1996 in NASCAR

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In 1996 in NASCAR, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) sanctioned three national touring series, eight regional touring series, and the Winston Racing Series for local competition. NASCAR champions in 1996 were Terry Labonte, Randy LaJoie, Ron Hornaday, Jr., Lance Hooper, Dave Dion, Tony Hirschman, Lyndon Amick, Mike Cope, Kelly Tanner, Chris Raudman, Joe Kosiski, and Larry Phillips.

Off-track activities[edit]

During 1996, NASCAR expanded its brand into several new entertainment areas. The NASCAR Online website went live during the year,[1] while the first four NASCAR Thunder stores, operated in conjunction with Gaylord Entertainment were opened.[2] In addition, the NASCAR Racing Online Series, based on Papyrus's NASCAR Racing 2 game, was formed using the Total Entertainment Network system.[3]

National touring series[edit]

Winston Cup Series[edit]

The 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup Series consisted of 31 events, run at 18 race tracks in 15 states.[4] Terry Labonte won his second series championship, beating Jeff Gordon by 37 points;[5] the Rick Hendrick-owned No. 5 Kellogg's Corn Flakes Chevrolet team won the series' owner's championship.[6] Labonte's team, led by crew chief Gary DeHart, also won the series' Pit Crew Championship, held in October at North Carolina Motor Speedway.[7]

Eleven drivers won races over the course of the 31-race season; Jeff Gordon won the most events, with ten victories.[8] Bobby Hamilton was the season's only first-time winner, winning at Phoenix International Raceway in October.[9]

The Busch Pole Award was won by Jeff Gordon, who won five pole positions during the season.[10] Johnny Benson, Jr. won the series' Rookie of the Year title over Randy MacDonald and Stacy Compton,[11] while Bill Elliott won his eleventh Most Popular Driver award.[12] The series' Manufacturers' Championship was won by Chevrolet, whose teams won 17 of the series' races; Ford won 13 events while Pontiac drivers scored a single win.[13]

In addition to the 31-race regular season, three exhibition races were run during the year. The Busch Clash, an event for the previous year's pole-winning drivers at Daytona International Speedway in February, was won by Dale Jarrett,[14] while The Winston, the series' all-star race for race winners at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, was won by Michael Waltrip, who had advanced into the event as a wild card from the last chance race for non-winning drivers.[15] Following the regular season, the Winston Cup Series ran the first NASCAR exhibition race in Japan, and the first overseas exhibition race since the 1988 Goodyear NASCAR 500 in Australia,[16] the Suzuka Thunder Special run on November 24 at Suzuka Circuit; competed in by invited drivers from the Winston Cup Series, Busch Series, Craftsman Truck Series and Winston West Series, the event was won by Rusty Wallace.[17]

Top ten drivers standings[edit]

Pos. Driver Car Team Owner Pts Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Winnings
1 Terry Labonte 5 Kellogg's Corn Flakes Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 4657 31 2 21 24 $4,030,648
2 Jeff Gordon 24 DuPont Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 4620 31 10 21 24 $3,428,485
3 Dale Jarrett 88 Ford Quality Care Ford Robert Yates Racing 4568 31 4 17 21 $2,985,418
4 Dale Earnhardt 3 GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 4327 31 2 13 17 $2,285,926
5 Mark Martin 6 Valvoline Ford Roush Racing 4278 31 0 14 23 $1,887,396
6 Ricky Rudd 10 Tide Ford Rudd Performance Motorsports 3845 31 1 5 16 $1,503,025
7 Rusty Wallace 2 Miller Genuine Draft Ford Penske Racing South 3717 31 5 8 18 $1,665,315
8 Sterling Marlin 4 Kodak Film Chevrolet Morgan-McClure Motorsports 3682 31 2 5 10 $1,588,425
9 Bobby Hamilton 43 STP Pontiac Petty Enterprises 3639 31 1 3 11 $1,151,235
10 Ernie Irvan 28 Texaco Havoline Ford Robert Yates Racing 3632 31 2 12 16 $1,683,313

Busch Series[edit]

