Racing To Read Program at Laraway School Ramps Up for Turn 3 This February


Joliet, Ill. – February 2, 2016 – On Friday, January 22, Laraway School District 70C sixth, seventh and eighth grade students completed “Turn 2” of Chicagoland Speedway’s motorsports-themed reading program, “Racing to Read.” During Turn 2 of the program, Laraway 6A students accumulated a total of 1165 points on Achieve placing them in the lead, while 7B and 6B trailed closely behind with a total of 930 and 910 points respectively. Achieve is an online program that seeks to engage all learners by appealing to each individual’s reading level. In doing so, the program is able to consistently challenge the student and thus, improve his/her literacy skillset.

In partnership with Laraway School, Chicagoland Speedway created Racing to Read to encourage the sixth-eighth grade students to read more frequently throughout the school year by implementing an education-focused competition. The incentive-based program ramps up for the second half this February after kicking off on September 14, 2015. The program began in unison with Chase Week and the lead up to The NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Chicagoland Speedway.

“Individuals, classrooms and grade levels are all competing against each other to read the most books and earn the title of Racing to Read Champion,” said Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway President, Scott Paddock. “Chicagoland Speedway hopes this reading adventure will enrich and enhance the educational experience in a fun and engaging manner through the program’s connection to sports and a well-known, national venue in the schools’ own backyard.”

In cooperation with Racing to Read, Laraway middle school students visited the track prior to Sprint Cup Qualifying on September 18, 2015. The students were presented the opportunity to view various weekend amenities such as, Champions Park, the Infield Fan Zone and the Kids’ Club. One of NASCAR’s young stars, Justin Allgaier, also spoke with the students during their time at the speedway. Following their visit, each student received two tickets, one for themselves and another for a friend or family member, to attend Saturday morning’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

Racing to Read’s inaugural year will run through two more “turns” or quarters, finishing on May 26, 2016. At the end of each “turn” the winning class will host the program trophy, and individuals will have the chance to win prizes such as leader trophies, Chicagoland Speedway merchandize, autographed items and gift cards.

The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Sept. 15-18, will begin with the addition of ARCA Racing Series on Thursday evening followed by the American Ethanol E15 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race under the lights on Friday night. On Saturday, Sept. 17, the NASCAR XFINITY Series will hit the track as the precursor to Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series showdown, the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

The 2016 NASCAR schedule at Chicagoland Speedway is as follows:

Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup

Date                             Event

Thursday, Sept. 15        ARCA Racing Series Race

Friday, Sept. 16            NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race

Saturday, Sept. 17        NASCAR XFINITY Series Race

Sunday, Sept. 18          NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race

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