Dereck "DJ" Starr lives in Huslia. He got into mushing through his father in-law Fred Bifelt who acquired dogs about 5 years ago and he asked DJ to run his dogs while he was out of town. After that he was hooked. He has competed in sprint races in Hughes and Huslia as well as the 2021 Two Rivers 200 and Summit Quest 300. Starr's team includes 14 dogs. The main leaders this year are Cayman and Howler. Cayman is a 5yo Female that Chuck Schaeffer gave him that came from the late Sebastian Vergnaud. Howler was the first dog in the yard that father-in-law Fred bought from Lance Mackey. Howler is 9 year old. The other dogs on the team are Honey (5 F,Dallas Seavey line) and her pups Dakli, Kaiser, and Tex. Tundra 5 F which was sired by Howler and a sprint dog from the late George Attla JR. Spooky 4 M and Sharky 5 M comes from Steve Bergman in Allakaket. Nemo 4 M and Shaq 4 M come from Francis Captain in Ruby. Ferlin 4 M comes from Jesse Holmes. Cakes 2 M comes from Brenda Mackey. Roxy 4 F was given to Fred from Chuck Schaeffer. Starr's sponsors are Scorched Earth Services( Edwin Bifelt), Huslia Tribal and city council, and numerous people along the Koyukuk and Yukon River. He would like to thank his family for always being there to help and everyone who sponsored him along the way.