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SR2 Motorsports is looking for a full-time hauler driver/mechanic for the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series Season. Interested applicants please stop by the race shop at 133 Infield Court, Mooresville, NC 28117 or email your resume to Shawn Meekhof at firstname.lastname@example.org.(2-12-2014)
Mike Harmon Racing is looking for a crew chief and crew members and also have some volunteer positions open. Please send résumé to email@example.com. Mike Harmon Racing plans to be taking a former Penske Car and Penske lease engine to Daytona and taking a Camping World Series truck to Daytona.(1-27-2014)
ThorSport Racing is currently seeking experienced tire changers for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Applicants must be able to work out of the Sandusky, Ohio based facility. Please email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.(1-22-2014)
JD Motorsports is looking for part time or full time EXPERIENCED finish fabricators for the upcoming 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season with an option to travel, or shop only. Must be dedicated and eager to work in a fast paced environment. For more information, please contact Dave Fuge at (864) 488-1270 or send resume to email@example.com.(1-13-2014)
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Alan Kulwicki Scholarship: Alan Kulwicki was a self-made man who broke all conventional wisdom to capture the 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup championship by the narrowest margin in the sport's history. Kulwicki, an unassuming yet fiercely dedicated man, died in a plane crash in April of 1993, just five races into the 1993 NASCAR Winston Cup season.
Kulwicki built his own team from the ground up and molded it into the championship caliber it enjoyed at the time of his death. During his career, he scored five career Winston Cup wins, 24 pole positions, and more than $5 million in winnings.
Kulwicki was just as dedicated to his education and earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He was the first college graduate to win the NASCAR Winston Cup championship, an honor he deeply cherished.
The Alan Kulwicki Memorial Scholarship recognizes Alan's dedication to education and his ability to inspire others. The Kulwicki Scholarship was established at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte through the generosity of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. The scholarship was funded by the sale of a special Winston Cup Champion's poster, which commemorates Kulwicki's 1992 championship season, and contributions from friends.
The $1500 scholarship is awarded each year to an outstanding high school graduate who has an affiliation with NASCAR and who exemplifies Alan's experience and commitment. The award is renewable annually up to four years for full-time students attending UNC Charlotte.
To be considered for this scholarship, you must: (1) apply and be admissible to UNC Charlotte, (2) show evidence of NASCAR affiliation, and (3) show evidence of academic achievement and financial need.
Application Procedure: To be considered for the Kulwicki Scholarship, you must submit a scholarship application to the Lee College of Engineering. Please check back for an updated application on February 15, 2014. Academic year 2014/2015 applications will be due on April 15, 2014.
A complete application will include:
A written essay
High school transcript showing 9th - 12th grade courses taken or in progress, class rank, grade point average, and SAT or ACT score.
Scholarship committee is composed of NASCAR and UNC Charlotte officials. Recipients are notified by May of each year.(UNCC)(12-20-2013)
UNC Charlotte Motorsports Names 2013 Kulwicki Scholar: The Lee College of Engineering at UNC Charlotte has awarded its Alan Kulwicki Memorial Scholarship to Justin LaDuke of Whitakers, North Carolina. The presentation of the 2013 scholarship will be made Friday October 11 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, prior to the running of the Dollar General 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The four-year Kulwicki Scholarship, established in 1994, is one of the highest honors within UNC Charlotte’s Motorsports Engineering program. The scholarship is given in memory of late NASCAR Winston Cup points champion Alan Kulwicki, who lost his life in a plane crash in 1993. Kulwicki was himself an engineer, and a strong supporter of engineering and science education. The Lee College of Engineering at UNC Charlotte presents the scholarship to a high-school senior who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and has an affiliation with auto racing. This year’s winner is the son of Elizabeth and Dane LaDuke of Whitakers.
During his academic career at Tarboro High School, Justin LaDuke was an honor student, top 10 in his class, AP Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society.
