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  Sylvester’s Bad Habit Soars To New World-Record Distance  
  October 3, 2013 Edition  
     Joe Sylvester III of Bad Habit Monster Truck Racing has a habit of pulling off dangerous stunts in his monster trucks. He is most well known for his record breaking jumps, the first of which he set in 2010. In his 1,400 HP, 2006 Cadillac Escalade turned monster truck, Sylvester jumped a distance of 208 feet, which was then the longest distance jump for a monster truck. However, Sylvester’s Bad Habit lost its title to another monster truck, which managed to achieve a distance of 214 feet and 8 inches. In early September, Sylvester had prepared himself to regain his lost title. His Bad Habit monster truck he used this time was a modified RAM. Sylvester speed up to a ramp at 137 km/h and jump a distance of 237 feet-six inches, thus managing to set a new Guinness World Record and reclaim his title. The stunt is not without drama though and has a nail-biting finish. It also turns out that the speed of 137 km/h is just 1 mph slower than the land speed record for a monster truck. In 2010, when Sylvester set his first record, Bad Habit monster truck, has officially nabbed the world record for flying contraptions of that variety, sailing 208 feet through the stratosphere before touching ground on the other side. That was after the truck went nose first into the dirt during a test jump, causing Sylvester and his team put in 17 hours worth of work in a day until the rig was back together and operational. On his second attempt, Sylvester hit the home-built ramp at 75 mph and landed 197 feet down range. On his second attempt, the Bad Habit truck made a pass at 79 mph and touched down after flying 208 feet through the air. The jump officially surpassed the former world record of 202 feet set by the infamous Big Foot. Sylvester is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sylvester Jr., of Boardman. Pictured, Bad Habit soars ‘three stories’ through the air en route to the new world record set at the Cornfield 500 in Columbus, Pa. on Sept. 1.
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