BOBBY LABONTE - 5/8/1964 - is an American race car driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.  He currently drives the #47 Kroger/Clorox/Kimberly-Clark/Kingsford/Reese Towpower Hitches Toyota Camry for JTG Daugherty Racing.  After competing in several different divisions, Labonte made his Busch Series debut in 1982 at Martinsville Speedway, finishing 30th.  Following his graduation from Trinity High School, he worked as a fabricator on Terry's cars at Hagan Racing.  After a few years of racing in various divisions, Labonte returned to the Busch Series in 1985, running two races in a car he owned himself at Martinsville.  By 1990, Labonte had finally earned enough money to race in the Nationwide Series full-time.  He founded his own team, and drove a Slim Jim sponsored #44 Oldsmobile.  He ended up finishing fourth in the standings and was also voted the Nationwide Series' "Most Popular Driver".  In 1991 he continued his second-division success by winning the NASCAR Busch Series championship with two wins, 10 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes.  He also won his first Nationwide Series race, at Bristol, then won again at O'Reilly Raceway Park in August.  In addition to his Nationwide Series schedule, he made two Winston Cup starts.  The following season, 1992, he continued racing in the Nationwide Series. His season was a successful one but lost the championship to Joe Nemechek by three points.  That championship finish is, to date, the closest finish in either Sprint Cup, Nationwide, or Craftsman Truck Series history.  In 1993, Labonte was called up by Bill Davis Racing to drive in the Winston Cup Series.  He signed a contract to drive the #22 Maxwell House Ford Thunderbird.  He was second place behind Jeff Gordon for Rookie of the Year honors.   Labonte continued to operate his main Nationwide Series team, hiring David Green to drive for him.  Green finished third in points for Bobby Labonte Racing.  The next season, 1994, Labonte achieved his second major success as a car owner when his Nationwide Series driver, David Green, won the championship.  It was the second championship, and fifth top-five points finish in five years for Bobby Labonte Racing.  At the end of the 1994 season, Labonte departed to drive the #18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet for Joe Gibbs Racing.  Bobby would pick up his first career win at the Coca Cola 600 in 1995.  In 1996, he won the season ending race at Atlanta, the same race where his brother Terry won the championship.  The two took a victory lap together in what Labonte said was one of the most emotional and memorable moments of his life.  In 2000, Bobby went on to win 4 races, the second race of the season at Rockingham, The Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis, The Southern 500 at Darlington and the fall race at Charlotte.  He led the point standings for 25 weeks after taking over at California, and never relinquished it.  Bobby would go on to win his first ever Winston Cup Championship, finishing ahead of Dale Earnhardt by 265 points.  In 2004, Bobby did not win a race for the first time since 1994. Labonte finished 12th in the standings.  After another disappointing season in 2005, Bobby asked for and was granted to be released from Joe Gibbs Racing, having spent the last eleven seasons there.  Bobby joined the Petty Enterprises to drive the famous #43.  His career continued to flounder even after the switch to Petty Enterprises.  In 2008, Labonte continued his contract with Petty Enterprises, but experienced another largely unsuccessful season, gathering only three top-tens and no top-fives on his way to finishing 21st in the Sprint Cup standings.  In December of that year, Labonte was released from Petty Enterprises.  By 2009 Labonte had been relegated to driving mostly for under-funded or start up race teams.  IN 2009 and 2010 he had only one top five finish.  In fact from 2007 through 2010 he had just one top five finish.  In 2011 Labonte replaced Marcos Ambrose as the full-time driver of the #47 JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota Camry, with support from Michael Waltrip Racing.  He finished a solid fourth in the season opening Daytona 500.  To this point in his career. Labonte has competed in 637 CUP races and earned 21 wins.  He won the Championship in 2000, and finished runner-up in 1999.  He won a total of 10 Nationwide events, and the championship in 1991, and finished second in 1992.  His last win was in 2003 in Homestead, FL.  Bill Elliott had the dominate car and a big lead, but cut down a tire with less than 1/2 lap to go, and Labonte notched the win.  Info from WikiPedia

