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Iron Dog Sees Late Shakeup as Teams Reach Tanana

Published On: Feb 21 2014 05:30:02 PM AKST
Iron Dog Sees Late Shakeup as Teams Reach Tanana

The top teams in the 2014 Iron Dog snowmachine race have shifted as drivers began to reach Tanana Friday, with about 90 minutes separating first from fifth before the Saturday finish in Fairbanks.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, race standings show Team 16’s Todd Minnick and Nick Olstad leading the way into Tanana at 2:25 p.m., followed by Team 17’s Marc McKenna and Dusty VanMeter at 2:47 p.m. and Team 10’s Mike Morgan and Chris Olds at 3:23 p.m. Team 23’s Brian Dick and Eric Quam made it in at 3:56 p.m., while Team 6 riders Andy George and Brad George the latest team to reach Tanana at 3:58 p.m.

Team 10 has been the lead team for much of this year’s race, but Morgan and Olds were forced to spend a 10-hour break in Galena for repairs Friday. One of their sleds wore a track out in poor trail conditions, necessitating repairs that could swing the race.

The race’s eleventh and twelfth scratches came Friday morning, with Team 18’s Chad Gueco and Andrew Zwink leaving the trail after departing Unalakleet, while Team 12’s Roger Paradise and Andrew Watson scratched in Galena.

Channel 2 will air the finish of the race in Fairbanks live when it occurs Saturday. Watch for notices on regarding when the finish will be aired.

Channel 2’s Kari Bustamante contributed information to this story.