First to leave Nome, and first to claim the checkered flag in Fairbanks was the ever-impressive duo of Team 20, Eric Quam and Scott Faeo. Over 2,031 miles of one of the most intense and brutally challenging races of the Iron Dog, Team 20 never let up. Scott Davis was quoted earlier in the race saying "When we left Nome, we really thought we would be able to put time on them (Team 20). We had a little incident out on the ice that kind of took the wind out of our sails, and now we are just trying to maintain a decent speed and let the chips fall where they may." Aaron Bartel continued "We kind of got an unlucky break when Scott hit an ice-ledge that he didn't see out in the blizzard. If you take that out of the equation, it would be a little bit of a different race right now and we'd be a little more excited about it. I think right now we are just trying to get to the finish line. We are pretty beat up and bruised, and we are ready to get to Fairbanks." Not being able to chip away at a few minute deficit over Team 20, it appeared that a bit of physical exhaustion coupled with a bit of mental exhaustion made for an anticlimactic second place finish for Davis and Bartel. With over a week worth of racing, parts changes, crashes, burns, close calls, high speeds, low snow conditions, open water, and everything else taken into account, only 46 minutes (and $15,000 dollars) separated the first and second place teams. Faeo/Quam will receive a $50,000 first place prize, where Davis/Bartel will receive a second place prize of $35,000.