November 8, 2018

FORT WORTH, Texas (November 8, 2018) – Two-time defending champion B.B. Owen Elementary of The Colony was perfect in Turn 1 to take the lead among the 14 Dallas/Fort Worth area schools in the Texas Motor Speedway Speeding To Read S.T.E.A.M. Powered by Fun 2 Discover educational program.

B.B. Owen, of the Lewisville ISD, had 100 percent of its enrollment meet or exceed the pre-set Turn 1 reading goals to take the early lead in the school year-long competition and pace four schools that were at the 85 percentile or better.

Diamond Hill, of the Fort Worth ISD, was second at 93 percent and was followed by Lewisville ISD schools Homestead (92 percent) and Stewart’s Creek (85 percent).

The other schools participating in this season’s competition are Carl E. Schluter of Northwest ISD; Brent of Little Elm ISD; Carter Park and Dolores Huerta of Fort Worth ISD; Ruby Shaw, Price, Jay R. Thompson and S.M. Seabourn of Mesquite ISD; Tom C. Gooch of Dallas ISD; and Sidney Poynter of Crowley ISD.

The 14 schools and more than 7,500 students combined to read 50,166 books during the opening four-week scoring period, with Diamond Hill leading the group with 11,591 books read.

The Turn 1 individual grade leaders were kindergartener Kate Shields of Brent (139 books read), first-grader Camila Andrade of Diamond Hill (108), second-grader Rida Fitima of Schluter (376), third-grader Damian Serrato of Diamond Hill (98), fourth-grader Haylee Baker of Stewart’s Creek (285) and fifth-grader Abby Lynch-Buxton of Brent (91).

Diamond Hill and Brent dominated the classroom competition with the two schools combining to sweep every grade level, including a tie in third grade. Diamond Hill also had the top first-, fourth- and fifth-grade classes while Brent led in kindergarten and second grade.

Entering its eighth year, 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 of 14 schools and 7,594 students increases the overall totals to 78 schools and 43,329 students.

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.