LaDuke’s racing career started at age eight in go carts. At age 12, he moved into the VMCRA mini cup series where he finished second in points and became the youngest series winner. At age 14, he began racing in the Allison Legacy Series, which he won his third year. For the 2013 season, he has won 9 races in the Allison Legacy Series and is the current points leader.
LaDuke said his career goal is to keep driving short track cars and then hopefully move up into bigger teams, which is why he came to UNC Charlotte. “I wanted to come to UNC Charlotte to pursue my dreams of working for teams if I couldn’t drive for them,” he said. “I also wanted to be closer to the racing community and some of my friends who are in racing here. “So far it’s been a great experience here. I like the people that I’ve met in the Motorsports Engineering community and my professors are awesome.”
As the premier motorsports engineering program in the country, UNC Charlotte attracts top students from throughout the United States. The Lee College of Engineering has strong ties with many of the race teams in the Charlotte area, and UNC Charlotte engineering graduates can be found on numerous NASCAR teams. The Lee College of Engineering is one of seven colleges of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The College of Engineering offers bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. programs in civil and environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering, engineering technology, construction management, systems engineering and mechanical engineering.(UNCC)(10-15-2013)
Students get NASCAR engineering lesson:
About 25 Charlotte middle school students got a hands-on lesson in engineering – NASCAR style – when they visited the headquarters of racing giant Hendrick Motorsports on Tuesday. The students, from Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, were guests of the racing operation as part of Time Warner Cable’s STEM in Sports campaign, designed to increase interest by young people in science, technology, mathematics and engineering. NFL player Victor Cruz, professional golfer Ian Poulter and NASCAR drivers Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon are teaming with Time Warner in promoting the program.(Charlotte Obgserver)(10-10-2013)
64th Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition National Finals: One hundred of the nation’s best young automotive minds converged at the Ford World Headquarters to compete for the title of top high school technicians in the country at the 64th Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition National Finals. The competition featured two-person teams of the top high school automotive technology students from all 50 states. The students had their automotive skills and knowledge put to the test with a written exam and a timed event where they raced against the clock and each other to identify and repair deliberately-installed “bugs” in identical 2013 Ford Explorer XLTs. Logan Boyle and Cody Collins from Vale High School in Vale, Ore. claimed the crown of America’s top auto technicians, registering the day’s top score under the guidance of instructor Drew Barnes.(Wood Brothers Racing)(6-15-2013)
Motor sports shifts from concentration to major at Belmont Abbey: Motor sports management has revved up from a concentration under the business major to sending students across the finish line with a stand-alone major at Belmont Abbey College. The Abbey began motor sports management as a concentration seven years ago. Students couldn’t enroll in their first motor sports related class until their sophomore year. Students frustrated by not being able to delve into motor sports classes during their freshman year changed their minds about the program. Students in the program enrolled in essential business courses like finance and marketing, but they weren’t being taught with a specific focus on motor sports, said Travis Feezell, director of motorsports management. Feezell took the lead in the motor sports program in the spring of 2011 after then-director Tracy Rishel accepted another job. Earning a degree in motorsports management makes these students stand out when a potential employer combs through a stack of resumes. Belmont Abbey College’s motor sports program involves more than just in the classroom academics. The college helps students make connections with key players in the industry, from race teams to race tracks.(see full story at Gaston Gazette and more info on the program at belmontabbeycollege.edu)(1-19-2013)
UTI/NASCAR-Mooresville Scholarship Testing & Open Houses: are scheduled for March 9, 2013 and March 23, 2013 from 8:00am-2:00pm/et. More info call 877-201-2597 or go to: uti.edu for more information and more future events.(2-14-2013)
