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First time Speed Week racer savors land speed attempt
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How to break a land speed record

A record requires that the race vehicle pass over the same relative or physical miles two times, and the average speed of the two passes exceed the current record. The first segment of a record attempt is a regular qualifying run during the day. If the speed achieved exceeds the existing record, the vehicle is then qualified to make a second attempt starting at 7 a.m. the next morning. The second segment will be run over the same timed mile or miles in the same direction, depending on course conditions. There is no prize money involved. Racers compete for a spot in the record books and a trophy.

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