Speed demons

by • February 28, 2014 • HighlightsComments (2)228

Haines resident Brooks tops finishers in annual Alcan 200

 

Chris Brooks celebrates with his 2014 Alcan 200 trophy. Courtesy Greg Herbert

Chris Brooks celebrates with his 2014 Alcan 200 trophy. Courtesy Greg Herbert

The annual Alcan 200 Snowmachine Race, which starts just inside the Canadian border outside of Haines, saw a local Haines resident as its top finisher in mid-January.

Twenty-four riders tore up the road toward Dezadeash Lake at speeds that exceeded 100 mph. Upon reaching the lake, the racers restarted back toward the boarder.

Haines resident Chris Brooks placed first overall, completing the race in 1 hour, 27.1 minutes, and reaching a high speed of 106.9 mph.

“That was awesome – I couldn’t believe I won, there is nothing else like it,” Brooks said afterward. “I ran seven years and my seventh year I won.”

While the race itself saw no hiccups, the day leading up to it went up in flames.

A race official mans the fuel stop at Mile 104 of the Alcan 200, held Jan. 18, 2014.  By Angela Goodwin

A race official mans the fuel stop at Mile 104 of the Alcan 200, held Jan. 18, 2014. By Angela Goodwin

Amy Tonsgard from Haines was practicing for her first Alcan 200 on Jan. 17, the day before the race, when she smelled burning rubber and stopped. She got off her machine, opened the hood, and the machine burst into flames, quickly turning into a ball of fire.

Fortunately, Tonsgard was uninjured, borrowed a friend’s sled and finished third in the 551-650 liquid class.

Sponsors of the long-running event included the Fogcutter Bar and American Legion, as well as the Yukon Highways department and Haines Volunteer emergency department, who help man safety for the event.

Haines snowmachine racer Amy Tonsgard’s machine caught fire while she practiced the day before the Alcan 200 race. Fortunately, she was able to borrow a friend’s machine and still race. By Angela Goodwin

Haines snowmachine racer Amy Tonsgard’s machine caught fire while she practiced the day before the Alcan 200 race. Fortunately, she was able to borrow a friend’s machine and still race. By Angela Goodwin

 

ALCAN 200 RESULTS

Overall: 1st, Chris Brooks; 2nd, George Juhlin; 3rd, Steve Cornwall

0-440 fan: 1st, Dan Dickerson; 2nd, Davis Tester; 3rd, Mario Paulin

0-440 liquid: 1st, George Juhlin; 2nd, Gene Bloom; 3rd, Justin Peterson

441-open fan: 1st, Ken Schamber

441-550 liquid: 1st, Steve Cornwall; 2nd, Nathan Peterson; 3rd, Seth Marley

551-650 liquid: 1st, Steve McLaughlin; 2nd, John Holmes; 3rd, Amy Tonsgard

651-open: 1st, Chris Brooks; 2nd, Jack Smith, Jr.

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2 Responses to Speed demons

  1. Matt Galle says:

    I have worked with Chris Brooks off and on for the last
    nine years in the engine room of the Matanuska… What a
    great young guy and congratulations to his success in this race. He is a hard worker and bright Marine engineer.

    Congratulations Chris,,,,,, Matt Galle,,,,****

  2. al savikko says:

    I am glad to see him win. he has worked at winning the Alcan 200 for quite a while and I am sure he will keep at it. great job Chris!!Thanks for the parking lot.

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