Bartone takes home third win this season at Texas Motorplex

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Ennis, Texas. (April 18, 2011) – Tony Bartone won his third event of the season this past weekend at the South Central division NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Texas Motorplex in Top Alcohol Funny Car.  

Bartone, Long Island City, N.Y., started off the weekend in the number one spot in his ’09 Mustang and met Steve Burck, Corpus Christi, Texas, in the final round where he ran 5.589 seconds at 261.78 mph to defeat the Texas resident.  Already off to a good start this season, he has prior wins at the Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., and at the Vegas Nationals in Las Vegas, earlier this month.

In Top Alcohol Dragster, Forrest Fair, Haughton, La., earned his first win of the season after a runner-up finish in Houston last month.  Fair faced off against James Thompson, Vernon, Texas, in the finals and ran 5.489 seconds at 256.41 mph.  Keith Hall came to Texas Motorplex with a win under his belt at Royal Purple Raceway in Comp Eliminator.  The Texas resident from Ravenna drove his ’05 Cavalier against Adam White, Houston, and his dragster.  In a close finish, Hall pulled off the win with an 8.470 second, 161.11 mph run.  

Jeff Lopez came back to the Texas Motorplex to win for the second year in a row at this event in Super Gas.  The Bedford, Texas, resident drove his ’63 Corvette to a win over Chris Burrell, Claude, Texas, with a run at 9.917 seconds, 153.67 mph. 

Driving his ’56 Nomad, Randall Klein, Lincoln, Neb., earned a victory in Super Stock.  He faced off against the 2010 Super Comp National Champion, Gary Stinnett, Emporia, Kan., in the final round where he ultimately earned his win.  Jimmy Hidalgo Jr., Donaldsonville, La., defeated Sweeny, Texas, resident Steven Hall in Stock Eliminator for his trip to the Winner’s Circle in his ’02 Firebird.  Hildago’s run at 10.622 seconds and 120.48 mph was closely followed by Hall’s run at 10.674 seconds at 118.08 mph. 

In Super Street, there was a battle of the Camaro’s in the final.  Craig Pfanenstiel, Hays, Kan., ran his ’67 Camaro against Jason Owens, White Oak, Texas, and his ’68 Camaro.  Pfanenstiel ended up earning his first win of the season with a pass of 10.904 seconds at 142.79 mph. 

The Suburban Chevrolet Top Sportsman class saw another out of state driver defeat a Texas resident.  Monte Green, Haxtun, Colo., drove to victory at 6.988 seconds and 197.25 mph over Todd Stewart, Kilgore, Texas.  The rest of the classes, on the other hand, brought home victories for Texan residents.  In Super Comp, Joel Covington, Center, Texas, defeated Joseph Collier, Hamlin, Texas, in the finals with a run of 8.929 seconds at 173.32 mph.  Jimmy Lewis, Forney, Texas, earned a win in TCI Comp Cams Top Dragster after a victorious run for 6.783 seconds at 185.05 mph against Nick Brener, Abita Springs, La., in the last round.  Driving from Lucas, Texas, Lisa Bennett earned the win in Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley Davidson when she faced off against Derek Dorey, Kingswood, Texas.

South Central Division racers head to No Problem Raceway for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, May 27-29.

The following are Sunday’s final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, South Central Division event at Texas Motorplex:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
Round 1
4) David Brounkowski, Cypress, Texas, 5.354, 258.42 def. 5) Michael Manners, Willis, Texas, 5.585, 267.37
6) James Thompson, Vernon, Texas, 5.544, 254.86 def. 3) Buddy Domingue, Port Neches, Texas, foul
2) Gord Gingles, Winnipeg, Manit., 5.614, 249.07 def. 7) Aaron Tatum, Moore, Okla., 14.429, 63.17
1) Forrest Fair, Haughton, La., 5.469, 256.94 def. 8) Chase Copeland, Gainesville, Texas, 5.819, 202.94

Semifinals
Fair, 5.548, 254.95 def. Brounkowski, 5.578, 250.23
Thompson, 5.498, 266.95 def. Gingles, 5.811, 248.07

