The Latest: Brent Sass takes first place in 2016 Iditarod
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) The Latest on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race (all times local):
Brent Sass blew through the checkpoint in Nikolai to assume first place in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday.
Sass stayed only six minutes in Nikolai, an Athabascan village with less than 90 residents.
Sass, who was disqualified from last year's Iditarod for using an iPod Touch that is capable of wireless communications, had about a 20-minute advantage over the second-place musher, Noah Burmeister.
Also out of Nikolai are the defending champion, Dallas Seavey; Dallas' father, Mitch Seavey; Wade Marrs; Pete Kaiser; and Aliy Zirkle (AL'-ee ZUR'-kul).
Eighty-five mushers began the nearly 1,000-mile race on Sunday in Willow, Alaska. Three mushers have since scratched. The winner is expected to reach Nome sometime early next week.
Nicolas Petit has taken the early lead in the 2016 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Petit is the first musher in to Nikolai. He reached the village at 8:41 a.m. Tuesday, passing four-time champion and previous leader Lance Mackey.
Mackey left the Rohn checkpoint just before 7 p.m. Monday.
Reigning champ and three-time winner Dallas Seavey left Rohn an hour and 8 minutes after Mackey at 7:44 p.m.
Aliy Zirkle (AL'-ee ZUR'-kul), Mitch Seavey and Paul Gebhardt followed Seavey.
Tuesday is the third day of the 1,000-mile race to Nome.
The competitive portion of the race with 85 teams began Sunday in Willow.
The winner is expected to reach the finish line about nine days after the start of the race.
This story has been corrected to reflect what day Mackey left Rohn.