Lester To Pull Double-Duty at Michigan: For the second time this season, Bill Lester will not only climb behind the wheel of his Waste Management Toyota Tundra in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event on Saturday afternoon, he will also attempt...
Lester To Pull Double-Duty at Michigan: For the second time this season, Bill Lester will not only climb behind the wheel of his Waste Management Toyota Tundra in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event on Saturday afternoon, he will also attempt to make his second career NASCAR Nextel Cup Series start driving the #23 Waste Management/Bill Davis Racing entry in the 3M Performance 400 scheduled for Sunday afternoon at the Michigan International Speedway. Lester, who competed in his first NNCS event at the Atlanta Motor Speedway back in March, looks forward to returning to the two-mile speedway as the Detroit area feels very much like a homecoming.
"While the race in Atlanta was very exciting because it was my first NNCS race, this event at Michigan is exciting because I will have the opportunity to compete in front of many more of my family and friends," said Lester. "For some it might be a distraction, but in my case it is nice to know my parents, wife, kids and sibling, not to mention dozens of family members and friends, are sitting in the stands cheering me on. In many respects, I feel like Michigan is a "home track" for me, particularly since not only do I have family here, but so does my wife, Cheryl. In fact, my brother-in-law is the basketball coach at Eastern Michigan University. They are all great in understanding that I cannot come over to visit or hang with them at the track during race weekend, but I know they are there supporting me."
Lester has competed at the Michigan International Speedway previously behind the wheel of his NASCAR Craftsman Truck giving him track experience before climbing behind the wheel of his No. 23 Waste Management Nextel Cup car. In his four starts at the speedway, Lester has earned two top-five starting positions and two top-15 finishing positions. Both Lester and his Bill Davis Racing team are looking forward to another opportunity to compete at the NNCS level after learning a tremendous amount during their initial trip to the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
"I know I learned a lot about competing at this level during the race event at Atlanta," said Lester. "It was truly an honor to compete against some of the best racers in the world, and after 500 miles of experience in that environment I feel as though I have gained a lot of ground heading into this weekend's event. I know this entire Bill Davis Racing team has worked very hard to get the Waste Management car ready and I have no doubt that we will be up to the challenge."
Along with his extra NNCS duties, Lester will be very focused on his NCTS responsibilities as he and his team work to get their season back on track in the middle of a busy stretch of races.
"Just as in Atlanta, the NCTS event has to be my primary focus until the race is complete," said Lester. "I am competing in the entire season and we have been struggling to this point in the season. We are working very hard every week to start getting some consistent top finishes as we are in the middle of a nine-race stretch at this point in the season."