Previously Featured Racing Professionals
When Bill Lester was chosen to drive the No. 8 BHR Dodge in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, one of his biggest dreams came true. After years of hard work, he finally got his chance to drive full-time in a NASCAR national touring series.
Bill’s path to NASCAR racing fame has been very different from that of most of the drivers that he competes against. Bill earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1984, and used that to join the Hewlett-Packard Company (H-P). While working for H-P, Bill won the SCCA Series Northern California Region Rookie of the Year title, and the SCCA GT-3 Regional Road Racing Championship in 1985 and 1986 respectively.
Then in 1989, Bill began racing in the International Motor Sports Association’s (IMSA) GTO Series and several other sports car series in the United States. He would race just about anything to get track time and a chance to showcase his talents. During the late 1980’s to the middle 1990’s, Bill amassed four starts in the 24 Hours of Daytona and several starts in the SCCA Trans AM Series.
After many years with the Hewlett-Packard Company as a Project Manager, and racing on the weekends, Bill finally had a long conversation with his wife, Cheryl, and decided to go after his dream of becoming a professional race car driver. So he quit his job in the high-tech industry, and began concentrating on his dream.
In 2004, Bill signed on with Bill Davis Racing to drive as Toyota made its debut in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. During the next three years with BDR, Bill amassed numerous top 5 and top 10 finishes and gave Toyota back-to-back Pole Positions in 2005 at Kansas Speedway and Kentucky Speedway. It was also during this time that Bill landed on the cover of Black Enterprise magazine and filmed his first TV commercial to promote the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He made his NASCAR Nextel Cup debut in 2006, racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Michigan International Speedway.
In 2007 Bill began driving for Billy Ballew Motorsports and his Chevrolet Silverado team. Expectations are high and Bill is anxious to get his first NASCAR win firmly believing that together with BBM, they can accomplish this goal.
Bill lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Cheryl and two sons, William Alexander IV (Alex) and Austin Richard.
Derek Strong has had a passion for race car driving since his early youth. He built his own Go-Carts as a kid. By the time Strong reached Xavier University, he was 6’9” and 250 lbs. Strong played for several NBA teams (LA Lakers, LA Clippers & Orlando Magic) in his successful twelve-year career in the NBA. Just prior of his NBA retirement, Derek started training for his true passion — driving Stock Cars. After retirement he formed Strong Racing and started racing competitively in the ASA & NASCAR Autozone Elite Series and local Races throughout Florida.