Snowmachines on the race course. (Evangeline Willard Hoy‎)

Snowmachines on the race course. (Credit: Evangeline Willard Hoy‎)

Veteran racer Steve Cornwall returned to the 46th annual Alcan 200 Snowmachine race on Saturday and the Fairbanks resident netted first place overall.

Cornwall has routinely ranked in the top three in recent years. But this year he had to beat local returning champion, Chris Brooks. He did so by averaging about 110 miles per hour over the 155 mile course between the Canada Border to Dezadeash and back.

Returning local Jack Smith, Jr. came in second overall. Brooks finished the race, but dropped out of trophy contention this year.

Only two of the 25 registered races did not finish. Warm weather was a concern before the race, but sunny skies and a mostly snow packed road allowed for good speeds and racing.

Local racers netted other awards including Joshua Moore for “fastest rookie” and Smith Jr. for “fastest local.” Longtime racer Mario Poulin of Whitehorse continued his streak with the “oldest sled” award.

For complete results visit the Alcan 200 Snowmachine Race Facebook page.