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Watch: 6,000 DFW elementary school students enjoy sights, sounds of Texas Motor Speedway

Watch: 6,000 DFW elementary school students at Texas Motor Speedway

Roughly 6,000 DFW elementary school students visited Texas Motor Speedway on Tuesday where Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Scott Dixon and Gabby Chaves greeted them as part of the Speeding To Read Championship Assemblies
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Roughly 6,000 DFW elementary school students visited Texas Motor Speedway on Tuesday where Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Scott Dixon and Gabby Chaves greeted them as part of the Speeding To Read Championship Assemblies

Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Scott Dixon and Gabby Chaves are used to loud noises, and will experience plenty of it this weekend as they partake in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500.

But they were treated to a different kind of loud on Tuesday at Texas Motor Speedway. This time they entertained a crowd of roughly 6,000 DFW elementary students for the first of two Speeding to Read Championship Assemblies, where they presented trophies to the top readers of the Frontstretch Conference, which consisted of 11 of the 21 schools and nearly half of the 12,061 students that competed in the year-long education program.

The Frontstretch Conference schools on hand Tuesday were Rayzor (Denton ISD); Diamond Hill, Carter Park and Manuel Jara (Fort Worth ISD); Henrie and Cannaday (Mesquite ISD); Stewart’s Creek and McAuliffe (Lewisville ISD); Gooch (Dallas ISD) and Hargrave (Crowley ISD). Brent (Little Elm ISD) was unable to attend.

The conference combined to read 865,374 books during the course of the school year and the 21 schools went on to read a program-record 1,568,670 books.

“The really cool thing about Texas Motor Speedway engaging that local community feel is that it is going to benefit them in the long run, but also all of us for the sport we love so much,” Dixon said in a press release. “I think it is very important (for) the ground roots and talking to our future leaders and people that will come out and watch us as well.”

Lantana’s E.P. Rayzor earned its fourth consecutive school championship in the Speeding To Read competition. The Denton ISD school shared the title with B.B. Owen for the second year in a row as both schools once again had 100 percent of their respective student bodies achieve the pre-set reading goals. It marked the third consecutive year that Rayzor has been perfect in the competition. The school will be rewarded with a school-wide party on Friday compliments of Woolley’s Frozen Custard.

The following were recognized at the assembly:

  • Third-Grade Individual World Champion – Leonardo Garcia, Diamond Hill, 1,204 books read.

  • Fourth-Grade Individual World Champion – Avril Lopez, Diamond Hill, 974 books read.

  • Individual School Champions – Students (KG-2nd and 3rd-6th Grade Divisions) from all 11 competing schools.
  • Most Improved Readers – Stewart’s Creek kindergartener Isaac Budz-Dyer (KG-2nd), Manuel Jara third-grader Gerardo Bustamante (3rd-6th).
  • Frontstretch Conference KG-2ndGrade Classroom Champions – Lina Reyes’ second-grade class, Diamond Hill, average of 2,301.94 books read per student.
  • 3rd-6thGrade Classroom World Champions – Diana Barron’s third-grade class, Diamond Hill, 369.63 books read per student

  • Lug Nut Division Champions – Diamond Hill, 92 percent of the student body achieved the reading goals.

  • Horsepower Division, Frontstretch Conference and Co-World Champions – E.P. Rayzor, 100 percent of the student body achieved the reading goals.

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