December 20, 2017

FORT WORTH, Texas (December 20, 2017) – Defending co-champions E.P. Rayzor and B.B. Owen elementary schools had 100 percent of its students achieve their reading goals in Turn 2 of Texas Motor Speedway’s Speeding To Read program and remain perfect at the midpoint of the year-long competition.

E.P. Rayzor of Lantana (Denton ISD) and B.B. Owen of The Colony (Lewisville ISD) led the program-record 21 Dallas/Fort Worth elementary schools and more than 12,000 students that combined to read 375,446 books in the seven-week scoring period. The schools have read 593,690 books at the midpoint of the competition that concludes in May.

Two other schools reached the 90 percentile – Marsalis of the Dallas ISD (99%) and Diamond Hill of the Fort Worth ISD (94%) – while 11 were at 75 percent or better of reaching the pre-set Turn 2 reading goals.

The division leaders were Rayzor in the Horsepower (100%) and Diamond Hill in the Lug Nut (94%) of the Frontstretch Conference while B.B. Owen led the Pit Stop Division (100%) and Lakeview the Burnout Division (84%) in the Backstretch Conference.

Diamond Hill second-grader Eliam Guardado was the Frontstretch Conference leader and top overall individual reader in the K-2nd grade division for the second consecutive turn with 2,785 books read. The Backstretch Conference leader was B.B. Owen second-grader Lincoln Allen with 1,978 books read.

Stewart’s Creek Elementary third-grader Kaylee Patterson was the Frontstretch Conference leader and top 3rd-6th grade individual with 320 books read. The Backstretch Conference leader was Vickery Elementary fifth-grader Emily Carey with 215 books read.

Lina Reyes’ second-grade class at Diamond Hill averaged 665.5 books per student to lead the Frontstretch Conference and was the top overall K-2nd grade classroom for the second turn in a row.  Monica Scalise’s second-grade class at B.B. Owen led the Backstretch Conference with an average of 473.5 books read per student.

Diamond Hill also took the Frontstretch and overall honors for 3rd-6th grade classrooms with Leticia Stirniman’s fifth-grade class averaging 70.7 books. B.B. Owen led the Backstretch with Valerie Coley’s third-grade class averaging 33.43 books. Special recognition is extended to the small, mixed-grade class of Amy Smalling at Homestead, where her class averaged 73 books.

Guardado and Patterson will receive prize packs compliments of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Properties, NASCAR and Texas Motor Speedway while the classrooms of Reyes and Stirniman will receive a cupcake or cookie party courtesy of Levy Restaurants, the speedway’s official concessionaire.

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.