Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway almost 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.  

Adam spent several years covering motorsports for Examiner.com., where he had the opportunity to see the racing world from behind the scenes as well as the grandstands. He invites everyone to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for all things racing with the readers of SpeedwayDigest.com.

Be sure to tune in for his sports talk program, Thursday Night Thunder, where he discusses the latest in motorsports news with drivers, crew members, and fans. The show takes place (almost) every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST on the Speedway Digest Radio Network. 

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Progressive American Flat Track announced today that New Belgium Brewing's Voodoo Ranger will continue as the series’ Official Beer in 2021 after a successful first year partnership in 2020.
 
Fittingly, New Belgium Brewing was originally conceived of on two wheels, dreamed up by co-founders Kim Jordan and Jeff Lebesch during a bicycle tour across Belgium in 1988.
 
“American Flat Track fans are also beer fans," said Michael Lock, CEO of Progressive AFT. "Voodoo Ranger is a classic American craft beer and perfectly compliments the atmosphere and lifestyle of America’s Original Extreme Sport. We are very pleased to be continuing our partnership with New Belgium for another Progressive AFT season.”
 
With its core mission to make world-class beer for everyone, do right by people, inspire positive change, and have a ton of fun along the way, New Belgium Brewing and Progressive AFT make for ideal partners. As Official Beer, New Belgium will be the presenting sponsor of hospitality packages at select rounds and gain visibility throughout the season via generous signage in order to promote its acclaimed Voodoo Ranger line of IPAs. 
 
“We are very excited for this second year of partnership with Progressive AFT,” said Clint Shobert, Brand Activation Manager Southeast United States at New Belgium Brewing. “The Voodoo Ranger team had a blast going to the races in 2020 and interacting with the Progressive AFT competitors and fans. We can’t wait to do it again in 2021.”
 
The 2021 Progressive AFT season kicks off with a Volusia Half-Mile doubleheader event at Volusia Speedway Park on Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13, 2021. Tickets for this season-opening extravaganza are on sale now at https://store.americanflattrack.com/ebooking/ticket/view/id/3321/#raceSchedule.
 
For more information on Progressive AFT visit https://www.americanflattrack.com.
 
To score the latest gear for the Progressive American Flat Track fan, visit our official merchandise store at https://store.americanflattrack.com.
Scheduled for May 21-23 in the Houston suburb of Baytown, the largest annual sporting event in Southeast Texas will feature professional drag racing in three categories of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series: Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock, as well as a variety of classes in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
 
"As host of this event for more than three decades, we are thrilled to welcome back our loyal fans to one of the quickest and fastest racetracks in the country," said track operator Seth Angel. "And we're super happy to return to our traditional spring date on the NHRA schedule.
 
"Houston Raceway Park Powered By Pennzoil has long enjoyed a reputation as a place where, when the weather conditions are just right, world records can be set. We've always worked diligently to make sure our guests have a memorable time whenever they come to visit and we're certain this 34th running of the race will be nothing short of amazing."
 
Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car) and Aaron Stanfield (Pro Stock) are reigning winners of the SpringNationals.
 
In 2020, the SpringNationals was moved to the fall amid concerns surrounding the COVID pandemic. That race was held under strict health guidelines in order to ensure the safety and well-being of the limited crowd allowed through the gates.
 
Now, as the pandemic lessens, officials are able to allow more fans through the gates in May. Angel reports safety protocols will remain in effect for those wishing to wash their hands more frequently and avoid direct contact with others whenever possible but says the overall feel of the event will be much less restrictive. 
 
Fans are encouraged to get their tickets now at HoustonRaceway.com.
 
(Courtesy of NHRA Communications)
G&G Racing and Cory Texter will team up for the third consecutive season in Progressive American Flat Track and will contend the AFT Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines title. In 2021, Texter will be riding his Yamaha MT-07 with added support from Mission Foods and Roof Systems of Dallas, Texas.
 
After winning the inaugural 2019 AFT Production Twins championship with G&G Racing, Texter finished runner-up in 2020 with four wins and 11 total podium finishes. 
 
