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THE RACE: Food City 500

Winston Cup Race #6 of 36 for the 2001 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, March 25, 2001 in Bristol, TN

  • TV: Fox 1:00pm/et(pre-race at 12:30pm/et)

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Matt Yocum, Steve Byrnes, Jeanie Zelesko

  • Posted Awards/Purse: $3,591,445 (was $2,307,231 in 2000)

  • Entry List: Entry List for the: Food City 500 from

  • 2000 Race Winner: Rusty Wallace, 88.018mph

  • Track Race Record 1st Race: Cale Yarborough, Apr 1977, 100.989

  • Track Race Record 2nd Race: Charlie Glotzbach, July 1971, 101.074

  • Track/Race Length: 0.533-mile concrete oval, 500 laps, 266.5 miles

  • Pit Road Speed: 35mph


  • Practice: Friday, Mar 23rd from 11:45am - 1:45pm/et; Saturday, Mar 24th none listed except Happy Hour

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, Mar 24th after the BGN race, TV-FX approx 3:30pm/et


  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, March 23rd at 10:45am/et

  • Qualfying Order - Food City 500: at or NASCAR Online

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, Mar 23rd at 3:30pm/et, TV-FSN(Fox Sports Net) and live via PRN radio/internet

  • will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Winston Cup qualifying via the web using it's Racecast feature

  • Second-Round Qualifying: there is no longer a 2nd round of qualifying

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record: Steve Park, Mar 2000, 126.370mph

  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Steve Park, 126.370mph

  • Track Specs:
    0.533-mile concrete oval
    Degree of banking in corners: 36 degrees
    Degree of banking in straights: 16 degrees
    Straightaways are 650 feet long.
    Concrete racing surface is 40 feet wide.
    Seating capacity: ~147,000
    Bristol has two pits roads: 21 pit stalls on the front stretch and 21 on the back stretch(1 must be shared)

  • Track Homepage: Bristol Motor Speedway

  • Scanner Frequencies: are linked on my Racing Links Page/ Scanners Section

    PAST RACE WINNERS of All past races at Bristol

  • All Time Bristol Winners and Pole Sitters (BMS Site)


  • The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $10,000 at Bristol for leading the points and winning the race(Dale Jarrett last won the award, $50,000 at Darlington on Mar 18, 2001). The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if he is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finisher in the point standings(3-18-2001)


Radio Coverage:
Performance Racing Network(PRN), with live RealAudio coverage
Airtime: 12:30pm/et with Announcers: Doug Rice and Mark Garrow, Turn Reporters: Chuck Carland and Robin Albright and Pit Reporters: Brett McMillan and Steve Richards

Satellite/Backhaul Listing's:
Satellite/Backhaul Listing's: Stutzman Computer Service/Sales - Racing Feed Locations

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Bristol, TN Area:
Bristol Herald Courier
Kingsport Times-News
The Tennessean

Weather forecast for Bristol, TN by The Weather Channel
Weather Underground - Bristol, TN
Weather Point - Bristol, TN
The Weather Pit



Fans Can Online(NASCAR Online)
looks like this is all that there is out there now....




  • How About That! Elliott Sadler Wins at Bristol!: #21-Elliott Sadler won the Food City at Bristol in the Motorcraft/Air Force Ford. Sadler's first ever win and first top five of his career. It was the Wood Brothers points win since Morgan Shepherd at Atlanta in March of 1993 (Michael Waltrip won The Winston in 1996 for the Wood Brothers). The 17th different driver to win for the Wood Brothers in their long history and their first ever at Bristol. It was also the 4th first time winner in the last 7 Winston Cup races (Nadeau at Atlanta in 2000, Waltrip at Daytona, Harvick at Atlanta and now Elliott). #43-John Andretti was 2nd and came close to giving Dodge it's first win and Andretti's best finish of the year beating last weeks 6th. #4-Kevin Lapage gave Morgan-McClure it's best finish of the year with a 15th place finish in his first run in the car after starting 42nd. See for the story at: Sadler scores first win; Gordon, Stewart tangle and results at: Food City 500 results. Or see for Unofficial Results and Unofficial Standings. See 42 photos online from Elliott Sadler's winning weekend at his official website:

  • Food City 500 at Bristol Lineup

  • Happy Hour at Bristol is over for the Food City 500. #2-Rusty Wallace was the fastest at 120.963mph. 2nd was #6-Mark Martin at 120.528. Slowest was #77-Robert Pressley at 118.488. #17-Matt Kenseth spun and hit the wall on the backstretch in the final minutes of Happy Hour but the damage was minimal and he should not have to go to a backup. See the whole rundown of speeds at : Saturday's 'Happy Hour' practice speeds and at Final Practice Speeds (3-24-2001)

  • Backstretch: Only two drivers in the history of Bristol has ever won a race after pitting on the backstretch. Davey Allison(started 19th) in the spring 1990 race and Dale Earnhardt(26th) in the 2nd 1999 race(3-23-2001)

  • Best Starts: #55-Bobby Hamilton (6th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 5th at Darlington in September of 1999. #45-Kyle Petty (7th) had his best qualifying run since he started 4th at The BrickYard last August (Jayski note: but that was in the #12 Ford for Mayfield after Petty missed the race and Mayfield was too injured to run, so Petty had to fall to the end of the field, Kyle did have a did start 2nd at Sears point last June). #43-John Andretti (11th) has his best starting spot since he lined up on the outside pole at Loudon last July. #2-Rusty Wallace has 4 Top-10 starts in a row.(Catchfence)(3-24-2001)

  • Pole at BMS: Mark Martin is now tied for third all-time at BMS for most poles. He joins Richard Petty with six, and still trails Rusty Wallace (7) and Cale Yarborough (9).(Bristol Herald Courier)(3-24-2001)

  • Qualifying is over at Bristol for the Food City 500. #6-Mark Martin won the pole with a speed of 126.303mph just a little slower then the track record set last year by Steve Park(126.370). When Martin went out to qualify, the track was totally cloud covered. It was Martins first pole since Rockingham in Oct 1999. Outside pole goes to #40-Sterling Marlin with a speed of 125.387mph, so Martin was almost a mph faster then Marlin. Three drivers missed the race are: #01-Jason Leffler(41st in owners points); #90-Hut Stricklin(42nd), #85-Carl Long(48th). #4-Kevin Lepage used a provisional to make the race, that is the team's 4th provisional in 6 races, so the team is out of provisionals until race #8(Martinsville) unless he can moved into the top 25 in owners points(presently 37th) more info on my 2001 Provisional Page. Bristol has two pit roads, 21 stalls in the front and 22 in the back. #44-Buckshot Jones got the final frontstretch pit stall qualifying 21st. #25-Jerry Nadeau just missed the front stretch. Some notes: #11-Bodine and #21-Sadler had practice wrecks and had to go to backup cars. Tommy Morgan and Buddy Parrott are sharing crew chief duties on the #97 this week since regular crew chief Matt Chambers is suspended for this races and nest week at Texas. See qualifying results

  • Progression of the Pole at Bristol:
    #88-Jarrett (1st out, 124.146, starts 19th) #45-Petty (3rd out, 124.743, starts 7th) #2-Wallace (9th out, 125.166, starts 4th) #29-Harvick (14th out, 125.354, starts 3rd) #6-Martin (41st out, 126.303, on the pole)(3-23-2001)

  • Friday Practice: is over at Bristol. #6-Mark Martin was the fastest at 126.129mph, track record is Steve Park last year with a speed of 126.370mph. 2nd fastest was #24-Jeff Gordon at 125.884. Slowest was #7-Mike Wallace with a speed of 120.429. #4-Kevin Lapage was 28th at 123.905mph in his first run in the Morgan-McClure Chevy. See the speeds at : Friday's Winston Cup practice speeds or at Food City 500 Practice Results(3-23-2001)

