Fandom

Stock Car Racing Wiki

Bill Lester

23,846pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Comments0 Share
Bill Lester
File:Dale Earnhardt Jr..jpg
#88- Hendrick Motorsports
Born October 10, 1974 (1974-10-10) (age 42)
Hometown U.S Flag Kannapolis, North Carolina
Award(s) 2x Busch Series champion
6x NASCAR's Most Popular Driver
Sprint Cup statistics
Best pts finish 3rd (2003)
First race 1999 Coca-Cola 600
First win 2000 DirecTV 500


William Alexander Lester III
Bill Lester
Born February 6, 1961
Hometown Washington D.C.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series statistics
2006 Sprint Cup position 111th
Best cup position 111th - 2006 (NEXTEL Cup)
First race 2006 Golden Corral 500 (Atlanta)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series statistics
2006 NCWTS position 20th
Best NCWTS position 13th - 2003 (Craftsman Truck Series)
First race 2000 Line-X 225 (Portland)
Last race 2007 Toyota Tundra 200 (Nashville)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 7 3
Statistics current as of July 14, 2007.

William Alexander Lester III (born February 6, 1961) is racing driver who competes in the Daytona Prototype category in the Rolex Sports Car Series. In 1984, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in EECS from the University of California, Berkeley. Fresh out of college, he worked at Hewlett-Packard for a few years before deciding he wanted to focus on auto racing.

Until 2007, he competed full-time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, being at the time the only African-American competing full-time in a NASCAR circuit. He also participated in a number of Sprint Cup races.

Early racing careerEdit

He began racing in the road course circuits, running in the SCCA and IMSA series. He made his IMSA debut in 1989 at Sears Point International Raceway, qualifying ninth and finishing 12th in a Chevrolet Camaro. He also picked up a victory that year in an endurance race at Sears Point. In 1990, he began running the SCCA, running an unsported Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme for RocketSports Racing at Portland, and one race for Tom Gloy at Mid-Ohio Speedway. He did not race professionally again until 1996, running SCCA events at Watkins Glen, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, Sears Point, and Reno, Nevada. He competed in the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1998 and 1999, finishing fifth and tenth, respectively.

NASCAR careerEdit

In 1999, he became the first African-American to run a Busch Series race, when he ran at Watkins Glen in the #8 Dura Lube Chevrolet Monte Carlo owned by Bobby Hillin, Jr.. He started 24th and ran near a top-ten most of the day before an accident relegated him back to 21st. The next season, he made his Craftsman Truck debut at Portland, starting 31st and finishing 24th in the #23 Red Line Oil truck owned by Team 23 Racing. He also competed against Bobby Norfleet in that race, marking the only time in NASCAR two African-Americans have competed in the same race. He ran 5 races the next season in the #4 for Bobby Hamilton Racing, his best finish an eighteenth at Phoenix International Raceway.

In 2002, he ran in the Craftsman Truck series full-time for Hamilton. While he did not finish in the top-ten, he had sixteen finishes between 11th-18th, leading to a seventeenth place points finish and runner-up to Brendan Gaughan for NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year. The next season, he grabbed his first career pole at Lowe's Motor Speedway and had a tenth-place run at Kansas Speedway, garnering a 14th place finish in the championship standings.

He switched over to Bill Davis Racing in 2004. He had a best finish of tenth and finished 22nd in points. In 2005, he won two consecutive poles, and had his first top-five finishes. Lester raced in his first Nextel Cup race in the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, driving the #23 Waste Management Dodge Charger for Davis in 2006. The race was supposed to be run on March 19, but was postponed for a day due to rain. He qualified 19th, becoming the first African-American to make a Cup race since 1986, and the sixth in series history. He finished 38th, six laps down. He ran another race that season at Michigan, finishing 32nd.

After failing to finish in the top-ten in 2006, Lester departed Davis to drive the #15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Chevy. His best finish was an eighth at Kentucky, when he stepped out of the truck due to sponsor problems. He left NASCAR racing at the end of 2007.

In 2008, Lester is running in the Rolex Sports Car Series.

PersonalEdit

Since 1992, he has served as a racing instructor at Infineon Raceway. He now lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Cheryl, and their son William Alexander IV (Alex).

External linksEdit

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.