MCGRATH, Alaska (KTUU) - Iron Dog Team 8, Tyler Aklestad and Tyson Johnson, are back on the Iron Dog trail after a crash with Team 16 Sunday jeopardized their race future by badly damaging Aklestad's sled.
Team 16's Todd Minnick was flown to Anchorage for his injuries from the crash, causing his team to scratch from the race. A friend of Team 16 told Channel 2 Minnick was back at home resting Monday morning.
Both teams are former champions of the snowmachine race across Alaska.
While Team 8 was back on the clock at 10:15 a.m. Monday, their eligible time to leave, sled work must be done on race time.
The team was able to borrow parts from Minnick's sled, a race official said. Since Minnick had rear-ended Aklestad, the back of his sled was fine. Both teams ride Ski-Doo snowmachines.
While the race stats show Team 8 clocking out of McGrath at 10:15 "officially" in 6th place, the GPS tracker shortly after 12:15 p.m. showed the team catching up to the teams that left McGrath in 10th, 11th, and 12th places.