TERRY LABONTE - 11/16/1956 - - is a semi-retired NASCAR driver who occasionally drives in the Sprint Cup Series when called upon and is a two-time NASCAR Winston Cup and IROC champion.  He currently drives the #32 U.S. Chrome Ford for FAS Lane Racing in the Sprint Cup Series.  Labonte’s first NASCAR start came in 1978 at Darlington Raceway.  He qualified nineteenth in the #92 Duck Industries Chevrolet and finished fourth that weekend.  He ran four more races that season and had an additional two top-ten finishes.  In 1979, he competed for NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year along with Dale Earnhardt, Harry Gant, and Joe Millikan while driving the #44 Stratagraph Chevrolet for Hagan.  Although Labonte failed to win the top rookie award, he was one of three rookies to finish in the top 10 in points.  The following year, he won his first career Winston Cup race on Labor Day weekend at Darlington.  Labonte failed to return to victory lane over the next two years but did not finish outside the top-five in the final standings.  He won his second career race in 1983 in the Budweiser Chevrolet. His team received sponsorship from Piedmont Airlines the following season, and clinched his first Winston Cup championship.  He dropped to seventh in the points in 1985, and fell to 12th in the points chase in 1986.  Before season's end, he announced he was leaving Hagan's team to drive the #11 Budweiser Chevrolet for Junior Johnson's team the next year.   In his first season with his new team, he won the Holly Farms 400, leaping up to third in the final standings.  He followed that up with a fourth-place points finish in 1988, including a win in Sprint All-Star Race IV.  In 1994, Labonte joined Hendrick Motorsports, racing the #5 Kellogg's Chevrolet and responded by notching 3 wins in each of his first two years there.  In 1996, he broke Richard Petty’s streak for consecutive race starts after winning at North Wilkesboro.  Despite only two victories, Labonte went on to win the championship that year as well, a record-setting twelve years after his first.  Driving with a broken hand during the last two races of the season, Labonte and his younger brother Bobby were able to perform a dual victory lap at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the last race of the year; Bobby won the race and Terry the championship on the final day of the season, the only time a driver and his sibling won the race and the championship at the same time.  The year 2000 saw Labonte's consecutive start streak broken at 655 after he suffered inner ear injuries at the Pepsi 400 and was forced to miss the Brickyard 400.  In 2003, Labonte won his final race to date when he won the Mountain Dew Southern 500 (where 23 years earlier he won his first race) at Darlington Raceway after leading the last 33 laps.  Labonte announced that 2004 would be his final full-time year on the circuit and would run part-time schedules for the next two years. The schedule was nicknamed, "Shifting Gears: Lone Star Style."  Labonte is still racing part time, and has one top five finish since 2004 (a third at the Sonoma road course in 2006)  For his career he has 873 starts, with 22 wins.  He was the CUP champ in 1984 and 1996.  He was voted one of NASCAR's 50 greatest driver in 1998.  Info from WikiPedia

ELMO LANGLEY - 8/21/1928 - 11/21/1996 was a NASCAR driver and owner.  Langley began his racing career racing modified cars in Virginia and Maryland in 1952.  Langley came in to NASCAR as a Driver/Owner in 1954. In 1966 in partnered with Henry Woodfield and created Langley-Woodfield Racing.  That same year Langley won the only two races of his long career.  Those wins came at Spartanburg, SC, and Manassas, VA.  Langley and Woodfield split the following year, and Langley continued to run the team on his own returning to the driver/owner role.  He finished in the Top-10 in season points every year but one from 1967 until his final full season as a driver in 1975.  His best finish in the points was fifth in 1969 and 1971.  Langley was an independant driver, and like Dave Marcis, JD McDuffie and other independent drivers of that era, often could only afford used parts and motors to make the race events.  Langley's last CUP race would occur on May 17th in the Mason-Dixon 500 at Dover Speedway.  From April, 1989, through November 21, 1996, Langley served as the official pace car driver for all Winston Cup events.  He was a fixture at the CUP races, and behind the wheel.  Elmo Langley died on November 21, 1996.  He had a heart attack while driving the pace car during the days leading up to NASCAR's exhibition race at Suzuka City, Japan in November, 1996.  Benny Parson was riding as a pasenger in the car, and was able to get the car stopped.  Info from WikiPedia


