FORT WORTH, Texas (April 4, 2014) ? Fourth-grader Whitney Thomason of Trophy Club's Samuel Beck Elementary School may have a future in NASCAR. Thomason is not an aspiring race-car driver, but exhibited the artistic talent for creating the winning paint scheme in Spin Master's NASCAR Authentics "Design A Die-cast" competition among the 11 local elementary schools and more than 6, 500 students participating in Texas Motor Speedway's "Speeding To Read" educational program. On Friday in front of nearly 4, 500 students at the "Speeding To Read" assembly crowning the year-long champions at Texas Motor Speedway, Spin Master's NASCAR Authentics presented Thomason with a die-cast with her design and surprised her by unveiling an actual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series show car bearing her paint scheme. She also received tickets to Sunday's Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Texas Motor Speedway and a gift bag with NASCAR officially licensed merchandise Thomason's winning design, as voted upon by representatives from Texas Motor Speedway, NASCAR and Spin Master, incorporated her school's colors and logo as well as reading into the overall theme. The car featured a blue design with black trim ? Beck's school colors ? while utilizing the school's bulldog paw prints throughout. Thomason added "Speed To Read!" on the hood and three open books on the deck lid. She also had flames coming off the paw prints and books as well as a flame design on the side and hood of the car. "We are so excited to present Whitney Thomason with her very own Die-cast car," said Krista DiBerardino, Spin Master chief marketing officer. "Her design was exactly what we are looking for. She incorporated her school's colors and logo as well as reading into the overall theme. She should be very proud." NASCAR Authentics and Texas Motor Speedway partnered to create the program as an incentive for the students participating in the speedway's third-year "Speeding To Read" program. To be eligible to participate in the "Design A Die-cast" competition, students had to meet or exceed their reading goals through Turn 3 of the "Speeding To Read" competition that concluded Feb. 3. The students had the month of February to work on their designs and then each school selected their top choice in both Kindergarten-2 nd Grade and 3 rd -5 th Grade. Texas Motor Speedway, NASCAR and Spin Master then reviewed the paint schemes of the 22 finalists and selected the top two overall ? which were both Grades 3-5 ? as well as the best among K-2 students. Alyssa Cappadona, a fifth-grader at Haslet's J.C. Thompson Elementary School, was the runner-up in the overall competition with a design that was highlighted by a book on fire on the hood and JCT on the deck lid of a green-and-yellow paint scheme. Chloe Pace, a second grader at Lantana's E.P. Rayzor Elementary, had the top K-2 design featuring the school's mascot ? a wolf ? on the hood and "Read" on the deck lid on a blue car. The 11 schools competing in the third year of the "Speeding To Read" program designed by Texas Motor Speedway as well as Spin Master's NASCAR Authentics "Design A Die-cast" competition encompass eight communities and three school districts (Northwest, Denton, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw) in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The schools consist of E.P. Rayzor (Argyle), Kay Granger (Keller) and Samuel Beck (Trophy Club) in the Frontstretch Division; Chisholm Ridge (Fort Worth), Clara Love (Justin), J.C. Thompson (Haslet) and Prairie View (Rhome) in the Backstretch Division; and Carl E. Schluter (Haslet), Haslet, Roanoke and Sendera Ranch (Haslet) in the Pit Road Division. About "Speeding To Read": The mission of Texas Motor Speedway's "Speeding To Read" program is to utilize motorsports, its drivers and our races to incentivize elementary school children to read more frequently and enrich their educational experience and future. "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 student bodies are split into two divisions ? kindergarten through second grade and third through fifth grade ? with individuals, classrooms and schools competing against each other to read the most books and earn the title of "Speeding To Read" champion. At each turn (or quarter), TMS crowns the top individuals and classrooms in K-2 and 3-5 as well as presents a giant, perpetual trophy to the school leading the competition at that point to display at their school until the next turn/quarter. The quarters are based off key dates in the NASCAR schedule and represent the four turns of a racetrack. Turn 1 is the start of the Chase for the Sprint Cup in mid-September; Turn 2 is TMS' AAA Texas 500 NASCAR race week in November; Turn 3 is the start of the new season with SpeedWeeks and the Daytona 500 in February; and Turn 4 is the Duck Commander 500 in April.
