Monday, Feb 06
Brett Winningham

Brett Winningham

Brett has been following the sport of NASCAR since the beginning of the 2006 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Since Brett was 13, he has had a passion of chasing a job in sports that not many get the opportunity of doing. He has been in the NASCAR media since the middle of the 2010 season. Since then, he has been a part of many racing podcast shows to improve his talents. You can find him on twitter @NASCAR_Brett.

Daniel Suarez captures the victory tonight in the NASCAR Toyota Mexico Series after rebounding from a mid-race speeding penalty. Suarez started the evening off from the second spot, but led every lap of the race, until the speeding penalty that forced him to restart at the tail end. Suarez is also the first driver since Kyle Busch in 2009 to lead the points standings in two different NASCAR Series, but in this case, the NASCAR Toytota Mexico and the K&N Pro Series East. Suarez also continues his dominance tonight, as he won both the Battle at the Beach and the opener at New Smyrna in the NKNPSE division. 
Rodrigo Peralta came home in the second spot when the checkard flag flown tonight. Peralta started the night off after qualifying in the seventh position and drove a great race all evening long. He lost the race by just 0.098 seconds, but went on to score his seventh top-five of his career in the series.
Antonio Perez nearly was able to hang on for the race win but lost the lead with about two laps remaining in the race tonight. Perez nearly led the rest of the race after Suarez was caught speeding during pit stops. He finished in the third spot, which is right where he started, and captured his 17th top-10 of his career.
See below for the full race results:
1 3 Daniel Suarez Samsung Telcel Tyt 120  
2 24 Rodrigo Peralta Alcatel Sanirent Unefon Tyt 120 0.098
3 1 Antonio Perez Telmex Infinitum Tyt 120 0.392
4 87 Luis Felipe Montano Aeropostale Tyt 120 0.794
5 15 Ruben Pardo Citizen Tyt 120 3.817
6 5 Jose Luis Ramirez Magana Fedex Telmex Chv 120 6.491
7 88 Ruben Garcia Jr. HDI Tyt 120 11.790
8 18 Rafael Martinez Canal Axalta Mzd 120 14.288
9 8 Freddy Tame La Costena Tyt 120 27.325
10 19 Mario Dominguez Canels Axalta Mzd 120 28.112
11 77 Enrique Contreras Torres Axtel Tyt 120 37.101
12 2 Abraham Calderon Telcel Silent Circle Dge 119 1 Lap
13 43 Oscar Ruiz De Azua Toyota El Dorado Tyt 119 1 Lap
14 20 Homero Richards Axtel Tyt 119 1 Lap
15 07 Hector Felix Logistica Aduanal Tyt 119 1 Lap
16 7 Carlos Peralta La Costena Tyt 119 1 Lap
17 69 Javier Fernandez Car Motion Karcher Tyt 119 1 Lap
18 9 Elliot Van Rankin Vonhaucke Tyt 119 1 Lap
19 0 Rafael Vallina Coca Cola Tyt 118 2 Laps
20 14 Patrick Goeters Ficrea Tyt 118 2 Laps
21 01 Israel Jaitovich Cortes Interjet Ficrea Tyt 118 2 Laps
22 30 Victor Barrales Apilub Tyt 118 2 Laps
23 36 Pepe Montano Chuchito Perez Tyt 111 9 Laps
24 51 Santiago Tovar Su Karne Dge 111 9 Laps
25 12 Jim Nides Volaris Tyt 86 34 Laps
26 6 Rogelio Lopez CTS Akron Tyt 57 63 Laps
27 00 Rodrigo Marban Net Click Tyt 45 75 Laps
28 83 Javier Razo Mikel's Tyt 29 91 Laps
29 4 Jorge Goeters Ficrea Tyt 26 94 Laps
30 11 Hugo Oliveras Monster Tyt 19 101 Laps
Via NASCAR Hometracks

Brad Keselowski captured the pole for Sunday's 10th annual The Profit on CNBC 500, presented by Small Business Fueling America. Keselowski posted a fast time in the second session, for his pole lap, with a 25.828 seconds, 139.384 mph. Keselowski knocked his teammate off the top spot with about five minutes remaining.

