Archive for May, 2008

Bo Gunning, Ryan Posocco, Mark Bakaj, Rob Dow, Andrew Durand & Dan Flannery Score May 30th CARQUEST Dealer Night Wins at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Friday night, May 30th was CARQUEST Dealer Night at Stafford Speedway with fireworks in the air and on the track as the Whelen All-American Series returned to action. Bo Gunning outdueled Ted Christopher to take the win in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Ryan Posocco extended his record for career Late Model victories with his 29th career feature win in the Late Model feature event, Mark Bakaj took down his first career victory in the SK Light Modified feature, Rob Dow was the winner of the first of two Limited Late Model feature events, while Andrew Durand took the victory in the regularly scheduled Limited Late Model feature event, and Dan Flannery took down the DARE Stock feature event victory.

The 40-lap SK Modified® feature came down to an old-fashioned shoot-out between the two winningest drivers in Stafford SK Modified® history. Bo Gunning and Ted Christopher, who are also two of the most tenured drivers in Stafford’s SK Modified® division, turned back the clock and put on a show that was reminiscent of years gone by with Gunning outdueling Christopher in the final laps to take the victory.

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NEMA Midgets Make An Appearance At Monadnock

Winchester, NH — The NEMA Midgets made their first appearance of the season at Monadnock Speedway during the Memorial Day Weekend Holiday. It was the first of three appearances. On Saturday night, Joey “The Jersey Jet” Payne took down the win after a caution filled race. Randy Cabral who was going for three in a row came home with a 2nd place finish and Lou Cicconi came home in 3rd. Most of the drivers ran out of fuel during the race. A driver that took a hit in the championship standings was Nokie Fornoro. Nokie hit the wall during the qualifier and did not make it back out for the 25 lap race.

During the day teams were preparing their cars and most drivers would tell you that this is a driver’s track. A veteran who was there to race the high banks was none other then Nokie Fornoro. Nokie who is in his 34th racing season began his racing career back in 1974. He started out with the ATQMRA (American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association). His goal back then was to run USAC with the Indy Cars. The way to move up the ladder was you started in a three quarter midget. With the cost of gas rising across the country, Nokie remembers having a 1969 Camaro Super Sport with a 396 rat motor. Nokie remembered back in 1976 that he could get Sunoco 260 for 79 cents a gallon. Nokie brought a new car with him to the track and was shaking the bugs out of it. Last year, Nokie’s old car was name Lulu. The car was named after Nokie’s car owner’s wife Lucille.

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Make Up Dates Announced for LM & Ltd. LM Races

Stafford Motor Speedway has announced the make-up dates for the Late Model and Limited Late Model feature events that were rained out last Friday night. The Limited Late Model 20-lap feature will be run this Friday night, May 30th, and the 30-lap Late Model feature will be run Friday, June 13th.

Pitkat Checkers Sunoco Mods & Barnett King of the Limiteds at Thompson

Zuidema, Astle, Marcotte, Blanchard Score Opening Night Victories

Thompson, CT: Thursday Night Thunder commenced under the bright lights at Thompson International Speedway. Woody Pitkat of Stafford, CT, scored the victory in the ultra-competitive Sunoco Modified division. For the second year in a row, Larry Barnett of Ledyard, CT, was crowned the champion of the Limited Sportsman division’s marquee 50-lapper. Veteran Fred Astle, Jr. of Westport, MA, ran to the checkers in the Pro Stocks while Jeff Zuidema of N. Brookfield, MA, made it two in a row in Late Model action.

Rick Blanchard of Pascoag, RI, topped a strong Mini Stock field. It was a dominating victory for R.J. Marcotte of Millville, MA, in the TIS Modifieds.

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Living the Life

We celebrated the freedom we received because others gave their life last weekend. What do we plan to do with that freedom? How do we plan on living that life? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

What is the goal of life? As I reflected on the freedom we have here in the United States of America I thought about what that freedom was worth. I thought about the different ways we use that freedom to affect our life and the lives of others.

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Area Power Outage Forces Cancellation Of Wild N’ Wacky Wednesday At Speedbowl

Waterford, CT — The Speedbowl was forced to cancel its popular Wild N’ Wacky Wednesday program this week due to a power outage that left the track with no electricity. The incident stemmed from a traffic accident on RT.85, Hartford Road occurring a short distance from the track.