Matt Piercy Wins Kulwicki Scholarship: The Lee College of Engineering at UNC Charlotte has awarded its Alan Kulwicki Memorial Scholarship to Matthew Piercy of Conover, NC. The presentation of the 2012 scholarship will be made Friday October 12 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, prior to the running of the Dollar General 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The four-year Kulwicki Scholarship, established in 1994, is one of the highest honors within UNC Charlotte’s Motorsports Engineering program. The scholarship is given in memory of late NASCAR Winston Cup points champion Alan Kulwicki, who lost his life in a plane crash in 1993. Kulwicki was himself an engineer, and a strong supporter of engineering and science education. The Lee College of Engineering at UNC Charlotte presents the scholarship to a high-school senior who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and has an affiliation with auto racing.(Lee College of Engineering at UNC Charlotte)(10-11-2012)
Central Michigan Wins Spring Edition of NASCAR Kinetics: After competing among 18 talented colleges and universities from across the nation, Central Michigan University has won this semester’s NASCAR Kinetics: Marketing in Motion case study competition, earning them a grand prize trip to attend the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway this Saturday night. Throughout the semester, teams were required to develop two case studies and host a viewing party for a pre-determined NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The case studies included generating marketing ideas for Fathead and Camping World and the viewing parties featured M&M’S newest spokescandy Ms. Brown. After finishing in the top three on the first and second case studies, the CMU NASCAR Kinetics team placed first on the viewing party segment of the competition. They took the event to an entirely new level, staging a classic car show that added to the festive Ms. Brown NASCAR viewing party atmosphere. The result was a well-attended party drawing a crowd of more than 300 guests from CMU and the local community that showcased the NASCAR and M&M’S brands in a fun and exciting way for those in attendance. While in Charlotte, the CMU NASCAR Kinetics team will meet with industry professionals from NASCAR, Charlotte Motor Speedway, and various Official Partners, licensees, teams and agencies. The team will also get a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, in addition to taking tours of NASCAR-related organizations based in the Charlotte/Concord area away from the race track. The CMU NASCAR Kinetics team is comprised of the following five students: David Connolly (White Lake, Mich.), Beau Kingsbury (Manchester, Mich.), Aaron Lanctot (Sterling, Mich.), Samantha Reed (East Grand Rapids, Mich.), and Sarah Slachta (Freeland, Mich.)(NASCAR)(5-17-2012)
NASCAR Announces College Scholarship Program: NASCAR announced the return of the NASCAR Wendell Scott Scholarship Program and the University of Central Florida, DeVos School of Management Scholarship. For a second consecutive year, the NASCAR Wendell Scott Scholarship Program is funded in part by long-time NASCAR partner UPS. The program was established to provide financial support to deserving African-American and Hispanic students currently enrolled in college who are pursuing degrees in areas of study related to motorsports, including marketing, engineering and public relations. The scholarship program is part of NASCAR Diversity Affairs’ integrated initiative that includes a scholarship program, mentorship program and summer internship program. The NASCAR Wendell Scott Scholarship Program provides annual scholarships administered by the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). In addition, NASCAR and UPS support a scholarship program for students attending the University of Central Florida, DeVos School of Management which offers a master’s program in sports management.(NASCAR)(5-14-2011), more info at uncf.org
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Motorsports Racecar & Trade Show returns to Philadelphia: It is considered a mid-winter respite for the racer and the race fan. It is the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Racecar & Trade Show Fueled by Sunoco & Distributed by Insinger Performance. The show fills more than 225,000 square feet of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks and it all happens starting on Friday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. and continues through Sunday, Jan. 12.
Brad Keseslowski, the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, is scheduled to be there from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday to sign autographs. Keselowski went from champion to not being able to make the Chase in 2013. He is revved up and ready to go with the Roger Penske-owned Miller Lite sponsored Ford as the season kicks off February at Daytona International Speedway. Keseslowski has his goal set to be in the Chase again in 2014 and return to championship status. However he will have plenty of competition, including 2013 champion Jimmie Johnson, going for his seventh title, which would tie him with Richard Petty and the late Dale Eanrhardt for most NASCAR Sprint Cup titles earned.
