Sunday push gives Sass Yukon Quest lead into Two Rivers

Musher Brent Sass at the Dawson City Checkpoint during the 2019 Yukon Quest. (Courtesy: CBC)
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TWO RIVERS, Alaska (KTUU) - Update: Michelle Phillips was fourth to check in at Two Rivers Sunday night, arriving at 10:03 p.m.

Original Story:Brent Sass has made a big push from Central to Two Rivers, keeping a steady distance between himself and defending champion Allen Moore as the teams get closer to the finish in Fairbanks.

"I feel great about it; the race isn't over until you cross the finish line, but I'm here, and I feel great," Sass said upon arriving in Two Rivers.

The Eureka musher said everything started to fall in to place early Sunday morning, and he would eventually ride that momentum through Eagle Summit, which is considered one off the final tests on the trail.

“I grooved into it, the dogs never slowed down, and the dogs kept moving fast,” Sass said. “Things kind of keep going into my direction.”

Upon last check of the live tracking system, Sass arrived in Two Rivers around 7 p.m. He now has a mandatory 8-hour layover before continuing on to Fairbanks.

“I’ll be out of here on the minute,” said Sass - no stranger to success and failure on the trail after winning in 2015, finishing in second in 2016, and scratching in 2017 - when asked how much longer he’d stay after his layover.

The Yukon Quest's live tracking system shows Sass and two others approximately 69.2 miles from the finish line.

Moore - who was first out of Slaven's Roadhouse with Sass and led the way into Circle - and veteran Hans Gatt also made it to Two Rivers by Sunday evening.

Michelle Phillips and Paige Drobny, who left shortly after those three, had made it to or past Mile 101 by publishing time.

Channel 2 Sports Director Patrick Enslow contributed to this report.