FORT WORTH, Texas (August 28, 2012) - Texas Motor Speedway volunteers helped feed 400 Mid-Cities families in two hours as part of its Speeding to Help community outreach program. For the second consecutive year, speedway volunteers visited 6 Stones Mission Network in Bedford armed with a truckload of non-perishable food and personal items to help less fortunate families.


With the help of Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter and Feed The Children, Texas Motor Speedway and 6 Stones volunteers loaded each vehicle with a 25-pound box of non-perishable food, 10-pound box of personal supplies and a box of AVON products. The three boxes can help a family of four for a week.


"We can't thank Texas Motor Speedway enough for its support with Speeding to Help, but also the partnership and commitment to our community and beyond," 6 Stones Executive Director Scott Sheppard said. "Our vision at 6 Stones is to be a catalyst of hope, and today Texas Motor Speedway and Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter brought hope to many who desperately need it."


Speeding to Help, currently in its fifth year, has helped organizations across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The month-long program kicked off Aug. 10 at the Butler Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth as volunteers helped landscape a new playground built through a grant from Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter. Volunteers also visited the Dallas Zoo on Aug. 16 to help with projects around the JC Penney Discovery House Exhibit in the Lacerte Family Children's Zoo. Volunteers made their third stop at the Tarrant Area Food Bank last Wednesday, where they helped sort and pack more than 30,000 pounds of food.


The program will conclude Friday with the announcement of the expansion of its NASCAR-themed, incentive-based "Speeding to Read" program. The program debuted last year at Clara Love Elementary in nearby Justin and motivated students to read more frequently as 96 percent of the 627 students met or exceeded their reading goals. Students from the participating schools will fill the Northwest High School football stadium at 9 a.m. as they help usher in a new year of the program.