Dusty VanMeter of Kasilof and his teammate, Todd Palin of Wasilla, were the first riders to pull into Nome in the Tesoro Iron Dog snowmachine race.
VanMeter and Palin made it to Nome Tuesday afternoon at 3:13 p.m., 26 minutes ahead of the team of Tracey Brassard of Anchorage and Ken Lee of Eagle River.
Defending champions Mark Carr of Kenai and Scott Davis of Soldotna were third into Nome, reaching the checkpoint at 3:56 p.m. Tuesday.
The team of Doug Brewer of Nikiski and Jackie McGahan of Kenai made it to Nome in 16th position, rolling into the checkpoint at 10:35 p.m. Tuesday.
Racers have a mandatory 36-hour layover in Nome, as well as a 15-minute, off-the-clock period to inspect their machines before hitting the trail to Fairbanks.
Competitors have the opportunity to work on their machines, but must do so on the clock.
The Trail Class racers started off for Fairbanks from Nome Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.
The Pro Class restart took place early this morning in Nome. Racers will retrace their steps along the Iron Dog course as far as Ruby before heading east to Tanana on the way to Fairbanks.
Iron Dog competitors must incorporate 20 hours of layover time into their 863-mile run from Nome to Fairbanks.
Trails are reported to be in excellent condition, giving racers a smooth ride across the Interior. The winners are expected to arrive in Fairbanks sometime during the day Saturday.
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