The 1996 NASCAR Busch Series consisted of 26 events, run at 20 race tracks in 14 states.[18] Randy LaJoie won his first series championship, beating David Green by 29 points.[19]

Thirteen drivers won races over the course of the 26-race season; Mark Martin won the most events, with six victories.[20] Randy LaJoie,[21] Buckshot Jones,[22] Greg Sacks,[23] Jeff Fuller,[24] and Kevin Lepage were first-time winners during the season.[25]

The series' Busch Pole Award was won by David Green for the third consecutive season, winning four pole positions during the season.[26] Glenn Allen, Jr. won the series' Rookie of the Year title over Mike Dillon and Shane Hall,[26] while David Green won the series' Most Popular Driver award.[27] The series' Manufacturers' Championship, the Bill France Performance Cup, was won by Chevrolet.[26]

Top ten drivers standings[edit]

Pos. Driver Car Team Owner Pts Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Winnings
1 Randy LaJoie 74 Fina Chevrolet BACE Motorsports 3714 26 5 11 20 $532,823
2 David Green 96 Caterpillar Chevrolet American Equipment Racing 3685 26 2 13 18 $469,118
3 Todd Bodine 81
82
Cape Canaveral Cruise Chevrolet
Hardinge Machine Tools Chevrolet
Pro Tech Motorsports 3064 26 1 3 9 $281,616
4 Jeff Green 3 GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 3059 26 0 5 13 $269,285
5 Chad Little 23 John Deere Pontiac Mark Rypien Motorsports 2984 26 0 2 7 $317,394
6 Jason Keller 57 Slim Jim Chevrolet KEL Racing 2900 26 0 3 10 $281,902
7 Jeff Purvis 4 David Lee Murphy Chevrolet Phoenix Racing 2894 26 2 4 7 $266,026
8 Kevin Lepage 71
88
Vermont Teddy Bear Chevrolet
Farmer's Choice Fertilizer Chevrolet
Lepage Racing
Ridling Motorsports
2870 26 1 3 10 $254,925
9 Phil Parsons 10 ChannelLock Tools Chevrolet Phil Parsons Racing 2854 26 0 5 6 $215,023
10 Mike McLaughlin 34 Royal Oak Charcoal Chevrolet Team 34 2853 26 0 7 10 $290,701

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

The 1996 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, renamed from the SuperTruck Series presented by Craftsman,[28] consisted of 24 events, run at 23 race tracks in 19 states.[29] Ron Hornaday, Jr. won his first series championship, beating Jack Sprague by 53 points.[30]

Seven drivers won races over the course of the 26-race season; Mike Skinner won the most events, with eight victories.[31] Dave Rezendes,[32] Jack Sprague,[33] Rick Carelli,[34] and Mark Martin were first-time winners during the season.[35]

The series' Busch Pole Award was won by Mike Skinner, winning five pole positions during the season.[36] Bryan Reffner won the series' Rookie of the Year title over Doug George and Lance Norick,[36] while Jimmy Hensley won the series' Most Popular Driver award.[37] The series' Manufacturers' Championship was won by Chevrolet, followed by Ford and Dodge.[36]

Top ten drivers standings[edit]

Pos. Driver Car Team Owner Pts Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Winnings
1 Ron Hornaday, Jr. 16 NAPA Brake Parts Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 2831 24 4 18 23 $614,084
2 Jack Sprague 24 Quaker State Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 3778 24 5 18 21 $580,112
3 Mike Skinner 3 GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 3771 24 8 17 20 $590,995
4 Joe Ruttman 80 LCI Telecommunications Ford Roush Racing 3275 24 0 7 16 $276,012
5 Mike Bliss 2 Team ASE Ford Ultra Motorsports 3190 24 2 9 11 $345,322
6 Dave Rezendes 7 QVC Ford Geoff Bodine Racing 3179 24 3 8 13 $335,840
7 Butch Miller 98
28
19
Raybestos Ford
1-800-COLLECT Ford
Dana Dodge
Liberty Racing
Irvan-Simo Racing
Walker Evans Racing
3126 24 0 7 11 $258,333
8 Jimmy Hensley 30 Mopar Performance Dodge Grandaddy Racing 3029 24 0 5 14 $228,936
9 Bryan Reffner 44 1-800-COLLECT Ford Irvan-Simo Racing 2961 24 0 3 9 $200,898
10 Rick Carelli 6 Total Petroleum Chevrolet Chesrown Racing 2953 24 1 2 9 $216,625

