Elysian School students learned about auto racing as a competitive reading program kicked off Friday.
"Read Win Race" will end with participating school principals racing cars at the Yellowstone Drag Strip on May 25.
"Just about every kid likes race cars," said Dale Sekora, of the Billings Drag Racing Association. "The excitement of being around a race car can get kids motivated to read more, and the more they read, the more they get to be around cool cars."
The program is patterned after a similar program in Colorado that involves more than 60 schools. During 20 years, it has encouraged more than 560,000 students to read more.