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  • Youth Initiative Programs Of Texas Motor Speedway, NASCAR Unite To Enhance Educational Experience For 10 Dallas/Fort Worth Elementary Schools

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 8, 2017) – Texas Motor Speedway’s Speeding To Read is partnering with NASCAR Acceleration Nation to encourage the 10 Dallas/Fort Worth elementary schools and more than 5,000 students currently in its educational program to read more books with Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) themes.

The NASCAR Acceleration Nation STEM-themed book reading will be a competition within the overall competition of Texas Motor Speedway’s Speeding To Read program to further expand the students’ knowledge in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. NASCAR Acceleration Nation, a STEM-inspired program designed just for kids, showcases the science of aerodynamics and the excitement of NASCAR through its website www.AccelerationNation.com and learning materials used by teachers in more than 10,000 middle and elementary schools across the country.

The NASCAR Acceleration Nation STEM book-reading contest will take place in the final quarter of the Speeding To Read competition, beginning Friday and concluding May 4. The schools participating, which represent five of the top 20 largest districts in the Metroplex, are B.B. Owen (Lewisville ISD), Brent (Little Elm), Carroll Peak (Fort Worth), Cox (Northwest), E.P. Rayzor (Denton), Hatfield (Northwest), J.A. Hargrave (Crowley), Justin (Northwest), Nathan Adams (Dallas) and Tom C. Gooch (Dallas).

NASCAR Acceleration Nation will crown the overall kindergarten-2nd grade and 3rd-5th grade individual champions, classroom champions in both grade divisions, and the school champion. Last year, NASCAR Acceleration Nation and Speeding To Read collaborated on a year-long competition with E.P. Rayzor capturing the school title.

This year’s winners will be recognized during the Speeding To Read Championship Assembly on Tuesday, May 23, at Texas Motor Speedway.

NASCAR Acceleration Nation is among the valuable partners of Texas Motor Speedway's Speeding To Read program that also includes 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.

About Speeding To Read: The mission of Texas Motor Speedway's Speeding To Read program is to utilize motorsports, its drivers and 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 (KG-2nd and 3rd-5th) 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 43 schools and more than 23,000 students that have combined to read more than three million books. For more information on the program, visit www.speedingtoread.com

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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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