Regional touring series[edit]

Winston West Series[edit]

The 1996 NASCAR Winston West Series consisted of 15 events, run at 11 race tracks in 6 states; two races, at Sears Point Raceway in May and at Phoenix International Raceway in October, were combination events with the Winston Cup Series.[38] Lance Hooper won his first series championship, beating Jeff Krogh by 30 points;[39] Hooper was the first driver to win the championship during his rookie year in the series.[40]

Eight drivers won races over the course of the 15-race season; Hooper won the most events, with four victories, in addition to finishing first among Winston West competitors in the Phoenix combination race;[41] the four overall wins were a series record for a rookie driver.[42]

The series' Busch Pole Award was tied for by Mark Krogh and Butch Gilliland, who each won three pole positions during the season.[42] Hooper won the series' Rookie of the Year title,[42] while Larry Gunselman won the series' Most Popular Driver award.[43] The series' Manufacturers' Championship was won by Chevrolet, followed by Ford, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, and Buick.[42]

Top ten drivers standings[edit]

Pos. Driver Car Team Owner Pts Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Winnings
1 Lance Hooper 07 Cinema Vehicle Services Pontiac Golden West Motorsports 2185 15 5 11 14 $63,395
2 Jeff Krogh 1 Clearwater Forest Industries Chevrolet Excel Motorsports 2155 14 1 12 13 $55,805
3 Larry Gunselman 37 Race Stuff/Olson Technology Ford Olson Technology Racing 2070 15 1 10 12 $58,300
4 Mark Krogh 24 Clearwater Forest Industries Chevrolet Excel Motorsports 1907 14 1 3 10 $23,625
5 Scott Gaylord 2 Oliver Gravity Separators Chevrolet Oliver Racing 1883 15 0 7 8 $43,170
6 Rich Woodland, Jr. 86 Woodland Duck Farms Chervolet Woodland Racing 1841 15 0 1 11 $34,195
7 Joe Bean 3 Chevrolet Bean & Krebs Motorsports 1789 15 1 2 8 $24,300
8 Butch Gilliland 38 Parts Source Ford Bill Stroppe Motorsports 1675 11 3 5 7 $45,325
9 Bill McAnally 2
02
Mega Power/NAPA Chevrolet Bill McAnally Racing 1623 15 0 0 4 $17,225
10 Pete Graham 59 PowerBar Chevrolet 1404 12 0 0 2 $14,975

Manufacturer's standings[edit]

Pos Manufacturer Wins Points
1 Chevrolet 5 87
2 Ford 4 81
3 Pontiac 4 78
4 Oldsmobile 0 14
5 Buick 0 10

Busch North Series[edit]

The 1996 NASCAR Busch North Series consisted of 21 events, run at 14 race tracks in 8 states; two races, at Daytona International Speedway in February and at Nazareth Speedway in May, were combination events with the Busch Series.[44] Dave Dion won his first series championship, beating Andy Santerre by 116 points.[45]

Eight drivers won races over the course of the 21-race season; Andy Santerre won the most events, with four victories.[46] The series' Busch Pole Award was won by Santerre, who won eight pole positions during the season.[46] Brad Leighton won the series' Rookie of the Year title,[46] while Brandon Butler won the series' Most Popular Driver award.[47]

Top ten drivers standings[edit]

