Former NASCAR Driver Bill Lester Set to Make Return in Truck Series Race at Atlanta

Published 02/28/2021, 7:50 AM EST
SPARTA, KY – JULY 8: Bill Lester gets ready to drive the #22 Rally’s Toyota during the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Built Ford Tough 225 qualifying on July 8, 2006 at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images for NASCAR)


At the age of 60, Bill Lester is definitely an old dog in the NASCAR scene. However, it seems that age is just a number, because he is expected to race in the Camping World Truck Series soon. Apparently, his first comeback race behind the wheel will be at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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Recently, he spoke about his impending return to the racing scene. He said, “I’m a racing fan and a racing junkie in general. Even though I’m not doing it actively behind the wheel, I’m watching it all the time. My wife’s like, ‘Have you finished with that yet?’ and I’m like, ‘No, still watching it, still enjoying it’.

I’m still seeing what everybody’s doing in the NASCAR garage.”

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Lester also admitted that he is excited to see all the changes in NASCAR and has already managed to drum up some support to aid his efforts to get back behind the wheel at Atlanta.

Bill Lester is still ironing out all the details of his NASCAR return

The 60-year-old confirmed that the puzzle pieces are falling into place. However, other details, like the sponsor, are yet to be decided.

FORT WORTH, TX – JUNE 07: Bill Lester, driver of the #15 Christian Debt Consolidation Chevrolet, during the qualifying for the Sam’s Town 400, part of the Nascar Craftsman Truck Series, on June 7, 2007 at Texas Motor Speedway at Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

He also assured that his family is also excited about his impending return to the NASCAR arena.

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In fact, Lester said, “Very positive. I mean, especially from my boys’ perspective. My boys are just shy of 15 and 18 now and they never really got to see dad race when I was doing it in the mid-2000s. They’re elated about it, my wife has given the approval, which is really the way I’m able to do this. If she turned her head on it, it wouldn’t have happened.”

Having said all that, he is itching to get back behind the wheel, and it is just like riding a bike. Of course, he also acknowledged that it will be interesting to see how things play out without practice or qualifying.

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