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Série ACT Announces 2018 Quebec Schedule

Laval, QC – December, 1st 2017 – Série ACT, the Canadian touring series operating under the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) flagship, is pleased to announce the 2018 schedule for ACT Late Model Sportsman, which will consist of nine (9) events at three different tracks in the Province of Quebec.

Serie ACT will kick off its 14th Championship stock car season, on Sunday, May 20, by making its first of four visits at Autodrome St-Eustache (ASE).  A 4/10th-mile oval track, located just North of Montreal. It will return to the speed plant on July 7th, August 18th, and Septembre 23rd.

Autodrome Montmagny, located in the scenic city of Montmagny, which is 45 minutes East of the Quebec city bridges, will host 4 Championship races as well.  The 3/8 mile oval will host events on June 9th and 24th, July 21st, and September 1st.

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Américan-Canadian Tour Announces 2017 Quebec Schedule

Montréal, QC – 2017-02-13 – The American Canadian Tour is pleased to announce the 2017 Serie ACT schedule, which will feature six (6) events in the Province of Quebec, under the direction of a new management team.

Marc Patrick Roy will serve as the Managing Director for the Serie ACT in Quebec. “M.P. Roy is a familiar presence at short tracks in Quebec and the northeastern U.S., and brings a wealth of knowledge and renewed enthusiasm to his new position”, said ACT President Tom Curley.  “We are delighted to have him join our team.  He brings with him a strong team of officials who have been involved in ACT racing for many years, in a variety of capacities.  We look forward to the 2017 Serie ACT events”, concluded Curley.

“I am excited to put my team of officials together”, declared Roy.  “I had the opportunity to work with each of them in the past.  These are very honest, professional individuals, with a tremendous knowledge of stock car racing and know what is expected to run a smooth show”, he finished. 

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2016 Série ACT Schedule Announced

Waterbury, VT – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) officials have officially announced the 2016 Série ACT schedule. The Quebec-based Late Model Tour will run an eight-race schedule at three different tracks from May through September.

The season will get underway on Saturday, May 21 at Autodrome St-Eustache. The 100-lap event is the first of three visits to the 1/3-mile speedway in 2016. The series will have another 100-lap event at St-Eustache on Saturday, July 9 and a 150-lap event on Saturday, August 20.

Série ACT will also make three trips to Autodrome Montmagny. These include a U.S. combination event and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) doubleheader on Saturday, July 23 as well as the season finale on Saturday, September 3. Two 150-lap events at Vallée-Jct.’s Autodrome Chaudiere in May and August complete the schedule.

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Theetge Extends Série ACT Record with Win at St-Eustache

St-Eustache, QC – Donald Theetge extended his Série ACT record with his 21st career victory in the St-Eustache 200 at Quebec’s Autodrome St-Eustache Sunday, September 20. 

Boischatel, QC’s Theetge took the top spot for the first time on lap 89 and led 111 of the final 112 laps, surrendering the lead for only a single circuit to defending Série ACT Champion Alex Labbé following the race’s final restart. The win snapped a long drought for Theetge, whose last Série ACT victory was in July 2013. Theetge had finished second in the previous two Série ACT events. 

Labbé finished second followed by 2013 Champion Jean-François Déry. Point leader Dany Trépanier took fourth and now has a 30-point lead over Déry with one event remaining. Patrick Cliche, Martin Goulet Jr., Patrick Boyer, Patrick Boucher, Michel Groleau, and Charles Harvey completed the top-10.

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Claude Leclerc Prepares for Record 500th Start

Waterbury, VT – Claude Leclerc of Lanoraie, Quebec will make his 500th career start with the American Canadian Tour organization when the Série ACT visits Autodrome St-Eustache this Saturday, July 5. When Leclerc takes the green flag in the 100-lap event this Saturday, he will reach an untouchable milestone which started 35 years ago.

The 72 year old veteran from just outside of Montreal began competing on the old NASCAR North series during its inaugural season back in 1979. He continued to compete on the series when it became the American Canadian Tour in 1986 until the end of the Pro Stock era following the 1995 season. During those combined 17 seasons, Leclerc became the all-time leader in career starts with 397. He also earned six feature wins and pocketed nearly half a million dollars in earnings.

