MIAMI- Homestead-Miami Speedway is continuing its commitment of inspiring students to become champions in the classroom through creative writing. On Thursday, Homestead-Miami Speedway and the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network of the Jason Taylor Foundation kicked off the second annual “Write Track Poetry” competition with a pep rally at Gateway Environmental K-8 Learning Center in Homestead.


Thursday’s event, which hosted more than 450 middle schoolers, provided students an entertaining avenue to get excited about creative writing and literacy through poetry with a focus on NASCAR. Students were shown videos from past partnerships of the program, and then treated to spoken-word performances from members of the bluapple Poetry Network.


The Write Track Poetry program inspires students to put pen to paper and compose poems. This year, students from 13 Miami-Dade County middle schools will submit a poem based on the topic, What is Your Legacy?


As part of this year’s competition, the top three poetry pieces in each grade (6-8) from all 13 schools will be awarded two tickets to the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 18, 2017. The school with the highest percentage of participation will receive a donation from Homestead-Miami Speedway’s charitable outreach program, “Driving for a Cause.”


Of the 13 schools, the top-three poets overall will have the unique opportunity to be driven to school in the Homestead-Miami Speedway Official Pace Car. At the conclusion of the competition, one of those top-three poets will be given the chance to have their piece professionally recorded/produced and played prior to the start of the Ford EcoBoost 300.


The following schools are participating in the program:


  • Air Base K-8 Center
  • Arthur & Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts
  • Campbell Drive K-8 Center
  • Caribbean K-8 Center
  • Coconut Palm K-8 Academy
  • Gateway Environmental K-8 Learning Center
  • Irving & Beatrice Peskoe K-8 Center
  • Kenwood K-8 Center
  • Leewood K-8 Center  
  • Leisure City K-8 Center
  • Mandarin Lakes K-8 Academy
  • Redland Middle School
  • Richmond Heights Middle School


Each of the 13 schools will be holding pep rallies. The following are the remaining pep rallies with dates and times as follows:


Kenwood K-8 Center                                        - Friday, Sept. 29 at 8:45 a.m.
(9300 SW 79 Ave., Miami, FL 33156)


Leewood K-8 Center                                         - Friday, Sept. 29 at 2:00 p.m.

(10343 SW 124th St., Miami 33176)


Arthur & Poly Mays Conservatory of the Arts        - Thursday, October 5 at 9:30 a.m.

(11700 SW 216th St., Goulds 33170)


Richmond Heights Middle School                         - Friday, Oct. 6 at 9:30 a.m.