January 19, 2015
  • Seven Local Schools Have Combined To Read More Than 264,000 Books Since The Program Began In September

FORT WORTH, Texas (January 19, 2015) – Roanoke Elementary continued its path to defending its title by capturing the Turn 2 honors as the top-ranked school among the seven participating in Texas Motor Speedway’s Speeding To Read program.

Roanoke, which also was the top school for Turn 1, narrowly retained its hold as the leading school despite having 95 percent of its kindergarten through fifth-grade student body meet or exceed their pre-set reading goals during the 2½ -month scoring period.

Nance Elementary nearly wrestled the Turn 2 honors away from its fellow Northwest ISD school with a 94 percent rating and Argyle’s E.P. Rayzor Elementary of the Denton ISD also was in the hunt at 93 percent. J.C. Thompson of the Northwest ISD was at 90 percent to place four of the seven schools competing in the 90 percentile.
The schools read 164,983 books during Turn 2 and have combined to read more than 264,000 since the competition began in September.

“The principals, teachers and students have made the program a success at the midway point, especially those four schools in the 90 percentile,” Texas Motor Speedway Vice President of Media Relations Mike Zizzo said. “The primary goal of this program is to incentivize students to read more frequently and we’re making a positive impact in these schools.”

Roanoke Elementary first-grader Gracie Guerin was the top reader in the K-2 division with 1,158 books read during the Turn 2 period. Nance Elementary kindergarten student Hudson Arnold was second with 924 and Roanoke second-grader Hannah Um was third with 755. The top K-2 classroom was Renee Clark’s kindergarten class at Rayzor that averaged 304.7 books per student.

Riverside third-grader John Howell led the 3-5 division with 209 chapter books read. He was followed by Rayzor third-grader Noah Temer (185) and Fort Worth ISD’s Riverside Applied Learning Center third-grader Ruth Avila (169). The top 3-5 classroom was Ronda Ott’s third-grade class at Riverside with an average of 56.5 chapter books per student.

The Turn 3 competition will run from Jan. 12 through March 16. The Turn 4 final segment will conclude May 11 and the Speeding To Read Championship Assembly will be held in late May at Texas Motor Speedway.


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 8,600 students that have combined to read over 1.4 million books.