Ski-Doo X-Team Racers Capture 4 Of 5 Top Spots At Iron Dog Classic

McKenna And VanMeter Repeat As Champions


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 is.

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.

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