Bill Lester returning to a more welcoming, diverse NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bill Lester will return to NASCAR competition for the first time in 14 years when he races Saturday in the Truck Series event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. During the mid-2000s, Lester was the only Black driver competing full-time in NASCAR. As he comes back for one event, he finds the racing series has made significant strides in creating a welcoming and diverse atmosphere. Lester credited Bubba Wallace for successfully using a platform that Lester never believed he had when he was racing. Lester is 60 and racing at Atlanta to help promote his new book.