Dalton takes Yukon Quest lead

Posted: Tuesday, February 15, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) - Dave Dalton moved to the front of the pack in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race early Tuesday.

Dalton was the first to leave Slaven's Cabin. Slaven's is an unofficial checkpoint so no official time for his departure was given.

Thomas Tetz was the only other musher to reach Slaven's, which is 80 miles from the Circle City checkpoint. From Slaven's, it's 78 miles to the Eagle checkpoint.

The frontrunners were expected to reach Eagle sometime Tuesday evening.

Twenty-one mushers were reported on the trail from Circle City to Slaven's. Light snow was falling and the temperature was hovering near zero.

Two mushers have scratched from the race. William Kleedehn of Carcross, Yukon and Fred Jordan of Tanana dropped out Monday in Circle City. That leaves 27 mushers still on the 1,000-mile trail from Fairbanks to Whitehorse.

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