Cup / Xfinity / Truck News

Ford Performance NASCAR: Cindric and Burton Preparing for IMSA and NASCAR Openers

Austin Cindric and Harrison Burton are both preparing for their first season in the NASCAR Cup Series.  Cindric will be driving the No. 2 Ford Mustang for Team Penske while Burton takes the wheel of the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford.  Before jumping into their new rides for the start of the 2022 season, both will be teaming up to drive a Mustang GT4 for PF Racing in the four-hour Michelin Pilot Challenge event at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 28.  Both drivers took part in a media Q&A session this afternoon.

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Volume 2022, Issue 1, Posted 11:42 PM, 01.14.2022

Matt DiBenedetto to run in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series full-time for Rackley W.A.R. in 2022

CONCORD, NC - RIS - Matt DiBenedetto shared a laugh this morning from the Rackley W.A.R. headquarters near Nashville when he confirmed out loud that he’s spent the past 12 years driving in two of NASCAR’s top series’; NASCAR Cup and Xfinity.  “I may be telling my age, I don’t know. I forget that I’ve been doing this stuff so long,” said DiBenedetto, upon being announced as the full-time driver of Rackley W.A.R.’s No. 25 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado for the 2022 racing season.

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Volume 2022, Issue 1, Posted 9:19 PM, 01.06.2022

Harris to Lead No.34 Team in 2022

MOORESVILLE, NC - RIS - Front Row Motorsports (FRM) today announced the sharp-minded and energetic leader Blake Harris as the crew chief for Michael McDowell and the No. 34 Ford Mustang team. Harris, 34, joins FRM from previous winning stints at Furniture Row Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing with NASCAR Cup Series champion, Martin Truex, Jr.

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Volume 2022, Issue 1, Posted 9:09 PM, 01.06.2022

2022 NASCAR Rules Closer After Charlotte Testing

(CONCORD, NC – DEC. 17, 2021 – RIS) Two days of testing the 2022 "Next Gen" NASCAR Cup cars concluded Friday, Dec. 17, with further progress made on determining the configurations for the coming season of racing.

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Volume 2021, Issue 12, Posted 10:02 PM, 12.18.2021

Roush Fenway Racing Becomes Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing

CONCORD, NC - RIS - At a news conference at Charlotte Motor Speedway today, it was announced that Roush Fenway Racing would renamed Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing to reflect Brad Keselowski's ownership.  The following is comments from the team and the new owner. BRAD KESELOWSKI, Driver and Co-Owner, Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing -- “It’s been a work of love from a lot of different people to bring all of this together.  Steve brings up the passion and the passion has really peaked out.  All of us are super excited about what we have going on here, but with that we want to first acknowledge where we’ve been.

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Volume 2021, Issue 11, Posted 10:06 PM, 11.16.2021

Kyle Larson Wins at Phoenix and Claims the 2021 Cup Championship

AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – In a season that he dominated, Kyle Larson got a good pit stop just when he needed it and went on to win the final NASCAR Cup race and get the trophy as the 2021 champion.  The other two Championship 4 contenders were not far behind. Denny Hamlin finished third and Chase Elliott finished fifth. Ryan Blaney came home fourth, the first of the non-playoff drivers.

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Volume 2021, Issue 11, Posted 8:03 PM, 11.07.2021

Ben Rhodes Wins Truck Series Championship, while Chandler Smith Wins at Phoenix Raceway

AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – With a maniac-like final run, Ben Rhodes won the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Championship by shifting gears and running down Chandler Smith.  Rhodes finished third behind race winner Smith and runner-up Stewart Friesen. It was enough to give him his first Truck Series title over Zane Smith (finished fifth), John Hunter Nemechek (finished seventh) and Matt Crafton (finished 12th).

