Team Associated podium at the 2014 Northwest Championship Tour Round #2
Round 2 of the NCT Series was held in Spokane, WA over the Memorial Day weekend, attracting 313 entries from across the Pacific Northwest and Canada. This year's race was held in the memories of Gary Matthews and Gracie Snider. Temperatures for the weekend averaged in the mid 70’s and it was relatively cloudy all weekend. With many of the regions' fastest racers attending this race and the high-bite nature of the track, some great battles through qualifying and the mains were expected.
Team Associated drivers took overall TQ’s in five classes. Team Associated and Reedy driver Chris Bridgewater of his dominating performance from round #1 continued his streak, TQ’ing the three classes he ran (2WD Modified Buggy, 4WD Modified Buggy, and 2WD SC). Mike Hudson took TQ honors in the Modified Truck class and Jason Hunt in 1/8 Pro buggy.
After the dust had settled on main day, Chris made it a clean sweep by taking wins in all three classes for the second race in a row! Jason Hunt finished third overall in 2WD Buggy. A great start to the season! Mike took the overall win to claim his second clean sweep of the Truck class. Dave Gullickson and privateer Tony Corless finished second and third, respectively, in Truck, for an all-Team Associated podium.
A special thanks to the RCCCS crew for the terrific facility and Rob Howe on keeping the program running smoothly all weekend. Round 3 will be held in Walla Walla, WA on June 27–29.
Thanks to Chris Bridgewater for this report.