The Bad Habit Monster Truck with driver Joe Sylvester has crushed the distance jump world record with a 237-foot, 6-inch (72 metres) jump at the Cornfield 500.
For the record jump, the 4,500kg monster truck was doing 85 mph, crushing the previous distance record by 23 feet.
“Nobody ever hits a jump going that fast in a monster truck. In a stadium format, you’re not going even half the speed I was doing for the record jump,” said Sylvester. “The current land-speed record in a monster truck is only 86 mph.”
Sylvester, who first claimed the record in 2010 with a 208-foot jump, says he expects this distance jump achievement to stand for a long time.
“It’s not a matter of the difficulty,” says Sylvester. “It’s if they’ve got the balls to hit a jump at 85 miles per hour, and as far as I know there’s not anybody ready to step up and take that kind of a chance yet.”