  • Some Bristol Facts:
    There have been 80 NASCAR Winston Cup Series races at Bristol since the track opened in 1961.
    Rusty Wallace leads all active drivers with seven Bud Poles at Bristol.
    Retired driver Cale Yarborough leads all drivers with nine Bud Poles at Bristol.
    The race has been won from the Bud Pole on 19 occasions at Bristol, the most of any starting position (24%).
    The furthest back in the field that a race winner has started was 26th by Dale Earnhardt in the 1999 Goody's Headache Powder 500
    A total of 28 drivers have won Cup races at Bristol since 1961
    12 have won more than once.
    Retired driverDarrell Waltrip leads all drivers with 12 victories at Bristol
    In the 40 years of twice-yearly Cup racing at Bristol (1961 to 2000), a sweep of both races in the same year has occurred 13 times (32.5 percent).
    Rusty Wallace was the most recent driver to win both Bristol races in the same year (2000).
    A NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at Bristol has been shortened by rain on only two occasions, once in the fall of 1983 and again in the spring of 1996
    There has been only one race run caution-free at Bristol, the 1971 Volunteer 500, won by Charlie Glotzbach
    Cale Yarborough led all 500 laps of the 1973 Southeastern 500.(NASCAR PR)(3-2-2001)

  • Qualifying Order is up: See above for the link. 46 drivers are schedule to attempt qualifying today at Bristol. First due out is #88-Dale Jarrett, last due out is #40-Sterling Marlin. Qualifying will be at 3:30pm/et and televised on FSN and can be followed on

  • Entry List is up at for the Food City 500 at Bristol. See the link above. 46 drivers/cars are listed. Robby Gordon is listed in the #4 Kodak Chevy. #85-Carl Long is on the list and plans to be there. No #71-Dave Marcis listed(3-20-2001)

  • an interesting point: When NASCAR officials decided to disallow Jerry Nadeau's qualifying time yesterday, it raised an interesting question. With the Winston Cup series having only one round of qualifying the rest of the season, what happens if an unapproved part is found? According to NASCAR, drivers no longer have to post an official qualifying time to use a provisional, they only have to practice. So a driver could have a penalty on a qualifying issue but still have access to one of the seven provisionals for the race(Richmond Times Dispatch)(2-11-2001)

  • How to break a tie during qualifying?(same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers). For provisionals standings see the Jayski Provisional Status page(2-20-2000)

  • Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these sites: NASCAR Online, Racin Network, and


  • VOTE for the BMS Moment: Vote For Your Favorite Bristol Motor Speedway Moment And Be Entered To Win Fans' Favorite Raceday Give-Away at: Vote For Your Favorite Bristol Motor Speedway.(link fixed)(2-14/15-2001)

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Bristol


  • Crew Chiefs Return: Two NASCAR Cup crew chiefs, suspended for rules violations at Daytona, will be able to return to the race track next weekend at Bristol for the Food City 500. Winston Cup crew chiefs Tony Furr, from Jerry Nadeau's #25 Chevy team, and Kevin Cram, from Jason Leffer's #01 Dodge operation, were suspended for four races after rule violations at the season opener at Daytona. Furr was fined and suspended for unapproved fender braces and altered suspension parts, while Cram was suspended for an additive to fuel()(3-18-2001)

  • See the 2001 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team


  • Billy Ray and the #90: Sony recording artist Billy Ray Cyrus will use the Hills Bros Coffee Ford driven by Hut Stricklin to promote his new album, "Southern Rain," at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 25, announced Junie Donlavey, owner of Stricklin's Winston Cup Series #90 machine. Decals commemorating the new album's cover will be placed on the rear quarter panels of the Hills Bros Coffee Ford for the Food City 500. Cyrus will also be singing the national anthem prior to the start of the race. Cyrus has been a NASCAR fan for several years and met Donlavey's team last year at Bristol. Cyrus is currently working on a new television series for PAX Television called "DOC."(Keystone Marketing PR)(3-13-2001)

  • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery, choose current news

STATS and STUFF thru the race before this one

  • The Championship Outlook: Only five times in the modern era(1972-present) has the eventual champion not won in the first six races. This year, that puts Michael Waltrip, Steve Park, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick and Dale Jarrett in the running, when did a driver win the Championship and not win a race in the first six? 1973-Benny Parsons; 1984 and 1996-Terry Labonte; 1985-Darrell Waltrip; and 1999-Dale Jarrett(3-13-2001)

  • Top Fives: There have been 19 different Cup drivers(add #26-Spencer, #12-Mayfield at Darlington) who have scored a Top-5 so far in 2001....2000's total was 28, 1999's total was 28 and 1998's total number was 27(3-18-2000)

  • Top Tens: There have been 29 different Cup drivers(add #43-Andretti at Darlington) who have scored a Top-10 in 2001.....2000's total was 41, 1999's total was 40 and 1998's total number was 41(3-18-2001)

  • Provisonal Finishes in 2001: In 28 provisonal starts(4 races x 7 no qualifying at Darlington 3/2001), drivers have accumulated 0 Win, 1 Top 5's and 2 Top 10's. See my Provisional Finishes Page for each race finish by the provisionals starters(3-18-2001)

  • 8 Different Winners in a Row: #88-Dale Jarrett 's victory marks the eighth straight different Winston Cup winner since last fall's race at Phoenix. The list: #99-Burton(Phoenix); #20-Stewart(Homestead); #25-Nadeau(Atlanta); #15-Waltrip(Daytona); #1-Park(Rockingham); #24-Gordon(Las Vegas); #29-Harvick(Atlanta) and Jarrett. Jarrett last won 9 races ago at Rockingham. The modern era (1972-present) record is 11 in 1985 and 1986. The all-time record is 13 in 1961. Last season there were 10 in a row, and it started the season(from Daytona thru California)(3-18-2001)

  • Consecutive Winston Cup Starts: Ricky Rudd leads with with 613 followed by Rusty Wallace at 522, Ken Schrader with 492 and Mark Martin 406. Terry Labonte had 655 but sat out the 2000 Brickyard 400 to end his record streak. Dale Earnhardt had 648 consecutive Winston Cup starts until his death at Daytona(3-18-2001)

  • No Top Fives Since.... It has been a while since some drivers have had a top five finish on the Winston Cup circuit. Here are those with the longest streak of races without a top-five finish:

       Driver          Races  Finish    Track           Date
       Dave Marcis*     314     3rd     Watkins Glen    8-10-87
       Brett Bodine     204     2nd     Indianapolis    8-6-94
       Rick Mast        128     4th     Martinsville    9-22-96
       Kyle Petty        94     3rd     Dover           9-21-97
       Chad Little*      87     2nd     Texas           4-5-98
       Ken Schrader      81     4th     Richmond        9-12-98
       Hut Stricklin     71     2nd     Darlington      9-1-96
       Ted Musgrave*     52     5th     Phoenix         10-25-98
       Dick Trickle*     49     5th     Rockingham      10-27-97
       Derrike Cope*     46     5th     Atlanta         11-16-97
       Steve Grissom*    45     4th     New Hampshire   9-14-97
    Dave Marcis has not had a top 10 since April 10, 1994 in the Food City 500 at Bristol, he finished 10th.
    Regular Drivers Without a Career Top Five
       Driver         Races
       Elliott Sadler  74
       Dave Blaney     38
       Stacy Compton   32
       Buckshot Jones  22
    Cup drivers(not including 2001 rookies)
    (* not full time Cup in 2001, data compiled from UMI Press Guides, Winston Cup Updates)(3-18-2001)
  • No Wins Ever.... Some regular drivers in Winston Cup who have never won a Cup race and how many starts they have:

    Active Drivers	
    Driver        Races Run
    Rick Mast        339
    Ted Musgrave     298*
    Hut Stricklin    275
    Dick Trickle     266*
    Wally Dallenbach 225*
    Kenny Wallace    224
    Chad Little      216*
    Robert Pressley  175
    Johnny Benson    167
    Mike Skinner     150
    Ricky Craven     149
    Steve Grissom    141*
    Todd Bodine      114
    Kevin Lepage      96*
    David Green       78*
    Elliott Sadler    74
    All Time - Over 400 Starts	
    Driver          Races Run
    JD McDuffie       653
    Buddy Arrington   560
    Neil Castles      497
    Jimmy Means       455
    Cecil Gordon      450
    G.C. Spencer      415
    *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (3-18-2001)(UMI Press Guides Stats/Winston Cup Updates)

  • Drivers with the longest streak since they won a CUP race:

       Driver          Races Run   Last Win   Track
       Dave Marcis      479*       2/21/82    Richmond
       Brett Bodine     332        4/22/90    North Wilkesboro
       Ken Schrader     308        6/2/91     Dover
       Derrike Cope     272*       6/3/90     Dover
       Jimmy Spencer    207        7/24/94    Talladega
       Bill Elliott     198        9/4/94     Darlington
       Kyle Petty       165        6/4/95     Dover
       Sterling Marlin  153        7/6/96     Daytona
       Geoffrey Bodine  120*       8/11/96    Watkins Glen
       Bobby Hamilton    98        4/20/98    Martinsville
       Ricky Rudd        80        9/27/98    Martinsville    
       *not a full time or regular Cup driver
    (3-18-2001)(UMI Press Guides Stats/Winston Cup Updates)

  • Drivers with the current streak of consecutive seasons with at least one win a year:

    Have already won in 2001 and extended or started their streaks:
       Driver          Years   Last Win
       Dale Jarrett       9    Darlington, Mar 2001
       Jeff Gordon        8    Las Vegas, Mar 2001
       Steve Park         2    Rockingham, Feb 2001
       Michael Waltrip    1    Daytona, Feb 2001
       Kevin Harvick       1    Atlanta, Mar 2001
    Thru 2000 season:
       Rusty Wallace     15    Bristol, Aug 2000
       Bobby Labonte      6    Charlotte, Oct 2000
       Jeff Burton        4    Phoenix, August 2000
       Mark Martin        4    Martinsville, Apr 2000
       Tony Stewart       2    Homestead, Nov 2000   
       Ward Burton        1    Darlington, Mar 2000
       Dale Earnhardt Jr  1    Richmond, Apr 2000
       Jeremy Mayfield    1    Pocono, June 2000
       Matt Kenseth       1    Charlotte, May 2000
       Jerry Nadeau       1    Atlanta, Nov 2000
    Streaks that ended in 2000 that were thru 1999 season:
       Driver          Years   Last Win
       Terry Labonte      6    Texas, Apr 1999
       John Andretti      1    Martinsville, Apr 1999
       Joe Nemechek       1    New Hampshire, Sept 1999
    All Time Record is Richard Petty - 18 years from 1960-1977
    (3-18-2001)(info gathered using the 2000/2001 UMI Official NASCAR Preview and Press Guide and 1999/2000 Winston Cup Updates)

  • Single Car Winner: The last time a single-car team scored a victory was by Ricky Rudd at Martinsville in September 1998(8-4-2000)

  • Hendrick Motorsports Double wins: Two drivers from Hendrick Motorsports have won at least one Winston Cup race for seven consecutive seasons. No other current multi-car team has done that.(Gordon 1994-2000, T Labonte 1994-1999 and Nadeau in 2000)(11-22-2000)

  • Four 1st Timers: The four first-time winners in 2000 was the most since 1988 when there were also four, those winners: Ken Schrader(Talladega), Alan Kulwicki(Phoenix), Phil Parsons(Talladega), and Lake Speed(Darlington). Parsons and Speed have not won in Cup since and are out of the series. Kulwicki died in an aircraft accident in 1993. Schrader is still active on the Cup circuit and has four career Cup wins. The winners in 2000: Dale Earnhardt Jr(Texas), Matt Kenseth(Lowes), Steve Park(Watkins Glen) and Jerry Nadeau(Atlanta)(11-21-2000)

