BRP’s Ski-Doo X-Team racers Dusty VanMeter and Marc McKenna
powered their way to a second straight win in one of the most sought after and prestigious
snowmobile races, the Iron Dog Classic.
Ski-Doo snowmobiles made a strong statement about their
durability and performance by taking four of the top five finishing positions
in this year’s race. The E-TEC powered sleds combined power, speed, fuel
mileage and outstanding handling to make it look much easier than it actually
The Iron Dog snowmobile race covers over 2,000 miles (3,200 km) of rugged
Alaskan terrain that tests the toughest of men and machines in the worst of
weather conditions. McKenna and VanMeter ran toward the front of the pack for
most of the race as their experience and savvy strategy served them well. They
were the fastest into the halfway point at Nome and ran a strong southbound leg to wrap
up the race, choosing their course and rest points carefully, eventually
winning by 48 minutes.
1 McKenna/VanMeter 36:58:54
Team #17 57.22 mph
2 Aklestad/Johnson 37:49:39
Team #8 55.94 mph
4 George/Bartel 38:19:24
Team #25 55.21 mph
5 Davis/Palin 39:20:33
Team #11 53.78 mph
Racing the Iron Dog is truly a team effort and the support
needed by each team is significant.
This year many Ski-Doo dealers banded together to help
supply the resources needed to compete successfully and all can be
congratulated and thanked for their efforts. had this to say “We started with
the best product,” said Korey Cronquist, one of those dealers.
“And we had great teamwork from everyone, starting with the
designers and engineers at Ski-Doo, followed by support, before and during the
race from enthusiast, family, friends, sponsors, pilots, and lastly the racers.”
Preparations for next year’s race started Feb. 24.