Friends of NRA
The Tooele County Friends of NRA will hold its annual banquet and auction May 31 at the Deseret Peak Convention Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. Richard’s Roundup will cater the event. Drawings, games, silent and live auctions will raise funds to support national, Utah State and Tooele County shooting sports and firearm safety programs. Lots of guns, ammo, shooting accessories and collectible merchandise will be auctioned or given away as prizes. Please contact David Gumucio (435) 830-3337; Shawn Kelly (801) 859-6701; Valerie Tanner (801) 706-8488; Stephanie Barlow (801) 200-8055; or Michael Harrison (801) 448-2549 for ticket purchases and details. People may also purchase tickets online at www.friendsofnra.org. Advanced ticket purchases are encouraged as seating is limited.
Wide Open Wednesday
The second Wide Open Wednesday of the year will be held May 14 at Miller Motorsports Park at 4:30 p.m. Wide Open Wednesday (WOW) is a unique program presented by Miller Motorsports Park that allows enthusiasts to drive their street or race-prepared car at speed on our world-class racetrack in a non-competitive environment. Autocross and karting is also available. No previous racing or on-track experience is required. WOW is offered on one Wednesday evening each month from April to October, allowing drivers to come out after work and bring the family for an evening of high-speed fun and excitement.
Miller Motorsports Park will host a Superbike Shootout Motorcycle over the weekend of May 24-25 when the top professional Superbike and Sportbike racing teams return to Miller Motorsports Park in conjunction with Round 2 of the Utah Sport Bike Association’s Vortex Masters of the Mountains championship. The weekend will include a full field of Pro Superbike and Pro Sportbike teams, plus a full slate of racing for the amateur UtahSBA teams. Also on the weekend schedule are Round 3 of the National Auto Sport Association’s (NASA) Utah Region championship and Round 3 of the Utah Kart Championship.
Organizers of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah have added a cycling event for elite and professional women Aug. 6 to coincide with the men’s professional stage race. The Tour of Utah Women’s Edition will be a circuit race at Miller Motorsports Park, taking place at the same venue that will serve as the finish of Stage 3 for the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. The men’s professional race, known as “America’s Toughest Stage RaceTM”, expanded to seven days this year and will take place Aug. 4-10.
Salt Lake Bees
Sacramento rallied from a four-run deficit, as the River Cats edged Salt Lake 7-6 and hand the Bees their franchise record-tying ninth-consecutive loss. Salt Lake scored five runs in the sixth to take a 6-2 lead, but a key throwing error on a potential double play ball by second baseman Taylor Lindsey helped lead Sacramento to three unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull to within one. In the seventh, Ryan Chaffee (0-1) walked leadoff hitter Andy Parrino. Shane Peterson worked the count full before depositing the 3-2 pitch over the 403 foot marker in center field to put the River Cats in front. Tooele travels to Reno to begin a four-games series on Thursday.
Biologists from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) are asking anglers and bow hunters to help them remove destructive carp from Pelican Lake. If the weather cooperates, the removal project at the water in northeastern Utah will happen Thursday, May 15. Trina Hedrick, regional aquatic manager for the DWR, says the agency has committed shocking boats, nets and traps to the effort. “Our efforts alone should make a fairly good impact,” Hedrick says. “But we want to remove even more carp from the lake — a lot more.” That’s why anglers and bow hunters are needed. “We’re hoping anglers and bow hunters can bring their boats and equipment to help us out,” she says. “If you can’t make it on Thursday, please try to visit Pelican Lake at some point this year. To restore the bluegill populations, carp need to be removed throughout the year.” The staging area will be at the main Bureau of Land Management boat ramp on the southwest corner of the lake. Activities start at 9 a.m. with a short introduction and general instructions. Those who can help will be considered a DWR volunteer for the day and will need to sign in. For more information, call the DWR’s Northeastern Region office at 435-781-9453.