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Volume 2021, Issue 11, Posted 1:25 AM, 11.06.2021

Alex Bowman Wins Xfinity 500 NASCAR Cup Race at Martinsville Speedway

(MARTINSVILLE, VA – OCT 31, 2021 – RIS)  Alex Bowman won the Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway on lap 501 after bumping and spinning Denny Hamlin to bring out the 15th and final caution while fighting for the lead on lap 493 and then holding off the new second place driver, Kyle Busch, on the overtime restart and final lap. This was Bowman’s sixth NASCAR Cup series career victory.

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 7:49 PM, 10.31.2021

Gragson Takes Martinsville Grandfather Clock

(MARTINSVILLE, VA – OCT 30, 2021 – RIS) NASCAR'S oldest track, Martinsville Speedway, saw the Championship Four selected for the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series with Noah Gragson racing cleanly to the win to earn a spot racing for the season ending championship next weekend at Phoenix Raceway. Joining Gragson in the Chapionship Four group racing for the season crown are Austin Cindric, second-place finisher at Martinsville, and AJ Allmendinger, plus Daniel Hemric, who earned his place at the table without winning a single race this season.

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 10:31 PM, 10.30.2021

Zane Smith Wins Martinsville Truck Race and Punches His Ticket to the Championship Race

MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Zane Smith survived in the Camping Word Truck Series race on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.  On the final restart in overtime, trucks got three- wide on the tiny half mile track.  Todd Gilliland was leading as he did all day, but that was to change.  Smith was running three-wide with Todd Gilliland and Stewart Friesen for the lead when Friesen made contact with Gilliland and spun Gilliland as the field took the white flag in overtime. Smith pulled ahead in Turn 1 as Friesen spun into the wall, bringing out the caution. Since the field had taken the white flag, the caution ended the race. Smith won the event.

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 4:33 PM, 10.30.2021

Kyle Larson Wins Ninth Race of 2021 at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Kyle Larson won his ninth NASCAR Cup race on Sunday which was the second time this season he has won three Cup races in a row. His magical season was capped by the fact that his car number and paint scheme mirrored the scheme Rick Hendrick, son of car owner Rick Hendrick, used on his short career in NASCAR.  Twenty-one years ago, Ricky was killed in a place crash traveling to the Martinsville Cup race, but the day is still celebrated every year.

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 7:48 PM, 10.24.2021

Ty Gibbs Win Fourth Xfinity Race at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Ty Gibbs won his fourth race of an abbreviated season by taking the checkers at Kansas Speedway in playoff race on Saturday. Gibbs passed playoff driver and defending series champion Austin Cindric with 11 laps remaining in the 200-lap Kansas Lottery 300 at the 1.5-mile oval. It’s the fourth time in the five postseason races so far that a non-playoff driver has gone to Victory Lane.

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 7:14 PM, 10.23.2021

Kyle Larson Punches his Ticket to the Championship Four at Texas

FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Kyle Larson became the first driver to be part of the NASCAR Cup  final four at Phoenix Speedway. Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway found Larson dominating the race even though he had plenty of drivers who were very competitive chasing him. Larson led 256 of 334 laps at the 1 1/2-mile track and got his eighth win this season, staying in front through seven restarts in the final stage. Three of those restarts came after incidents involving other playoff contenders in the closing laps.This was the first chance for anyone to guarantee a shot at racing for the Cup title in Phoenix on Nov. 7.

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 7:42 PM, 10.17.2021

John Hunter Nemechek Uses Pit Strategy to Win Texas Xfinity Playoff Race

FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – John Hunter Nemechek used a two-tire final pit stop to gain track position and roared back to pass Daniel Hemric to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday.  He was in the No.54 Toyota from Joe Gibbs Racing made famous by Kyle Busch was competing in the series. With 20 laps to go, his march to the front was impressive. 

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 7:17 PM, 10.16.2021

ROVAL Next Gen Test Notes

(CONCORD, NC - OCT 13, 2021) Monday and Tuesday were the first truly open test sessions for the new Next Gen car that will see its first on-track competition at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with the Feb 6, 2022 'The Clash at L. A. Memorial Coliseum.'

