In the Daytona 500 auto race, a Ford Thunderbird and a Mercedes Benz are moving side by side down a straightaway at 71.0 m/s. The driver of the Thunderbird realizes that she must make a pit stop, and she smoothly slows to a stop over a distance of 250 m. She spends 5.00 s in the pit and then accelerates out, reaching her previous speed of 71.0 m/s after a distance of 280 m. At this point how far has the Thunderbird fallen behind the Mercedes Benz, which has continued at a constant speed?

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In the Daytona 500 auto race, a Ford Thunderbird and a Mercedes Benz are moving side by side down a straightaway at 71.0 m/s. The driver of the Thunderbird realizes that she must make a pit stop, and she smoothly slows to a stop over a distance of 250 m. She spends 5.00 s in the pit and then accelerates out, reaching her previous speed of 71.0 m/s after a distance of 280 m. At this point how far has the Thunderbird fallen behind the Mercedes Benz, which has continued at a constant speed?

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