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FORT WORTH, Texas (October 28, 2016) – Two-time defending champion E.P. Rayzor Elementary School and newcomer B.B. Owen Elementary were perfect in Turn 1 of Texas Motor Speedway's Speeding To Read competition among 10 Dallas-Fort Worth schools.

Rayzor, the Lantana-based school in the Denton ISD, and B.B. Owen, in its first year in the program from the Lewisville ISD, were perfect in the opening seven-week Turn 1 scoring period with every kindergarten through fifth-grader in their respective student bodies meeting or exceeding the pre-set program reading goals.

Half of the schools exceeded 80 percent of meeting the program Turn 1 goals, with Justin Elementary (Northwest ISD) at 91 percent, J.A. Hargrave (Crowley ISD) at 86 percent and Hatfield (Northwest) at 82 percent joining Rayzor and B.B. Owen. Also participating in the program are Nathan Adams Elementary and Tom C. Gooch Elementary of the Dallas ISD; Carroll Peak Elementary of the Fort Worth ISD; Cox Elementary of the Northwest ISD; and Brent Elementary of the Little Elm ISD.

The 10 schools and 5,000 students combined to read 139,617 books in the scoring period.

Rayzor was paced by the overall individual readers for K-2 and 3-5 as well as the top K-2 classroom. Second-grader Alysson Delloro was the leading K-2 individual reader with 1,182 books read while third-grader Peyton Small led 3-5 with 108 books read. Michelle Watson’s kindergarten class was tops in K-2 with 5,982 books read.

Hargrave had the top 3-5 classroom with Charmaine Campbell’s third-grade class reading 649 books.

B.B. Owen was led by second-grader Peyton Lites, the school’s K-2 individual leader with 180 books read, and fifth-grader Ashley Dawes, the school’s 3-5 leader with 68 books read.

Speeding To Read, named the "Best Youth Marketing Initiative" by the NASCAR industry in 2014, is an incentive-based, NASCAR and INDYCAR-themed reading program to encourage elementary school students to read more frequently during the school year. Since Speeding To Read began in 2011-12 with one pilot school, 33 schools and nearly 19,000 students have participated and combined to read more than three million books in the program's five-year existence heading into the 2016-17 competition.

Texas Motor Speedway's Speeding To Read program is supported by the following partners: aai Trophies and Awards of Plano, BenQ America Corporation, Domino's, Lionel Racing, NASCAR, Score A Goal in the Classroom, Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Properties, Team Texas High Performance Driving School, The Speedway Club, Verizon IndyCar Series and Woolley's Frozen Custard.

For more information on Texas Motor Speedway's Speeding To Read, please visit www.speedingtoread.com

About the author

The Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Department is located on the 6th floor of The Speedway Club outside of Turn 1 of the speedway. 

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