Long-time fan-favorite Harry Gant, nicknamed Handsome Harry for his movie star good looks, is scheduled to be returning to the Motorsports 2014 show for the first time in several years. Though he was never able to win a Cup title he was a winner in Cup racing many times and a 21 time winner in Nationwide competition. Gant is also well known for his years spent as the driver of the Skoal Bandit Pontiac that was owner in part by movie actor Burt Reynolds. For several years Gant was a fixture at the Motorsports show as he represented Skoal and U.S. Tobacco with their involvement in motorsports and the show. Gant will be celebrating his 73rd birthday at the show on Friday, Jan. 10, and will sign autographs from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
And just added to the lineup of well-known personalities is NASCAR Cup racer Ricky Craven, who is now an outstanding member of the ESPN motorsports broadcast team. He will be appearing with Gant. Autograph sessions with Gant, Craven and Keselowski will include at question and answer session for the fans to learn more about them.
Old-timers will be anxious to see the large display dedicated to the once famous East Windsor Speedway, where many of the top talents in the sport were fixtures in Friday night racing action. Meeting fans in the display area will be such greats as Sammy Beavers, Chip Slocum, Kenny Brightbill, Jimmy Horton and many others when a special autograph session is presented on Saturday from 2:00 pm to 4:00pm.
The always popular Ms. Motorsports Pageant takes place at 8 p.m. on Saturday and features a number of ladies trying to earn the title and the $1,500 first place money. On Sunday, the Metal Fab sponsored day of activities, will be presented. Sunday is family day with kids able to take part in big wheel races and there will be Little and Tiny Miss Motorsports Pageants.
Awards will be presented to many of the outstanding performers. The top Northeast Winners Autograph Session will also take place on Sunday giving fans a chance to meet such standouts as Stewart Friesen, Keith Rocco, Matt Hirschman, Matt Sheppard and others.
There will be hundreds of displays dedicated to motorsports products and services plus speedways offering their 2014 schedules. A great way for fans to get an early start on planning their season. Even if you are not a fan of motorsports but just want to learn more about this amazing sport, Motorsports 2014 is a great place to do it. An adult ticket is just $14 and there are no other costs involved. No charges for autographs. Free parking is offered.
During the course of the three-day show there is just no telling what well names in the sport your may run across at the show and there are some great bargains available for those who are into collectibles. For complete information on the show check in at www.aarn.com or telephone 609-888-3618.(12-28-2013)
NASCAR Technical Institute Celebrates Ten-Year Anniversary: One decade ago this month, NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech) – a branch of Universal Technical Institute – became the first exclusive educational partner of NASCAR. The 146,000-square-foot training facility located in Mooresville, N.C. opened in July 2002 as the first technical school of its kind to combine automotive training and a NASCAR-approved technologies curriculum into one program. On Wednesday, NASCAR Tech is celebrating ten years of operation and has helped change the vernacular from auto mechanic to automotive technician. With state-of-the-industry classrooms designed to effectively train students for the workforce, NASCAR Tech has become the leader for automotive technical education, graduating thousands in its ten-year existence. In celebration of its ten-year anniversary, NASCAR Tech will spotlight graduates who have excelled in their industry. Since its opening, thousands of NASCAR Tech graduates have gone on to careers in the automotive repair and motorsports industry. Many have benefited from the school’s specialized programs, providing students with valuable, hands-on training in the heart of NASCAR country. To keep up with NASCAR Tech news, follow the campus on Facebook at facebook.com/NASCARtech.(NASCAR)(7-12-2012)
NASCAR Kinetics: Marketing In Motion Set For Spring 2012 Launch: NASCAR Kinetics: Marketing in Motion kicks-off the 2012 season by welcoming 18 partner schools from across the U.S. This innovative case study competition gives college students the opportunity to work through real-world business challenges and scenarios provided by NASCAR and its various industry stakeholders, such as Official Partners, teams and tracks. Since 2009 college students across the nation have spent a semester immersed in the NASCAR brand through NASCAR Kinetics. This grassroots program began with four schools and has grown to become NASCAR’s largest college initiative with 18 schools this semester.
