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    UPDATE: 2016-17 Cor PowerSports XC Racing Schedule

    Posted by Emily Hare
    on Wednesday, November 30, 2016

     The Cor PowerSports XC race series originally scheduled its 2016-17 season kickoff for Dec. 10-11 in McGregor, Minn., but so far, Mother Nature seems to have other plans. The weather in the Midwest has felt more like mid-October than late November.  Despite months of preparations and work by the Cor PowerSports crew, the opening round event will have to be rescheduled.

    Early last week, Rat Lake in McGregor had full ice coverage. The ice was thin, but it was a start and a small glimmer of hope that the ice conditions just might be good enough to run the event as planned. That hope was extinguished this past weekend, when high temps approached 40 F and rain brought open water back to the lake. Looking at the extended forecast, the need to reschedule became clear. The Big Sandy Lodge & Resort in McGregor will be the new host site for the make-up date (Feb. 18-19, 2017). The race will be run on Big Sandy Lake right in front of the resort.

    The next event on the Cor PowerSports XC schedule was originally slotted for Dec. 31 in Mora, Minn., where Knife Lake has yet to see any ice form. Due to the predicted forecast and the time required for this lake to develop sufficient ice required for permits, the event has been moved to another location. It will be now held at Larsen Barn in McGregor, Minn., and it will still be a one-day event as originally scheduled. After discussions with the local promoter, Cor PowerSports is confident that Rat Lake will have the necessary ice conditions for the event by the end of December. Larsen Barn has land-based parking, so less ice will be required to hold the event – a huge advantage for an early season race location.

    Cor PowerSports has also secured a sponsor for the Open class on Dec. 31. EuroTech Auto Service of New Brighton, Minn., has put up an additional guaranteed purse of $2,000 for this event. The Open class will have a morning qualifier race for starting positions, followed by the main heads-up race.

    Here is the full updated schedule:

    • Dec. 31: Larsen Barn, McGregor, Minn.
    • Jan. 21-22: Friendship, Wis.
    • Jan. 28: Phillips, Wis.
    • Feb. 18-19: Big Sandy Lodge & Resort, McGregor, Minn.
    • March 11-12: Baraga, Mich.
    • April 1: Bessemer, Mich.
    • April 23: Lutsen, Minn.

    For up-to-date racing information, visit www.corpowersports.com.

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