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For much of the 2014 Iron Dog snowmachine race, Team 16’s Todd Minnick and Nick Olstad lagged slightly behind the front-runners -- but as so many Iron Dog victories do, theirs came cold and fast.

Minnick and Olstad crossed the finish line in Fairbanks after 2,000 miles of snow and ice from Big Lake -- with a minor detour to Nome -- at 12:09 p.m. Saturday, logging an official course time of 36 hours, 58 minutes and 37 seconds. The win is their first together since 2009, marking Minnick’s second Iron Dog victory and Olstad’s third.

The first half of this year’s contest saw Team 10’s Mike Morgan and Chris Olds set a field-beating pace to Nome, consistently ahead despite Morgan’s snowmachine bursting into flames in McGrath. While the fire was extinguished in moments, it set the stage for the lead’s eventual change, with Team 10 spending nearly 15 minutes working on their sleds in Nome – time for which teams are penalized -- versus Minnick and Olstad’s seven minutes.

Ultimately, it was a second mechanical issue -- a worn-out track -- that stuck Morgan and Olds in Galena for 10 hours Friday, costing them the race. Minnick and Olstad, who had been stalking them since Kaltag, quickly seized and held the lead through Tanana and into Saturday’s home stretch.

Team 17’s Marc McKenna and Dusty VanMeter, who were hoping to establish a three-time dynasty of consecutive Iron Dog wins after victories in 2012 and 2013, took second place, pulling into Fairbanks at 12:31 p.m.

This is a developing story. Please check KTUU.com and the Channel 2 newscasts for updates.