Final
Fair, 5.489, 256.41 def. Thompson, 5.533, 264.96

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
Round 1
1) Tony Bartone, Long Island City, N.Y., ’09 Mustang, 5.547, 263.67 was unopposed
2) Steve Burck, Corpus Christi, Texas, ’02 Camaro, 5.772, 248.71 def. 5) Billy Davis, Rogers, Ark., ’01 Avenger, 6.822, 140.17
3) Lee Callaway, Channelview, Texas, ’07 Mustang, 5.660, 256.02 def. 4) Bryan Brown, Gainesville, Texas, ’09 Monte Carlo, 6.103, 242.15

Semifinals
Bartone, 5.658, 262.54 def. Callaway, 5.627, 257.24
Burck, broke was unopposed

Final
Bartone, 5.589, 261.78 def. Burck, 8.367, 101.69

COMP ELIMINATOR
Keith Hall, Ravenna, Texas, ’05 Cavalier, D/SM, 8.470, 161.11 def. Adam White, Houston, Texas, dragster, A/ND, 6.904, 193.63

SUPER STOCK
Randall Klein, Lincoln, Neb., ’56 Nomad, SS/MA, 11.208, 115.62  def. Gary Stinnett, Emporia, Kan., ’92 Camaro, GT/AA, 9.380, 145.66

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Jimmy Hidalgo Jr, Donaldsonville, La., ’02 Firebird, A/SA, 10.622, 120.48 def. Steven Hall, Sweeney, Texas, ’67 Mustang, C/SA, 10.674, 118.08

SUPER COMP
Joel Covington, Center, Texas, dragster, 8.929, 173.32 def. Joseph Collier, Hamlin, Texas, dragster, 8.930, 162.78

SUPER GAS
Jeff Lopez, Bedford, Texas, ’63 Corvette, 9.917, 153.67 def. Chris Burrell, Claude, Texas, ’66 Fairlane, 9.951, 146.35

SUPER STREET
Craig Pfanenstiel, Hays, Kan., ’67 Camaro, 10.904, 142.79 def. Jason Owens, White Oak, Texas, ’68 Camaro, 10.902, 145.02

TOP SPORTSMAN
Monte Green, Haxtun, Colo., ’95 Probe, 6.988, 197.25 def. Todd Stewart, Kilgore, Texas, ’67 Camaro, 7.351, 175.50

TOP DRAGSTER
Jimmy Lewis, Forney, Texas, dragster, 6.783, 185.05 def. Nick Brener, Abita Springs, La., dragster, 6.774, 193.18

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE
Lisa Bennett, Lucas, Texas, ’95 Suzuki, 8.039, 160.52 def. Derek Dorey, Kingswood, Texas, ’03 Kawasaki, foul

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ENNIS, Texas – Texas Motorplex will host the second of six events in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series South Central division on April 15-17, 2011.  The event is one of 42 scheduled across the country where drivers earn points leading to divisional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $560,000.

Gates at Texas Motorplex open at 8 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator and Top Sportsman qualify twice on Friday at 1 and 4 p.m. and have two sessions on Saturday at noon and 4 p.m.  Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car have one qualifying session on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and two on Saturday at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m.  Eliminations begin Sunday at 9 a.m. with Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car running round 1 at 11 a.m.

Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Texas Motorplex are $15 Friday, $20 Saturday and $20 Sunday.  A three-day ticket is $50.  Children 6 to 15 years old are $5 Friday, $10 Saturday and $10 Sunday.  Kids 5 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.  Spectator parking is $5.

For more information call the track, (972) 878-2641, or visit www.texasmotorplex.com.

NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES: Fact Sheet

WHAT:                  NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, the second of six events in South Central Division where drivers earn points leading to divisional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $560,000.  Categories include Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division’s Suburban Chevrolet Top Sportsman Series, TCI Comp Cams Top Dragster Series and NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson will also be run in conjunction with the event.

WHERE:                Texas Motorplex, Ennis, Texas.  Track is located on Hwy. 287, two miles west of Ennis, between Interstates 35 and 45.  From Dallas, take I-45 to Hwy. 287 west to the track, or take I-35E to Hwy. 287 east to the track.  From Fort Worth, take Hwy. 287 east to Waxahachie toward the track.

WHEN:                  Friday through Sunday, April 15-17, 2011

SCHEDULE:        FRIDAY, April 15 – Gates open at 8 a.m. Time Trials start at 9 a.m. Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator and Top Sportsman qualifies at 1 and 4 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying session is scheduled at 5:30 p.m.                               

