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Texas Motor Speedway Speed Reads For Week Of 10/22/12
Posted by: newsla on Oct 25, 2012 - 04:22 PM
Texas Motor Speedway Speed Reads For Week Of 10/22/12

NASCAR star Danica Patrick will visit with more than 1,500 elementary students and recognize the leaders of Texas Motor Speedway's "Speeding To Read" educational program during a special assembly along the frontstretch grandstands on Thursday, Nov. 1, beginning at 10:40 a.m. CT.


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Patrick, who will be competing in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 and Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at TMS, will be joined by the entire student bodies and faculty staffs of Clara Love, Hatfield and Justin as the Turn 2 leaders (midway point) will be honored for their achievements thus far in the book-reading competition.

Patrick will award the winning classrooms from the K-2 and 3-5 Divisions, top individual readers from each division from the participating schools, along with the ultimate prize - top school for Turn 2. Top classrooms and individuals will receive books for their personal use courtesy of "Score A Goal In The Classroom," a AAA Texas 500 program, a SEGA comic book featuring Patrick along with bookmark and cards, "Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed" lanyard and tickets to see Patrick compete in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 3. The top school will earn bragging rights and the giant "Speeding To Read" trophy that will be displayed in the leading school's lobby.

Patrick also will treat the students with a special surprise as she will have the show car on hand that showcases her special "Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed" paint scheme that she will run during the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge Nationwide Series race.

During the Turn 1 period, the three schools combined to read more than 43,000 books with Clara Love earning the award for top school after reading 16,856 books among its 600 students.

"Speeding To Read" is an incentive-based, NASCAR-themed reading program created by Texas Motor Speedway to encourage elementary school students to read more frequently during the school year. The program, currently in its second year, has the three schools go head to head to determine the "Speeding To Read" champions in the two class divisions (K-2, 3rd-5th grades), top individuals and top school. The competition is split into four quarters - or four turns like a speedway - with the students and schools being rewarded at each turn.
Chase Contenders Abound

The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is in the seventh of the 10-round championship fight and the contenders refuse to fall. Much like last year's epic Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup where five drivers were separated by a mere 26 points entering the final four races, this year's edition is setting the table for another classic showdown.

Five drivers are separated by 30 points - with Brad Keselowski sitting atop the standings followed by Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer and Kasey Kahne - headed into this weekend's race at Martinsville Speedway before the series returns to Texas Motor Speedway for the eighth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup - the AAA Texas 500 - on Sunday, Nov. 4.

"That's what the fans want to see," Johnson said of the tight points battle. "It's what our sport needs."
Prior to last season, the closest points margin between multiple competitors entering the final four races of the Chase was in 2006 when Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick and Johnson were separated by 41 points.

"These guys are good," Martin Truex Jr. said of the Chase contenders. "These teams are very consistent - the guys that are up front are the guys you're going to have to beat for the championship. You just got to do what you can do every week."

The final four races will prove to be pressure packed with every point highly coveted. While the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has 1,413 laps to run during the remaining races, competitors understand that it may come down to the last laps to decide this year's champion.

"I see it coming all the way down to Homestead," Keselowski said after last weekend's race at Kansas Speedway. "It will be decided there. I'm happy with the season that we've had so far and the position that we're in. It's going to come down to the last race, that's pretty obvious after today."

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Texas Motor Speedway for the eighth race in the 10-event Chase for the Sprint Cup - the AAA Texas 500. Tickets are still available by contacting the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com.
Not Running Out Of Time Just Yet

Runners still have the opportunity to sign up to compete in Saturday's inaugural "No Limits" Half Marathon & 5k Benefitting Speedway Children's Charities-Texas at Texas Motor Speedway.

Beginning at 7:30 a.m., more than 3,000 runners from 13 different states are expected to be participating in the first-year event that will encompass the majority of the venue's 1,500 acres. The half marathon competitors will run throughout the facility and its wide ring roads, with the final lap being Olympic marathon style as they will come through the infield tunnel and take their final lap on the speedway and get the checkered flag at the actual racing start/finish line.

Half marathon runners will receive a unique start to their race as they will receive the green flag from three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Johnny Rutherford and be led at the outset by Texas Motor Speedway's Official Pace Cars. As leading runners come across the finish line, two-time Olympic silver medalist Darvis "Doc" Patton will be waving the checkered flag from atop the flag stand.

