Butteri holds lead in Quest

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2002

STEWART RIVER, Yukon (AP) -- Peter Butteri of Tok remained on top of the Yukon Quest as the leaders went through Stewart River, 99 miles past the halfway point at Dawson.

Butteri left Stewart River at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon after a six-hour rest.

Not far behind was Joran Freeman of Two Rivers. He took a shorter rest to hit the trail just half an hour behind Butteri.

Freeman spent just under three hours at Stewart River, arriving at 10-35 yesterday morning at leaving at 1:30 p.m.

Canadian musher Hans Gatt was the second racer to arrive at Stewart River. He came in at 10 a.m., exactly three hours behind the leader. Gatt left at 3:40 p.m., putting him two hours and 40 minutes out of the lead.

Butteri had a two-hour cushion when he left Dawson Saturday afternoon.

Also out of Stewart River was veteran Alaska musher Dave Monson, who arrived at 3:45 p.m. and got back on the trail a half-hour later.

Third into Stewart River was Canadian Thomas Tetz, who arrived at 10:30 a.m. William Kleedehn was fifth to come in at 11:22 a.m. Both of those mushers were still at Stewart River late Sunday afternoon.

The racers have 362 miles from Stewart River to the finish in Whitehorse.

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