March 26, 2015

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 26, 2015) – E.P. Rayzor Elementary School of the Denton ISD had its entire student body of 500 children meet their reading goals during Turn 3 of Texas Motor Speedway’s Speeding To Read program to earn top school honors for the scoring period.

Rayzor Elementary became the first school among the seven participating this year to report a perfect reading goal score during the Turn 3 period of Jan. 12 through March 20. The Lantana-based school needed to be near perfect to wrestle away the honors and the perpetual Speeding To Read trophy for their school from defending champion Roanoke Elementary.

Roanoke had been the top school since Turn 2 of last year’s competition, a run of five consecutive scoring periods of 94 percent or better, and finished runner-up to Rayzor with 95 percent of its 530 students meeting their reading goals in Turn 3 period of Jan. 12.

Four of the seven schools competing, which also includes Nance and Thompson of Northwest ISD, Riverside Applied Learning Center and Carroll Peak of Fort Worth ISD, and Eagle Mountain of Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD, had 82 percent or better of their students bodies reach their Turn 3 reading goals. The schools, which consist of more than 3,500 kindergarten through fifth-grade students, combined to read 117,215 books in Turn 3 and have now read 382,419 books since the start of the school year.

Roanoke first-grader Gracie Guerin was the top overall reader in the KG-2nd Grade Division with 989 books read during Turn 3. She was followed by Nance first-grader and Backstretch Division leader Delilah Seeley (736), Nance first-grader Khyson Toney (642), Rayzor kindergartener Alysson Delloro (619) and Nance kindergartener Cambria Rousculp (588).

The top classroom was the Rayzor kindergarten students of Renee Clark, which averaged 278 books read per student during the period.

Riverside Applied Learning Center third-grader Ruth Avila was the top overall reader in the Grades 3-5 Division with 214 chapter books read. She was followed by Rayzor third-grader and Frontstretch Division leader Noah Temer (145), Riverside third-grader John Howell (105), Nance fourth-grader Christian Morgan (96) and Riverside fourth-grader Alan Luong (92).

The top classroom was the Riverside third-grade students of Ronda Ott, which averaged 56.5 chapter books read per student.

Individual leaders Guerin and Avila each received a Speeding To Read trophy, two tickets to the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, April 11, at Texas Motor Speedway and a prize pack with NASCAR and Verizon IndyCar Series merchandise. Division leaders Seeley and Temer each earned a Speeding To Read trophy, two tickets to the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 XFINITY Series race on Friday, April 10, at Texas Motor Speedway and the prize pack.

Speeding To Read heads into its final turn of competition and the top students, classrooms and schools will be honored May 19 at the program’s championship assembly at Texas Motor Speedway that will feature a Verizon IndyCar Series star as a special guest.

Speeding To Read is supported throughout the year by sponsorships or partnerships with Texas Motor Speedway, NASCAR, Verizon IndyCar Series, Toyota of Fort Worth, Kid’s Beach Club, Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter, Score A Goal in the Classroom, aai Trophies & Awards of Plano, The Speedway Club, Domino’s, Woolley’s Frozen Custard, Lionel Racing and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

About Speeding To Read: The mission of Texas Motor Speedway’s Speeding To Read program is to utilize motorsports, its drivers and our races to incentivize elementary school children to read more frequently and enrich their educational experience and future. Speeding To Read is an incentive-based, motorsports-themed reading program created by Texas Motor Speedway to encourage elementary school students to read more frequently during the school year. The 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 champion. Since Speeding To Read began with a one-school pilot program in 2011-12, the program has reached more than 12,000 students that have combined to read 2,031,281 million books.