"It is great to have such a combination of experience between our team and Bill," said Ballew. "With Bill Lester behind the wheel, we believe we have the opportunity to get Bill his first career NCTS win. He is a dedicated racer and has untapped talent." 

            Lester will not only have the experience of starting every Truck Series race at AMS, he also started the March 2006 NEXTEL Cup race at AMS, becoming the first African-American to start a Cup race in nearly 20-years.

            "You know, 500 miles in a Cup car compared to 200 miles in a truck are very different," Lester said. "Starting the Cup race did allow me to realize you can run anywhere on that track because there is some rubber laid down. Atlanta is always going to be a special place for me. It's home, and it's a track that I really like to drive on."

            Regardless of the outcome of the race, Lester is proud to be teamed up with Ballew, trying to make the state of Georgia proud.

            "It's great that Billy and I have teamed up," Lester said. "You know, all these teams are based in North Carolina, so for us really to have our roots in Georgia I think is key, and we're both really proud of that, so we're both basically representing for the A-T-L."

            Fans can catch Lester and Ballew as they try to capture the checkered flag in the American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The ACL 200 will immediately follow Georgia Power NEXTEL Cup Qualifying on Friday, March 16. Great seats are still available by calling 877-9-AMS-TIX