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FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 14, 2014) ? Frigid temperatures, snow and ice in North Texas has not slowed construction workers from continued progress on the world's largest HD video board created by Panasonic at Texas Motor Speedway. On Friday, Dallas/Fort Worth media members were led by Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage on a sneak preview of "Big Hoss TV," which is scheduled to be completed by March 1 and officially dedicated during pre-race ceremonies for the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, April 6. Towering 12 stories high over the backstretch is the completed steel framework that will serve as the foundation for "Big Hoss TV." Workers have installed 28 of the 40 LED modules ? each measuring 54.5 feet by 9.5 feet ? that will be placed in 10 rows of four that will serve as record HD display area that measures 218 feet (width) by 94.6 feet (height). Once completed, "Big Hoss TV" will provide fans with 20,633.34 square feet of HD imagery and will be 79 percent larger than the video board at AT&T Stadium (11,520 sf), home of the Dallas Cowboys. It also will surpass current record-holder Charlotte Motor Speedway (16,000 square feet), the Speedway Motorsports, Inc. sister track of Texas Motor Speedway, for the world's largest HD video board at a sporting venue. "This is the largest fan amenity we have ever undertaken in the history of Texas Motor Speedway and it truly should be a game changer in the industry," Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. "Panasonic has done a tremendous job in keeping the project on schedule and have their crews working around the clock seven days a week on this enormous undertaking. Given the target completion date of March 1, we're working on a "Big Hoss TV" sneak preview event with a dynamic entertainment element that will be open to the public in mid-March that will be announced soon." "Big Hoss TV" also requires a state-of-the-art control room that is being built and housed adjacent to the timing and scoring booth atop the start/finish line on suite level. The control room houses five servers and two switchers that control the video feed to "Big Hoss TV." The control room operator will have the luxury of choosing from 19 different cameras, 16 of which are operated by two production trucks. Ultimately, the video is broken up into 16 different sections on the video board. The equipment will be manned by a minimum of five individuals which will include producer, director and technical directors. Construction on "Big Hoss TV" began after November's AAA Texas 500 as workers began digging 16 anchor holes 42 feet deep and four feet in diameter for the massive 108-ton structure. "Big Hoss TV" is anchored with 42 feet of steel rebar reinforced in the ground by 20 yards of concrete filled in each of the holes. The strength of the foundation allows for "Big Hoss TV" to sustain winds of 140 miles per hour. Initial construction plans also required workers to install 4,200 feet of 96-strand fiber optic cable that runs from the location of "Big Hoss TV" on the backstretch to the control room in the frontstretch suites. Workers have moved to a seven-day work week the past month to put the finishing touches on the project by the end of the month. The final phase of the project includes completion of the electrical infrastructure inside of the video board, where workers will install electricity and fiber optic connections to each of the 40 LED modules. Workers also will install the final wiring in the control room before they begin to test the lower section of the LED modules early next week. Tickets for the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend and the official christening of "Big Hoss TV" are available by calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com . FULL SERIES COVERAGE View all articles View all videos View all photos
FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 12, 2013) ? Texas Motor Speedway's "Year In Photos - 2013," featuring 100 of the top images shot by award-winning Getty Images photographers on and off the track this past season, are now available to both media and racing fans. The Getty Images photographs capture Texas Motor Speedway's memorable on-track moments of the year highlighted by major race winners Jimmie Johnson ( AAA Texas 500 ), Kyle Busch (NRA 500 ) and Helio Castroneves (Firestone 550) as well as a variety of other racing series and special events throughout the year. The collection also features media events with NASCAR drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle and INDYCAR driver Marco Andretti; Dude Perfect trick-shot competition with NASCAR and INDYCAR drivers; "Speeding To Read" events with four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon and 2012 Camping World Truck Series champ James Buescher; "Big Hoss TV" video board announcement; Wild Asphalt Circus Half Marathon & 5k; and Speedway Children's Charities Tree Lighting & Grant Ceremony, among others. The Texas Motor Speedway "Year in Photos-2013" is available in two versions, a slide show set to music with photo titles and individual photographs with photo titles and full cutlines. The slide show currently is available to fans to view on the landing page of www.texasmotorspeedway.com and the individual photos are available to view at http://www.texasmotorspeedway.com/2013-year-in-photos . The images also are available to download in high resolution for complimentary screen savers showcasing your favorite moment from Texas Motor Speedway this past year. FULL SERIES COVERAGE View all articles View all videos View all photos