Busch Grand National Career Statistics

YearPos.PointsStartsPolesWinsTop 5Top 10Winnings
199911110010000$8,750

Craftsman Truck Series Career Statistics

YearPos.PointsStartsPolesWinsTop 5Top 10Winnings
20008612210000$7,770
20015930450000$35,700
2002172320220000$230,890
2003142712251001$298,800
2004222400250001$238,845
2005172672252024$270,960
2006202252240000$246,525
2007231550150001$178,167

Nextel Cup Career Statistics

YearPos.PointsStartsPolesWinsTop 5Top 10Winnings
2006686720000$135,360

Race-by-Race Record

DateSeriesRaceTrackMake#SponsorStartFinishStatusPointsEarnings


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