For the second straight year, Ski-Doo X-Team racers Dusty VanMeter and Marc McKenna fought their way to victory in the world’s toughest snowmobile race – the Iron Dog Classic. Ski-Doo snowmobiles secured four of the top five finishing positions in this year’s race.
The Iron Dog snowmobile race covers over 2000 miles (3200 km) of rugged Alaskan terrain that tests the toughest of men and machines in the worst of weather conditions. McKenna and VanMeter ran towards the front of the pack for most of the race as their experience and 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.
This year many Ski-Doo Dealers banded together to help supply the resources needed to compete successfully. Korey Cronquist, one of those dealers had this to say: “We started with the best product. And we had great teamwork from everyone, starting with the designers and engineers at SkiDoo, followed by support, before and during the race from enthusiast, family, friends, sponsors, pilots, and lastly the racers.”
Top Iron Dog Results For Ski-Doo 1 – McKenna/VanMeter – 36:58:54 (57.22 mph average) 2 – Aklestad/Johnson – 37:49:39 (55.94 mph average) 4 – George/Bartel – 38:19:24 (55.21 mph average) 5 – Davis/Palin – 39:20:330 (53.78 mph average)