Over the following years, Leclerc competed in several series in the province of Quebec. He returned to ACT competition with starts on the U.S. series in 2006 before joining the first season of the Série ACT Quebec full-time in 2007. Since the inaugural Série ACT event in 2007, Leclerc has missed just two of the 78 events to date and sits atop the career starts list with 76. Combined with over 20 starts on the ACT U.S. series and several special ACT events, Leclerc has now started 499 feature events with the ACT organization.
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ACT Announced $100,000 Point Funds

Waterbury, VT –The American Canadian Tour (ACT) today announced 2014 point funds for its two touring series, the ACT US and the Série ACT in Quebec, and Thunder Road International Speedbowl, that will total over one hundred and three thousand dollars ($103,000.00) to the competitors of ACT.

“We believe that the difficult recessionary times are behind us and we are looking forward to both our touring events in the US and Canada, as well as what is shaping up to be one of the most interesting weekly programs at Thunder Road that we have seen since the inception of the ACT crate motor program back in 1999,” said Tom Curley, President of ACT.

The first three ACT US races have resulted in three different winners and large fields of race teams have provided great racing action. ACT Canada begins their title run Saturday, May 24 at the Autodrome Ste Eustache in Quebec. Thunder Road’s regular point season opens with the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 25.

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ACT Série Quebec Announces Management Change

The U.S.-based American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced a management change for its Canadian Late Model stock car series, beginning in 2014. Racing Promotion Management, Ltd. (RPM), a Quebec-based company, led by long-time racing enthusiast and promoter Sylvain Brouillette and his partner Jean-François Fredette, will take over the day-to-day promotion, marketing and event responsibilities for the 2014 season.

ACT took over the struggling Series in 2007, and it has turned into the most exciting stock car racing in Quebec, drawing large crowds and crowning notable champions of the Series like Donald Theetge from Quebec City, Patrick Laperle from Montreal, Ste. Felicien’s Karl Allard, and 2013 defending Champion Jean-François Déry from Quebec City.

Brouillette and Fredette are the owners and promoters of the Pro-Cam Truck Series. The Truck Series will become sanctioned by ACT as a part of the new management team’s arrangement with ACT. They will also manage the new American Racer tire business for both series. “We have been anxious to get some established help from Quebec officials for some time now. I have known Sylvain Brouillette for many years. He has been a strong advocate of ACT racing, and the ACT US team looks forward to having the RPM team join us in assuring all the fans and teams in Quebec that ACT racing will continue to set a standard of excellence for the fans and teams of Quebec,” said the President of ACT, Tom Curley.

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Autodrome St. Eustache Returns

Quebec Home Track Part Of Whelen All-American Series In ’14

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Quebec is home to some of the most passionate motorsports fans in the world and they’ll once again be treated to exciting NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action this year.

Autodrome St. Eustache and NASCAR recently announced the track will join the series in 2014. The .4-mile oval will crown NASCAR track champions and Division I competitors at the track will contend for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Quebec championship.

“We’re very pleased to be back under the NASCAR umbrella,” said Alan Labrosse, track owner and president. “Our drivers, teams and sponsors are extremely pleased to be part of the official NASCAR Home Track of Quebec.”

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Whelen All-American Changes Announced

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced several new initiatives for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Thursday at the annual Track Operators Meeting.

The competition changes, which go into effect in 2014, are designed to spotlight the sport’s young stars and reward the achievements of drivers at every level of the series. They were announced at the meeting, which was held in conjunction with the touring and weekly series awards ceremonies in Charlotte, N.C.

Starting next season, a national champion will be crowned in all five divisions of the series. In recent seasons, the Finalist Program honored top competitors in Div. II-V.

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ACT Serie Quebec 2014 Schedule Released

Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced a nine-race schedule for the Série ACT 2014 season. Entering the eighth (8th) year of championship stock car racing, both the opening ACT event to be held May 24, 2014 and the final event, September 14, 2014 will be held at the Autodrome Ste Eustache (ASE) outside of Montreal. ASE will also host a third event on July 05, 2014.

Circuit Riverside Speedway in Ste. Croix, QC is the oldest affiliated track with ACT. Promoters Jean and Guilluame Bergeron host three events. Events will be held on May 31, 2014 and August 02, 2014. The spectacular 5/8th mile track that sits along the St. Lawrence River, just minutes from Quebec City, will also host the 5th annual Can-Am 200 on Saturday, August 23rd. The event will see the very best of the Quebec teams compete in a grueling 200 laps against the best of the ACT US teams.

Autodrome Montmagny will have an ACT event on June 07, 2014. The fast 1/3rd mile will celebrate its 25th anniversary with the traditional 250-lap race on August 30, 2014.