Joey Logano was in the second spot once qualifying ended with a 25.850 seconds, 139.265 mph. This weekend Logano will start inside the top-10 for his eighth time at the Phoenix International Raceway. He was just 0.022 seconds off the pole once the session ended.

Jamie McMurray rounded out the top-three with a fast time of 25.305 seconds, 138.969 mph. It'll be his first inside the top-10 start of the 2014 racing season as he started 22nd last week in the Daytona 500. McMurray hopes to leave Phoenix with a much more solid run this weekend after a bad 2013.

Three drivers will fail to qualify for this weekend's event at the Phoenix International Raceway. Those drivers are, Josh Wise, Landon Cassill, and Dave Blaney. Despite posting a slower lap, Morgan Shephard will race on Sunday in the No. 87 Toyota. Justin Allgaier was the only driver to have an incident in the session after slapping the wall about three minutes into qualifying. The HS Motorsports team will switch to their back-up car.

Cole Custer finally captures a win at the Phoenix International Speedway this evening in the Talking Stick Resort 75. In his last NASCAR K&N Pro Series start at Phoenix, Custer got turned off turn four as he was coming to the checkered flag by second place Gray Gaulding. Tonight, Gaulding finished last, of 29th, after an issue with the engine on the first lap of the race to bring out a caution. Custer was able to capture his third win of his NKNPSW career. Custer not only won the race, but also started on the pole after a lap of 23.565 seconds, 131.536 mph.

Brennan Newberry, driving the No. 24 NTS Motorsports Chevrolet, drove to his second top-five career finish tonight in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at the Phoenix International Raceway. Newberry moved up to second after Brandon McReynolds had promblems with his car up-front late in the race, this caused him to slip back to fourth. Newberry came short of the win by 0.376 seconds.

Nick Drake finished in the third spot this evening and scoring his first top-five finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. Drake was driving the No. 55 for Bill McAnally Racing, who almost put all three cars in the top-three spots if it wasn't for McReynolds trobles late in the race, in his first ever West division race.

Tonight's race will be televised on Friday, March 7th on FOX Sports 1 at 1:00 p.m. Et.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series will head off to the Irwindale Speedway. This will be the first time the series returns to that track since July of 2011.

See below for full race results:

1 00 Cole Custer NAPA Auto Parts/Haas Automation 80  
2 24 Brennan Newberry QORE24 80 0.376
3 55 Nick Drake * NAPA Auto Parts 80 0.808
4 26 Greg Pursley GPM/Star Nursery 80 1.270
5 81 D.J. Kennington Northern Provincial Pipelines 80 1.865
6 9 Dylan Lupton Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach 80 2.212
7 12 Giles Thornton TTC Racing 80 2.535
8 16 Brandon McReynolds NAPA Auto Parts 80 2.660
9 61 Brett Thompson RTTI/61 Logisitics 80 2.767
10 42 Taylor Cuzick Freightliner of Arizona 80 2.953
11 74 Luis Tyrrell * Team Tyrrell/Eclipse Racing 80 3.159
12 51 Carlos Vieira 51 FIFTY Energy Drink/Allied Pkging 80 3.331
13 36 Jamie Krzysik * Krown-Pell Ventures 80 4.509
14 5 Thomas Martin Jack Sellers Racing 80 4.556
15 09 Jason Fraser * Nothern Provincial Pipelines 80 4.708
16 2 Carl Harr West World Computers 80 5.256
17 84 Rich DeLong III * Country Girl Saloon/Ron's Rear Ends 80 6.409
18 30 John  Wood Holleran's Performance/Wrap World 80 8.722
19 83 Kelly Admiraal * Swan Rentals 79 1 Lap
20 54 Anthony Giannone MGP Connecting/Sparco 78 2 Laps
21 18 Bill Kann * Interstate Batteries 76 4 Laps
22 14 Griffin Steinfeld * Our Military Kids 76 4 Laps
23 07 Greg Rayl GSR Racing 74 6 Laps
24 17 David Mayhew MMI Services/Ron's Rear Ends 74 6 Laps
25 6 James Bickford * Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach 64 16 Laps
26 15 Jack Sellers Karl Chevrolet 57 23 Laps
27 38 Jack Chisholm * Holleran's Performance/Wrap World 51 29 Laps
28 71 Daryl Harr iWorld Connect 31 49 Laps
29 02 Gray Gaulding Krispy Kreme 1 79 Laps