Action continues Saturday with a full program of NASCAR Whelen All American Series action. Also on the slate are the Legends and Pro-4 Modifieds.

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PASS the CASH! Big money shows dot Pro All Stars SLM Schedules

Naples, ME — The twenty eight races that make up the two Pro All Stars Series (PASS)  super late model schedules all carry a healthy purse for the East’s fastest full fendered race cars, but four dates stand out with added cash incentives to take that checkered flag first.

The first big one will go green on Saturday July 19th at Orange County Speedway. The beautiful Rougemont North Carolina track that bills itself as America’s fastest 3/8th mile will host the Southern Sizzler 200 and there’s a cool ten grand on the line for the winner. Expect a huge field for this race as The Sizzler is also round two of the four race PASS National Championship Series. The series kicked off on March 22nd at Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway with the 3rd annual Easter Bunny 150, where Corey Williams started his season off right with a victory.

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NASCAR WMT Results Revised Due to Post Race Violations

Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR announced today that the unofficial results of Friday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Stafford (Conn.) Speedway have been revised due to rules violations discovered during post-race inspection of the fifth-place car – the No. 19 driven by Jimmy Blewett.

The No. 19 car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing); and 20D-5.10.1B(2) (Altered carburetor booster passages) of the 2008 NASCAR rule book. The violations were discovered during post race inspection on May 23.

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No. 19 NASCAR WMT Crew Chief Penalized for Rules Violations at Stafford Motor Speedway

Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR has penalized Tom Grasso, crew chief of the No. 19 team that competes in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, as a result of rules infractions found Friday at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway.

The No. 19 car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing); and 20D-5.10.1B(2) (Altered carburetor booster passages) of the 2008 NASCAR rule book. The violations were discovered during post race inspection on May 23.

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SK Modified 3rd-Place Finisher Jeff Malave Penalized From May 23rd Feature at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Following post race technical inspection from the 18th Annual TSI Harley-Davidson 150 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature events at Stafford Motor Speedway, the following change has been made to the official SK Modified® order of finish.

Unofficial SK Modified® third place finisher Jeff Malave was penalized 5 positions from his original finishing position.  Malave’s car was found to have a tire rule infraction, and he was penalized five positions from his original position and one tire for his next event attended.

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Fitchburg’s Reino Tulonen – Race Car Builder & Driver to Attend Norwood Arena Reunion

Reino Tulonen To Attend Norwood Arena Reunion June 1

Fitchburg, MA — Wherever Reino Tulonen raced his sleek looking Cutdown racecar, a forerunner of the current Super-Modifieds, track announcers dubbed him “The Flying Finn From Fitchburg”. Tulonen started his racing career in 1946 and continued to race his radical looking machines at such venues as Westboro, Seekonk, Norwood, Manchester, NH, Peabody, Oxford, ME, The Pines, Hudson, NH and any other oval within reasonable driving distance of his hometown. He won many races and track championships at those tracks. He quit driving and building racecars in 1972. Tulonen is expected to be on hand for this Sunday’s, June 14, 4TH Annual Norwood Arena Reunion at the Bezema Buick, Pontiac, GMC on Rt. 1, the Auto Mile in Norwood. The dealership is just a mile north of the original site of Norwood Arena.

Reino will join such notable drivers as Bill Slater, Leo Cleary, Ernie Gahan and Bugs Stevens among several others. For racing nostalgia buffs this once a year get together will jog their memories as to how that era was the best racing ever in New England. At the time the fans, drivers and officials didn’t realize it until they take a critical look back in time. Also expected are drivers from the support classes such as Jerry Capazzoli who was a multiple Mini Stock Champion at the Norwood oval.

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Memorial Day Weekend Photo Galleries

NASCAR WMT at Stafford
Photo Gallery by Adam Fohlin
Photo Gallery by Nick Vasquez

ISMA at Waterford Speedbowl
Photo Gallery by Lou Derosier

ACT Tour & TV Mods at Thunder Road
Photo Gallery by Leif Tilllotson

Action Continues With Wild N’ Wacky Wednesday At The Speedbowl

Waterford, CT — The popular Wild N’ Wacky Wednesday program continues this week at the Speedbowl featuring a full slate of action for the Legends, Super-X Cars, X-Cars, and X-Modifieds. Also on tap this week is the first installment of “Women On Wheels.