  • Pontiac Win Record: Pontiac Grand Prix, which clinched its third NASCAR Winston Cup Driver championship and first since 1989, thanks to driver Bobby Labonte, could had set a NASCAR modern-era standard for itself with a victory in Atlanta. Pontiac had 11 wins this season, matching the highest number of wins in a season that was set in 1993(Rusty had 10 of those). Tony Stewart, Labonte's teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, had a series-leading six wins this season, while Labonte had four and Ward Burton one(AP), The All-Time Pontiac Record is held in 1961 with 30. Ford holds the all-time mark of 48 in 1965 while the all time modern-era(1972 to present) is held by Buick with 25 wins in 1982(Winston Cup Updates)(11-18-2000)

  • Different Winners in 2000: There were 14 different race winners in 2000, the most in a single season since 1991 when there were 14, which is a record for NASCAR's modern era, which began in 1972.
    The drivers who won in 2000: Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin, Steve Park, Jeremy Mayfield, Ward Burton, Jeff Gordon and Jerry Nadeau.
    Terry Labonte, Joe Nemechek and John Andretti are the drivers who earned victories in 1999 and did not win in 2000. Two drivers who won in 1998 Bobby Hamilton and Ricky Rudd, have not won since(11-21-2000)

  • 43rd Fact: Last driver to win from the 43rd starting spot was Fonty Flock at Raleigh, NC in 1953, the only other driver to do so was Johnny Mantz in the 1950 Southern 500

  • Provisional Starting Winners: Jeff Burton was the first driver to win from a provisional starting spot EVER at New Hampshire in 1999 and that is the farthest back any driver has won from since Kyle Petty won from 37th at Dover in June 1995(in 1995 37th was not a provisional starting spot). Bill Elliott also won from 38th spot in the 1988 Pepsi 400. In fact ALL the provisional starters for the race finished in the top 25 at NHIS(7-11-1999)
    UPDATE: Add Bobby Labonte as the 2nd ever provisional winners by winning the 1999 NAPA 500 at Atlanta(11-21-1999)
    UPDATE 2: Add Bobby Labonte as the 3rd ever provisional winners by winning the 2000 Southern 500 at Darlington(9-3-2000)

  • Amazing Finishes: Races won from a starting position of 35 or worse in the history of NASCAR
    Starting Position  Race                                 Driver
     43                1950 Southern 500, Darlington        Johnny Mantz
     43                1953 Raliegh, NC                     Fonty Flock   
     38 provisional    1999 Jiffy Lube 300, Loudon          Jeff Burton
     38                1988 Firecracker 400, Daytona        Bill Elliott
     37 provisional    1999 NAPA 500, Atlanta               Bobby Labonte
     37 provisional    2000 Southern 500, Darlington        Bobby Labonte
     37                1995 Miller 500, Dover               Kyle Petty
     37                1959 Lakewood Speedway, Atl, GA      Lee Petty
     36                2000 Diehard 500, Talladega          Jeff Gordon
     35                2000 Cracker Barrel 500, Atlanta     Dale Earnhardt

  • Championship and no poles? ever happen? With Dale Jarrett winning the Cup championship and not scoring any poles in 1999, I was asked, has it ever happened before? Yep, five times, most recently, in 1991 when Dale Earnhardt won the Winston Cup Championship with four wins and NO poles. It also happened in 1983-Bobby Allison; 1980-Earnhardt; 1973-Benny Parsons; and 1950-Bill Rexford(The Stock Car Racing Encyclodepia)(11-14/21-1999)

  • Stats: Only five times in NASCAR's modern era(1972-present) has the eventual champion not won by the sixth race of the season. Those champions were Benny Parsons in 1973, Terry Labonte in 1984 and 1996, Darrell Waltrip in 1985 and Dale Jarrett in 1999

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