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Mackey leads Quest field into home stretch

Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2005

 

  Dave Dalton of Healy, Alaska, leads William Kleedehn of Carcross, Yukon, down the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race Trail on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, after leaving the 101 dog drop 150 miles from the finish in Fairbanks, Alaska. Dalton and Kleedehn held the third and fourth positions following Lance Mackey and Hugh Neff. AP Photo/Fairbanks Daily News-Mi

Dave Dalton of Healy, Alaska, leads William Kleedehn of Carcross, Yukon, down the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race Trail on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, after leaving the 101 dog drop 150 miles from the finish in Fairbanks, Alaska. Dalton and Kleedehn held the third and fourth positions following Lance Mackey and Hugh Neff.

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Kasilof musher Lance Mackey and his team were the first to pull into the Angel Creek checkpoint Wednesday night, just 100 miles from the finish of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race between Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and Fairbanks.

Mackey arrived at Angel Creek at 8:12 p.m. Teams are required to take an 8-hour rest before the final push to the finish. Mackey was scheduled to depart Angel Creek at 4:12 a.m. today.

Hot on Mackey's heels are Hugh Neff of Skagway and William Kleedehn of Carcross, Yukon. Both arrived at Angel Creek at 8:23 p.m. Healy musher David Dalton was fourth into Angel Creek at 8:44 p.m.

Kleedehn was able to trim almost three hours off Mackey's lead by cutting his team's rest between Central and Angel Creek.

Kasilof's Jon Little led the race out of the Central checkpoint Wednesday morning, but his team faltered climbing the 3,685-foot Eagle Summit. Little rested his team for 2 1/2 hours at the Mile 101 dog drop, 150 miles from the finish. He was in fifth place Wednesday night, arriving at Angel Creek 1 hour, 38 minutes behind Mackey.

A winner in the 1,026-mile race, which started Feb. 13, is expected today.



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