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Peyton Sellers Wins Caution Filled Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 at South Boston

Peyton Sellers celebrates in victory lane at South Boston Speedway June 29, 2019. (Andy Newsom/Loose In, Tight Off)

South Boston, VA– Philip Morris was the big man on campus earlier in the afternoon during group qualifying when he was just a couple thousands of a second away from breaking the fourteen-second lap bracket and earned the right to bring the thirty-one car field to the green. Mike Looney, Josh Berry, Ryan Repko, and Trey Crews made up the remaining fastest five starters.

The 200-lap lap Virginia Triple Crown opener would be run in two segments essentially. The first would be 101-laps in distance. Teams would then have fifteen minutes to come down pit road for adjustments and full. A number of cars would then be inverted and sent out for the remaining 99 laps.

It was no surprise that Philip Morris was strong from the drop of the green flag. Leading all but the last ten or so laps when Josh Berry got by him on a restart and he started to slip back through the field. He would ultimately land in the fifth position by the time the halfway caution was displayed. We couldn’t confirm if he had a mechanical issue or if he was playing the invert game. Either way, it came back to bite him when he ended up in the turn four walls and ultimately on the rollback.

Tyler Hughes would inherit the lead following the ten-car invert. With the help of the inside line, clean track, and a plethora of yellow flags, Hughes looked to have what it took to pick up his first Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 victory. However, a right front tire issue would take away those hopes in a hurry. The lead would change hands multiple times between multiple drivers until Layne Riggs and Collin Garrett make contact and literally part the sea for Sellers to take the lead.

Peyton turned into the Peyton of old with 20-laps to go and was able to hold off a hard-charging Lee Pulliam to pick up yet another South Boston Speedway win, extend both his track and national points lead, as well as get a huge leg up on the Virginia Triple Crown standings going into the Hampton Heat at Langley Speedway in a few short weeks.

“We had just enough car there at the end,” a tired Peyton Sellers said in victory lane. “Lee Pulliam had the best car there the last twenty or thirty laps. He didn’t go on that restart good and we got a good little lead on him but he came back strong, I knew he would This Clarence’s Steak House/Danville Toyota racecar was strong when it needed to be.”

In a race that saw more than ten cautions and two large pileups on the front stretch, Sellers admitted at some point it came down to maintaining the nose on the car.

“Man, this was a race of attrition,” Sellers added. “We hung around eighth place all night. Never could get track position till the last restart. Here we are with fifteen to go and we were sitting second and it was time to go.”

Sellers admitted that he didn’t have the fastest car but he was certainly at the right place at the right time and capitalized.

“He [Pulliam] ran me clean there at the end,” Sellers spoke about that last restart. “He could have driven through there and took us out but he didn’t, that’s what racing is all about. We had a good clean battle last week for the win and he won that one so the respect comes back on me and I appreciate that.  These races are hard to come by.”

With the win, tonight Sellers sits on top of the Triple Crown Standings. As a previous winner of the mini-series, Sellers was asked how he feels about it early this year.

“We have to go to Langley with an open mind,” Sellers went on to say about his previous Virginia Triple Crown wins. “I told them earlier today you can’t play today’s game with yesterdays home run. We will put our nose down and try to get a win over there.”

 

Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. Peyton Sellers
  2. Lee Pulliam
  3. Trey Crews
  4. Mike Looney
  5. Corey Heim
  6. Brandon Pierce
  7. Timothy Peters
  8. Tyler Hughes
  9. Thomas Scott
  10. Mike Jones
  11. Terry Carroll
  12. Ty Gibbs
  13. Brenden Queen
  14. Layne Riggs
  15. Colin Garrett
  16. Ryan Millington
  17. Josh Berry
  18. Mark Wertz
  19. Mark Keesee
  20. Quincy Adkins
  21. Justin S Carroll
  22. Tim Phipps
  23. Phillip Morris
  24. Terry Dease
  25. Justin T Carroll
  26. Ryan Wilson
  27. Daniel Shelton
  28. Bobby McCarty
  29. Jordan Pickerel
  30. Ryan Repko
  31. Austin Thaxton

