Big weekend for South Shore auto racers |

Big weekend for South Shore auto racers

Tribune staff reports

South Lake Tahoe’s two auto racing participants at Champions Motor Speedway will display their race cars at Turn 3 on Saturday.

Gil Casper Jr.’s 1979 Camaro and Jason Flores’ 1987 Honda Civic will be parked outside Turn 3 from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. For added flavor, a rib and wing cookoff starts at 4 p.m. Turn 3 is located at 2227 Lake Tahoe Boulevard.

If weather permits, Casper and Flores will make their season racing debuts on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Carson City. Admission is $9 for adults and $7 for senior citizens.

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Casper has an added reason to do well on Sunday when he competes in the street stock division.

“Opening day happens to be dad’s 90th birthday,” he said.

Two blown engines have soiled Casper’s preseason preparations.

“I can’t believe it, but with two blown engines the third one has to be the charm,” he said.

Flores will compete in the hornet class and is determined to succeed in his first season.

“I’m definitely running for rookie of the year,” Flores said.

Gates & Grapes on May 13

The Heavenly Ski & Snowboard Foundation will hold its fourth annual “Gates & Grapes” wine and gourmet food tasting on May 13 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

The event, which helps build the Foundation’s scholarship endowment, will provide guests with the opportunity to taste premium wines, sample gourmet foods and bid on live and silent auction items.

Entertainment will be provided by Kiva Rhythm and Steve Giovenco, and U.S. Ski Team member and HSSF product Jonna Mendes will make a special appearance.

Reservations are currently available and limited as the event is expected to sell out. The Heavenly Ski & Snowboard Foundation can be reached at (530) 541-7354.

Open gym at Whittell

Whittell High will host an open gym for prospective football and basketball players on Monday. Coach Dennis Young will be on hand to answer questions from 6-7:30 p.m.

Little League cleanup days this weekend

Voluntary cleanup of the South Tahoe National Little League fields is all day Saturday and Sunday.

Free junior golf clinic on Sunday

The 12th annual Fred Alexander Memorial Family Golf Clinic for juniors ages 6-17 is Sunday at Empire Golf Ranch in Carson City. Applications are available online at On-site registration for the free clinic will take place the day of the event from 10:30 a.m. through 11:45 a.m., with the clinic beginning promptly at noon and ending at 4 p.m.

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