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 6:43 PM, 10.13.2021

Penske's Travis Geisler on NextGen ROVAL Test

NASCAR completed a two-day Next Gen test at Charlotte Motor Speedway and as part of that, Travis Geiser, NASCAR competitiondirector for Team Penske, answered some questions from members of the media on Tuesday afternoon. Here is a transcript of that session.

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 12:04 PM, 10.13.2021

Larson Overcomes to Sweep 2021 Charlotte Cup Races

(CONCORD, NC – OCT. 10, 2021 – RIS) A problem with the battery and alternator belt couldn't keep Kyle Larson out of Victory Lane at Charlotte Motor Speedway's Bank of America ROVAL™400. After the crew replaced the battery and alternator belt and he dropped back in the pack, Larson drove back to the front to lead the last eight laps of the race, beating out Tyler Reddick by 0.782 second. Chris Buescher took third, another eight plus seconds back with Kyle Busch fourth and Denny Hamlin fifth.

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 9:51 PM, 10.10.2021

Allmendinger Takes Third ROVAL Win

(CONCORD, NC - OCT 9, 2021 - RIS) Break out the brooms: AJ Allmendinger took the checkered flag for his third straight victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Drive for the Cure 250 on Charlotte Motor Speedway's ROVAL™. Current champion Austin Cindric finished second, followed by Daniel Hemric, Justin Haley, Brandon Jones and Noah Gragson. All of the top six finishers are locked into the next round of the playoffs. 

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 9:32 PM, 10.09.2021

Charlotte ROVAL Starting Lineups

Starting Line Up 62nd Annual Bank of America ROVAL 400, Sunday, Oct. 10
Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course

Starting Line Up 62nd Annual Bank of America ROVAL 400, Sunday, Oct. 10
Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course

Pos, Driver, Car
1) Denny Hamlin (P), No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota
2) Brad Keselowski (P), No. 2 Wurth Ford
3) Joey Logano (P), No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford
4) Christopher Bell (P), No. 20 Irwin Trade Strong Toyota
5) Martin Truex Jr. (P), No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota
6) Ryan Blaney (P), No. 12 DEX Imaging Ford
7) Kevin Harvick (P), No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford
8) Chase Elliott (P), No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet
9) Kyle Busch (P), No. 18 M&M's Toyota
10) Kyle Larson (P), No. 5 HendrickCars.com 

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 4:41 PM, 10.08.2021

Bubba Wallace Wins Rain Shortened Talladega Race

TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Darrell “Bubba” Wallace won the rain-shortened NASCAR Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway on Monday.  The race was postponed on Sunday due to rain, but the rain persisted on Monday, but the race was called because of more rain and NASCAR monitoring the situation on radar. 

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 4:51 PM, 10.04.2021

Brandon Brown Second First-Time Winner at Talladega

(TALLADEGA, AL – OCT 2, 2021 – RIS) Following North Carolinian Tate Fogleman's first career win in the Camping World Truck Series race earlier, Brandon Brown scored his first career Xfinity Series race when encroaching darkness after a pair of late race cautions forced NASCAR to end the race under caution before the scheduled distance.

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 9:54 PM, 10.02.2021

Tate Fogleman Wins Talladega Truck Race by Spinning John Hunter Nemechek

TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Tate Fogleman spun leader John Hunter Nemechek out on the final lap of the NASCAR Camping World truck race in overtime to win in an upset.  The final lap saw To0dd Gilliland leading with Nemechek alongside.  Nemechek was able to get by the damaged truck with lap the lap to go.  Before the finish line, Fogleman turned Nemechek and took the checkers.