KYLE MIYATA LARSON - 7/31/1992 a Japanese-American professional stock car driver.  Larson attended his first race with his parents a week after his birth; he began racing at the age of seven in outlaw karts in Northern California.  As a teenager he raced open-wheel cars, including United States Auto Club (USAC) midget, Silver Crown and sprint cars, competing for Keith Kunz Motorsports and Hoffman Racing with Toyota backing; he also raced in World of Outlaws sprint cars.  His first sprint car race win was at Placerville Speedway, where he was one of the youngest drivers to ever compete.  He won the 2011 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway, winning in all three types of USAC cars in a single night, only the second driver in history to accomplish the feat.  Although he expressed an interest in IndyCar racing, Larson was signed for the 2012 racing season by Earnhardt Ganassi Racing (EGR) as part of the team's driver development program.  In February 2012, at the Pete Orr Memorial Orange Blossom 100 at New Smyrna Speedway, Larson made his first start in a full-bodied stock car, and won the event, leading only the final lap of the race.  He won again at the speedway a week later during the World Series of Asphalt.  As part of EGR's development program, Larson competed for Revolution Racing in the NASCAR-sanctioned K&N Pro Series East, a regional touring and feeder series, for the 2012 season; he scored a top ten finish in his first race in the series, won the pole for the fifth race of the year, and in the sixth race of the fourteen-race season went to victory lane at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Georgia, leading the final five laps of the race to score his first NASCAR win.  He also made his debut in the ARCA Racing Series at Michigan International Speedway.  Larson won in the ARCA series at Pocono in 2014.  In late June 2012, Larson made his debut in NASCAR's national touring series, driving the No. 4 for Turner Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series event at Kentucky Speedway; he finished in the top ten in his first race in the series.  In April 2013, Larson won his first Truck race at Rockingham Speedway wheeling his #30 to a close finish with Joey Logano; in celebration, Larson performed donuts without his steering wheel on, a practice he had acquired when racing go karts; the celebration prompted NASCAR to request him to keep it attached, regarding safety concerns, as Larson would not have much control of the car without the wheel.  He later finished second at Eldora Speedway in the inaugural Mudsummer Classic.  For 2013, Larson moved full-time to the NASCAR Nationwide Series, driving the No. 32 for Turner Scott Motorsports.  On the last lap of the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway, he was involved in a violent crash, in which his car went airborne and pierced the catch fence, completely ripping the front end of his car off.  He was unharmed, but the debris hurt a number of spectators in the stands.  At Homestead, Larson almost won his first NNS race in the Ford EcoBoost 300.  Leading the race on old tires with 4 laps to go, Larson was passed with two laps to go by Brad Keselowski.  On August 27, 2013, The Charlotte Observer reported that Larson would drive the No. 42 for Chip Ganassi Racing in the Sprint Cup Series, replacing Juan Pablo Montoya, starting in 2014; the deal was officially announced on August 30, 2013.  On October 1 it was announced that Larson would run in two 2013 Sprint Cup races for Phoenix Racing, at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Martinsville, to prepare for his rookie season.  Larson started 21st, and finished 37th in his Cup debut at the Bank of America 500 after an engine failure on lap 247.  On March 22, 2014, Larson won the 300, holding off Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick for the win.   On May 24, Larson won his second NNS race at Charlotte edging Brad Keselowski for the History 300 win.  He only ran 28 of the series 33 races as he had starting racing full time in the NASCAR CUP series.  He showed lots of promise in his first season of CUP as he finished second in the fifth race of the year.and had accumulated five top 10 finishes in the season first ten races.  He added another second place finish at Loudon NH later in the year.  For the season he had eight top 5 finishes and 17 top 10's.  In 2015, Larson won the season-ending Xfinity Series race in Homestead-Miami in November, bringing home the first win for HScott Motorsports, holding off Austin Dillon.  Larson had controlled the early portions of the race and took advantage of pit strategies to catch up to race leader Dillon with 4 laps to go and pass him for the win.  He had a poor showing on the CUP series side as he was only able to muster two top five finishes.  Larson again only drove in the Xfinity series part time in 2016; but did visit victory lane twice.  Larson started out his 2016 CUP season with a 7th place outing at Daytona, marking his first top 10 at Daytona and his first non-DNF at Daytona.  Larson finally broke through to win his first race in the Michigan 400 on August 28 driving the Target sponsored car owned by Chip Ganassi.  The following week he finished third in the Southern 500 and the next week added a second at Richmond.  He would qualify for the Chase portion of the season and eventually finish ninth in points.  For the year he had ten top 5 finishes and 15 top 10's.  The future looks bright for Larson as the 2017 season rolls around.  He is staying with CGR as is his team mate Jamie McMurray.

