Davis, Palin lead Iron Dog into Nome

Posted: Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Soldotna's Scott Davis and teammate Todd Palin of Wasilla led the 2004 Iron Dog snowmachine race field into Nome, covering the distance from Fairbanks to Nome in 15 hours, eight minutes.

Davis and Palin arrived in Nome Tuesday at 2:50 p.m. Davis and Palin were the second team into Nome Anchorage's Marc McKenna and Palmer's Tyler Aklestad arrived 28 minutes earlier, but Davis and Palin clocked the fastest travel time after the times were adjusted from the staggered starts in Fairbanks.

Racers must lay over in Nome until Thursday morning. Davis and Palin will be able to get back on the trail headed for the finish in Wasilla at 7 a.m.

Other riders from the Kenai Peninsula competing in the Iron Dog include Mark Carr of Kenai and Dusty VanMeter of Kasilof, who were fifth entering Nome, 59 minutes behind the leaders. Carr and VanMeter will end their layover at 7:59 a.m. Thursday.

Also on the trail is Anchor Point's Chet Williams, who is teamed with Sacha Gros of Anchorage. The team was eighth into Nome, 1 hour, 21 minutes behind the leaders.

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