Area racers scratch from Iron Dog

Posted: Tuesday, February 23, 2010

All three of the racers from the Kenai Peninsula in the 27th Iron Dog snowmachine race have scratched. Racers are struggling with low-snow and warm conditions.

In the Pro Class, Soldotna's Scott Davis and Wasilla's Todd Palin scratched due to a variety of factors, according to Regina Daniels, the wife of Davis. Davis has seven Iron Dog titles. He is tied with John Faeo for the most wins in race history. Palin has four titles.

Daniels said both Palin and Davis crashed in separate accidents going into Skwentna, which is the first checkpoint in the race that goes from Wasilla to Nome to Fairbanks.

Daniels said the crashes caused damange to snowmachines and caused the pair to lose time. The pair rode ahead to Puntilla, but there decided to scratch.

The cause of the scratch was listed as injury, but Daniels said Davis' aching back was just one of the factors that caused the duo to scratch. She said Davis' back injury was not severe, because the pair rode 300 miles back toward Wasilla on Monday after scratching.

Also in the Pro Class, Marc McKenna of Anchorage and Dusty Van Meter of Soldotna scratched due to mechanical issues. Van Meter has won three Iron Dogs, while McKenna has taken two Iron Dogs.

In the Rec Class, Kenai's Wil Smith and Fairbanks' Wally Smith scratched due to mechanical issues.

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