Third musher drops out of 2018 Iditarod

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Jason Mackey, the Brother of four time Iditarod Champion Lance Mackey, has become the latest Musher to withdraw from 2018 race.
Mackey says he won't be racing in 2018 because of what he called the "Politics" around the race.
He also says that he lost his only major sponsor after he was charged with third degree theft last week.
He was accused of stealing four dog crates from fellow musher Alan Eischens according to a charging document filed in Nome.
The First Court Date for that case is scheduled for November third.
Mackey now joins Dallas Seavey and Laura Neese, who dropped from the race earlier this week in protest of how the Iditarod Trail Committee handled the positive drug tests of some of the Dogs on Seavey's team.
There are currently 57 mushers signed up for the 2018 Iditarod.