Five Iditarod Mushers scratch as the top racers approach Nome Finish Line

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - As the Iditarod nears it's end for this year, there has been a fair share of drama that came from the trail, in the past 24 hours.
Peter Kaiser has a slight edge on Joar Leifseth Ulsom, as the two mushers prepare to embark on the final stretch, from White Mountain to Nome. ​
Jessie Royer is also in White Mountain, to hold third place. ​
Aliy Zirkle and Matt Hall will round out our top five for the day. ​
We are down to 42 teams competing in the race this year. Five teams have dropped out since yesterday afternoon. ​
One of the more shocking departures was Nicolas Petit, who held the lead for the majority of the race. ​
Petit lost his lead when two of his dogs got into a fight on the trail. ​
He decided to scratch in Shaktoolik, thinking it's in the best interest of his team's mental well-being. ​
Lev Shvarts also scratched last night at the Unalakleet checkpoint. while this morning, Niklas Wilkstrand scratched at Kaltag, and Ryan Redington and Brett Bruggeman both decided to scratch at Shaktoolik. ​
All of the included mushers have cited the best interest of their team as their reasoning. ​
Our current red lantern holder is Cindy Gallea, who is in 42nd place. ​
The first finishers are expected to make it into Nome at around 3am, tomorrow morning.