Philip Morris Captures the Pole at South Boston’s Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200

Philip Morris powers down the front stretch at South Boston Speedway during final practice for the 2019 Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

South Boston, VA– Earlier today The Weekly Racer made a handful of picks on who we thought might be contenders for tonight’s races and Philip Morris helped our creditability as the hot sun finally started to set over turns one and two. Morris, who won final practice continued that speed into group qualifying capturing the top spot and earning the right to lead the field to green with a 15.022-second lap. That is an average of 95.859 miles per hour.

The 200-lap race will be run in two segments essentially. A caution will be displayed at lap 101. At that point, the field will be brought down pit road and teams will be given fifteen minutes to make normal pit stop adjustments. No hard parts may be changed or fuel added. Teams will need to finish the race with the tires they started with, however, they are permitted to rotate tires if they wish during that break.

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Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 Starting Order

  1. Phillip Morris – 15.022
  2. Mike Looney – 15.106
  3. Josh Berry – 15.137
  4. Ryan Repko – 15.163
  5. Trey Crews – 15.174
  6. Peyton Sellers – 15.177
  7. Bobby McCarty – 15.187
  8. Timothy Peters – 15.208
  9. Colin Garrett – 15.212
  10. Ty Gibbs – 15.227
  11. Brandon Pierce – 15.229
  12. Lee Pulliam – 15.237
  13. Mike Jones – 15.252
  14. Layne Riggs – 15.259
  15. Tyler Hughes – 15.260
  16. Justin T Carroll – 15.260
  17. Ryan Millington – 15.270
  18. Corey Heim – 15.307
  19. Ryan Wilson – 15.317
  20. Tim Phipps – 15.330
  21. Thomas Scott – 15.348
  22. Terry Dease – 15.384
  23. Brenden Queen – 15.386
  24. Justin S Carroll – 15.509
  25. Austin Thaxton – 15.548
  26. Mark Wertz – 15.551
  27. Daniel Shelton – 15.676
  28. Terry Carroll – 15.684
  29. Mark Keesee – 15.717
  30. Jordan Pickerel – 15.755
  31. Quincy Adkins – 15.798

Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 “Who to Watch”

Ladies and gentlemen. Boys and girls. It’s that time! Time for some big time Late Model Stock Car Racing. Round one of the 2019 Virginia Triple Crown series kicks off this evening at South Boston Speedway for their annual Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200. Thirty plus cars have converged on the .400-mile Speedway all bunting for the big pay day.

As always The Weekly Racer will have you covered from the start of practice to the checkered flag. You can follow all the action here at this link ->> https://www.24live.co/live/2289885268277396739. Coverage will begin approx. 1:00 PM EDT.

Need to know who to keep your eye on tonight. We got you covered there too! Here are our top five picks for tonight’s race. What about you? Who do you have coming home the winner?

1:30 PM: Practice

4:30 PM: Euro Qualifying

5:30 PM: On track Fan Appreciation

7:00 PM: GREEN FLAG

  • Hornets: 20
  • Pure Stock: 40
  • Late Model: 200
  • Limited Sportsman: 75

To Follow: Fireworks

Josh’s Pick 5

Phillip Morris – It’s Phillip Morris, how could you not pick him as a favorite? Yeah he’s had an up and down season, but when you put Morris and a big race at SoBo together, you’re going to get the best Morris there is. After finishing second to Sellers last year in this race, Phillip looks to get that one extra position to put him in victory lane this year.

Lee Pulliam – He’s put all his dedication into South Boston this season by running a full season there. He’s fourth in points at the track and has two wins, he’s coming off a last place finish in the most recent Late Model race. He’ll be looking to turn his luck around with a strong finish.