"Last year was a success in my opinion," said Texter. "We came a little bit short of defending our championship, but I learned so much about the motorcycle and myself as a rider that will help me this season. It's really cool to see a lot of diversity in the schedule and with my experience, I really think that will play into my favor."
 
Texter will once again ride for John and LJ Gronek out of the G&G Racing stable on the same Yamaha MT-07 race bikes that have brought him success the last two seasons.
 
"We are excited to bring Cory back for another season," said LJ Gronek. "He has a great comfort level with the motorcycles and his work ethics are second to none. We are eager to get started and have some fun."
 
The team looks forward to the extra support with the addition of Mission Foods and Jerry Stinchfield of Roof Systems as sponsors. 
 
"I am ecstatic to partner again with Cory and the G&G team," said Stinchfield. "They have proven they have what it takes to be successful and along with Mission Foods, we are looking for big things from CTex this season."
 
G&G Racing also thanks Yamaha Motor USA, JMR, Fontana Radiators, Graves Motorsports for their support.
 
Texter's supporters also include McElroy Packaging, Parts Unlimited, Drag Specialties, Klock Werks, Bell Powersports, Motul USA, Alpinestars, Fredericktown Yamaha, Kicker Audio, Motion Pro, Law Tigers, Holeshot Powersports, Mike Butler Racing and Access Media Lab.
 
The 2021 Progressive AFT season kicks off with a Volusia Half-Mile doubleheader event at Volusia Speedway Park on Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13, 2021. Tickets for this season-opening extravaganza are on sale now at https://store.americanflattrack.com/ebooking/ticket/view/id/3321/#raceSchedule.
 
For more information on Progressive AFT visit https://www.americanflattrack.com.
 
To score the latest gear for the Progressive American Flat Track fan, visit our official merchandise store at https://store.americanflattrack.com.

MAVTV Motorsports Network is kicking off March with two new shows starting with The Lifted Life, where stunning customized 4x4 trucks come to life, premiering on March 3 at 7 pm ET. The new Porsche dedicated program, The 900 Series, airs on MAVTV on March 6 at 7 pm ET. Fans of the German automobile manufacturer can tune in to the Motorsports Network for an in-depth dive inside the world of Porsche automobiles - from repairs and maintenance to performance upgrades and more - this new show is not to be missed.

For dirt track racing fans, new seasons of Dirt Knights airs on MAVTV on March 3 at 6 pm ET. And for those who prefer to see their racing take place outside the constraints of a closed track, a new season of Best in the Desert begins March 3 at 10 pm ET

This month’s schedule also brings street car enthusiasts special programming of OPTIMA’s Search for the Ultimate Street Car on March 5 at 8 pm ET

Also coming to the Motorsports Network are four 12-hour marathons featuring a different series each Sunday in March from 12 pm ET to 12 am ET, as part of the network’s new Binge the Build Marathon. The marathon starts March 7 with telecasts of Sam’s Garage, followed by Full Custom Garage on March 14My Classic Car on March 21, and closes out the month with  Stacey David’s GearZ on March 28

MAVTV is now available to more viewers than ever before. With a total of 220 providers across cable, satellite, telco, and digital broadcast platforms, including AT&T U-verseCharter/SpectrumDIRECTVFios by VerizonFuboTVYoutube TVMediacom, and many more, the country’s premier motorsports network is seen in more than 30-million households.
 
Race fans who don’t have MAVTV should contact their local cable, satellite, or other subscription service provider to get details on how to add it to their channel lineup. A full list of providersshows, and scheduled broadcasts can be found by visiting www.MAVTV.com.

