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Published On: Jun 23 2014 03:39:10 PM AKDT

Tom Kriska snapped an 18 year championship drought by claiming victory in the 55th annual Yukon River 800 riverboat race Sunday in Fairbanks, finishing the world's longest race from Fairbanks to Galena and back in 13 hours, 45 minutes.

Out of 14 boats that started the Yukon 800, Clinton Huntington was the only other driver who managed to finish the race, four hours and one minute behind the champion.

Kriska credited patience as a key to this year's title.  In a year of serious attrition, he avoided short cuts and hardly topped 70 miles an hour.  The Koyukuk native placed second to Tony Peter a year ago. Peter's race ended on Sunday morning due to a blown engine.