Bobby McCarty – Bobby has ran the CARS tour series for a few years now and he won the championship last season. Anywhere McCarty goes, he’s a top three runner. This will be McCartys first appearance at South Boston since last years 200 lap race where he finished fifth.

Peyton Sellers – Sellers will be looking to defend his title as last years winner this year. He’s the points leader at the track, he’s had strong runs at multiple tracks and wins at multiple tracks this season. Being first in national points also gives him a boost to run his best with a big car count expected for more points towards a national championship.

Josh Berry – Berry has been strong in every single CARS tour race this season. Late race luck just hasn’t been on his side, but the other drivers know who’s been the top performer. After breaking through and picking up the win at Dominion last weekend, Berry looks to continue his dominant performances going into this weekend.

Dark Horse:

Thomas Scott – Scott runs well in any big race he goes to. He’s third in points at South Boston, five out of nine races this season he’s finished in the top five with two runner up finishes. He had a chance to win the inaugural Grass Roots 200 at Langley Speedway earlier this year, until a late race wreck ended his night. He finished 17th last year, he’s looking to improve that stat a lot this year.

Justin’s Pick 5

Peyton Sellers – You would be crazy to count Peyton Sellers out of any race he shows up to. It would be even more wild to count him out at his home track of South Boston. Sellers is your current points leader at the speedway as well as NWAAS points. Sellers also posted times in the low 15’s yesterday during practice. Keep your eyes in that white and orange two-six come race time.

Philip Morris – I would have to second Josh’s statement from above. It’s Philip Morris, how can you not pick this man as a favorite. He has won at just about every track he’s been to. You could also argue that Morris is not hitting on all cylinders this year like he was last year. Either way, Morris will certainly be a front runner and a contender at the end of the feature.

Mike Looney – The saying strike when the iron is hot comes to mind with this pick. The former ValleyStar Credit Union 300 winner knows how to deal with pressure in these big races and has certainly been hitting on something out at his home track in the mountains of Virginia. Last week he picks up a win in his first visit to Langley Speedway. Look for Looney to ride that momentum into tonight feature.

Timothy Peters – So he hasn’t been in a Late Model Stock much this year but it’s Timothy Peters. Not to mention when you have the backing of Berry Nelson you know your going to have some of the best equipment out there. If Peters can keep the nose clean he will most certainly be a car to watch in the closing laps.

Brenden Queen – You might say this is more suited for a dark horse or sleeper pick but let me take a second to tell you why we don’t think so. Queen has always done well in these long distances races. He has also been more determined than ever this year to perform. He has also teamed up with car owner Andre Grier which, despite some obvious growing pains and learning the car, has proven to be a good partnership. Queen will need to focus on keeping tires under his machine and make the right moves at the right time. If he can do that there is a chance we may see him in victory lane.

Dark Horse

Mark Wertz – Yup, I said it! Don’t sleep on the Chesapeake native. Wertz stepped back from full time competition this year to assist in the development of Connor Hall. One thing this has allowed him to do is pick and choose the races he wants to run. What’s the benefit in that? Focused attention. Wertz has plenty of experience at South Boston to be a real threat. With him stepping away from full time driving it’s just enough for other drivers to “count him out” which makes him dangerous.

South Boston Speedway’s 200-Lapper On June 29 Will Offer Huge Payout, Large Field, Fireworks

South Boston Speedway’s big Fourth of July celebration is always big from fans and drivers alike

South Boston, VA – As far as Peyton Sellers and Lee Pulliam are concerned, it doesn’t get much bigger than the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort NASCAR Whelen Late Model 200 at South Boston Speedway on June 29.

“This race has been gaining a lot of traction over the past few years,” said Sellers. “It brings cars from a lot of different tracks.”

“It’s a huge deal,” said Pulliam.

These two NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champions should know. Between them they have won eight of the mid-season-classics. At one point, Pulliam won an amazing six straight. Sellers has won it twice, in 2005 and then again last season.

Why is the 200-lapper such a big deal? Let’s count the ways.