MAVTV Broadcast Schedule:

March 2021

Date

Series

Event / Venue

Time (ET)

March 3

Dirt Knights

 

6:00 pm

March 3

The Lifted Life

 

7:00 pm

March 3

Best in the Desert

 

10:00 pm

March 5

OPTIMA’s Search for the Ultimate Street Car

 

8:00 pm

March 6

The 900 Series

 

7:00 pm

March 7

Binge the Build - Sam’s Garage 

 

12:00 pm

March 14

Binge the Build - Full Custom Garage

 

12:00 pm 

March 21

Binge the Build - My Classic Car

 

12:00 pm 

March 28

Binge the Build - Stacey David’s GearZ

 

12:00 pm

LIVE event broadcast schedule is available at https://www.mavtv.com/shows/#live-events

The fiercest competition on 4-wheels this summer is at Orange County Fair Speedway in the “H.O Penn 358 Small Block Modified” racing division!  Most Saturday night OCFS events in 2021 will feature the H.O. Penn 358’s as the headlining division. What happened to the Big Blocks you may be asking? They haven't gone anywhere! Big Block Modified racing remains a staple at OCFS, with 2021 introducing a new 12 race series with special format events on Thursdays AND some Saturdays, allowing weekly racing to shine a bigger spotlight on our co-headlining Small Blocks. Oh, and with a bigger presence, comes A BIGGER PAYOUT for 358’s! 

Last year OCFS hosted an average of over forty 358 Small Block drivers weekly (with over 70 showing up for Eastern States Weekend). With the growing popularity of the 358 Small Block division (and its affordability compared to Big Blocks), it's become common for many OCFS Big Block drivers to run both Big Blocks and Small Blocks pulling double duty on many Saturday nights (Anthony Perrego, Jerry Higbie, Mike Mahaney, Tyler Boniface, Bob McGannon and more!), making competition in the Small Block events just as star studded and exciting as the Big Block division ever was.  Though the 358’s represent a drop off in sheer engine power, their reduced weight makes them only tenths of a second slower than their big block brethren, producing incredibly competitive side-by-side racing. 

If the fact that most big block drivers also already have a Small Block too wasn’t enough to produce a competitive field of drivers in 2021, the 358 Small Block purse will certainly solidify that. 2021’s Saturday night Small Block races will pay out $2200 to the race’s winner, with $200 to start the feature.  With this healthy purse, OCFS hopes to see drivers from other classes move on up to what will now be a co-headlining division at OCFS.    

When asked “why the increased emphasis on the Small Block division”, OCFS Director of Motorsports, Brett Hearn declared “Todays SB modified creates a more economical option for teams and owners. This series with the money that’s being offered will give the incentive for top drivers to get excited as well as creating interest for drivers to move up from other classes.” 

With a raise to the Small Block purse also comes a raise to their point fund.  2021’s points champion will walk away with an impressive $10,000 prize.  The season starts with April 10th's Regular Season Opener (following April 3rd's Big Block Series Race “The OC Oval Kickoff”) and ends on Champions Night (also the “Big Block Final 4” in their points series) on August 28th after 11 races.  Unlike the all-new Big Block championship series, the 358 Small Blocks will retain a traditional points series structure and handicapping. To help out our drivers who hope to compete in 2021’s Bristol Dirt race, our 358 Small Block race scheduled against it (April 24th) will be for show up points only.  For those drivers who stay in Middletown, they’ll be competing for an enhanced $3,000 to win on that night! 

358 Small Block drivers, do you want to test your mettle on America’s most historic speedway? 2021 at OCFS is calling, come add your name to the long list of legendary feature winners! This season marks the start of a new era for the H.O. Penn 358 Small Block Modifieds!

Progressive American Flat Track confirmed today that Klotz Synthetic Lubricants will be the series’ Official Lubricant for the 2021 season.
 
The new partnership is an ideal fit, uniting the world’s most prestigious two-wheeled dirt track racing series with a family-run American company whose lubricants have helped racers grab checkered flags for more than 60 years.
 
“Progressive American Flat Track is very pleased to welcome Klotz Synthetic Lubricants to our partnership community,” said Michael Lock, CEO of Progressive AFT. "Their vast experience with lubricants and other liquid-based racing products is very welcome as we continue to grow America’s Original Extreme Sport.”
 