SATURDAY, April 16 – Gates open at 9 a.m. Time Trials start at 9 a.m. Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator and Top Sportsman qualifying starts at noon and 4 p.m.  Qualifying for Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car is scheduled for 1:30 and 5:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, April 17 – Gates open at 9 a.m. Eliminations start at 9 am. Round 1 for Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car begins at 11 a.m.

TICKETS:             GENERAL ADMISSION/PIT PASS — $15 Friday, $20 Saturday, $20 Sunday. Children 6 to 15 years old are $5 Friday, $10 Saturday, $10 Sunday.  Kids 5 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. For more information please call Texas Motorplex, (972) 878-2641, or visit www.TexasMotorplex.com.

2010 EVENT

WINNERS:            Kristen Wootton, Top Alcohol Dragster; Tony Bartone, Top Alcohol Funny Car; Ernest Watson, Comp Eliminator; Bill Divine, Super Stock; Kevin Helms, Stock Eliminator; Austing Williams, Super Comp; Jeff Lopez, Super Gas; Ray Dew, Super Street, Keith Raftery, Top Sportsman; P.J. Vicari, Top Dragster; Ben Brown, Sportsman Motorcycle

BONUS PROGRAMS:       NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES POINTS FUND – a $561,000 point fund from Lucas Oil, which will be shared by 2011 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional champions and national champions.  Divisional awards include $8,500 each to the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car champions; $3,000 to the champions in both Competition and Super Stock; $2,000 each to the champions in Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street.  The seven national champions will share a bonus of $135,000.

JEGS ALLSTARS: The best of the best from each of NHRA’s seven divisions will compete for a share of the $119,000 purse from Jegs High Performance.  The 2011 Jegs Allstars event will culminate a year-long points battle between drivers in each of NHRA’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series’ eight classes as well as Top Sportsman and Top Dragster.  The top points earner in each category will qualify to represent his/her division at the 2011 Jegs Allstars during the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals in July, 2011.  Points are based on in-division races only. 

The winning division’s team will share $20,000 and individual awards include $7,000 each to the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car champions, $6,000 to champions in Comp Eliminator and Super Stock, $5,000 to Top Sportsman and Top Dragster champions, and $4,500 to the Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street champions.  Runners-up in all categories will earn $2,000 apiece.  Each Allstars competitor will also receive a share of a $25,000 towing fund to get to the event.

Event sponsor, Jegs High Performance, is offering a “double up” bonus to Jegs Allstars participants.  Any 2011 Jegs Allstars champion who also wins the national event will have his/her Allstars prize doubled.

SUBURBAN CHEVROLET Top Sportsman Series: Run in conjunction with the Lucas Oil Series, competitors in the Top Sportsman class are vying for division championships.  The top points finisher will earn a year-end bonus of $1,500, the runner-up will get $1000 and the third place finisher will receive $500.  Top Sportsman racers may run the six South Central Division Lucas Oil events as well as three Lucas Oil Series races in the other NHRA divisions. 

TCI COMP CAMS TOP DRAGSTER SERIES: Run in conjunction with the Lucas Oil Series, competitors in the Top Dragster class are vying for division championships.  The top points finisher will earn a year-end bonus of $1,500, the runner-up will get $1000 and the third place finisher will receive $500.

NHRA SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE SERIES presented by HARLEY DAVIDSON: The NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson, run in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, is an opportunity for competitors in NHRA’s Sportsman Motorcycle class to earn points toward divisional championships.  The $14,000 champions’ purse posted by Harley Davidson will be paid to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place points finishers in NHRA divisions that host Sportsman Motorcycles.

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VP RACING FUEL ON SITE AND READY FOR LUCAS OIL DIVISIONAL EVENT

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ENNIS, Texas (April 5, 2011) – Texas Motorplex will have the VP Racing Fuel station open for racers between Noon – 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 in preparation of the NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional event.

VP Racing Fuels has also proved the Motorplex with additional items to use as bonuses to event winners during this weekend’s Texas Motorplex Bracket Racing series event. Random winners will receive free fuel, VP souvenirs and more during Sunday’s bracket event.

The fuel station will be open Sunday, April 10 as well as during the entire Lucas Oil Divisional event, April 15-17.

For more information, contact Ashley Kellough at ashleyk@texasmotorplex.com

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event allows drivers to earn points leading to divisional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $560,000.  Categories include Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street, Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, and Sportsman Motorcycle.

