Rick Swenson still holds the record for the most Iditarod titles-- five.

This year’s field of 67 features two mushers who sit at four titles each.

Once again, two all-time Iditarod greats, Martin Buser and Jeff King, sit on the brink.

Recent history suggests King’s chances are better. His last win came in 2006, Buser’s in 2002.

Buser has only finished in the top 10 twice in the last 10 years, placing fifth in 2008 and an impressive sixth in 2014. That year was notoriously difficult due to harsh trail conditions.

But King has been closer to victory in recent years. Now at 62, he’s still a contender with four top 10 finishes in eight years.

“I have a fabulous group of dogs [and] a super group of people helping me back home,” King said Thursday at the Mushers' Banquet in Anchorage. “I’ve got a hunch we’ll do just fine.”

Plus, three of his four wins have come on the southern route.

As of Monday evening, both Buser and King were stopped at the Rainy Pass checkpoint.

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