Two Iron Dog teams scratch, one after crash breaks ribs

Andrew Zwink and Eric Watson of Team 18 at the starting line of the 2018 Iron Dog. (Phil...
Andrew Zwink and Eric Watson of Team 18 at the starting line of the 2018 Iron Dog. (Phil Walzack / KTUU) (KTUU)
Published: Feb. 19, 2018 at 11:14 AM AKST
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Teams 3 and 18 scratched from the 2018 Iron Dog shortly after Sunday's pro class start in Big Lake. According to Team CC's Facebook page, Andrew Zwink and Eric Watson of Team 18 scratched after a wreck breaking Watson’s ribs.

2018 Iron Dog

Iron Dog Team 8 -Johnson/Aklestad arrived into McGrath with a course time of 7hrs 12 min. putting them in the lead after times adjusted into McGrath! After an early lay-over in Skwentna, Iron Dog Team #20 - Gueco/Faeo pushed throughout the night & arrived into McGrath early this morning earning them a respectable 12th place just about 55 min. out of 1st place...... The excitement continues today as the teams race across the interior of this Great State of AK. We would like to take a moment to send our thoughts & prayers for a speedy recovery to Team 18 Watson/Zwink team member Eric Watson. Due to a wreck outside Big LK, Eric sustained some broken ribs. Lots of hard work, dedication, long hours & months of preparation do not go unrecognized. Current Standings of Team CC Racers: 3rd place: Iron Dog Team #14-Boylan/Leslie 4th place: Bradley George & Robert Schachle 6th place: Iron Dog Team 9 - Starr/Plumb 11th place: Aaron Bartel & Tre West 12th place: Chad Gueco & Scott Faeo Ski-Doo #XPSOil FOX Channel 2 News, KLIM Motorfist

Posted by Team CC on Monday, February 19, 2018

The race website shows Team 3, Steven Boney and Oliver Unruh, have scratched as well.