Founded by John C. Klotz Jr., in 1959, Klotz developed the original “Special Formula” synthetic lubricant. Six decades later, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants continue to prove its superiority on the dyno and the race track.
 
The Grand National Championship bona fides of Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, in particular, have been established many times over. The brand has partnered with some of the most iconic riders the sport has ever produced over the years, including such legends as Scott Parker, Ricky Graham, and Randy Goss.
 
Racers, performance enthusiasts and traditional end-users, who won’t settle for anything less than the best available lubrication products on the market today, ask for Klotz by name.
 
“Racing runs deep in the roots of the Klotz lineage and there is perhaps no better place to showcase our brand than American Flat Track,” said Brad Kruckenberg, President, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants. “We’re excited about the opportunity to bring our name to the forefront of one of America’s premier two-wheel circuits. Our products are proven daily on, and off, the track and we want to wish all the competitors and teams the best of luck in the 2021 season.”
 
The 2021 Progressive AFT season kicks off with a Volusia Half-Mile doubleheader event at Volusia Speedway Park on Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13, 2021. Tickets for this season-opening extravaganza are on sale now at https://store.americanflattrack.com/ebooking/ticket/view/id/3321/#raceSchedule.
 
For more information on Progressive AFT visit https://www.americanflattrack.com.
 
To score the latest gear for the Progressive American Flat Track fan, visit our official merchandise store at https://store.americanflattrack.com.
By Mark Robinson
IMSA Wire Service

 

When he announced that he was cutting back from racing IndyCars full time this year to pursue other interests, Marco Andretti specifically mentioned sports cars as a possibility.
 
That prospect took a big step toward reality when the third-generation driver tested alongside cousin Jarett Andretti last week in a Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3) at Sebring International Raceway. Admitting he had “a lot of fun” driving a prototype for the first time in nearly a decade, Marco Andretti indicated that he and Jarett may be sharing the Ligier JS P320 in at least a couple IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races later this season.
 
“Right now, they’re looking at The Glen and Road America,” Marco said. “I may jump in for another test before then, but that’s what they’re looking at. I don’t know if they’ve made a final decision on it yet, but I’m kind of letting Jarett run the reins on it. If he calls me up and I’m free, I’ll go drive.”
 
Jarett Andretti is already set to run the No. 18 Andretti Autosport Ligier with co-driver Tristan Herbert for the full IMSA Prototype Challenge season. They finished fourth in their debut at the Daytona International Speedway season opener on Jan. 24.
 
Since the Prototype Challenge is a development series open only to Silver- and Bronze-rated drivers, Marco’s Gold rating makes him ineligible to drive in that series. Instead, they’re looking to the WeatherTech Championship, which added LMP3 as a fifth competition class this season.
 
Prior to last week’s test, Marco hadn’t been in a prototype since racing a Daytona Prototype in the Rolex 24 At Daytona nine years ago. He also drove an Acura-powered Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) for three races in 2008 and made his sole 24 Hours of Le Mans attempt in a Le Mans Prototype 1 (LMP1) in 2010.
He said he’s always adapted quickly to prototypes, and the LMP3 test was no exception.
 
“It’s almost about slowing myself down a little bit and driving to the limit of them,” he said. “You kind of find yourself right at the limit pretty quick in those things so I was able to be pretty quick relative to the others.
 
“(The LMP3 has) a little less grip from the Acura that I drove but they (LMP3s) are super underpowered, so the biggest difference from IndyCar is they’re even more of a momentum car,” the 2006 Indianapolis 500 runner-up and 2020 Indy pole sitter said. “It’s all about keeping the minimum speeds up and keeping the momentum up. That’s where I was able to find a decent chunk of my time. In the high-speed corners, it still takes a lot of commitment.”
 
Speaking of commitment, Marco said his top priority remains winning the Indy 500 – “the big one,” as he put it. It’s a life-changing accomplishment that his grandfather Mario reached in 1969 but his father Michael was unable to achieve despite numerous close calls.
 