Pos. Driver Car Team Owner Pts Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Winnings
1 Dave Dion 29 Berlin City Ford/Continental Paving Ford Dion Racing Enterprises 2803 19 2 10 12 $74,060
2 Andy Santerre 44 EJP/Wynn's Chevrolet Andy Santerre Motorsports 2687 20 4 8 13 $100,700
3 Dale Shaw 60 R.D. Roy Transport/Ocean Spray Pontiac Shaw Racing 2654 20 2 9 12 $76,900
4 Kelly Moore 24 Tic-Tac/Jordan Lumber Pontiac Moore Racing 2637 20 0 6 13 $67,675
5 Brad Leighton 55 Coed Naked Sportswear Chevrolet Grizco Racing 2596 19 2 8 10 $73,150
6 Mike Stefanik 51 Burnham Boilers Chervolet Greci Racing 2523 20 0 8 9 $54,920
7 Robbie Crouch 6 Auto Palace Pontiac Ling Racing 2415 19 0 7 10 $42,495
8 Tom Bolles 76 Bolles Chrysler-Jeep-Eagle Chevrolet Bolles Motorsports 2380 21 0 2 7 $45,590
9 Brandon Butler 7 Skoal Pontiac Shaw Racing 2321 19 0 3 10 $31,675
10 Stub Fadden 16 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Fadden Racing 2243 19 0 1 7 $28,055

Featherlite Modified Tour[edit]

The 1996 NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour consisted of 20 events, run at 11 race tracks in 7 states.[48] Tony Hirschman won the series championship for the second consecutive year, beating Steve Park by 12 points.[49]

Eight drivers won races over the course of the 20-race season; Steve Park won the most events, with five victories;[50] Park also won the series' Busch Pole Award, winning won four pole positions during the season,[51] and the series' Most Popular Driver award.[52]

Top ten drivers standings[edit]

Pos. Driver Car Team Pts Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
1 Tony Hirschman 3 Beech Bluff Auto Chevrolet 2919 20 3 12 14
2 Steve Park 8 Sunoco Chevrolet 2907 20 5 13 13
3 Rick Fuller 17 Polar Beverages Chevrolet 2698 20 2 9 12
4 Jan Leaty 25 Adirondack Beverages Chevrolet 2689 20 3 7 11
5 Mike Stefanik 6 Burnham Boilers Chevrolet 2669 19 3 10 11
6 Tim Connolly 4 Pennzoil Dodge 2664 20 0 8 11
7 Jerry Marquis 21 Rebuilders Automotive/NAPA Chevrolet 2649 20 2 9 13
8 Ed Flemke, Jr. 11 Hummel's Deli Chevrolet 2568 20 1 4 11
9 Tom Baldwin 7 Richmond International Raceway Pontiac 2501 20 1 3 9
10 Tony Ferrante, Jr. 31 Ferrante Racing Chevrolet 2387 20 0 0 6

Goody's Dash Series[edit]

The 1996 NASCAR Goody's Dash Series consisted of 21 events, run at 18 race tracks in 5 states. Lyndon Amick won his first series championship, beating Robert Huffman by 34 points.[53]

Eight drivers won races over the course of the 21-race season; Amick and Will Hobgood tied for winning the most events, with four victories.[42][53] Hobgood also won the series' Busch Pole Award, winning five pole positions during the season.[54] Jimmy Foster won the series' Rookie of the Year title over Andy Houston and Brian Sockwell,[54] while Andy Houston won the series' Most Popular Driver award.[55]

Top ten drivers standings[edit]

Pos. Driver Car Team Pts Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
1 Lyndon Amick 33 Amick Farms Pontiac 3170 21 4 12 17
2 Robert Huffman 37 White House Apple Juice Pontiac 3136 21 3 13 16
3 Will Hobgood 65 Wynn's Pontiac 3128 21 4 12 14
4 Danny Bagwell 10 Primestar Ford 3044 21 1 13 16
5 Mike Swaim, Jr. 28 Spring Air Mattress Pontiac 2932 21 2 8 14
6 B.J. Mackey 11 Mackey Racing Chevrolet 2822 21 1 7 11
7 Jimmy Foster 7 Pepsi/SafetyKleen Pontiac 2753 21 1 6 13
8 Ned Combs 9 Handy Pantry Pontiac 2620 21 0 4 10
9 Mickey York 24 Cobra Electronics Pontiac 2611 21 10 3 10
10 Scott Weaver 2 Speedway Photo Lab Pontiac 2423 21 0 1 5

Slim Jim All Pro Series[edit]