GENERAL ADMISSION/PIT PASS — Friday: Adult, $15; Junior (6-15 years), $5. Saturday: Adult, $20; Junior (6-15 years), $10. Sunday: Adult, $20; Junior (6-15 years) $10.  Children (5 years-under), free with paying adult in general admission and pit access areas each day. Spectator parking is $5. 

Soulman’s BBQ in Mesquite (1125 Gross Rd., Mesquite, Texas) will be distributing FREE tickets on Wednesday, April 13 as Defending Top Alcohol Dragster Champion, Chase Copeland is onsite with his Top Alcohol Dragster.

The 2010 Lucas Oil Divisional winners at Texas Motorplex:, Kristen Wootton, Top Alcohol Dragster; Tony Bartone, Top Alcohol Funny Car; Ernest Watson, Comp Eliminator; Bill Devine, Super Stock; Kevin Helms, Stock Eliminator; Austin Williams, Super Comp; Jeff Lopez, Super Gas; Ray Dew, Super Street; P.J. Vicari, Top Dragster; Keith Raftery, Top Sportsman; Ben Brown, Sportsman Motorcycle.

Texas Motorplex was the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility ever constructed. Built in 1986, Texas Motorplex has been the place of many drag racing milestones and world record performances. The Billy Meyer-owned facility hosts a number of racing and car show events between March and November each year and also features the Champion’s Club – an 11,000 square-foot facility – that serves fully catered events throughout the year.

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TOP FUELERS WILL MAKE EXHIBITION PASSES AT LUCAS OIL EVENT

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ENNIS, Texas (March 29, 2011) – As if the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series wasn’t already jammed packed with enough cars to satisfy anyone’s need for speed, the 2011 Divisional meet at Texas Motorplex just got better – Nitro-burning Top Fuel cars will be making 300-mph blasts.

The South Central Division comes alive April 15-17 at Texas Motorplex. The Motorplex will play host to hundreds of the divisions quickest and fastest racers and this year, Top Fuel cars too!

Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competitors are racing for vitally important series points that will determine who gets a piece of the $560,000 points fund prize at the end of the season. Racers will vie for trophies, bragging rights and prize money in several categories including Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock and more.

“We are going to announce the Top Fuelers later this week on Facebook, but fans should be thrilled to know we are going to have Top Fuel cars so early in our season,” Motorplex General Manager Gabrielle Stevenson said. “Fans can also find out when they can start getting free tickets to this event at Soulman’s Bar-B-Que on Facebook too. We have partnered with the wildly popular Texas BBQ restaurant and they will be handing out tickets to the event soon.”

The 2010 winners at Texas Motorplex are Kristen Wootton, Top Alcohol Dragster; Tony Bartone, Top Alcohol Funny Car; Ernest Watson, Comp Eliminator; Bill Devine, Super Stock; Kevin Helms, Stock Eliminator; Austin Williams, Super Comp; Jeff Lopez, Super Gas; Ray Dew, Super Street; P.J. Vicari, Top Dragster; Keith Raftery, Top Sportsman; Ben Brown, Sportsman Motorcycle.

Gates open at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 15 while time trials start at 9 a.m. and Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car racers line up for qualifying at 5:30 p.m. Gates open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 16 while Top Alcohol Funny Car and Dragsters making final qualifying passes at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Gates open and eliminations start at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 17.

GENERAL ADMISSION/PIT PASS — Friday: Adult, $15; Junior (6-15 years), $5. Saturday: Adult, $20; Junior (6-15 years), $10. Sunday: Adult, $20; Junior (6-15 years) $10.  Children (5 years-under), free with paying adult in general admission and pit access areas each day. Spectator parking is $5. 

Soulman’s BBQ can be found at eight regional locations including: Royse City (818 East I-30), Garland (3410 Broadway Blvd.), Terrell (1081 FM 148), Rockwall (691 East I-30), Mesquite (1125 Gross Rd.), Dallas (1054 Regal Row), Van (2904 Interstate 20) and Greenville (3201 I-30 East).

Texas Motorplex was the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility ever constructed. Built in 1986, Texas Motorplex has been the place of many drag racing milestones and world record performances. The Billy Meyer-owned facility hosts a number of racing and car show events between March and November each year and also features the Champion’s Club – an 11,000 square-foot facility – that serves fully catered events throughout the year.

