MORE THAN 8,000 DFW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TO COMPETE IN SPEEDING TO READ FOR 2018-19

FORT WORTH, Texas (August 23, 2018) – Texas Motor Speedway’s Speeding To Read S.T.E.A.M Powered by Fun 2 Discover program will have 15 elementary schools and more than 8,000 students from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex participating in the competition for the 2018-19 school year.

The 15 schools cover eight independent school districts, including four of the 10 largest in the Metroplex, and will compete amongst each other for prizes in the award-winning educational program created by Texas Motor Speedway to encourage students to read more frequently in and out of the classroom.

The schools competing this year are Tom C. Gooch of the Dallas ISD; Diamond Hill, Carter Park and Dolores Huerta of the Fort Worth ISD; defending co-school champion B.B. Owen, Homestead and Stewart’s Creek of the Lewisville ISD; Ruby Shaw, Price, Jay R. Thompson and S.M. Seabourn of the Mesquite ISD; Carl E. Schluter of the Northwest ISD; Sidney H. Poynter of the Crowley ISD; Saginaw of the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD; and Brent of the Little Elm ISD.

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B.B. Owen celebrates its 2017-18 school title in May during the Speeding To Read Championship Assembly at Texas Motor Speedway. Photo credit: Getty Images.

The schools will conduct “Start Your Reading Engines” assemblies on Thursday, Sept. 13, and Friday, Sept. 14, that will feature a pre-produced video from Texas Motor Speedway highlighted by NASCAR and INDYCAR drivers offering words of encouragement to the students as well as a Q&A with each. The competition will officially begin on Monday, Sept. 17.

Entering its eighth year, Speeding To Read S.T.E.A.M Powered by Fun 2 Discover is coming off a record-breaking 2017-18 with 21 schools and 12,061 students – both program highs – participating in the program. Since the program’s inception in 2011 with one pilot school, Speeding To Read S.T.E.A.M Powered by Fun 2 Discover has had 64 schools and 35,735 students participate and collectively read more than 5.2 million books.

This year’s enrollment in the program will increase the overall totals to 79 schools and 43,819 students.

The program, which is free and open to all DFW elementary schools, features a multi-layered competition with individuals, classrooms and entire school student bodies competing against each other to read the most books and earn the title of Speeding To Read world champion.

The competition runs from September through March of the school year and is split into four turns (or quarters) with the top readers being rewarded at each of those turns. At the conclusion of the competition, the individuals and classrooms that read the most books cumulatively, along with the school that had the highest percentage of its student body meet the year-long reading goals, are crowned world champions.

The champions are rewarded with a variety of items, including trophies, race tickets, driver school visits, ice cream and frozen custard parties, motorsports merchandise, and more, for excelling in the program.

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Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Gabby Chaves (L) and Scott Dixon (R) pose with Diamond Hill Elementary second-grade teacher Lina Reyes and student Eliam Guardado after winning the conference title for 3rd-6th grade classrooms during the Speeding To Read Championship Assembly in May at Texas Motor Speedway. Photo credit: Getty Images. 

The program has a dedicated website www.speedingtoread.com that features results, news stories, photos and videos from the competition and associated events that is available to faculty, parents and the general public.

Texas Motor Speedway’s Speeding To Read S.T.E.A.M. Powered by Fun 2 Discover program is supported by the following partners: Fun 2 Discover, NASCAR, Verizon IndyCar Series, Lionel Racing, Speedway World, Levy Restaurants, The Speedway Club, Food for the Soul, aai Trophies and Awards of Plano, Jostens, Woolley’s Frozen Custard, Reunion Tower, Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter and Team Texas High Performance Driving School.

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