First, it is the initial leg of the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown, the three-race series that awards the winner $7,000, the second-place finisher $2,000 and the third-place finisher $1,000. The other two races in the series are the Hampton Heat at Langley Speedway on July 20 and the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway on October 5.

“It’s an absolute necessity to finish good in this race if you want to win the triple crown,” said Pulliam, who won the 2015 triple crown. “One bad race and you’re not going to win this deal. You have to get off on the right foot.”

“You used to have a mulligan in the triple crown. Now it takes three perfect races,” added Sellers, who has captured three triple crown titles. “If you are going to run good in the triple crown, you have to run good at South Boston.”

Then there is the purse. For the first time, the winner will take home $10,000 up from $6,500 in past years. “That’s going to help bring some really good cars,” Sellers said of the 10-grand first-place prize.

Last year’s Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 attracted 35 entries. A similar field is expected again this season.

“I think with the purse this is definitely going to bring a few more (cars),” said Sellers. “It’s kind of an off weekend. People tend to come out. They know South Boston will have seven or eight thousand fans there and it’s easier to pick up a one-off sponsorship.”

Then there are the non-racing activities that make the night a big deal. There will be a huge prerace fan-appreciation event on track with drivers from all divisions signing autographs and interacting with fans.

The night will end with a bang as the area’s largest Fourth of July fireworks display will be set off outside of the third turn following the final race of the night.

There will be a full night of racing action with the 200-lap Late Model race, a 75-lap Limited Sportsman race, a 40-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race and a 20-lap Budweiser Hornets race.

Advance tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the South Boston Speedway office or by calling 877.440.1540, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5  p.m. On race day tickets will be $20 for adults. Children 12-and-under will be admitted free with a paying adult.

Pierce Poised To Make A Statement In His Return To South Boston Speedway Saturday Night

Brandon Pierce celebrates after his first win at South Boston Speedway last year

South Boston, VA – There are going to be some heavy hitters rolling into South Boston Speedway this weekend for the track’s huge mid-season Late Model classic. Familiar names like Morris, Pulliam, Sellers, Peters and McCarty. 

Poised not far behind that group, flying a bit under the radar is Brandon Pierce. While he may not have the stats and championships of Philip Morris, Lee Pulliam, Peyton Sellers, Timothy Peters or Bobby McCarty, Pierce has to be considered a legitimate contender in the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Presented By Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort NASCAR Whelen Late Model 200.

He finished fourth in last year’s event and was fifth in 2016. He picked up his first South Boston Speedway win last season and his first CARS Tour victory early this season. He is driving a car prepared by Pulliam this year and he says that partnership has accelerated the learning process.

“Everybody knows about all of Lee’s success overall and especially at South Boston. There is always something you can learn from someone of his caliber,” Pierce said of the four-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion. “I’ve asked him so many questions; he has taught me so much, about driving and about the car.”

Although Pierce hasn’t raced at South Boston this year, he says he’s learned so much about the .4-mile oval by watching Pulliam’s performances at the track closely this season.

“I always thought I did pretty good at South Boston,” said Pierce, who ran at the track full time in 2016 and 2017, his first full seasons in Late Model. “But I’ve learned so much about it this year. I’ve been with Lee every week he’s raced there this year, watching his car and his driving style.

“I’ve taken a lot of notes. I’m really looking forward to practice on Friday so I can put all of that to use.”

Pierce said he believes there is more buzz than normal about Saturday’s race among both fans and drivers. There are several reasons, he said. The larger first-place payout, up from $6,500 in 2018 to $10,000 this year, has contributed, he says. So has the fact it is the first race in the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown, the coveted three-race series that includes stops at Langley Speedway and Martinsville Speedway.

“If you win this one, you’ve definitely accomplished something. If it lives up to its billing, if everyone shows up that I hear is coming, the best of the best are going to be there.”

Pierce has been running the CARS Tour fulltime the past two seasons, but South Boston Speedway remains special to him.

