Speeding To Read, named the “Best Youth Marketing Initiative” for 2014 by the NASCAR industry, is an incentive-based, NASCAR and INDYCAR–themed reading program created by Texas Motor Speedway in 2011 to encourage elementary school students to read more frequently during the school year. The reading guidelines have been established by elementary school principals and administrators to coincide with their reading programs.
Student bodies are split into two divisions – kindergarten through second grade and third through fifth grade – with individuals, classrooms and schools competing against each other to read the most books and earn the title of Speeding To Read champions.
At each of the four turns (or quarters during a school year), Texas Motor Speedway provides trophies to the top individuals and a year-round plaque for each school to recognize their top K-2 and 3-5 classrooms through each turn. At year’s end, the top individuals, classrooms and school champions are recognized and earn an array of prizes ranging from trophies to race tickets.
Speeding To Read kicks off in September with “Start Your Reading Engines” assemblies at all the schools competing in the program. Texas Motor Speedway plays host to the Speeding To Read Championship Assembly in May to crown the individual, classroom and school champions with NASCAR and INDYCAR drivers serving as special guests at the events. For 2017-18, Texas Motor Speedway will play host to two championship assemblies on consecutive days in May to accommodate the number of schools and students.
Texas Motor Speedway partnered with Northwest ISD’s Clara Love Elementary in Justin for the pilot program with its 625 students and faculty in the 2011-12 school year. It was deemed a success by school administrators as 96 percent of the student body met their reading goals and read more than 80,000 books. As a result, the program was expanded in the Northwest ISD and the district has become a foundation for schools participating annually.
With Northwest ISD serving as the anchor district annually, Texas Motor Speedway began an outreach to add pilot programs in other Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex districts beginning in the 2013-14 school year.
Since the program’s inception, Speeding To Read has enriched a total of 43 schools and nearly 24,000 students, including those in other ISDs such as Dallas, Fort Worth, Denton, Lewisville, Crowley and Eagle Mt.-Saginaw. In the program’s six-year existence, the 43 schools and 23,674 students that have participated have combined to read nearly 3.7 million books.
For 2017-18, Speeding To Read will have a record number of schools (21) and students (12,061) participating in the program as well as a new ISD (Mesquite) coming on board.
2016-2017 CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
Frontstretch Final Standings: 1, Justin 91.9%; 2, Cox 65%; 3, Nathan Adams 53.7%; 4, Brent 36.5%; 5, Carroll Peak 5%
Backstretch Final Standings: 1, (tie), B.B. Owen & Rayzor, 100%; 3, Hargrave 94%; 4, Hatfield 80.3%; 5, Tom C. Gooch 38.1%
Total Books Read: 678,887
Total Books Read By Division: Frontstretch 250,892, Backstretch 427,995
NASCAR Acceleration Nation Books Read (Turn 4 competition only): 11,301
Overall School Champion: (tie) B.B. Owen & Rayzor, 100%
Kindergarten Champion: Ellie Evans, Cox, 2,219 books read
1st Grade Champion: Karina Singh, Rayzor, 2,172 books read
2nd Grade Champion: Alysson Delloro, Rayzor, 3,444 books read
3rd Grade Champion: Jayson Washington, Hargrave, 585 books read
4th Grade Champion: Camryn Rose, Brent, 469 books read
5th Grade Champion: Ace Olson, B.B. Owen, 351 books read
KG-2nd Grade Classroom Champions: Renee Clark, KG, Rayzor (Avg. of 1,614.5 books per student)
3rd-5th Grade Classroom Champions: Charmaine Campbell, 3rd Grade, Hargrave (Avg. of 209.9 books per student)
NASCAR Acceleration Nation KG-2nd Grade Champion: Evan Elmer, 1st Grade, Rayzor, 213 STEM books read in Turn 4-only competition
NASCAR Acceleration Nation 3rd-5th Grade Champion: Logan Steele, 5th Grade, Rayzor, 25 STEM books read in Turn 4-only competition
NASCAR Acceleration Nation KG-2nd Grade Classroom Champion: Aleisha Moore, 1st Grade, Rayzor, average of 94.4 STEM books per student in Turn 4-only competition
NASCAR Acceleration Nation 3rd-5th Grade Classroom Champion: Alma Bell, 4th Grade, Hargrave, average of 11.4 STEM books per student in Turn 4-only competition
NASCAR Acceleration Nation School Champion: Rayzor, 6,032 STEM books in Turn 4-only competition
Most Improved Reader (K-2): Savannah Henderson, 1st Grade, Cox Elementary
Most Improved Reader (3-5): Maddy Newton, 3rd Grade, B.B. Owen
Schools: 21 – B.B. Owen, Black, Brent, Cannaday, Carter Park, Diamond Hill, E.P. Rayzor, Hargrave, Henrie, Homestead, Hughes, Lakeview, Manuel Jara, Marsalis, McAuliffe, Peters Colony, Shands, Seven Hills, Stewart’s Creek, Tom C. Gooch, Vickery.
Books Read: Competition in progress
Divisions: Lug Nut – Henrie, Manuel Jara, Brent, Carter Park, Diamond Hill. Horsepower – McAuliffe, Cannaday, Hargrave, E.P. Rayzor, Stewart’s Creek, Tom C. Gooch. Burnout – Shands, Hughes, Peters Colony, Lakeview, Homestead. Pit Stop – Seven Hills, Vickery, Marsalis, Black, B.B. Owen.
Defending overall champions: (tie) E.P. Rayzor, B.B. Owen
Schools: 10 – B.B. Owen, Brent, Cox, Carroll Peak, E.P. Rayzor, Hatfield, J.A. Hargrave, Justin, Nathan Adams, Tom C. Gooch
Books Read: 678,887
Divisions Champions: Justin (Frontstretch); (tie) B.B. Owen, E.P. Rayzor (Backstretch)
Overall Champion: (tie) E.P. Rayzor, B.B. Owen (100% of the student bodies met their goals)
Schools: 11 – Carroll Peak, E.P. Rayzor, J.A. Hargrave, Nathan Adams, Northbrook, O.A. Peterson, Old Settlers, Riverside Applied Learning Center, Rockbrook, Samuel Beck, Sendera Ranch
Books Read: 1,098,074
Division champions: Samuel Beck (Frontstretch), E.P. Rayzor (Backstretch)
Overall champion: E.P. Rayzor (100% of student body met their reading goals)
Schools: 7 – Roanoke, E.P. Rayzor, Nance, J.C. Thompson, Eagle Mountain, Carroll Peak, Riverside Applied Learning Center
Books Read: 533,707
Division champions: E.P. Rayzor (Frontstretch), Nance (Backstretch)
Overall champion: E.P. Rayzor (99% of student body met their reading goals)
Schools: 11 – Clara Love, E.P. Rayzor, Roanoke, Kay Granger, Samuel Beck, Chisholm Ridge, J.C. Thompson, Prairie View, Carl E. Schluter, Haslet, Sendera Ranch
Books Read: 1,020,027
Division champions: E.P. Rayzor (Frontstretch), Clara Love (Backstretch), Roanoke (Pit Road).
Overall champion: Roanoke (97% of student body met their reading goals)
Schools: 3 – Clara Love, Justin, Hatfield
Books Read: 283,208
Champion: (tie) Clara Love, Justin (97% of student body met their reading goals)
Schools: 1 – Clara Love
Books Read: 80,083
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