It's the World's longest, toughest snowmobile race over the planets most extreme conditions, and the man who has won the internationally famous "Iron Dog" more times than any other sled racer in history lives and works right here on the Kenai Peninsula. Since its inception in 1984 Scott Davis, of Davis Block Co. in Soldotna, has claimed the title of "Iron Dog Champion" seven times. He has run in all but two of the 27 Iron Dog races and this year set another historical Iron Dog mark being the first father and son team to finish the grueling test of man and machine. "I didn't really know what to expect from Cory. We didn't get a chance to ride a lot together, his forte has been snow cross and free style and has had very little time on this chassis, but we knew it would be fun and that it was just snow and a snowmobile and I knew he'd figure out. We had a pretty conservative pace but we were right in there and were happy to finish third overall," said Scott.
According to Cory the biggest transition from what he has become nationally acclaimed for was the difference in the chassis, "It was totally different, the other chasis I ride can take a big bump but this one is much more high speed and took some getting use to but I got it fairly quickly," said Cory. The conditions of this year's Iron Dog were the most challenging in the races 27 year history with many Pro Class scratches, chest injuries, and race re-starts, before racers finally crossed the finish line in Fairbanks. "We had a really durable, dependable snowmobile and we built the sled to go the distance and race 2,000 miles and we got slowed up a couple of times in deep snow, day two we got delayed and everybody within two hours of us caught up. We broke trail for 70 miles then Todd Palin and Eric Quam would break trail for 70 miles, we saw a lot of each other and helped pull each other out of a lot of spots, but by the end of the day everyone as far back as 10th place had caught us, but there is nothing you can do about what Mother Nature dealt us this year and if we had had a full 2,000 mile run this year I think you'd have seen a different outcome," said Scott.
"We went into the race with no expectations, Dad running with a rookie and me never having ridden on the sled and not being what I was use to, our main goal was finishing and to end up third was very cool and I was super happy with it, you always want to be first, but you sure can't complain about a third the first time out," said Cory. Future father son Iron Dog runs are still up in the air according to Cory, "Might not be next year but I'll definitely be back one way or the other, but it's a huge time commitment and I was hurt this year so I wasn't able to do what I would have usually been doing outside without the injury, but I definitely want to do the Iron Dog again. When I was first injured it was questionable if I would walk again, so I'm happy to be even riding again this soon and will just see how it goes, I still don't have much movement in the foot so I just want to keep getting better and get back to what I do normally," he said.
Scott Davis who has retired from the Iron Dog almost as many times as Brett Favre has retired from the NFL said that he'd save himself the embarrassment and just let the future bring what the future will bring. Scott and his wife Regina hosted an open house last week at their shop to give friends a chance to celebrate with them and hear the exciting details of this year's historic Iron Dog run.
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