“I definitely have this one circled because South Boston always feels like home to me. I ran there two years full time,” said Pierce, who is sponsored by Thunder Road Harley-Davidson, Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort, Fremont Properties, Discount Oil Company, Bondurant Brothers Distillery, Amanzi Marble & Granite and Mincey’s Graphics.

“I love the track. I love everybody there. I developed some fan base there and it’s always good going somewhere you’ve got experience.”

Pierce and Pulliam have only raced head-to-head once this season. He ran in the top five most of that day with his boss and teammate Corey Heim. It was good, clean, fun racing, Pierce said. But what would happen Saturday night if Pulliam is leading and he is running second on the final lap?

“I’d definitely give him a shot (in the bumper) and he would be mad if I didn’t. I’d give him big enough of a shot to get side-by-side. He’d be grinning ear-to-ear. I’d love that opportunity. And he’d do the same to me.”

Saturday’s Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Presented By Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort NASCAR Whelen Late Model 200 is going to be a celebration of racing and family fun. There will be racing in four divisions, a huge fan appreciation event on the track prior to the race and a spectacular fireworks display after the final race.

In addition to the 200-lap Late Model race, there will be a 75-lap Limited Sportsman race, a 40-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race and a 20-lap Budweiser Hornets race.

Advance tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the South Boston Speedway office or by calling 877.440.1540, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On race day tickets will be $20 for adults. Children 12-and-under will be admitted free with a paying adult.

Crews Scores First LMSC Win In Bojangles 100 At South Boston Speedway

South Boston, VA – The depth in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division at South Boston Speedway has been getting better with each week of the 2019 season.
It took another step in that direction Saturday night when Trey Crews of Halifax, Virginia scored his first career NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car race win in the Bojangles NASCAR Late Model 100.

Crews, the outside pole starter, held off former NASCAR national champion Lee Pulliam of Alton, Virginia and Nick Sanchez of Miami, Florida in a 37-lap sprint to the finish following the race’s final caution period to capture his first win. His margin of victory was .748-second.

The Halifax, Virginia resident took the lead at the outset and held a lead of almost a quarter of a lap over Pulliam and Sanchez when a caution flag flew for an incident on lap 63. Pulliam and Sanchez gave Crews a hard run for a handful of laps after the restart, but Crews was able to gradually pull away as Pulliam and Sanchez engaged in a close side-by-side battle for second place, a battle Pulliam won by about two car lengths.

Austin Thaxton of South Boston, Virginia finished fourth and Mike Looney of Catawba, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers in the race that took just over an hour to complete.

Moss, Willis Split Limited Sportsman Division Twinbill

Daniel Moss of Danville, Virginia and Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston, Virginia split wins in Saturday night’s twin 25-lap Limited Sportsman Division races. The wins marked the second victory of the season for both drivers.

Moss took the lead from Willis with three laps to go as they battled on the restart following the last of the race’s three caution periods and held off Willis to win by .415-second. Drew Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia finished third with Jason Myers of Hurt, Virginia and Brent Younger of South Boston, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

Willis started on the outside of the front row in the second race, took the lead from Myers on the second lap and drove to a .685-second win over Moss, who got around Myers to take second place on the next-to-last lap of the race.

Eric Winslow of Pelham, North Carolina, and Dawson rounded out the top five finishers in the nightcap.

Crews, Pickrel Pick Up Wins In Pure Stock Division Twins

Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia and Jordan Pickrel of Keeling, Virginia split wins in Saturday night’s twin 15-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division races.

Crews fended off Pickrel in a close battle in the first of the pair of 15-lap races, edging Pickrel by a slim margin of .338-second. Scott Phillips of Halifax, Virginia finished third, with Bruce Mayo of Halifax, Virginia and Randy Hupp of Halifax, Virginia.

Crews and Pickrel exchanged the lead three times in the opening race, with Crews taking the lead for good with eight laps to go to capture his third win of the season.