DICK LINDER - 4/6/1923 - 4/19/1959 - was a professional race car driver from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Dick raced in USAC open wheel division as well NASCAR stock cars.  Between 1949 and 1956 he entered 28 NASCAR events, winning three with eight Top 10 finishes. Dick's three wins came behind the wheel of his Oldsmobile.  His first win came in Dayton Speedway in Dayton, OH in august of 1950.  The following week, he picked up his second victory at Hamburg Speedway in NY.  He picked up his third and final career win three weeks after win #2 at Vernon Fairgrounds in NY.  He also competed in the Champ Car series.  Running in four vents over a two year span.  He posted a best finish of 14th on two occasions.  Dick's final NASCAR race was the 1956 Beach Course event at Daytona. He raced there several times including an 18th place finish in 1951.  Dick crashed heavily and later succumbed to injuries occurred during a Sprint Car event at Trenton Speedway in 1959. Dick and Don Branson made contact, Linder's car flipped over the fence. Dick was 36 years old at the time of his death.  Info from WikiPedia.


BUTCH LINDLEY - 3/25/1948 - 6/6/1990 -  made his debut in the Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup) in a special appearance in 1979. He started 14th in a Kenny Childers Chevy at Martinsville and finished 28th after falling out early due to overheating.  In 1981, Lindley made three starts in his own car, the #26 Chevy. Lindley, however, struggled in all of them and did not finish any races. His best run was a 24th at North Wilkesboro, however he qualified 4th at Martinsville.  In 1982, Lindley made four more starts, and continued to struggle, only finishing one of them. Driving the #01 Emanuel Zervakis Buick, Lindley started 14th at Martinsville. Lindley dominated the middle portion of the race, leading the most laps of his career (163). However, he had to settle for second, losing to Harry Gant.  Lindley had greater success in very limited Busch Series starts. He ran half of the 1982 schedule for Zervakis. In fourteen starts, Lindley won four of them. The first came at Richmond, then was followed by a pair of wins at South Boston Speedway and the season finale at Martinsville. In addition, Lindley finished in the top-5 nine times and had an additional top-10. Lindley, in fact, finished in the top-10 in all but one of the races he finished.  Lindley was racing on the short tracks of the Southeast, including the All Pro Series. Lindley was racing on April 13, 1985 at the DeSoto Speedway in Bradenton, Florida. Lindley was leading in a feature race at the small speedway which had passed the scheduled distance for the race. However, many short tracks have long featured rules similar to NASCAR's current green-white-checker finish regulations, with the exception that the final five consecutive laps (in this situation) had to be under green conditions. Lindley was racing a #16 Chevrolet Camaro when a part broke on the car as it entered Turn One, sending the car into a spin, with the car hitting the wall flush on the driver’s side. Lindley's helmet made contact with the wall. Lindley suffered a closed head injury and was in a coma before his death on June 6, 1990.  Son Mardy raced in the Southeastern short tracks, including the United Speed Alliance ProCup before retiring and becoming a mechanic for Roush Fenway Racing, ironically on the #16 team.  Info from WikiPedia   Crash video from YouTube

JOEY LOGANO - 5/24/1990 -  was nicknamed "sliced bread" (as in the greatest thing since...) by fellow racer Randy LaJoie, is an American stock car auto racing race car driver who currently drives the #20 Home Depot Toyota Camry in the Sprint Cup Series.  He began his racing career in 1996 as a 6-year-old quarter midget racer living in Connecticut.  At age 10 he went on to racing Legend cars, where he set a 14-consecutive winning streak track record at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, along with a Young Lions National Championship.  As he aged, he moved up the ranks racing in Late Models, the Hooters series, and FASCAR Pro Trucks.  He also ran the ARCA series, and won the Carolina 500 at Rockingham Speedway in 2008.  Logano made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at the Dover International Speedway in the 2008 Heluva Good! 200.  