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Crazy Horse Racing Shines In ACT Field

Nine CHR Teams Invited To Race At New Hampshire Motor Speedway

SOUTH PARIS, Maine – No matter how you do the math, the numbers add up for Crazy Horse Racing when it comes to the fifth annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., this weekend.

A total of nine Crazy Horse Racing teams will take the green flag in the 43-car field on Saturday, September 21. From full-time ACT Late Model Tour teams and to local short-track teams with multiple wins this season, the nine drivers and teams headed to NHMS this weekend have been part of a strong second half of 2013.

“As a company, we’re really excited and happy to have our teams going to Loudon, because they had to do well to get invited,” said Crazy Horse Racing owner Mitch Green. “It’s important because it means our people performed well enough during the year to get some attention and get invited to one of the crown jewels of (ACT Late Model Tour racing).”

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American Racer Tire Choice of ACT Through 2019

Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced that its tire of choice for the next six (6) years will be the American Racer brand from Race Tires America, located in Indiana, Pennsylvania. ACT and its affiliate tracks will change tire needs from Goodyear to the American Racer beginning with the 2014 season.

“We appreciate the many years of working with the Goodyear Racing Division. They have provided us with nearly a decade of service, and assisted us in the development of new products to meet our tire needs,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour.

American Race Tire has spent the past four months producing and testing a tire to meet the varied and heavy demand of supplying the Late Model teams in the large area which ACT covers.

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Theriault Leads Crazy Horse Efforts

Season Hits Homestretch With Host Of Strong Performances

SOUTH PARIS, Maine – The car known as “T-Rex” continued feasting on PASS North Series competition last weekend.

Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine, dominated the Southern Maine Chrysler Dodge Jeep 300 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on Sunday, September 15, giving Theriault his second win in five PASS North Series starts in his family-owned No. 57 Pelletier Ford Ford Fusion. The car, built at the beginning of the 2012 season by Crazy Horse Racing, led 192 of the 300 laps after starting on the pole in the 31-car field.

“I’ve got to say, it was probably the easiest 300 laps I’ve ever driven,” Theriault said. “The car was just that awesome.”

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Jean-François Déry Holds on for 2013 Série ACT Championship

Jonathan Bouvrette Earns First Série ACT Victory in St-Eustache 200

Jonathan Bouvrette of Blainville, QC won the St-Eustache 200 at Autodrome St-Eustache on Sunday, September 15 in dominant fashion. He led well over half the race on his way to his first career Série ACT victory in the 2013 season finale. Jean-François Déry followed him across the line in second to claim the 2013 Série ACT Championship and a $20,000 point fund check.

Déry ran a smart and clean race to come home second and claim the 2013 Série ACT Championship by unofficially eight points. The Série ACT veteran used two victories during the season to secure his first career Série ACT title.

Dany Trepanier of St-Edouard, QC led in the early stages of the event until the suspension on his right front broke sending him into the wall in turns three and four on lap 58. That handed the lead to Bouvrette, who didn’t relinquish the top spot until the fourth caution flag of the event flew on lap 114. Under the caution period Bouvrette and the majority of the field headed to pit road for two fresh tires.

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Patrick Laperle Wins St-Eustache 100

Jean-François Déry Pads Point Lead

Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, QC claimed the St-Eustache 100 win in front of his hometown crowd at Autodrome St-Eustache on Saturday, September 14. The 100-lap event was originally scheduled for June 1 but was postponed twice due to rain before being scheduled as the first leg of a doubleheader weekend. Jean-François Déry of Quebec City took second position and strengthened his point lead heading into tomorrow’s 200-lap finale at St-Eustache.
Second place point man Alex Labbe of St-Albert, QC led early in the event before fading backwards in the middle stages of the event. Donald Theetge stole the lead from Labbe until contact on a lap 15 restart sent him spinning in turn one. Jonathan Bouvrette edged Labbe on the ensuing restart and appeared to be the fastest car on the track until Déry got by him while the two worked through lapped traffic.

Déry led from lap 42 through 86, earning an all important 5 bonus points for leading the most laps. Laperle was all over the back bumper of Déry looking for any mistake. The mistake finally came on lap 86 when Déry slipped up while negotiating a lapped car. Laperle got by on the outside and never relinquished the lead. Déry settled for second, while Labbe clawed his way back to third. Theetge and Bouvrette both recovered from spins to finish in the top five in 4th and 5th respectively.