 Source: NASCAR Home Tracks

This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will make their first of two stops at the Phoenix International Raceway for the 10th annual The Profit on CNBC 500, presented by Small Business Fueling America.

A total of 46 drivers will attempt to qualify this weekend, but three will go home. Some of the drivers on the entry list this weekend includes, Travis Kvapil, Brian Scott, Blake Koch, Landon Cassill, Joe Nemechek, Dave Blaney, Morgan Shepherd and Michael McDowell.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. heads into this weekend with a lot of momentum after his Daytona 500 victory. Earnhardt Jr., has two wins at Phoenix coming back in 2003 and 2004, but hasn't been consistant. In 2013, he finished fifth and fourth at this track and hopes to get a much better finish this year at the 1-mile oval.

This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will use the new qualifying proceedures put in place this last off-season. The new group qualifying will feature two rounds of action. The first round will last 30 minutes and consist of all drivers. After that time is up, NASCAR will take the top-12 drivers from the first 30 minutes, and put them on track for 10 minutes. This is NASCAR's attempt to make qualifying more enjoyable to the race fans.

Three drivers comes into their home track this weekend in hopes to having a solid finish. Michael McDowell, Alex Bowman and Danica Patrick goes into this weekend with pressure to do well. McDowell and Patrick hopes to have a better weekend as both drivers had some bad luck last weekend at Daytona.

You can catch the race this weekend live on FOX at 2:30 p.m. Et. The Motor Racing Network will handle the live radio broadcast of the race. You can listen on many radio stations around the country, TuneIn application, or by dialing 1-832-999-1717 on your phone.

This weekend the NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to the Phoenix International Raceway for the 10th annual Blue Jeans Go Green 200. It will be the first of two stops during the 2014 season for the racing series at the 1-mile oval.

The entry list features 39 total drivers. Some of these include: Carlos Contreas, Ruben Garcia Mateos, Mike Wallace, Ryan Sieg, Josh Wise, Kyle Larson, Will Kimmel, Matt Dibenedetto, Derrike Cope, Mike Harmon, Tommy Joe Martins, Daryl Harr, Kevin Harvick, Martin Roy and Matthew Carter.

Joe Gibbs Racing has been the strongest team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the Phoenix Raceway. This weekend they will shoot for their fourth consecutive victory. In November of 2012, Logano scored the win at the track to start off this streak before moving over to the Penske Racing organization. In 2013, Kyle Busch captured the victory in both Phoenix races in the No. 54 Toyota. Besides Busch this weekend, Joe Gibbs Racing will also have Elliott Sadler and Matt Kenseth in a car.

Two drivers will attempt to make their NASCAR Nationwide Series debuts this weekend. Those drivers include Tommy Joe Martins and Martin Roy. Martins made five starts, with four coming in 2009, and one in 2011, in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Martin Roy is a full-time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series driver and will come over to drive the No. 90 Chevrolet for Mario Gosselin's team. In 2013, the 39-year-old Canadian made one start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Bristol Motor Speedway. He also made one start in the truck series last year at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

You can catch the NASCAR Nationwide Series race this weekend live on ABC. The Motor Racing Network will also have the live radio coverage for this event.

After a six-plus hour rain delay today at the Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR was finally able to get the race back going. Once the race started back up, it was all Dale Earnhardt Jr. chasing his second Daytona 500 victory. Tonight, Earnhardt Jr. scored his 20th win of his career and ending a winless drought since 2012. He joins a list of five drivers to have only scored two Daytona 500 wins in their racing career, with his last win in the event back in 2004. He heads into the Phoenix International Raceway with a five point lead.