Pickrel started on the front row and led the entire way in the second race that was marred by a multi-car incident on the opening lap. Justin Dawson’s car was destroyed and Hupp’s car was totaled when it overturned on the front stretch. Neither driver was injured.

A good jump on the start allowed Pickrel to pull away from the field, and with no challenges, he sped to a three-second win over runner-up Jarrett Milam of Keeling, Virginia. Mayo finished third with Kenny Mills Jr. of Alton, Virginia, and Crews running out the top five finishers.

Dawson Takes Hornets Division Win

Josh Dawson of Halifax, Virginia scored his first career win Saturday night in the 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race. With the victory, Dawson became the third different winner in the four races run in the division thus far this season.

Aaron Cash of South Boston, Virginia finished second with Micah Pacifico of Providence, North Carolina, Steven Layne of Nathalie, Virginia and Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia completing the top five finishers.

Next Race At South Boston Speedway

NASCAR racing action returns to South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, June 1 with the 7 p.m. Running of the NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s racing program.

The six-race program will be headlined by twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors. Also on tap are a 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race, a 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division, a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division and a 25-lap race for the regional touring Southern Ground Pounders series.

Registration and pit gates open at 2 p.m. Practice goes from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Grandstand gates open at 5:30 p.m. and qualifying starts at 6 p.m. The first race gets the green flag at 7 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults with children ages 12 and under admitted free with a paying adult.
For additional information about the NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s racing program or any other events at South Boston Speedway please visit the speedway’s website at www.southboston speedway.com or telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.

Late Model Stock Competition Much Deeper Than Expected At South Boston Speedway This Season

Teenager Daniel Silvestri (97) has been one of the big Late Model Stock surprises at South Boston Speedway this season.

SOUTH BOSTON, VA – The racing season is young at South Boston Speedway, with just four race dates in the books so far. But there have already been some solid story lines revealed.

As expected, the three NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champions, Peyton Sellers, Philip Morris, and Lee Pulliam have dominated victory lane.

What may be unexpected though, is the depth of the competition. Ten different drivers … Pulliam, Sellers, Morris, Mike Looney, Austin Thaxton, Jason Barnes, Trey Crews, Thomas Scott, Mike Jones, and Daniel Silvestri have all posted top-5 finishes in just five races this season.

Thaxton and Crews have been solid enough to elbow their way into the top-5 in the point standings, despite the winning ways of the big three. With second, fourth and fifth-place finishes, Thaxton is tied for second with Morris in the Late Model points standings, trailing only Sellers.

Late Model rookie Crews is fourth in the standings after a pair of third-place finishes and four top-10 efforts. Pulliam, who won the season-opener, is fifth in points.

Morris and Sellers have two wins apiece.

Silvestri is perhaps the biggest surprise of the season. The 16-year-old rookie finished second to Sellers on April 20 in just his third Late Model start. He also has a sixth to his credit this season.

The Limited Sportsman Division has seen parity as well early in 2019. There have been three different winners … Danny Willis Jr., Jacob Borst, and Daniel Moss … in three races this year.

There is just a 10-point difference between first and fourth in the Limited points standings. Moss leads the way with 106 points, followed by Willis with 99, Jessica Dana with 98 and Borst with 96.

Nathan Crews, behind a pair of victories, leads the Budweiser Pure Stock Points by 17 over Jordan Pickrel and Bruce Mayo, who are tied for second. Crews captured the first two races of the season and Pickrel won the most recent Pure Stock race.

Steven Layne leads the Budweiser Hornets Division in victories with two but trails Kevin Currin, who has one victory, in points. Currin has a five-point, 122-117 lead over Layne.

All divisions will be back in action Saturday night with the Bojangles NASCAR Late Model 100, featuring a 100-lap Late Model Stock race, twin 25-lap races for the Limited Sportsman Division, twin 15-lap races for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and a15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division.

Admission is $10 for adults with children 12-and-under admitted free. Grandstand gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the green flag falling at 7 p.m.

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