This semester’s first case studies will ask students to create a comprehensive sales and marketing strategy that will help increase Fathead sale of NASCAR-related merchandise. While the second will challenge each team to deliver creative ideas that will help Camping World strength its relationship with NASCAR and promote its products at-track, in stores and online. The final stage of the competition, the viewing parties, will all be hosted in conjunction with M&M’s and will serve to celebrate the colorfulness of the M&M’s characters and NASCAR.
This semester, Kinetics is available at the following 18 schools across the country: Belmont Abbey College, Centenary College, Central Michigan University, Coastal Carolina University, East Tennessee State University, Elon University, High Point University, Indiana State University, Ohio State University, Ohio University, Oklahoma State University, Southern New Hampshire University, Troy University, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of Miami, University of Oregon and Virginia State University.
NASCAR Kinetics is available every fall and spring semester to teams of five students who are chosen from each participating school. Eligible students must be at least a sophomore with a minimum 2.75 GPA and pursuing a degree or concentration in sport management, sport marketing, business, management, marketing, public relations, communications, journalism, advertising or broadcasting. These students work together to produce one submission for each case study, while concurrently planning and executing a viewing party of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
While the teams are competing for the grand prize of an all-expense paid trip to the NASCAR All-Star Race weekend in Charlotte, N.C., the greater reward is the invaluable experience that serves to build their resume as they finish school and begin their careers. For more information on NASCAR Kinetics, please refer to the new website: www.NASCARKinetics.com.(NASCAR)(3-27-2012)
Ray Evernham To Give Keynote Address at IMIS Safety & Technical Conference: Ray Evernham, who won three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titles as crew chief for Jeff Gordon, will give the keynote address at the fourth annual International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS) Safety & Technical Conference Dec. 5-6 in Indianapolis. The IMIS Safety & Technical Conference helps kick off the fourth annual IMIS, the United States’ premier hardcore racing tradeshow, conducted each year at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis and owned by Chris Paulsen, owner of C&R Racing, Jeff Stoops, president of Stoops Freightliner, and three-time and defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart.
From car builders to tire manufacturers to parts suppliers, every aspect of motorsports is represented at IMIS, which has a lifetime contract with the City of Indianapolis and reserved show dates through 2017. Attendees come from all levels of the sport and will do so once again this year from Dec. 6-8. From NASCAR team owners to weekend road racers, IMIS attracts motorsports professionals from around the globe.
New for 2012, the first day of the IMIS Safety & Technical Conference will take place at the Center for Advanced Product Evaluation (CAPE), a 50,000 square-foot facility in Westfield, Ind., that was named the 2011 Automotive Testing Technology International “Crash Test Facility of the Year.” Conference participants will hear presentations from some of the top experts in motorsports safety, who will review data from various motorsports crash tests and proven research ranging from Sprint cars to Indy cars and also present new findings for 2012. Participants will engage in networking, thoughtful discussion and various question-and-answer sessions while learning a wealth of information that will help make their track, racecar, or driver safer. The second day of the IMIS Safety & Technical Conference will take place at the Indiana Convention Center on the first day of the tradeshow and will focus on event and facility safety. A list of presenters and presentation topics is routinely updated at www.imis-indy.com as they are added. Attendees who register before Nov. 6 will save $55 on a two-day ticket or $45 on a one-day ticket. To register, go to www.imis-indy.com and click on Conference under the IMIS Events tab. The two-day conference ticket is $250 at the door, or $195 before Nov. 6. Transportation to CAPE is provided. Hotel accommodations, parking and directions, in addition to all the information on IMIS 2012, can be found at www.imis-indy.com. Attendees can incur saving by reserving rooms through the IMIS hotel link under the Hotels/Travel tab on the site. Accommodations representing all price ranges are available.(True Speed Communication)(10-1-2012)