A staple of the evening is the usual “Wacky” event. Always unpredictable, one never knows what kind of fun the Wednesday competitors will dream-up to entertain the crowd.

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They Are Going Fast!!!

Tickets for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, June 29 are going fast!  Don’t miss out on one of the greatest sporting events in the northeast.  Call our Ticket Hotline now at (603) 783-4931 or visit our online ticket center to be a part of the action!

Great seats are also available for the Saturday, June 28 NASCAR Nationwide Series Camping World RV Sales 200 presented by RVs.com and the New England 100 Whelen Modified Tour race.  Guests will get to enjoy two rounds of Sprint Cup Series practice, the Nationwide Series race and qualifying featuring a number of Sprint Cup Series stars, and the fan favorite Mighty Modifieds.

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Road Warriors

The finest amateur vintage sports car and motorcycle racers are battling on the challenging 1.6-mile road course at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  Bragging rights are at stake as these incredible vintage machines and the amazing men and women who pilot them race no matter what Mother Nature throws their way.

Fans have the opportunity to not only see the fierce on-track action but to actually step back in time and see the roots of modern day racing.  Racing continues until 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Gates open at 8:00 a.m.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of racing history!

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Joey Payne Claims NEMA Checkers At Monadnock

Monadnock, NH — Joey “the Jersey Jet” Payne of Fair Lawn, NJ, piloting the Gene Angelillo Dumo’s Desire/Marilyn’s Passion mount, survived both competition and attrition in the Northeastern Midget Association event Saturday evening at Monadnock Speedway. It was the team’s first 2008 win after strong finishes thus far, (2nd and 3rd respectively), in the Helping Hands of America sponsored series.

Doug Cleveland and Paul Scally brought the field down for the green flag.  After a couple of failed attempts, the action quickly heated-up, as Greg Stoehr blasted from his sixth starting spot into the lead by lap-2. Behind him, Adam Cantor in the IGA Fort Salonga Market 7NY quickly took pursuit, along with Payne, who started seventh, Jeremy Frankoski in the TSR Motorsports 63, and Randy Cabral in the Bertrand 47, who started in the tenth position.

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It Was Outta’ Control At The Bowl’ During Memorial Day Madness !!

Waterford, CT — As anticipated, it was sheer mayhem in front of a full-house at the Speedbowl on Sunday evening with “Memorial Day Madness” sponsored by Deans Auto Recycling.

Things started with the “Chain Race”, a shoreline oval classic. Teams of three cars each, all chained-together, took to the track led by “Sick Rick” Whittle in his huge, notorious-looking Caddy Limousine. At the finish (and when the smoke and debris all settled), Whittle and his teammate Jason Kutzman reigned supreme, beating Wednesday Night X-Car star “Bad Brad” Voglesong and his “caboose driver” by a country-mile. Voglesong was reportidly “OK” with second, since he wins so much on “Wild n’ Wacky Wednesday.

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Donahue Wins Fastest ACT Race in History at Thunder Road

American-Canadian Tour Late Model Championship stock car driver John Donahue of Graniteville, VT won the fastest race in series history at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl on Sunday, taking the 46th Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic in 28 minutes and 16 seconds.  Donahue’s #26 National Guard Ford Fusion started fourth on the 30-car grid and came to life just before the halfway point.  Donahue grabbed the lead after an outside pass of polesitter Eric Williams on lap 47, then survived the race’s lone restart on lap 70 to earn the win.

“I owe this one to my crew and Jeff Laquerre,” said Donahue in victory lane.  “They made this car perfect today.”

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Perley Takes ISMA Opener, Pearl Notches First Of Season at Speedbowl

Waterford, CT — Chris Perley, AKA “The Rowley Rocket” of Rowley, MA. put on a stellar performance in winning the 50-lap International SuperModified Association season-opener at the Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday evening. In doing so, he recorded the fastest average lap-ever (over 108 mph), in the 57-year history of the facility.

Other feature winners were Jeff Pearl (SK Modified), Ron Yuhas Jr. (Late Model), Mark Cooper (Sportsman), and Ben Bargnesi (Mini Stock).