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Volume 2021, Issue 10, Posted 4:04 PM, 10.02.2021

Josh Berry Substitutes for Annett to Win at Las Vegas

(LAS VEGAS, NV – SEP 25, 2021 – RIS) Josh Berry took advantage of driving as a sub for Michael Annett to capture his second career NASCAR Xfinity Series race, sweeping around Justin Allgaier after late green flag pit stops to win the first Xfinity playoffs race by over four seconds. Berry's car headed a JR Motorsports sweep of the top three positions, followed by Justin Allgaier and Noah Gragson. Reigning 2020 champion Austin Cindric came home in fourth position, with Daniel Hemric finishing fifth.

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 12:06 AM, 09.26.2021

Thorsport Trucks Sweep Las Vegas Top Four

Christian Eckes Leads Thorsport Four Truck Sweep at Las Vegas
(LAS VEGAS, NV – SEP 24, 2021 – RIS) Christian Eckes made personal and series history in taking his first career NASCAR win, heading the four Thorsport trucks to a first-ever top four finish for the same team. Ben Rhodes took second, followed by Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter. Rhodes' second place finish moved him into the points lead as the series goes to Talladega next weekend.

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 12:06 AM, 09.25.2021

Kyle Larson Wins at BMS with a Little Help From His Friend

BRISTOL, TN - RIS - Kyle Larson won the NASCAR Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway, but he had help.  It is a long story, but in the end, teammate Chase Elliott, who had fallen laps down while battling with Kevin Harvick, decided to help fellow Hendrick Motorsports driver Larson.  The incident is in the eye of the watcher, but regardless, Larson won the race with Kevin Harvick second.  The result was familiar.

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 12:48 AM, 09.19.2021

Allmendinger Spins across the Finish Line for Bristol win.

BRISTOL, TN - RIS - AJ Allmendinger went sliding across the finish line after he was hit by Austin Cindric to win Friday night’s Xfinity Series race and beat Cindric for the regular-season title.  In the final laps a late caution bunched the field together and led to a final run to the checkers,  The end featured more rubbing,  Cindric had an ample lead before the caution, but a determined Allmendinger shove and pushed his way for the lead with one lap to go.  The result was just what the fans wanted.  Although they booed Cindric early, he was later cheered.

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 10:57 PM, 09.17.2021

Chandler Smith Breaks Into Wins Column at Bristol

(BRISTOL, TN – SEP 16, 2021 – RIS) Chandler Smith took advantage of a late race restart to lead the final five laps of the UNOH 200 Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway after Sheldon Creed dominated, leading 190 laps. Creed finally lost the lead after the final restart, ropping bac, to finish 19th after a tire went down.

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 12:33 AM, 09.17.2021

Truex Tops Richmond

(RICHMOND, VA – SEP 12, 2021 – RIS) Martin Truex Jr overcame penalties to head a Joe Gibbs Racing sweep of the top three finishing positions in the Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders at Richmond Raceway. Denny Hamlin led just under half the laps, running at the front for 197 of the 400 laps, while Truex was in front for 80 laps. Christopher Bell led 10 laps on his way to the third-place finishing position, while the fourth Gibbs driver, Kyle Busch, finished ninth after a couple of penalties that sent him down pit road and possibly cost him a win. The four Gibbs cars led 326 laps of the race distance. 

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 12:34 AM, 09.12.2021

Gragson Wins Second Straight Xfinity Race at Richmond Raceway

RICHMOND, VA – RIS – Noah Gragson remains white hot in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series.  He won his second consecutive race on Saturday afternoon by beating the field.  He had earlier won last week at Darlington Raceway. Gragson held onto the lead after a restart with seven laps to go and held off Justin Haley on Saturday for the win.

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 9:21 PM, 09.11.2021

Hamlin Wins Fourth Darlington Checkers

(DARLINGTON, SC – SEP 5, 2021 – RIS) Denny Hamlin drove to his fourth victory at Darlington and first of the 2021 season, winning the 2021 Cook Out Southern 500. Hamlin stayed in front of a charging Kyle Larson to take his 45th career NASCAR Cup Series win in a race that saw several Playoffs qualified driver knocked out of the race early.

