Polaris team wins Iron Dog 2001

Posted: Sunday, February 25, 2001

FAIRBANKS -- All but five teams have crossed the finish line of the 2001 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Ed Hopkins of Tagish, Yukon Territory, reached Fairbanks at 11:35 p.m. Friday, the ninth musher to cross the line. Five others finished on Saturday.

Jerry Louden of Two Rivers pulled in at 1:11 a.m. to finish 10th. Cor Guimond of Dawson City, Yukon Territory, arrived at 3:06 a.m. in 11th place.

Jim Hendrick of Denali arrived at 4:30 a.m. and finished 12th. Dave Dalton of Wasilla arrived at 5:41 a.m. in 13th place and Bill Steyer of Fairbanks crossed the finish line at 5:14 p.m. in 14th place.

Tim Osmar of Ninilchik reached Fairbanks at 3:38 a.m. Friday to win the 1,100 mile race that started in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

Quest officials await final teams

FAIRBANKS -- Tracey Brassard of Anchorage and Ken Lee of Eagle River won the Tesoro Iron Dog 2001 on Saturday with an overall time of 38 hours, 46 minutes in the world's longest snowmobile race.

A Polaris team, Brassard and Lee saw their 29-minute lead shrink by nine minutes in the final 224-mile leg from Tanana to Fairbanks.

But their run of 3 hours, 27 minutes on the Tanana and Chena rivers was good enough to hold off Mark Carr of Kenai and Kory Cronquist of Eagle River, who drove Ski-Doos and finished in 39 hours, 6 minutes over the 1,971-mile race from Wasilla to Nome to Fairbanks. Mandatory layover time is not included in the final elapsed time for each team.

It was the first win for Brassard, 36, who has finished the race four times, and Lee, 39, who has finished seven times.

The 2001 version of the race was the fourth over the Wasilla-Nome-Fairbanks route. Brassard and Lee's time was 16 minutes off the record pace set by Carr and Scott Davis of Soldotna in 1999.

Brassard and Lee took home $25,000 of the $105,000 purse. Carr and Cronquist split $18,000 in prize money.

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