The 1996 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series consisted of 23 events, run at 19 race tracks in 11 states. Mike Cope won his second series championship, beating Toby Porter by 184 points.[56]

Eleven drivers won races over the course of the 21-race season; Toby Porter and Ron Young tied for winning the most events, with four victories each.[57] The series' Busch Pole Award was won by Wayne Anderson, who won five pole positions during the season; Tammy Jo Kirk won two poles, becoming the series' first female pole winner.[58] Steven Christian won the series' Rookie of the Year title over Wayne Anderson and Nipper Alsup,[58] while Tammy Jo Kirk won the series' Most Popular Driver award.[59]

Top ten drivers standings[edit]

Pos. Driver Car Team Pts Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
1 Mike Cope 57 Penrose Meat Snacks Chevrolet 3544 23 2 18 19
2 Toby Porter 44
80
Chevrolet 3360 23 4 13 17
3 Steven Christian 0 BellSouth Chevrolet 3359 23 3 12 18
4 Rick Crawford 14 Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford 3348 23 3 11 15
5 Ron Young 4 Cofer Brothers Chevrolet 3282 23 4 11 15
6 Wayne Anderson 25 Porter-Cable Power Tools Chevrolet 3065 23 1 7 12
7 Tammy Jo Kirk 52 Lovable Chevrolet 2985 23 0 5 11
8 Derrick Gilchrist 83
44
Chevrolet 2732 23 0 3 16
9 Nipper Alsup 74 Lift Services/Wire Rope Specialists Chevrolet 2716 22 0 1 12
10 Conrad Burr 33 Burr Construction Chevrolet 2623 22 0 1 7

Reb-Co Northwest Tour[edit]

The 1996 NASCAR Reb-Co Northwest Tour consisted of 13 events, run at 7 race tracks in Washington and Oregon. Kelly Tanner won his first series championship, beating Garrett Evans by 156 points.[60]

Eight drivers won races over the course of the 13-race season; Garrett Evans won the most events, scoring four victories.[60] The series' Busch Pole Award was won by Kelly Tanner, who won four pole positions during the season;[61] Marc Groskreutz won the series' Rookie of the Year award.[60]

Top ten drivers standings[edit]

Pos. Driver Car Team Pts Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Winnings
1 Kelly Tanner 65 Yoshida/Delacre/Havoline Chevrolet 2123 13 2 11 13 $26,760
2 Garrett Evans 64 Better All Transport Ford 1967 13 4 8 10 $23,550
3 Ron Eaton 7 Spies & Hecker Paint Pontiac 1852 13 1 7 8 $24,130
4 Chris Cunningham 04 Brownfield Manufacturing Ford 1795 13 1 4 10 $19,550
5 Marc Groskreuz 72 Flying J/FabTech Chevrolet 1774 13 1 1 8 $14,555
6 Rick Schultz 84 River City Body Shop Chevrolet 1737 13 0 4 8
7 Bill Lawrence 21 Lawrence Contracting Chevrolet 1697 13 0 1 8
8 Martin Rosler 81 Virtual Solutions Chevrolet 1648 13 0 3 5
9 Gary Lewis 73 Longacre Racing Products Chevrolet 1647 13 2 6 6
10 Ken Bailey 27 NW Containers Chevrolet 1644 13 0 2 4

Featherlite Southwest Tour[edit]

The 1996 NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour consisted of 18 events, run at 13 race tracks in 5 states. Chris Raudman won his first series championship,[62] beating Bryan Germone by 160 points.[63]

Twelve drivers won races over the course of the 18-race season; Craig Raudman won the most events, with three victories each.[63] The series' Busch Pole Award was tied for by Chris Raudman, Craig Raudman, and M. K. Kanke, who won three pole positions each; Chris Raudman won the series' Rookie of the Year title as well as the championship.[64] Chris Raudman also won the series' "Winter Heat" exhibition race at Tucson Raceway Park in December.[62]

Top ten drivers standings[edit]