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Ben Rowe’s the King of White Mountain

Patience won out on a short track Saturday night filled with hard racing at White Mountain Motorsports Park. Ben Rowe was able to preserve his equipment and make a lap 114 outside charge on Cassius Clark to win the 150 lap Pro All Stars Series (PASS) feature. The victory was Rowe’s eighth at the Avery faamily’s high banked quarter mile. John Flemming, Mike Rowe, and Richie Dearborn completed the top five.

The drop of the green flag set the tone for the night with the number 8 E.J. Prescott Ford of Cassius Clark battling side by side with the Trevor Sanborn’s Richard Moody and Sons Ford  early on. Sanborn would eventually settle in behind Clark but a lap 51 restart gave Sanborn enough momentum on the outside to steal the lead away from Clark. Clark reclaimed the top spot on a lap 73 restart with  Sanborn, Ben Rowe, Johnny Clark, Flemming and Derek Ramstrom giving chase as the race approached half-way.

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Perley Takes ISMA Supermodified Race at Waterford

Waterford, CT — Chris Perley, AKA “The Rowley Rocket” of Rowley, MA. put on a stellar performance in winning the 50-lap International SuperModified Association event at the Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday evening, and in doing so recorded the fastest lap-ever (over 108 mph), in the 57-year history of the facility. Former Speedbowl SK champion Rob Summers set the early pace before being overtaken by Jeff Holbrook on lap twenty-one. Perley rocketed by Holbrook six circuits later, quickly distancing himself from the field. The race was red-flagged on lap thirty-six when Mike Lichty exploded a motor and slammed the wall, taking the cars of Jamie Timmons, Scott Martell and Mike Ordway with him. On the restart, Perley resumed his commanding lead, finishing several lengths ahead of Holbrook and Summers. Following was Ray Graham Jr., Bobby Bond and Dave McKnight Jr. It was the second-consecutive Speedbowl victory for Perley who won the 2007 event.

Other feature winners were Jeff Pearl (SK Modified), Ron Yuhas Jr. (Late Model), Mark Cooper (Sportsman), and Ben Bargnesi (Mini Stock).

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Warrior Schroeder Wins Saturday Thunder Road Feature, Doubleheader Sunday

Stock car driver Fred Schroeder won a special two-segment feature race for the Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior division at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl on Saturday afternoon (May 24) to open the 46th Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic weekend.  Schroeder, of Bristol, VT, took his first career win over South Burlington, VT’s Mike Gay and Waterbury, VT’s Neal Foster.

Schroeder drove his Tuck’s Repair/Ladies Workout Express #12 Dodge Spirit to finishes of fourth and third in the two 8-lap segments, for combined low total score of 7.  Gay’s Green Image Landscape/Power Shift #30 Mazda 323 posted finishes of third and sixth for a total of 9 points, while Foster drove his self-sponsored #19 Volkswagen Golf to finishes of ninth and first for a total of 10 points.  Travis Hull of Graniteville (11 points) and Jamie Davis of Wolcott (11 points) rounded out the unofficial top-five finishers.

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Hossfeld Returns the ‘Mystic Missile’ to Victory Lane at Stafford

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Earns Sixth Career Victory

Stafford, CT — Chuck Hossfeld piloted the No. 4 Mystic Missile Dodge to Victory Lane in the third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event of the season Friday night in the TSI Harley-Davidson 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway.

In a race that was delayed nearly two and a half hours, Hossfeld won for the first time since the 2004 season. Hossfeld also won the race Donny Lia did in the No. 4 last year en route to the championship.

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Ted Christopher, Chris Matthews, and Norm Sears Score TSI Harley-Davidson 150 Wins at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — The 18th Annual TSI Harley-Davidson 150 program at Stafford Motor Speedway saw Ted Christopher victorious in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, while Chris Matthews and Norm Sears both took down their second consecutive wins in the 20-lap SK Light and 15-lap DARE Stock feature events.  Due to a rain storm in the middle of the program, the 30-lap Late Model and 20-lap Limited Late Model feature events were postponed to a later date.

The 40-lap SK Modified® feature took the green flag with Wade Mattesen setting the early pace.  Mattesen surrendered the lead to Brad Hietala on lap-6 with Ted Christopher also moving past Mattesen for second.  On lap-10 both Hietala and Christopher spun in turn 4 to bring the caution out and put Woody Pitkat out front.