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SUPER CHEVY SHOW REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

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ENNIS, Texas (March 23, 2011) – Registration is now open for the 2011 Super Chevy Show at Texas Motorplex, June 4-5.

Super Chevy Show has been the nation’s most beloved brand loyalty event, celebrating Chevy and GM vehicles, for more than 30 years. The event will feature a car show, show-n-shine, drag racing, autocross, swap meet, car corral and kid’s activities including a free Revell model Make-n-Take area where kids can put together a free car model and take home.

Registration is now open and a discount of up to $15 per car show participant will be offered through May 27. Spectators also can take advantage of the advance purchase discount by buying tickets before May 27.

Click here to register for the 2011 Super Chevy Show at Texas Motorplex.

Click here to buy spectator tickers for the 2011 Super Chevy Show at Texas Motorplex.

Click here for the 2011 Super Chevy Show event schedule.

Texas Motorplex was the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility ever constructed. Built in 1986, Texas Motorplex has been the place of many drag racing milestones and world record performances. The Billy Meyer-owned facility hosts a number of racing and car show events between March and November each year and also features the Champion’s Club – an 11,000 square-foot facility – that serves fully catered events throughout the year.

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THE WILDLY POPULAR REVELL MAKE ‘N TAKE PROGRAM RETURNS TO SUPER CHEVY SHOW FOR 2011

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 9, 2011)- Following huge success in 2010, the Super Chevy Show series presented by GM Performance Division will once again include Revell Make ‘N Take activities.

Revell, the authentic model-building experience since 1945, brought Make ‘N Take to the series in hopes of re-introducing model-building to families today.

Last year, Revell joined the Super Chevy Show fun halfway through the season and was very impressed with the large amount of positive feedback. As a result, Revell Make ‘N Take activities will be available at all 12 Super Chevy Show events throughout the 2011 season.

Jim Campisano, Editor of Super Chevy Magazine explained, “When I was a kid, I built model cars like crazy, so to see young kids building model cars at the Revell Make ‘N Take program last year was really rewarding for me.”

“We got a lot of positive feedback last year from parents who brought children to the shows. They were not only pleased that the kids had something to do, but the quality of the model itself was very good,” said Campisano. “To see the families in there working on something together was great. This program gave everyone in the family a chance to enjoy the Super Chevy Show to its fullest.”

Lex Dudas, President of SCSW-Maple Grove Raceway stated, “I think the addition of the Make ‘N Take program to the 2010 schedule was one of the best things that we did last year. What we saw at Maple Grove Raceway, and other tracks across the circuit that had the Make ‘N Take program, was children of all ages becoming involved.  They were coming to these Super Chevy events and walking out of the facility with their own take-home souvenir that they built with help from the model club.”

“Having Revell on board for 2011 is a great move and proves how family-oriented the Super Chevy Show series really is,” added Dudas.

The best news? It’s free! Kids of all ages can enjoy piecing together a model race car at any Super Chevy Show this year. Each child receives a Revell Snap Tite® plastic model kit that does not require paint or glue for easy assembly and even comes with press-on decals to finish the car. Model-building helpers will be available to assist in the assembly of each model. When complete, the model is yours to take home. 

“The Make ‘N Take program has received enthusiastic responses from families who have participated. Not only does the program give kids something fun to do at the track, but it gets them interested in cars at a young age. The program takes about 20 minutes and assembly assistance is provided,” said Rick Haas, Marketing Director for Revell.

New to the set-up, participants will now receive a mail in rebate coupon for savings on future Revell model kit purchases at their local hobby store.

“This year we will be distributing a cash rebate coupon. When a participant attends an event and builds a model, they can then go home to their local hobby retailer, buy another model kit, submit the information to us and we can then send them a check,” added Haas

Revell Make ‘N Take activities will start at the season kick off in Palm Beach, April 8-11.

ABOUT SUPER CHEVY SHOW PRESENTED BY GM PERFORMANCE DIVISION

Super Chevy Show presented by GM Performance Division is a 12-event North American series that showcases the best in car shows, drag racing, swap meets, car corrals, autocross and more. The 2011 season kicks off in April at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Fl., and closes in October at Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix.  Official Series Sponsors include GM Performance Division, Duracell automotive batteries, Original Parts Group, and Spectre Performance.  Widely considered the best brand-specific event in the country, Super Chevy Show series information can be found at www.superchevyshow.com

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