And They're Off!

The Puzzler

RAY: Here's the answer. It doesn't involve the Filippo Berio Olive Oil. It doesn't involve the stopwatch. My son very simply said, "Let's put both cars on the track, one behind the other." If the front car, that is the car closest to the finish line is faster when we release the two cars simultaneously, of course, that one will pull away from the other one, and it will be the faster car.

TOM: Otherwise the other one will push it over there, over the fast one.

RAY: Well, once you've done that first heat you're going to reverse the position of the cars, and see if in fact that no gap opens and then the rear car, which had been the front car, will be the faster car. So who's our winner Tommy.

TOM: The winner is Don Eaton from Charleston, South Carolina!

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