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Lester hopes he inspires more blacks into NASCAR

Updated: March 18, 2006, 12:13 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Bill Lester couldn't stand sitting behind a desk.

He walked away from a six-figure job to pursue his dream of being a race car driver, not even thinking about the chance to leave his mark on history.

"I'm a racer," Lester said. "But now I realize that I have a unique opportunity and responsibility to make a change."

On Friday, Lester became the first black driver in nearly 20 years to qualify for a race in NASCAR's top series. The 45-year-old made it ...

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