Logano became the youngest winner in Nationwide history by winning his first major NASCAR series race at the 2008 Meijer 300 in only his third start; driving the #20 GameStop Toyota.  The previous holder of the achievement was Casey Atwood.  On August 25, 2008, Logano replaced Tony Stewart who left JGR to drive for his own team, Stewart-Haas Racing.  His official debut was in New Hampshire on September 14 and he drove the Joe Gibbs owned #96 Home Depot car.  By starting that race, he became the first NASCAR driver to run a cup race that was born in the 90s.  In 2009, Logano finished 4th in his duel, and would become the youngest driver to ever start in the Daytona 500, however, he would crash midway through the race.  On June 28, 2009, Logano won the rain-shortened Lenox Tools 301 at Loudon, New Hampshire, beating 4-time cup champion Jeff Gordon and former Home Depot #20 driver Tony Stewart, becoming the youngest winner ever in NASCAR's top racing series at the age of only nineteen years, one month and four days old.  Logano won his second race in 2012 at Pocono driving for Joe Gibbs.  In 2013 Logano left Joe Gibbs racing, and was picked up by Penske Racing to wheel the #22 Pennzoil car.  He picked up his third win at Michigan; made the Chase for the first time, and finished 8th in points.  The match between Penske and Logano proved to bear fruit.  Logano won five times in 2014 and a fourth place finish in the points.  2015 kicked off the season with a win in the Daytona 500; and later in the season he won three races in a row (Charlotte, Kansas, and Talladega).  The win at Kansas came at the expense of Matt Kenseth.  Kenseth was leading late in the race and Logano spun him out.  A win would of assured Kenseth advancing to the next round of Chase eliminations.  Kenseth failed to advance after Logano spun him out; and at Martinsville, Kenseth exacted his revenge.  Logano had led a majority of the race and looked to be the car to beat.  Meanwhile, Kenseth and Brad Keselowski had wrecked; and Kenseth had come out of the garage damaged and off the pace, many laps behind.  When Logano went to lap Kenseth; Kenseth got into Logano hard putting him into the outside wall and destroying Logano's car.  Logano wasn't able to recover to make the final race of the Chase and run for the Championship.  He finished sixth in the points that season.  In 2016 Logano won three times and made it to Homestead with a chance to win the Championship.  He ran well; but a late race gamble by Jimmie Johnson put him into the lead late and gave him the win and the Championship.  As of the end of the 2016 season; Logano has raced 291 races in nine seasons.  He has picked up seventeen wins and 81 top five finishes.  Info from WikiPedia

FRED LORENZEN - 5/23/1951 - 2/14/1980 - nicknamed The Golden Boy, Fast Freddie, The Elmhurst Express and Flyin Freddy, is a former NASCAR driver active between 1958 and 1972. He won the 1965 Daytona 500.  Lorenzen first caught the car bug young, and had built his first car at the age of 13.  He moved to a USAC stock car, and won the 1958 and 1959 championships driving his Talarico Bros. built Chevrolet.  He returned to NASCAR and won 26 races and 32 poles, before announcing his surprise retirement in 1967.  From 1961 until 1967, Lorenzen drove the famous White and Blue #28 Ford for Holman and Moody.  Under the guidance of legendary team co-owner Ralph Moody, Lorenzen became one of NASCAR's all-time best drivers.  In 1963, he became the first driver in racing to earn over $100,000 in a single season.  He came back in 1970, driving a Dodge Daytona prepared by Ray Fox in the World 600, (now the Coca-Cola 600), running in a few more events that year, including substituting for LeeRoy Yarbrough in the Junior Johnson #98 Ford Torino Talladega in that year's Southern 500, as Yarbrough had a prior Indy car commitment.  In 1971, he moved over to the Ray Nichels/Paul Goldsmith owned #99 Plymouth, sponsored by STP.  He left that team part way through the season, and was badly injured in a practice crash while trying to drive for the Wood Bothers prior to the Southern 500.  In 1972, he hooked up with Hoss Ellington driving a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, to little success. His last start came at the 1972 Old Dominion 500 at Martinsville Speedway.  He retired at a very young age (38) and was in the prime of his career.  