Waste Management teams up with first African-American driver to attempt to qualify for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup in 20 years

Date: March 14, 2006

Source: PR Newswire

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series TM driver Bill Lester will make history this weekend, piloting the No. 23 Waste Management NASCAR ® entry for Bill Davis Racing in the Golden Corral 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway (Fox, 1:30 p.m.). Lester, fulfilling a lifelong dream, will be the first black driver to attempt to qualify for a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series TM race in 20 years.

Lester's racing career is marked by a series of firsts. He was the first African-American to compete in a NASCAR Busch Series TM event in 1999, the first to win a pole for a modern-era NASCAR ® race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in 2003, and the first to lead a top division NASCAR ® race in two decades.

Today, Houston-based Waste Management, sponsor of Lester's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team since 2004, announced that it will step up its commitment to Lester and support his historic run in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series in 2006.

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Waste Management, Inc.
Analysts: Greg Nikkel - 713.265.1358
Media: Jay Hickman - 713.867.3210

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