Broaddus, Bruggemann race Broadco into Superboat-class lead at Key West World Championship

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KEY WEST, Florida — Powerboat racers Chuck Broaddus and Grant Bruggemann have piloted Broadco to a second-race-day Superboat-class lead at the Key West World Championship.

Broaddus of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, and Bruggemann of Bradenton turned in an average speed of 102.05 mph Friday and easily outpaced Stihl, who placed first Wednesday. Stihl's driver, Robert Noble of Orlando, reported engine problems, dropped out and finished last in the seven-entry class.

In the Superboat Unlimited class, CMS, with veteran Miami racer John Tomlinson and Jeff Harris of Greenville, North Carolina, retained its lead and achieved an average speed of 107.95 mph, the fastest in the 39-boat fleet.

Hooters-Instigator, piloted by John Stanch of Westmont, New Jersey, and Italy's Giancarlo Cangiano, has the top spot in the Superboat Extreme class.

The championship is set to conclude Sunday.

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