Both Tyler Aklestad and Nick Olstad of Team 7 seem to be squarely in their element as they battled up the coastline toward Nome in first place. With the uneven amounts of layover time taken on the Northbound section of the race, trail position doesn't necessarily equate to the same standing on the race roster. Once times are equated for both layover and start time, we will see an easier view of who is where in the standings.
Not only is Team 7 leading the pack, but more often than not it seems that the split times for this racing pair are on par with or faster than those in pursuit.
It appears that several teams ran into some trouble last night past Galena, Team 2 not withstanding. Leah Bauer's Polaris Indy Cross-Country engulfed in flames, and left the charred remains of what was a Iron-Dog race machine on the trail. Luckily neither her nor her racing partner Jacob Dahle were injured in this event. Team 2 join the others totaling 5 Pro-Class racing teams that have been forced from the race.