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Martin Buser was first out of this Norton Bay checkpoint as he continued on a record pace in the 20th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Officials say Buser could reach Nome, end of the 1,159-mile trail from Anchorage, as soon as tonight."It's probably mine to lose," Buser told KTUU TV. "If I do the right thing, I probably will win."

Buser moved on Monday while the nearest pack of mushers, including Tim Osmar, Dee Dee Jonrowe and four-time champ Susan Butcher, remained behind at Koyuk.

Officials say Buser left Koyuk at 2:56 p.m. after dropping three dogs from his team of 16.

Koyuk is 988 miles into the race.

The Swiss-born musher ignored word of snowy, stormy weather.