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Key West Worlds Finale Race 4: Broadco Comes Through to Win Superboat Class

November 9, 2014
Written by Jason Johnson for SpeedOnTheWater.com​


For any of the frontrunners of the Superboat class to be able to take home the world championship ahead of the Broadco team, several things needed to happen during the Super Boat International Key West Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla. Fortunately for Chuck Broadus and Grant Bruggemann, none of those things happened as the driver and throttleman of Broadco earned the world championship in Broadus' 40-foot MTI by taking first place in Sunday's race.

​"We had a great day today—it was definitely a race of attrition," Bruggemann said minutes after returning to the race pits. "Chuck drove a great race and I throttled that thing as hard as I could. We're so happy with the outcome. And you know what? Most people think the MTIs aren't that good in the rough, but that 40-foot MTI is fantastic. Besides a fuel pump problem we had toward the end of the race, we didn't have any problems.

"That was a fun race," he continued. "We had a couple of closely contested laps with WHM Motorsports. They passed us, we passed them and then they passed us again before they had some problems and dropped out." ​​

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Key West Friday Race 4 Wrap-Up: Broadco Doesn’t Flinch

November 7, 2014
Written by Matt Trulio for SpeedOnTheWater.com​


What began as the closest contest of the day at the Super Boat International Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla., ended with an ultimately dominant performance by the Broadco team of owner/driver Chuck Broaddus and throttle/crew chief Grant Bruggemann in their Superboat-class 40-foot MTI catamaran. The early close battle between Broadco and WHM Motorsports, a brand new 40-foot Skater catamaran owned and driven by Billy Mauff and throttled by Jay Muller for all intents and purposes ended with WHM's spin in the Mallory Square turn. (Still, the WHM's spinout didn't prevent Mauff and Muller, who throttled Talbot Excavating to first-place Stock-class finish earlier today, from working their way back and finishing third behind Team AMSOIL's Bob Teague and Paul Whittier.)

"Broadco had a great day," said Bruggemann. "We nailed the setup, had a great start and left everybody in the dust. WHM was behind us for a while, so we just concentrated on our racing lines. In the harbor turn, I could see WHM in my mirror going through our wash. They spun it around but stayed right side up, and then they were running again. We're just so happy—we couldn't do it with our sponsors Gearhead Haircuts, Ilmor Marine, Broadco and PODs."
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Key West Worlds Day One Wrap-Up: Rubbing is Racing

November 5, 2014
Written by Jason Johnson for SpeedOnTheWater.com​


As anticipated, it was the Superboat class that provided the closest race during the first day of competition at the 34th annual Super Boat International Key West Offshore World Championships.

With rough spots throughout the shortened course and a steady wind, the Stihl team made up some ground on Broadco early on in Wednesday's final race and proceeded to run its 38-foot Skater Powerboats cat deck-to-deck with the 40-foot MTI cat before passing Broadco on the second-to-last lap. Proving to have the best setup, Stihl owner/driver J.R. Noble and throttleman Mark Kowalski pulled away from second-place finishers Chuck Broadus and Grant Bruggemann in Broadco and the third-place team of Billy Mauff and Jay Muller, who debuted the new WHM Motorsports Skater in Key West.

"We made the wrong propeller choice—we stuck with what we put on the boat in the morning and we just ran out of propeller in certain spots on the course," Bruggemann said. "We got out to an early lead, but Stihl kept making it up going into the harbor. We actually hit a couple of times in the harbor—it was a dogfight the whole way."
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​November 4, 2014



Chuck and Grant had a great day of testing and cannot wait to get out on the race course tomorrow! Remember, if you can't be here in Key West with us, you can still cheer us on by tuning in to Super Boat International's Live Stream- Races are at 10am, 12:30pm, and 2pm EST! GO BROADCO!!!

http://new.livestream.com/sbi/keywest2014​


WORLD CHAMPIONS!

​November 13, 2014

Team Broadco's Chuck Broaddus (driver) and Grant Bruggemann (throttles) take a 2nd on Wednesday, and the checkered flag on Friday and Sunday to win the 2014 Key West Super Boat International World Championship, Super Boat class.