The Latest: Dallas Seavey claims fourth Iditarod crown
NOME, Alaska (AP) The Latest on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race (all times local):
Dallas Seavey has won his third straight Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
He crossed under the burled arch on Front Street in Nome early Tuesday morning for his fourth overall title in the last five years. His only loss in that time was to his father, Mitch Seavey, in 2013.
The nearly 1,000-mile Iditarod started March 6 in Willow, Alaska, and took mushers across two mountain ranges, down the mighty Yukon River and along the Bering Sea coast.
This year's race was marred by a man who purposely rammed his snowmobile into two mushers' teams, killing one dog and injuring several others.
Eighty-five mushers began the race, but 12 have so far scratched, including four-time champion Lance Mackey. He dropped out Monday, citing personal health concerns.
There's a little bit of deja vu in this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
GPS tracking on the Iditarod website shows defending champion Dallas Seavey in the lead of this year's race. He's about 10 miles outside of the finish line in Nome, and traveling at about 9 mph.
The man in second place is Seavey's father, Mitch Seavey. GPS tracking shows him to be about 6 miles behind his son.
If this holds up, it will match last year's top two results.
If the 29-year-old Dallas Seavey wins, he will join an elite list of mushers with four Iditarod championships.
The mushers with four titles are the late Susan Butcher, Martin Buser, Lance Mackey, Doug Swingly and Jeff King. The only person with more victories is Rick Swenson with five championships.
Mitch Seavey has won twice.