MOORESVILLE N.C. (March 12, 2021) – Longtime racer Bill Lester will drive the No. 17 Ford F-150 for David Gilliland Racing (DGR) at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 20. Lester will make his first start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) since 2007.
In total, the University of California Berkley engineering graduate has 142 starts in the series, spanning 2000-2007. Lester has three pole awards in the NCWTS and has led 92 laps. The African American driver has made starts in all three NASCAR national series.
Lester has partner support from series sponsor Camping World, Tommy’s Express Car Wash and the Greater Atlanta Ford Dealers. The Atlanta resident also just released his memoir, Winning in Reverse: Defying the Odds and Achieving Dreams.
“I’m excited to get back behind the wheel in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and I want to thank David Gilliland Racing for their help in making this happen,” Lester said. “It’s been more than a few years since my last race in the series, but to have strong partners like the Greater Atlanta Ford Dealers, Camping World, and Tommy’s Express Car Wash joining me for my return means a lot and I am honored to have them on-board. I look forward to competing at my home track, Atlanta Motor Speedway, and hope to make all those who are supporting me proud.”
The No. 17 is a part-time entry for DGR and has been driven by team co-owner David Gilliland and Riley Herbst this season.