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Lester to try to qualify in Atlanta on Friday

Updated: March 15, 2006, 8:48 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 will attempt to become the first black driver in nearly 20 years to qualify for a race in NASCAR's top series. He's a long ...

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