Britten First Scratch of 2014 Yukon Quest

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Seventeen teams remain in the Yukon Quest, after Dawson City, Yukon resident Jean-Denis Britten scratched for personal reasons Sunday.

Britten made it to Mile 101 with 12 dogs at 4:30 pm before deciding not to continue. Sixteen mushers and their dog teams had all checked into Central, with the last musher, Tony Angelo, on his way to Central late Sunday night.

Allen Moore was in first place leaving Central Sunday morning, but camped along the trail, allowing Hugh Neff and Brent Sass to pass him. Neff was in the lead as of 9 pm, about 20 miles outside of Circle, but Sass was closing in at about 25 miles out. They’re expected into Circle early Monday morning.

Both Moore and Cody Strathe, who stopped to camp between Central and Circle as well, were on the move again Sunday evening, in third and fourth place respectively.

Six other mushers were Circle-bound – Dave Dalton, Ken Anderson, Curt Perano, Matt Hall, Normand Casavant and Mike Ellis.

Torsten Kohnert, Hank DeBruin, Jerry Joinson, Brian Wilmshurst and Mandy Nauman remained in Central, although they were all expected to move on by the end of the night.

Most mushers had little trouble on Eagle Summit, with Sass calling it the best conditions he’s ever seen on the pass. In fact, as much as weather made an impact prior to the start of the race, there’s been no talk of it playing a factor so far.