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 11:33 PM, 09.05.2021

Creed Takes Second Darlington Truck Win

(DARLINGTON, SC - SEP 5, 2021 - RIS) Sheldon Creed ran roughshod over the field in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series In It to Win It 200 at Darlington, heading the field for 104 of the 147 laps and only easing off late in the race. John Hunter Nemechek and Chandler Smith were the only other lap leaders, with Smith at the front for 4 laps during a caution and Nemechek leading once for the 39 remaining laps of the "Lady in Black as Darlington is known.

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 5:32 PM, 09.05.2021

Noah Gragson Nips Harrison Burton for Darlington Xfinity Win

DARLINGTON, SC - RIS - Noah Gragson held off Harrison Burton in overtime to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway on Saturday afternoon.  In a race dominated by Denny Hamlin in the famous No.54 Toyota Supra from Joe Gibbs’ shop, Gragson had what it took to hold off the competition.  What it took was a large launch on the restart in the overtime period.  Burton made it a close finish, but in the end Gragson got his first win of 2021 and trip to the playoffs. It looked for a while like a NASCAR Cup Series regular, Denny Hamlin, might take the victory.  But a penalty on the final pitstop with less than 10 laps to go took him out of contention and opened the door for Gragson.

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Volume 2021, Issue 9, Posted 6:44 PM, 09.04.2021

Ryan Blaney Wins Daytona Playoff Race as the Championship Field is Set

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Ryan Blaney survived a rough and rowdy late race melee and went on to hold of Chris Beuscher in the NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway for his second straight win and momentum in the coming playoffs.  The win came in overtime. Blaney dodged every wreck and held on to the lead as the laps ran down.  It was his third win of the season, the first time he has had multiple wins.

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Volume 2021, Issue 8, Posted 11:48 PM, 08.28.2021

Haley Holds Off Allmendinger for Daytona Xfinity Win

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Justin Haley nipped teammate A.J. Almendinger on the final lap to win the NASCAR Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday afternoon.  The race was scheduled to be held on Friday night, but rain prevented any racing at after Lap 19.  The race was the first of two races at the 2.2-kmile speedway on Saturday.  The NASCAR Cup cars will race at 7:00 PM Saturday night.  Haley’s team, Kaulig Racing has won six of the last eight speedway races.

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Volume 2021, Issue 8, Posted 3:26 PM, 08.28.2021

Ryan Blaney Wins Michigan Cup Race Over Dominant HMS Cars

BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – Ryan Blaney passed William Byron on a late restart and then held off the field for victory in the NASCAR Cup Firekeeper’s Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Though many will say Blaney was the surprise winner, but in a race which ran more like a speedway race (see Daytona and Talladega), his driving was masterful.  It all started with a big push as the drivers came to the restart with ten laps to go.  Kyle Busch’s push propelled Blaney to the lead, which he never gave up. Blaney edged Byron by 0.077 seconds – the closest finish on the two-mile track since electronic scoring began. He has two victories this season and six overall. He only led once for those final eight laps.

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Volume 2021, Issue 8, Posted 8:09 PM, 08.22.2021

Allmendinger Wins Michigan Xfinity Race after Three Overtimes

BROOKYN, MI – RIS - AJ Allmendinger won his second straight Xfinity Series race in a triple overtime win at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. Allmendinger held off Brandon Jones, who finished runner-up after multiple overtimes due to cautions toward the end of the event.

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Volume 2021, Issue 8, Posted 7:53 PM, 08.21.2021

Sheldon Creed Dominates the First Truck Playoff Race at Gateway

MADISON, IL – RIS - Defending Camping World Truck series champion Sheldon won the playoff NASCAR Camping World truck series at WWT Raceway on Friday night in dominating fashion.  Creed won the first two stages and toped it off with a victory as he took the checkers at the end of the race.  He took the lead on Lap 3 and never looked back. It took him only 20 seconds to advance that lead to two seconds.

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Volume 2021, Issue 8, Posted 1:20 AM, 08.21.2021