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Hossfeld On the Pole for TSI Harley-Davidson 150

Points leader Chuck Hossfeld scored his 8th career pole for tonight’s TSI Harley-Davidson 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway.  His fast lap 18.132/99.272 in the Mysic Missle Dodge #4.  After the redraw, Hossfeld will start on the pole with Bobby Grigas, III on the outside pole. Eric Beers, Ted Christopher, Ryan Preece and Jimmy Blewett round out the top-6 qualifiers after the redraw.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Race #3 – May 23, 2008
TSI Harley-Davidson 150 Starting Lineup
Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs, CT

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On Sunday, It’s “Memorial Day Madness” At The Speedbowl

Waterford, CT — This Sunday May 25, it’s “Madness” in Waterford, as the shoreline oval once again presents its annual “Memorial Day Madness” extravaganza.

Among the scheduled activities are demolition derbies for both the 4 & 8-cylinder gang, as well as the ever-popular “trailer races” (a Speedbowl original).

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Coors Light presents the “Coors Light Silver Cup” for the ARC Pro Stocks

Saturday night, May 24th, Coors Light will be on hand to present the “Coors Light Silver Cup” to the winner of the ARC Pro Stock 75 lap main event. In addition to the glory that goes along with the Silver Cup, the winner of the first of 3 three-quarter century grinds will win a $2,000 payoff.  Reigning ARC Pro Stock Champion Dave Darling of Rehoboth MA is the heave favorite going into this event. Not only did he pick up his second title in a row at The Action Track of the East, he picked up 6 wins in 2007 behind the wheel of the Johnson Landscaping Dodge, including both 75 lap grinds. Trying to defend his reign will be a tough feat, considering the competition in 2008.

So far, it has been one name in the Winners’ Circle this season, Scully. Tom Jr. picked up the opening day win, while Tom Sr. was last Saturday nights victor. While Sr. was sidelines all of 07, due to injuries sustained in an opening day crash, Tom Jr. picked up 3 wins, including two 50 lap main events. Also knocking on the door to Victory Lane early this season has been Ken Spencer of Taunton, MA. Ken has been fast, keeping his Pub 76- Francis Farm Chevy leading much of the opening nights’ main event, only to falter late in the race, and finishing in the runner-up spot in last Saturday.  Two time Pro Stock Champion Fred Astle Jr., who many have claimed that he has been the fastest so far, is looking to pick up his first win of the season. . Opening night saw the Wood Frame Structures Chevy work his way to the front 2 times, only to finish fourth on opening night, while finishing third in week 2. Other favorites for this event include Matt Hudon, last years DAV Memorial winner, Mike Brightman of Acushnet and rookies Jake Vanada and Ryan Vanasse.

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Sports Car Invasion

Car Clubs from all over New England will be invading New Hampshire Motor Speedway giving fans the unique opportunity to enjoy some great action.  This weekend, there will be a full slate of racing action as the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) holds their second of five regional events.  The SCCA recognizes over 40 different classes of sports cars including racing sedans, sports racers, and formula/open-wheel racers.

Infield wristbands for the entire weekends activities are $25.  Children aged 11 and under are free.

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Racer Cyr to Pull Memorial Day Double-Duty at Home

Milton, VT driver will race ACT, Modified events at Thunder Road

Champion stock car driver Jean-Paul Cyr of Milton, VT will attempt his second double-duty effort of the 2008 racing season at his home track, Barre, VT’s Thunder Road, with this weekend’s 46th Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Sat./Sun., May 24/25.  Cyr will assume his regular duties behind the wheel of the #32 RPM Racing Engines Chevrolet in the 100-lap American-Canadian Tour Late Model event on Sunday afternoon, and will then strap into the #25 Roscoe Racing car owned by Gary Casella for the True Value Modified Racing Series 100.

Cyr did the double at New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway in April, but was involved in an early crash in the ACT Late Model Tour event, finishing 28th.  He later battled power steering problems in the Modified race, but managed to finish a respectable 12th.

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Weather Ruins TNTT Opener at Thompson

Thompson, CT — Mother Nature moved in and forced the cancellation of Thompson International Speedway’s opening Thursday night race program. A consistent rain and drizzle forced the hand of the track’s management to cancel the event shortly before 12 Noon.

The current conditions along with the weather forecasts convinced us that it was in everyone’s best interest to cancel tonight’s event. We now look forward to a beautiful weekend for our holiday Eve of Destruction program on Sunday,” said track owner, Don Hoenig.

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