“Yeah, I think so. Man, winning this race is the greatest feeling that you can feel in the sport, aside from obviously accepting the trophy for the championship. I didn’t know if I’d ever get a chance to feel that again and it feels just as good, if not better than the first because of how hard we tried year after year after year funning second all those years and wondering why and what we needed to do. I’ve got to get my head together," said Dale Earnhardt Jr. "This race car was awesome. We showed them there night long how good a car we had and it’s because of these guys right here putting it together in the shop. We could fight off battles after battles. We got a little help from Jeff (Gordon) to get away on that restart and tried to take care of it from there. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I’ll never take this for granted because this just doesn’t happen twice, let alone once. I’m so thankful."

Denny Hamlin fell just short of dominating all of Speedweeks this weekend. Hamlin came into tonight's race looking to be the first ever driver to have won the Sprint Unlimited, Duel and the Daytona 500 all in the same year. On the final lap, Hamlin lost the draft entering turn-three and didn't have help to push him to the front. Despite this, Hamlin had to settle for second and heads into one of his best tracks next weekend.

"“Well, it was intense for me.  I had no spotter.  Our radios weren’t working after we went back green after the rain so just had to wing it on my own really for the most part after we went back.  If I cut anyone off I’m sorry, just trying to do it out there on my own,” said Hamlin. “It was intense.  Everyone was content not to run the top line, which was good.  I thought for sure we’d wreck more cars, but still that was a great race for the fans.  It was a great race from my standpoint.  It was just so hard to pass -- similar to when we got out front.  You can block your way to a victory, and really Dale (Earnhardt Jr.) just played it perfectly once he got out front on that last fuel run -- everyone else is just side by side and you really can’t make any moves.”

Brad Keselowski came home third in the 56th annual Daytona 500 after being in the lead four different times tonight. When the field was frozen, with the caution off turn four coming to the finish, Keselowski just edged out in-front of Jeff Gordon for the position. He earned his third top-10 finish after 10 starts at Daytona and led a total of 13 laps this evening.

“We had a really fast Miller Lite Ford and just came up a little short there at the end. We had a good restart but didn’t get any help from behind. I was really proud of my car and team to be able to hold fourth with no help. Dale and his teammates were really fast and they did a good job executing at the end. Congratulations to him,” said Keselowski. “If I had maybe one or two cars behind me I think I could have maybe had a shot but I just didn’t get it.”

The next race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be next weekend at the Phoenix International Raceway. You can catch The Profit on CNBC 500 live on FOX at 2:00 p.m. Et. Not near a TV? The Motor Racing Network will provide the live radio broadcast of the event.

Kyle Busch captured the win this evening in the 15th annual Nextra Energy Resources 250 at the Daytona International Speedway for his 36th win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Busch's impressive NASCAR win total now sits at 126 and will probably only get bigger as the races continue during Speedweeks. Busch also claimed a big defeat by becoming the first driver to score a win at Daytona in the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck, Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series. Since 2007, Toyota has scored their eighth consecutive victory in the series at the Daytona International Speedway.

Coming home in the second spot was Timothy Peters after driving a hard fought race in the No. 17 for Red Horse Racing. He led the third most laps of any driver this evening of 20. He finished second by just 0.017 seconds and nearly held off Busch just enough to win the race. Peters will take this momentum into Martinsville next month where he has had numerous success in the past.

The 2013 winner of the Nextra Energy Resources 250, Johnny Sauter, drove his No. 98 Toyota to a third place finish. Sauter was up-front nearly the whole race but could never get out front to lead a lap. In six total starts at the 2.5-mile oval, Sauter scored his second top-10 finish this evening.

The next race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be at the Martinsville Speedway on March 29th. You can catch the race live on FOX Sports 1 at 2:30 p.m. Et. The Motor Racing Network will carry the live radio broadcast of the event.

