November 1, 2017

FORT WORTH, Texas (October 31, 2017) – Defending co-champions E.P. Rayzor and B.B. Owen, along with newcomer Marsalis, were perfect in Turn 1 of Texas Motor Speedway’s Speeding To Read competition with 100 percent of their elementary school students achieving their reading goals.

Lantana’s E.P. Rayzor (Denton ISD), The Colony’s B.B. Owen (Lewisville) and Dallas’ Marsalis (Dallas ISD) paced the program-record 21 Dallas/Fort Worth elementary schools and more than 12,000 students that are participating for the entire 2017-18 school year.

Seven schools overall had 90 percent or more of their entire student bodies reach the pre-set Turn 1 reading goals with the above trio being joined by Roanoke’s Hughes (Northwest ISD) at 99 percent, Fort Worth’s Diamond Hill (Fort Worth ISD) at 96 percent, The Colony’s Peters Colony (Lewisville ISD) at 95 percent and Flower Mound’s Vickery (Lewisville ISD) at 94 percent.

The schools combined to read 218,244 books in the five-week Turn 1 scoring period.

Diamond Hill swept the Turn 1 individual and classroom honors. Second grader Eliam Guardado was the top individual reader in the KG-2nd grade division with 765 books read. Third-grader Leonardo Garcia led the 3rd-5th grade division with 172 books read.

Lina Reyes’ second-grade class averaged 394 books per student as the top KG-2nd grade classroom and Vianey Lemus Martinez’s fourth-grade class led 3rd-5th with an average of 42 books read per student.

Guardado and Garcia earned prize packs that also included four tickets each to Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway. Each student in the winning classrooms earned two tickets each to Saturday night’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race as well as a cupcake or cookie party in their class courtesy of Levy Restaurants.

Since Speeding To Read began in 2011-12 with one pilot school, the program has impacted nearly 24,000 children from the 43 schools that competed in the first six years. Those students have combined to read nearly 3.7 million books in the program’s existence. Last year alone, the 10 schools and 5,049 students combined to read 678,887 books.

Texas Motor Speedway’s Speeding To Read program is supported by the following partners: Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas, NASCAR, Verizon IndyCar Series, Lionel Racing, Speedway World, Levy Restaurants, The Speedway Club, aai Trophies and Awards of Plano, Woolley’s Frozen Custard and Team Texas High Performance Driving School.

For more information on Speeding To Read, please visit or inquire with the Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Department at [email protected] or 817.215.8520. Enrollment for 2017-18 is closed, but available for the 2018-19 school year.