Monday, December 19, 2016

Havasu 95 Speedway To Bring Smiles To 256 Local Kids This Christmas

By Dave Grayson

On Christmas morning 256 children, residing in Lake Havasu City-Arizona, will walk into their living rooms and discover the presence of a brand new bicycle. This holiday surprise was arranged by the management and staff from the Havasu 95 Speedway who, once again, held their annual bike drive during their winter racing season.

The speedway's annual bike fund raiser actually dates back several years when speedway Promoter Bill Rozhon decided he wanted to do something special for children of needy families, in a community that he dearly loves, to insure that they had the merry Christmas that every child deserves.

Coordinating his idea with the Lake Havasu City Marine Corp Detachment #757's Toys For Tots program, the Havasu 95 Speedway's bicycle campaign became an instant success. Since it's original inception, the speedway's annual Christmas campaign has raised over $50,000 that has led to the purchase and distribution of over 1,000 bikes.

As in the case of previous years, the 2016 bicycle campaign got off to a very fast start with the speedway's legion of loyal fans buying fifty-fifty tickets which gave the campaign a strong foundation. They were backed by contributions from local businesses, individual contributions from fans and there were reports that said some of the drivers donated their race winnings. With all of that love and support, the 2016 campaign collected a total of $8,276.60 which covered the cost of the 256 bicycles.

In a prepared statement, Speedway Operations Manager Shelly Keirns said "racers and race fans, this year's annual Toys For Tots bicycle drive has come to an end and we couldn't be more thankful to all of you and your extreme generosity to this cause. Our Promoter, Bill Rozhon, firmly believes every child should wake up to a bike on Christmas morning, and that has been our driving force all of these years. The amount of money raised this year was $8,278.60 which we used to purchase 256 bicycles for children of all sizes here in Lake Havasu City."

The Havasu 95 Speedway will be taking a well deserved break for the holidays and will return to racing action, to start the second half of their winter racing series, on January 7th. In typical fashion, they will be starting the 2017 portion of their schedule on a strong note by featuring the Late Model division who will be treating the fans to twin, 50 lap, main events. Adding to the racing excitement will be the Office Cocktail Lounge Bandoleros, the Sam Nichols Electric Factory Stocks and a waterless boat race, a special event that this speedway excels at. Because of chilly night temperatures, this event will be a special day race. The spectator gates will open at 12pm with the green flag falling on all of this racing fun at 2pm.

For more information regarding the winter racing schedule dial up their website, at, or visit their "Facebook" page.