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Jean-François Déry Earns St-Eustache 200 Victory

St-Eustache, QC — Jean-François Déry of Quebec held off hometown favorite Patrick Laperle to take his second win of the season in the St-Eustache 200 at Autodrome St-Eustache on Saturday, August 10. Déry now has nine career Série ACT wins.

The race began with a major wreck on lap 1 of the 200 lap event. The wreck resulted in a red flag period of five minutes to allow drivers a chance to fix their automobiles. When the race got back underway Dany Trepanier took the point until lap 25 when Jonathan Bouvrette took over the lead.

Déry finally got to the front on lap 42 to take the lead. He battled with Laperle for the remainder of the event. Déry took over the lead for good and didn’t look back after lap 129. Laperle and Trepanier completed the podium. They were chased to the line by current Serie ACT point leader Patrick Cliche and Bouvrette. The top ten was rounded out with Etienne Cliche, Patrick Hamel, Donald Theetge, Stephane Descoste and rookie Christopher Bedard.

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Série ACT Announces St-Eustache Doubleheader Finale

Waterbury, VT – Série ACT officials have announced the twice-postponed St-Eustache 100 at Autodrome St-Eustache has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 14th. The event will now be the first leg of a doubleheader weekend at the half-mile speedway to cap off the 2013 Série ACT season. The annual St-Eustache 300 will complete the title battle on Sunday, September 15th.

The St-Eustache 100 was originally scheduled for Saturday, June 1. Qualifying was completed before the rains came and washed out the feature event. When the green flies on September 14th Ontario’s Justin Holtom and Mirabel, Quebec’s Daniel Bergeron will lead the pack from the front row. Current Série ACT points leaders Patrick Cliche and Jean-Francois Déry will have to come from deep in the field from the 15th and 24th starting positions respectively.

The 2013 Série ACT Champion will be crowned the next day with the annual St-Eustache 300 season finale.

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Série ACT at St Eustache Postponed

St-Eustache, QC – The Série ACT event scheduled for Saturday, June 22nd at Autodrome St-Eustache in St-Eustache, QC has been postponed due to weather.

A rain date is to be announced.

Jean-Francois Dery won the opener at St-Croix, QC’s Circuit Riverside Speedway, after two previous rainouts at Autodrome Montmagny and Autodrome St-Eustache. Patrick Cliche currently leads the points on Série ACT, with Dery and long-time veteran Claude Leclerc just behind. This will be the third rainout in four races for Série ACT, which will have an unprecedented purse in 2013 with over $400,000 in purse through 11 races.

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Serie ACT Postponed at St Eustache

ST. EUSTACHE, QC — The 100-lap season opener for the Serié ACT at Autodrome St Eustache in St Eustache, QC set for Saturday, June 1 has been postponed due to weather. The makeup date is scheduled for June 22nd.

Three qualifying heats were run on Saturday, and the 24-car field was on the track for the start of their 100-lap feature event when the rains came. It is the second weekend in a row the season opener for Serie ACT has been postponed due to rain.

Serié ACT will get underway to begin the 2013 season next Saturday, June 8 at Circuit Riverside Speedway in St-Croix, QC for a 100-lap event.

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Série ACT to Open This Saturday at St Eustache

Waterbury, VT – After a rainout last weekend at Autodrome Montmagny, Série ACT will get underway this Saturday, June 1 with the season opening event at Autodrome St-Eustache in St-Eustache, QC.

Autodrome St Eustache most recently hosted a season opening event for the series in 2010, and will serve as the kickoff to an 11-race schedule in 2013. Série ACT underwent major improvements in the offseason, putting up over $400,000 in purse money, including an $80,000 point fund and $70,000 in tire bonus money for teams who participate in all the Série ACT events. It is the largest purse in series history.

“My goal is to take the Série ACT Championship this year,” said Jean-Francois Dery, a title favorite in 2013 after finishing runner up in 2012. “I am really looking forward to getting started this weekend!”

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Tracks by the Facts – Autodrome St-Eustache

Autodrome St-Eustache in St-Eustache, Quebec will host three (3) Serie ACT Castrol events in 2013 including the annual St-Eustache 300 to close out the season in September.

· St-Eustache has hosted 16 Serie ACT Castrol events from 2007 to 2012, including one combination event with the ACT US series.
· Normand Lavigueur won the first ever ACT Late Model event held at St-Eustache on May 26, 2007.
· Patrick Laperle has dominated at his hometrack, holding the records for wins (8), top fives (14), top tens (16) and money earned ($40,425).
· Laperle also holds the record for most laps led (1,373) and most laps led in an event (231) on September 26, 2010, and most events led (14).
· Laperle has also won four (4) of the last five (5) ACT events held at St-Eustache including the two most recent, July 28, 2012 and September 16, 2012.