He never was in competition for a CUP championship because mostly he just ran 15 or less races a year.  He did run 29 out of 55 races in 1963, and finished third in the points chase.  Fireball Roberts and Fred Lorenzen were very good friends.  Fred admitted that Fireball Roberts death played a part on why he retired young. Another reason Fred retired in 1967 was the fact he had stomach ulcers.  For his career, he ran 12 season.  He made 158 starts, and claimed 26 wins, and 75 top fives.  Of the 87 races he completed, he finished in the top ten 84 times.  He could wheel a car on the super speedways.  He had 14 of his 26 wins on the big tracks, with several at Atlanta, and Charlotte.  He was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest drivers in 1998.  Info from WikiPedia  Also a video from YouTube; TNT's show the Pride of NASCAR

TINY LUND - 11/14/1929 - 8/17/1975 - a NASCAR driver. He was ironically nicknamed "Tiny" due to his rather large and imposing size.  In February 1963, Lund went down to Daytona shopping around for any ride. Lund's friend Marvin Panch, the driver for the Wood Brothers racing team, had an accident while testing an experimental Ford-powered Maserati sports car for the second Daytona Continental three-hour sportscar race (a precursor to the Rolex 24). Panch's car swerved out of control, flipped over and burst into flames. Lund ran into the inferno and managed to pull Panch out of the wreckage. For his actions, Lund was awarded the Carnegie Medal of Honor.  Panch, in hospital, asked Lund to race his car and Glen Wood agreed. He timed in fourth in individual qualifying trials, and finished sixth in the second qualifying race. Lund took the green flag from 12th on the grid.  The start of the race was delayed due to heavy rains, and then the first 10 laps were run under caution. As the green flag waved on the Great American Race, it was Fireball Roberts on pole and "Flying" Fred Lorenzen outside of him. Lorenzen led the race. Lund worked his way through the field. The Wood Brothers team had an ace up their sleeve - they planned to complete the race on one stop less than the field.[2] Lund managed to take the lead very late in the race. Lorenzen passed Lund with 10 laps left to go, but Lorenzen ran out of gas and had to dive down pit road out of contention. Then Ned Jarrett made the pass on Lund for the top spot but with three to go he also ran out of gas. Lund's car ran out of fuel on the final lap, but he managed to coast home to win the 1963 Daytona 500.  For 1968, he teamed with Big Bud Moore and his Mercury's. Lund also ran Moore's cars in the new NASCAR Grand American division designed for pony cars like Mustangs and Camaros. Lund finished fifth in the Firecracker 400 and a fourth in Rockingham highlighted his short Grand National season, but he won the Grand American championship. In 1969, he continued to race in the Grand American division and ran one Grand National race, guesting for Bill France, Sr. in the inaugural Talladega 500. The race was known for a driver's boycott over tire safety protests. Lund drove into the lead but his clutch packed in and he was classified ninth.  In 1968, Lund appeared as one of the race drivers in the racing scene of the MGM movie 'Speedway' which starred Elvis Presley and Nancy Sinatra.  In 1975, he entered an A.J. King Dodge in the Talladega 500 as first alternate; when Grant Adcox's car was withdrawn from the event, Lund was in and after a short track event that Saturday was flown down in Bobby Allison's private airplane. The race was delayed a week by heavy rains but on August 17 the green flag was waved by Juan Manuel Fangio.
On the seventh lap, Lund and J. D. McDuffie collided on the backstretch; Lund and McDuffie spun down the track as it turned into chaos behind them. Rookie Terry Link was spun straight into the drivers' door of Lund's Dodge and Link's Pontiac exploded in flames. Two spectators in the infield climbed over the catch fence, and with help from driver Walter Ballard, pulled Link from his car and managed to revive him. Lund, however, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Drivers in race were not informed of the tragedy.  Buddy Baker was victorious in that Talladega 500 in a Bud Moore Ford but there was no celebration as he fell to his knees upon hearing of Lund's passing.   Info from WikiPedia   Crash video from YouTube

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