Pos. Driver Car Team Pts Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
1 Chris Raudman 93 West Coast Golf Construction Chevrolet 2739 18 2 13 13
2 Bryan Germone 5 Cofer Corporation Chevrolet 2579 18 2 8 14
3 Craig Raudman 2 Advantage Memory Chevrolet 2575 18 3 8 11
4 Chris Trickle 70 Star Nursery Chevrolet 2441 18 1 6 9
5 Bob Lyon 44 Northridge Equipment Rental Chevrolet 2387 18 1 4 12
6 Michael Alsup 61 Probuilt Homes Chevrolet 2384 18 0 1 8
7 Mark Reed 73 Brets Auto Center Chevrolet 2352 18 2 6 9
8 Doug McCoun 34 Wynn's Pontiac 2219 18 1 4 10
9 Keith Spangler 37 Card Service International Chevrolet 2141 18 0 2 8
10 Tony Toste 33 Toste Paving Chevrolet 2088 17 0 0 6

Busch All-Star Tour[edit]

The only NASCAR regional series to compete on dirt tracks,[65] the 1996 NASCAR Busch All-Star Tour consisted of 16 events, run at 11 race tracks in 5 states. Joe Kosiski won his fourth series championship, beating Ray Guss, Jr. by 19 points.[66]

Eight drivers won races over the course of the 18-race season; Joe Kosiski won the most events, with four victories.[66] Donnie McClellan won the series' Rookie of the Year title,[66] while Denny Osborn was named the series' Most Popular Driver.[65]

Top ten drivers standings[edit]

Pos. Driver Car Team Pts Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
1 Joe Kosiski 53 Champion Auto Stores Chevrolet 2586 16 4 14 15
2 Ray Guss, Jr. 12 PB Body/Sentry Pool Chevrolet 2567 16 1 14 15
3 Steve Kosiski 52 Malvern Trust & Savings Bank Chevrolet 2304 16 2 7 11
4 Gary Webb 70 Mills Chevrolet/Grove Auto Chevrolet 2224 16 1 8 13
5 Donnie McClellan 22 Chevrolet 2105 16 0 2 8
6 Jay Johnson 5 J&J Steel Chevrolet 2092 16 0 3 8
7 Denny Osborn 72 Waterloo Auto Parts Chevrolet 1995 16 0 0 4
8 Brian Birkhofer 15 Jody's Bar & Grill Chevrolet 1716 11 4 6 8
9 Bob Helm 1X Advanced Pro Auto Chevrolet 1712 13 2 4 6
10 Curt Martin 45 Triangle Plastics Chevrolet 1675 14 0 1 8

Winston Racing Series[edit]

The 1996 NASCAR Winston Racing Series was a local racing series operating under NASCAR sanction, comprising 100 member tracks grouped into 10 regions. Each track ran weekly races in a variety of classes, with one class being the track's featured class; each featured class champion at each track was then ranked using a Competition Performance Index (CPI), based on the driver's winning percentage, a weighed car count for the region's tracks, and percentage of races competed in, with the driver having the highest CPI being declared the regional champion. The regional champions' CPIs were then ranked, with the highest-ranking driver being awarded the national championship.[67]

Larry Phillips, competing in the Grand American Late Model class at I-44 Speedway in the Heartland Region,[68] won the series' national championship in 1996, his fifth Winston Racing Series national championship.[69] Second in the national rankings was John Blewett III, competing at Flemington Speedway in the Northeast Region,[70] third was Wes Troup of Old Dominion Speedway in the Atlantic Seaboard Region,[71] fourth was Steven Howard competing at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in the Blue Ridge Region,[72] fifth was Steve Boley from West Liberty Raceway in the Midwest Region,[73] sixth was Bobby Hogge IV competing at Antioch Speedway and Altamont Raceway Park in the Pacific Coast Region,[74] seventh was Eddie McKean of Magic Valley Speedway in the Great West Region,[75] eighth was Mike VanSparrentak from Kalamazoo Speedway in the Mid-America Region,[76] ninth was Carl Trimmer of Tucson Raceway Park in the Sunbelt Region,[77] and tenth was Dale Planck, who competed at Fulton Speedway and Utica-Rome Speedway in the New England Region.[78]

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