Patton also will present the medals to the major category winners (Overall Male & Female, Overall Male & Female Masters for Half Marathon and Overall Male & Female, Overall Male & Female Masters, Overall Male & Female Youth for 5k). The medals are part of a unique celebration for the winners as will be treated to the same post-race celebration in Victory Lane as the race winners in NASCAR and INDYCAR. Each major category winner will receive a Charlie 1 Horse cowboy hat and fire a pair of Turnbull 45 Colt-style, single-action revolvers in celebration just like the NASCAR and INDYCAR race winners.

The entry fee for the "No Limits" Half Marathon currently is $125, while the 5k entry currently is $30 through Oct. 25 and $35 on race day. Runners planning to register on race day can do so by visiting the registration tent located in the LiftMaster garage. Free parking for competitors is available in the infield's South Paddock. For more information or to sign up for the event, visit www.nolimitsrun.com.
Fans Prepared To Get Busch-Whacked

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch is ready to sling some mud at the competition during the AAA Texas 500 weekend as he will host the Busch-Whacked Mud Run at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 4-10 p.m. CT.

The Busch-Whacked Mud Run benefiting the Armed Forces Foundation, Kurt Busch Foundation and Speedway Children's Charities-Texas will provide the opportunity for fans to compete against participating NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ty Dillon, Nelson Piquet Jr., along with pit crews, NASCAR media and celebrities, in a unique military-style obstacle course.

"We are raising awareness for our troops and for Fort Hood victims, but mainly for the Armed Forces Foundation," Busch said. "We are having a lot of the troops come up from Fort Hood to test these obstacles where we are doing the rope climb, the tire run, over/under through the mud. It's going to be a lot of fun."

Competitors will race for the title of Fastest Individual (male and female) and Fastest Team. The event also will reward creativity with an award presented for Best Costume.

"We are trying to encourage everyone to come dressed as a theme because Halloween is the day before," Busch said. "We are going to be Dukes of Hazzard. This isn't necessarily all serious. We are going to have fun with it."

The entry fee for the Busch-Whacked Mud Run is $55 for individuals and a discounted cost of $45 for military members. Fans that would prefer to watch the excitement from the stands can purchase a spectator ticket for $15.

Fans can sign up for the Busch-Whacked Mud Run by visiting http://www.active.com/running/fort-worth-tx/busch-whacked-2012.
All Fun And Games At TMS

Race weekends at Texas Motor Speedway have been compared to a carnival atmosphere. During the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader at Texas Motor Speedway that sentiment will come to fruition as the speedway will turn into a carnival.

Texas Motor Speedway will play host to the "No Limits" Carnival located outside Turn 2, between the Lone Star Tower and Gate 9. The carnival will feature 15 rides and 10 games and is open to the public throughout the four-day event from 1-11 p.m. CT Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Sunday.

Texas Motor Speedway is kicking off the "No Limits" Carnival by giving back to Northwest ISD students. Ten percent of the proceeds generated on Thursday, Nov. 1, will benefit the Northwest ISD Education Foundation.

"No Limits" Carnival goers can park in the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track lot, adjacent to the carnival site. Fans can purchase a $40 weekend pass, $20 single-day pass, or a $10 twilight pass after 8 p.m. to enjoy unlimited access to all 15 rides. Fans can purchase passes or game tickets at the booths located in the carnival area.
Last Lap

Spots are still available for Speedway Children's Charities-Texas eighth annual Celebrity Clay Shoot at Circle T Ranch on Thursday, Nov. 1. Participants will enjoy lunch, a trick shooting demonstration, compete in a shooting competition paired with a celebrity, and dinner that all begins at 11:30 a.m. Participating celebrities include three-time Indy 500 champion Johnny Rutherford, former Texas Rangers pitcher Todd Van Poppel and NASCAR driver Michael McDowell, among others. Fans can sign up by calling the Speedway Children's Charities office at (817) 215-8421 or by visiting www.scctexas.org. ... Low T Center once again will help race fans get around Texas Motor Speedway during the AAA Texas 500 weekend with the Low T Center Fan Assistance Patrol. Golf carts with the blue canopy will be traveling around the speedway offering free rides to fans. Fans can find a shuttle stops between the VIP Parking Lot and the Midway. Low T Center, the all-male testosterone therapy clinics, has 17 locations nationwide with clinics in Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Denver, Kansas City, Kan., Indianapolis, Nashville, Tenn., and Oklahoma City. ... Fans still have the opportunity to experience the high banks of Texas Motor Speedway with Team Texas race car rides on Saturday, Nov. 3, prior to the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. For $150, fans will receive four laps around "The Great American Speedway!" in a NASCAR stock car at speeds up to 160 miles per hour.

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