See below for the full-race results:

1 Kyle Busch 51 Toyota 100   7 25 0 0 0
2 Timothy Peters 17 Toyota 100   18 20 43 1 0
3 Johnny Sauter 98 Toyota 100   9 0 41 0 0
4 Ryan Truex 32 Chevrolet 100   14 0 0 0 0
5 Ron Hornaday Jr. 30 Chevrolet 100   2 0 39 0 0
6 Ryan Blaney 29 Ford 100   3 0 38 0 0
7 Jeb Burton 13 Toyota 100   11 0 37 0 0
8 Joe Nemechek 8 Toyota 100   13 0 0 0 0
9 Jimmy Weller III 08 Chevrolet 100   30 0 35 0 0
10 German Quiroga Jr. 77 Toyota 100   23 0 34 0 0
11 Ryan Sieg 39 Chevrolet 100   12 0 33 0 0
12 Tyler Reddick 19 Ford 100   10 0 32 0 0
13 Matt Crafton 88 Toyota 100   4 0 31 0 0
14 John Wes Townley 5 Toyota 100   6 0 30 0 0
15 Ben Kennedy 31 Chevrolet 100   1 52 31 2 0
16 Justin Jennings 63 Chevrolet 100   32 0 28 0 0
17 Bryan Silas 99 Chevrolet 100   25 0 27 0 0
18 Ryan Ellis 28 Chevrolet 100   34 0 0 0 0
19 Chris Fontaine 84 Toyota 100   27 0 25 0 0
20 Norm Benning 57 Chevrolet 100   36 0 24 0 0
21 Jennifer Cobb 10 Chevrolet 98   35 0 23 0 0
22 Travis Kvapil 50 Chevrolet 95   28 3 23 1 0
23 John King 20 Chevrolet 87   19 0 21 0 0
24 Michel Disdier 07 Chevrolet 83   33 0 20 0 0
25 Brennan Newberry 24 Chevrolet 81   26 0 19 0 0
26 Darrell Wallace Jr. 54 Toyota 76   16 0 18 0 0
27 Caleb Holman 75 Chevrolet 74   29 0 17 0 0
28 Mason Mingus 35 Toyota 73   22 0 16 0 0
29 Parker Kligerman 58 Toyota 73   15 0 0 0 0
30 Ross Chastain 92 Ford 73   8 0 14 0 0
31 Sean Corr 82 Ford 73   20 0 13 0 0
32 Joey Coulter 21 Chevrolet 73   5 0 12 0 0
33 Brian Ickler 7 Toyota 73   21 0 11 0 0
34 Tyler Young 02 Chevrolet 73   17 0 10 0 0
35 Chris Cockrum 74 Chevrolet 73   24 0 9 0 0
36 Jason White 93 Chevrolet 45   31 0 0 0 0

 Via: ESPN




Weather forced NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying to be canceled this afternoon at the Daytona International Speedway. For all three races this weekend, all rookie drivers will earn the pole for the events. The line up was set via practice speeds combined in the three sessions held this weekend.

Ben Kennedy will start on the pole tonight in the season opening NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Kennedy, like Kwasniewski in the Nationwide Series, will be making his debut this evening behind the wheel of a Turner-Scott Motorsports truck.

Starting on the outside of Kennedy, will be the series veteran of Ron Hornday. Tonight at the Daytona International Speedway, he will be behind the wheel of the No. 30 truck, also owned by Turner-Scott Motorsports.

Ryan Blaney will start the race in the third spot breaking the Turner-Scott Motorsports sweep for the top-three spots. Blaney goes into tonight's Nextra Energy Resources 250 looking to score his third career win in the series. He also goes into the race this evening with momentum left over from 2013 after a second place finish at Homestead.

Todd Peck will be the only driver who will fail to qualify. Charles Lewandoski withdrew from the race before the scheduled qualifying session.

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Weather had a say today at the Daytona International Speedway of who won the pole for tomorrow's DRIVE4COPD 300. After the first round completed, qualifying then was cancelled and times stood from the first round.