Aside from that continuing desire, Marco admitted he’s enjoying his newfound freedom.
“I’m actually loving life,” he said. “I’m kind of in control of my own destiny from a racing point of view. I can still win the big one and kind of be more diverse from there. I’m at my own will, whatever I feel like driving.”
 
He’s already signed up for good friend Tony Stewart’s Superstar Racing Experience (SRX), a six-race, prime-time series this summer putting greats from multiple racing disciplines – including Stewart, Bill Elliott, Bobby Labonte and Michael Waltrip from NASCAR, Willy T. Ribbs from sports cars, and Tony Kanaan, Paul Tracy and Helio Castroneves from IndyCars – in identical high-horsepower, low-downforce cars at short tracks around the nation.
 
“I couldn’t say no to (Stewart) on that,” Marco said. “That’s going to be too fun.”
 
The SRX event at Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Ohio conflicts with the WeatherTech Championship weekend at Watkins Glen International in late June, but Jarett Andretti told his cousin to “double duty it” since the SRX race is at night and Marco could make the short private flight between the tracks. And Jarett Andretti knows all about double duty, as his father, John, was the first to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 in the same day back in 1994 when Jarett was a year-and-a-half old.
 
Marco feels added incentive to drive with Jarett, who’s five years his junior and worked his way up through the dirt-track and GT racing ranks. In the span of a year, Jarett’s father – the versatile NASCAR, IndyCar, drag racing and 1989 Rolex 24 At Daytona winner – died after a lengthy battle with colorectal cancer and Jarett’s grandfather Aldo – Mario’s twin brother and a talented racer as well until sustaining serious injuries in the 1960s – passed away in December at age 80.
 
Something Jarett told Marco recently provided all the motivation the latter needed.
 
“It meant a lot to me when he said, ‘We’ve got to make these races happen because it’s the closest thing I’m going to get to driving with my dad,’” Marco recalled of what Jarett said. “I was humbled to hear that. It would be my pleasure to co-drive with him.”
 
The next IMSA Prototype Challenge race, in which Herbert and Jarett Andretti are slated to compete, is March 13 at Sebring. It also falls on Marco Andretti’s 34th birthday.

Nine transporters, several chartered jets and a colorful mix of rental cars arrived in Monterey Sunday as a prequel to what this year’s Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey will look like in September. Four teams competing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES are spending every minute of today to afford drivers valuable track time on the technically-challenging WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, while engineers tweak the chassis, engine and Firestone tires to fine tune the car’s setup to achieve optimal performance.
 
Teams and their drivers participating today are Dale Coyne Racing (Ed Jones and Romain Grosjean), Meyer Shank Racing (Helio Castroneves and Jack Harvey), Ed Carpenter Racing (Rinus VeeKay), and Arrow McLaren SP (Juan Pablo Montoya, Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist). Former Formula 1 racer Romain Grosjean is making his debut at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
 
“The entire business community enjoys welcoming INDYCAR athletes, their crews and owners to Monterey,” commented John Narigi, president and general manager of Monterey’s WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. “It is exciting to see and hear the finely tuned race cars on track, and to witness the intensity in the pits, even in the non-race environment.”
 
The paddock and grandstands are closed for today’s testing, yet there are still some INDYCAR fans who paid the day-use fee to watch the sessions from the surrounding hillsides. For campers, the INDYCARS provide another unexpected benefit of camping in the Laguna Seca Recreation Area.
 
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Indy Lights teams, headed by Andretti Autosport will be in Monterey conducting private tests in preparation for their season.
 
The track rental program is possible through a welcomed adherence to the strict health and safety protocols that were put into place last June. This includes registration logs at the gate, temperature checks at the paddock entry, face coverings, physical distancing, and contact tracing procedures.  
 
Complete ticket packages and camping for the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey, September 17-19, are on sale by visiting www.WeatherTechRaceway.com, sending a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling the Tickets and Accommodations specialists at 831-242-8200.

The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and Sunoco Race Fuels announce a multi-year partnership renewal that will see Sunoco Race Fuels continue as the official fuel of the IHRA.