UCF Students Win NASCAR Competition: A team of five undergraduate students from the DeVos Sport Business Management program beat 18 other universities to win the NASCAR Kinetics: Marketing in Motion competition. Team members included: Kaitlyn Blizzard, Jaime Fox, Hannah Meyers, Bill Morrison, and Brandon Vinieratos. The team placed first for each of the two assigned case studies. The case studies focused on developing a comprehensive social media strategy for Michael Waltrip Racing, creating a promotion for Michael Waltrip Racing that focuses on its relationship with Aaron’s, and developing a retail, at-track, and digital promotion to promote the official partnership between Dodge and NASCAR. The team was also planned and executed a NASCAR Race Viewing Party that attracted nearly 185 people.(see full article at ucf.edu)(11-20-2011)
2011 Kulwicki Scholarship awarded: Brantt Malloch of Sanford, NC was awarded the Alan Kulwicki Memorial Scholarship during race weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Established in 1994, the four-year Kulwicki Scholarship is one of the highest honors within UNC Charlotte’s Motorsports Engineering Program housed in the Lee College of Engineering. The scholarship honors the late NASCAR Winston Cup points champion who died in a plane crash in 1993. Kulwicki was an engineer and a strong supporter of engineering and science education. The Lee College of Engineering presents the scholarship to a high school senior who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and has an affiliation with auto racing. Malloch, an off-road, four-wheel-drive enthusiast, has a passion for jeeps and the outdoors. “I love to work on my jeep, modify it and take it out in the woods to see what it’s capable of.” After attending the summer motorsports programs hosted at UNC Charlotte, Malloch became interested in the college’s world-class, hands-on engineering programs and deep roots in NASCAR. “I plan on using the education and experience I receive at UNC Charlotte to allow me to work within the industry I love,” Malloch said. “The mechanical engineering degree along with the motorsports concentration is the building block of not only a career and hobby but a future.” Malloch is the son of Frank and Beth Malloch of Sanford. He graduated from Lee County High School in June 2011. He was a straight-A student, captain of the drum line and a member of the mock United Nations team, science club, National Technical Honor Society and National Honor Society.()(10-25-2011)
Motorsports Alumni Chapter Starts: Alumni from The William States Lee College of Engineering and other university programs came together May 17, 2011, to form the UNC Charlotte Motorsports Alumni Chapter. Meeting in the Kulwicki Motorsports Laboratory, the alumni, faculty and staff laid out plans for the new chapter. New Chapter President Ryan Zeck (BSME 1999) said the chapter welcomes all UNC Charlotte alumni interested in motorsports, not just graduates of the motorsports engineering program. The formation of a new alumni chapter requires the commitment of 16 alumni to serve on the chapter board. The new Motorsports group was able to get 21 people to sign up for the board.(more info at uncc.edu.(5-30-2011)
N.C. A&T to offer degree in motorsports technology: The UNC Board of Governors on Friday granted N.C. A&T approval to establish a bachelor's degree program in motorsports technology. The program will train students to work with team owners, corporate sponsors and others in the motorsports industry, according to information provided to the board. The university already has a motorsports concentration in its department of manufacturing systems.(Greensboro News & Record)(11-9-2010)
Professor studies the culture of NASCAR: John D. Miller teaches early-American literature at Longwood University, but lately he has lectured on a more contemporary theme: NASCAR and globalization. A fan himself, Miller says the lure of NASCAR is not so much the cars and the race as the spin they bring to an archetypal American narrative. "I think most fans are attracted to NASCAR because it celebrates this national culture," he said. NASCAR's popularity has increased with the rise of globalization, which some people see as a threat to traditional American identity, he said. They look to NASCAR as a way "to celebrate and reaffirm a traditional set of American values." That script is followed from the start of the race. Miller notes that NASCAR is the only professional sport that still begins with a prayer over the public address system. The national anthem is sung by a national recording artist, accentuating its importance, and the military fly-by seals the association between patriotism and the military. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a doctorate from the College of William and Mary, Miller wrote his master's thesis at Auburn University on the culture of NASCAR. Miller looks to NASCAR for the stories it tells about America "that help define that cultural identity for people, for readers or for sports fans."(see full story and quotes at the Richmond Times Dispatch)(12-8-2009)
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