Dylan Kwasniewski will win the pole for the event after being pushed by teammates Kyle Larson and Danica Patrick in the draft. Kwasniewski posted a fast time of 46.856 seconds, 192.078 mph. Tomorrow's race will be his first ever start in the series. For Kwasniewski's first two ARCA Racing Series starts, including last weekends race at Daytona, he went on to score the pole.

Starting on his outside will be teammate Kyle Larson after running in that Turner-Scott Motorsports draft with a 46.857 second lap time. The time averaged out to 192.074 mph. lap time. Larson lost the pole to Kwasniewski by just 0.001 seconds.

In the third starting position will be Danica Patrick in the No. 30 Chevrolet this weekend. Patrick was at the tail-end of the three car draft and ended up posting a lap of 46.867 seconds, 192.033 mph. Patrick missed the pole by just 0.011 seconds.

Nine drivers will go home after not posting a fast enough speed. Those drivers include: David Ragan, Tanner Berryhill, Chris Buescher, Willie Allen, Matt Carter, Matt DiBenedetto, Carl Long, Carlos Contreras and Clay Greenfield.

Tonight NASCAR ran two 150 mile races this evening to set the starting line up for Sunday's 56th annual Daytona 500. The first duel was ran clean and green with most of the action coming in the second race.

Matt Kenseth drove to the victory this evening with a spectacular three wide finish at the line. Kenseth led the most laps of any driver and certainly had one of the best cars of the evening. He won the race by 0.022 seconds ahead of Kevin Harvick.

Later on during post-race technical inspection, NASCAR deemed the No. 4 of Kevin Harvick illegal from a split in the track bar that exceeded the maximum allowance. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams are allowed no more than a three inch split and the No. 4 exceeded that limit. No penalties will be given.

The second duel was clean and green until the exit of turn four coming to the checkers. Jimmie Johnson ran out of fuel, which caught Jamie McMurray off guard and started a wreck involving numerous cars. It sent Clint Bowyer into the air but was able to drive his car to pit road. Denny Hamlin was able to score his second Speedweeks victory this weekend.

Drivers who will miss the field for the 56th annual Daytona 500 are: Eric McClure, Ryan Truex, Joe Nemechek, Morgan Shepherd and Michael McDowell.

See below for full starting line up:

1 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 3 196.019 mph
2 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet 195.852 mph
3 Matt Kenseth Toyota 194.574 mph
4 Denny Hamlin Toyota 194.477 mph
5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 194.544 mph
6 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 195.042 mph
7 Marcos Ambrose Ford 194.894 mph
8 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 41 194.078 mph
9 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 195.211 mph
10 Paul Menard Chevrolet 194.919 mph
11 Josh Wise Ford 192.061 mph
12 Brian Scott Chevrolet 194.776 mph
13 Aric Almirola Ford 194.658 mph
14 Trevor Bayne Ford 194.334 mph
15 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 194.108 mph
16 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 194.410 mph
17 David Gilliland Ford 193.736 mph
18 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 40 193.732 mph
19 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 195.707 mph
20 Clint Bowyer Toyota 194.523 mph
21 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 193.365 mph
22 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 192.695 mph
23 Cole Whitt Toyota 192.538 mph
24 Terry Labonte Ford 192.135 mph
25 Greg Biffle Ford 195.818 mph
26 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet 191.493 mph
27 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 194.380 mph
28 Casey Mears Chevrolet 194.582 mph
29 Alex Bowman Toyota 23 189.685 mph
30 Carl Edwards Ford 195.712 mph
31 Brian Vickers Toyota 192.798 mph
32 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 194.637 mph
33 Brad Keselowski Ford 195.296 mph
34 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 195.004 mph
35 Joey Logano Ford 194.582 mph
36 Michael Annett Chevrolet 194.574 mph
37 Kyle Busch Toyota 194.502 mph
38 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 4 194.422 mph
39 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 194.066 mph
40 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 193.815 mph
41 Parker Kligerman Toyota 193.594 mph
42 Michael Waltrip Toyota 66 193.428 mph
43 David Ragan Ford 192.328 mph



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