For decades, Sunoco Race Fuels have been associated with racing excellence. As the largest manufacturer of racing gasolines in the world, Sunoco Race Fuels has a 40-year track record of winning performances. With an expanded product line, Sunoco Race Fuels of­fers drivers more choices than ever before. For the performance your engine is designed to deliver, con­sistently choose Sunoco Race Fuels.

“We appreciate the opportunity to continue our partnership with Sunoco Race Fuels, a company that has set the standard in the race fuel industry,” said Dana Landry, senior director of corporate partnerships, IRG Sports + Entertainment. “Sunoco Race Fuels offers many high-quality fuels used by IHRA racers helping them achieve peak performance on and off track.”

As part of the partnership Sunoco Race Fuels will reward racers who use Sunoco Race Fuels in Top, Mod, Sportsman and Junior Dragster classes at IHRA Sportsman Spectacular, IHRA Summit Team Finals, IHRA Junior Dragster Team Finals, and IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals through IHRA round prize program.

For more information about Sunoco Race Fuels products visit SunocoRaceFuels.com.

For more information about the IHRA visit IHRA.com or call (561) 337-3446.

Progressive American Flat Track announced today an exciting development in its plans for its May 22 showcase at Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. The newly-branded Mission Foods® Texas Half-Mile presented by Roof Systems will provide thrilling world-class racing action to a new audience of fans attending Comoto Holdings’ Get On! Moto Fest, a pioneering concept three-day outdoor powersports festival.
 
Comoto Holdings, parent company of leading moto enthusiast brands RevZilla, Cycle Gear, J&P Cycles, and REVER, is kicking off riding season by reimagining what motorcycle events can be. Slated to be held on May 21, 22, and 23 at the Texas Motor Speedway, the Get On! Moto Fest is a family-friendly, inclusive, outdoor event that will bring together riders--and aspiring riders--of all styles, ages, and genders. The event will be three days of motorcycle demos, how-to workshops, racing, bike shows, and opportunities to meet representatives from leading accessories and gear brands. Guests can expect to meet bike-minded people from all walks of life, learn from each other and industry leaders, and experience the thrill of life on two wheels.
 
“Comoto’s family of brands exists to provide the best riding experience to all riders all over the world, whether V-Twin, adventure, off-road, street, dirt, men, women, youth--you name it,” said Ken Murphy, Comoto CEO. “The Get On! Moto Fest will give more riders more reasons to ride more often and provide a place for all riders to revel in their shared love of all things moto.”
 
With the support of two of its biggest partners – Mission Foods® and Roof Systems of Dallas, Texas – Progressive AFT is set to be the highlight entertainment portion of this three-day extravaganza. All three classes of Progressive AFT will take to a track they know and love for some wicked fast half-mile racing action under the lights of the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track.
 
“The partnership between Progressive American Flat Track and Comoto is an exciting development for the series,” said Michael Lock, CEO of Progressive AFT. “We are very aware that our fans are looking forward to being at Progressive AFT live events, after such a heavily disrupted year. All the added attractions of the Get On! Moto Fest offer a unique and compelling reason for everyone to come down to Texas Motor Speedway and join the fun!”
 
Race fans looking to create a weekend-long getaway can purchase the SuperTicket to gain admission into both the Mission Foods Texas Half-Mile presented by Roof Systems and the Get On! Moto Fest, priced at a low $39 when purchased in advance. Kids 12 and under receive free admission to both events. Tickets to this one-of-a-kind experience are available now at https://store.americanflattrack.com/ebooking/ticket/view/id/3326/
 
The 2021 Progressive AFT season kicks off with a Volusia Half-Mile doubleheader event at Volusia Speedway Park on Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13, 2021. Tickets for this season-opening extravaganza are on sale now at https://store.americanflattrack.com/ebooking/ticket/view/id/3321/#raceSchedule.
 
For more information on Progressive AFT visit https://www.americanflattrack.com.
 
To score the latest gear for the Progressive American Flat Track fan, visit our official merchandise store at https://store.americanflattrack.com.
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