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NEAR Presents “Class of 2012” At 15th Annual New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Inductions

East Windsor, CT — On Sunday January 29, The New England Antique Racers (NEAR), presented the 15th annual New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame Inductions. Award-winning sportswriter Matt Buckler served as Master of Ceremonies for the well-attended event held at LaRenaissance Banquet Hall in East Windsor, CT.

Receiving induction honors this year were drivers Reggie Ruggiero, Joey Kourafas, Moe Gherzi, Jerry Humiston, and Roland Lapierre Sr., owner/mechanics Mario Fiore and Jim Jorgensen and track operator Irene Venditti.

Though not present due to prior commitments, longtime Northern media personality Dave Moody was the recipient of the prestigious “Jack Ratta Memorial Media Award.” Veteran auto racing journalist and Hall of Fame Member Pete Zanardi received the Danny Pardi Memorial Award for his many contributions to NEAR over the years.

A pivotal figure during the formative years of the sport and truly one of the regions earliest stars, Moe Gherzi came to stock cars following a brief fling with midget racing during the busy post-war era. Gherzi won for some of the best teams in the early days of the sport while displaying a flashy style which became his trademark. Nicknamed “Moneybags” owed to a knack of winning many big-dollar events, he tasted success at virtually all of the regions tracks. He later served as the longtime Racing Director at Connecticut’s Plainville Stadium. Accepting for her late father from presenter Dave Dykes was Ms. Alma Michaud.

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Karl Allard Earns Wild St-Eustache 300 Win and 2010 Série ACT Castrol Edge Championship

St-Felicien’s Karl Allard claimed the win in the St-Eustache 300 and the 2010 Série ACT Castrol Edge Championship after a wild green-white-checkered finish at Autodrome St-Eustache on Sunday, September 26. Allard took the lead after leaders Patrick Laperle and Jonathan Urlin wrecked coming to the white flag. Laperle and Urlin ended up in the front stretch wall before the start-finish line as Allard snuck through on the low side. Allard took the white flag while the rest of the field took the yellow and white flags.

Daniel Descoste made it through the mayhem to earn second while Laperle and Urlin were unofficially scored in third and fourth respectively, as the final two cars on the lead lap. Stephane Descoste finished fifth, the first car down one lap. Alex Labbe earned the Rookie of the Year title with his sixth place finish. Claude Leclerc, David Michaud, Gaetan Lauzier and Donald Theetge completed the top ten.

Allard’s sixth win of the 2010 season was enough to earn him the 2010 Série ACT Castrol Edge Championship over Laperle by 34 points, unofficially.

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Sylvain Lacombe Wins Ste-Eustache 100

Terrebonne, QC’s Sylvain Lacombe earned his 14th career Serie ACT Castrol Edge win in the Ste-Eustache 100 at Autodrome Ste-Eustache on Saturday, July 31. Lacombe led the final nine laps of the event to take the win.

Jean-Francois Dery led the majority of the event and appeared to have the car to beat before Jonathan Urlin used the bump and run to get by him with nine laps to go. Urlin was black flagged for the move, giving Lacombe the lead as Dery fell back in the outside lane.

Lacombe was chased to the line by Patrick Laperle and rookie Martin Latulippe. Martin Lacombe came home fourth while Dery recovered to finish fifth. Jonathan Bouvrette, Philippe Jeannotte, Patrick Hamel, Claude Leclerc, and David Michaud completed the top ten.
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Theetge Wins 2009 Serie ACT Castrol Championship

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) crowned Quebec City, Quebec veteran racer Donald Theetge as the 2009 Série ACT Castrol Champion. It was the second ACT Championship for the Theetge team. Theetge led the JPN Racing Patrick Laperle team by 33 points going into the final and longest race of the season, a 300-lap event on the 4/10ths mile oval at Autodrome St. Eustache, just outside Montreal.

Theetge was racing comfortably past the halfway mark in the 300-lap grind when he was involved in a major wreck on the front stretch. The race car suffered what appeared to be irreparable damage. “My team never gave up. My guys literally rebuilt the entire left side of the front suspension during the middle of the race. I have won this ACT Castrol title because of them. They were unbelievable, and I am very proud of how hard they worked to give us a chance to win the title”. Theetge finished 18th after returning to the race 50 laps down. He won the Championship following a bizarre set of events.

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