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  1. #21
    Records are going to tumble during World Finals. The salt is rock hard and they were able to back the starting line up one mile. They now have over 9+ miles of race track.

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    There was a total of 112 runs today and the magical 500 mph barrier was broken! Vesco’s exit speed was 503 and they are in impound, they must back up their record in the morning.

    There were four runs over 400 mph today, no incidents and impound is filled up. Racing will resume in the morning.

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  5. #23
    Racing is finished for the year on the Salt Flats. Unfortunately a large number of vehicles were in impound when the rains came and will not have the opportunity to backup their record attempts. I just hope we don't have to wait another 20 years for such perfect salt conditions.

  6. #24
    Good to see the Vesco boys are still racing.

    503 mph! That's incredible.

  7. #25
    I finally got the low down one the one major accident at this year's Speedweek. The Flashpoint Streamliner was making a return record run in excess of 400 mph when the left rear tire was cut by a loose body panel. The car crashed for over a mile and flipped approximately 6-8 times. Driver walked away with no injuries, and drove himself to the hospital to get checked out. He was never admitted and left the same day. The driver/owner is in the process of building a new car.

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    The Team Vesco Turbinator II driven by 76-year-old Dave Spangler eclipsed 503 mph while holding an eye-popping 493 average in the measured mile on Oct. 2 2018 at the Bonneville SaltFlats in Utah. “I finally hit the sweet spot,” said Spangler. “Stability is not a problem. The car was planted in the fifth mile; I was stopped by the 7.5-mile marker. There is certainly more left in this car.” However, a land speed record -- national or world -- requires two runs with the record speed the average of both. For an FIA world record, a car must complete both runs in one hour over the same measured mile -- down and back. National records are an earned average going the same direction over a two-day period.

    National events normally have too many vehicles to swap directions in less than 60 minutes, so any racer who breaks a record on a first run is invited to “impound.” The next morning, all the impounded vehicles are the first to the starting line for the second run and a chance at the record book. Rain and wind, however, canceled second runs and meant no official record this time. “The course was the best we had seen in more than a decade,” said Turbinator co-driver and crew chief Eric Ritter, of Queens, New York, of the 503-mph run. “The thin surface was rock hard, without soft or loose spots that allowed us to lay in more power. We’ve come a long way in a short period of time, and I now believe 600 mph is plausible.”

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