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Lack of the white stuff leads to relocation of snowmobile races

Everything was in place for the Mountain States Snowmobile Racing circuit's first races of the season this weekend in Craig. Everything except one necessity -- snow.

"There wasn't even close to enough snow," said Craig native and MSSR director Phil Vallem. "We were going to try to make snow, but it wasn't cold enough."

Fliers already had been placed on windows of local businesses last weekend before race officials decided to make the change.

The races, which were scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, were the second event the MSSR has had to change because of a lack of the white stuff. The first was an event in Hayden.

The races have been moved to Hot Sulphur Springs.

"We've got 2 new feet (of snow) here," Vallem said on his cell phone during a break from setting up the track.

The times for the races are 9 a.m. to dark Saturday and 9 a.m. until all of the finals are raced Sunday.

Vallem said that despite the venue change he expected 120 racers to compete.

"We are going to try our best to still have a race in Craig," Vallem said.

He said that there were two open dates on the MSSR calendar that could be used for races in Craig.

Vallem said that Hot Sulphur Springs is scheduled for races Jan. 22 and 23, and they could be moved to Craig if enough snow were to fall between now and then.

The MSSR is sanctioned as the racing circuit for the Colorado and Wyoming region by the World Snowmobile Association.

Last year, the WSA regional races were organized by Warrior Competition, another group with Craig ties based out of Grand Junction.

Vallem, who worked with Warrior last year, took over the circuit this year and renamed it the MSSR.

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