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National Motorsports Appeal Board Lowers Henrick Penalties

CONCORD, NC - RIS - Wire reports - NASCAR penalized each of Hendrick’s four cars 100 points and 10 playoff points after the Phoenix race weekend because of issues with the louvers on the hoods of the cars before the race. HMS immediately appealed the penalty and an appeals panel ruled Wednesday that the points penalties should be overturned.

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Volume 2023, Issue 3, Posted 9:19 PM, 03.29.2023

Tyler Reddick Holds Off William Byron for COTA Win

AUSTIN, TX – RIS – In the race that would never end, Tyler Reddick survived three overtimes to  finally take the best car all day to victory lane.  . NASCAR called a caution for dirt on track but off the racing line, igniting a series of restarts and new battles all again won by Reddick to end the race.  Reddick battled all day with William Byron and a host of others to finally cross the finish line first for his initial win of 2023.

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Volume 2023, Issue 3, Posted 8:28 PM, 03.26.2023

Allmendinger Wins Xfinity Race at COTA

AUSTIN, TX – A.J Allmendinger bumped Sheldon Creed out of the lead with 14 laps to go, then held off William Byron over the next couple of laps before pulling away for the victory, his second in a row at the Texas track. Byron will be starting Sunday's NASCAR Cup series race from the pole position.

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Volume 2023, Issue 3, Posted 8:41 PM, 03.25.2023

Zane Smith Wins at COTA for the Second Straight Year

AUSTIN, TX – RIS – Zane Smith outlasted Kyle Busch to win the NASCAR truck series race at COTA on Saturday.  It was  his second straight win at the 3.41-mile road course. Smith capitalized on a fast truck, solid strategy and good timing to score the victory.  He was able to off Kyle Busch, Ty Majeski, Tyler Ankrum and Ross Chastain in the end.

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Volume 2023, Issue 3, Posted 4:37 PM, 03.25.2023

Byron Captures COTA Pole

(AUSTIN, TX – MAR 25, 2023 – RIS) William Byron set the fastest lap in Round Two of qualifying for the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. In setting the pole clocking, Byron somewhat atoned for his penalty for cutting the course Friday, costing him the pole for Saturday’s Xfinity race.

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Volume 2023, Issue 3, Posted 2:21 PM, 03.25.2023

Chevrolet To Quit Producing the Camaro in January

DETROIT, MI – RIS – It’s been rumored for some time, but this week Chevrolet made the announcement that they will longer manufacture the Camaro in 2024.  This means the car they both run in the Nascar Cup and Xfinity series will not be eligible to compete.

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Volume 2023, Issue 3, Posted 11:53 AM, 03.25.2023

'Dinger and Sammy Smith Lead Xfinity at COTA, Chastain and Busch Tops in Trucks

(AUSTIN, TX – MAR 24, 2023 – RIS) Veteran AJ Allmendinger and rookie contender Sammy Smith will start on the front row for Saturday’s Pit Boss 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Circuit of the Americas road course. Allmendinger is joined in the top ten by Cup Series regulars Ty Gibbs, starting third and William Byron in ninth place on the grid. “Dinger” was the fastest on the track in every session he ran, with Gibbs heading his group in the split first round of qualifrying.

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Volume 2023, Issue 3, Posted 9:15 PM, 03.24.2023

Reddick Tops COTA Practice

(AUSTIN, TX – MAR 24, 2023 – RIS) Tyler Reddick and Kyle Larson were the two fastest drivers in the sole practice session for Sunday’s Echo Park Automotive Grand Prix at the 3.410 mile Circuit of the Americas road course. Reddick’s single quickest lap of 2:12.016 at 92.989 mph was over a half second under Larson’s time, while Larson’s lap beat Ross Chastain’s best by over an eighth of a second.

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Volume 2023, Issue 3, Posted 4:49 PM, 03.24.2023

Logano Wins NASCAR Cup Race at Atlanta

HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Joey Logano broke the Chevrolet winning streak by taking his Ford Mustang to victory lane at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday.  Logano dominated early and came roaring back in final laps to beat former teammate Brad Keselowski to the finish line. 

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Volume 2023, Issue 3, Posted 7:41 PM, 03.19.2023

Austin Hill Scores 2023 Xfinity Hat Trick

(HAMPTON, GA – MAR 18, 2023 – RIS) Austin Hill won his third race in 2023’s NASCAR Xfinity Series today, holding off a challenge (and even an accidental hit at the finish line) from Parker Kligerman to celebrate victory at his home track with an extended family in attendance. “Once I got the lead I knew it was checkers or wreckers” said Hill after the race.

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Volume 2023, Issue 3, Posted 9:22 PM, 03.18.2023

Christian Eckes Wins Truck Race at AMS

HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Christian Eckes won in a dramatic overtime NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday. Eckes recovered from an early penalty and led 35 of the 137 laps in the Fr8 208, posting his first win of the season, his first at the 1.54-mile track and the second of his Craftsman Trucks career. His No. 19 McAnally Hilgemann Racing Chevrolet took the checkered and caution flags together at the end as multiple crashes erupted behind his winning truck.

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Volume 2023, Issue 3, Posted 5:18 PM, 03.18.2023

Logano Fastest in Atlanta Qualifying

HAMPTON, GA - RIS - Joey Logano had a fast lap in the second round of qualifying for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday.  Austin Cindric joins him on the front row. Christopher Bell spun out on his second round qualifying lap. The top ten in the starting lineup will be as follows, with the full starting lineup at the bottom of the page.  The first eight were all Fords from a variety of teams with Team Penske having the top three.

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Volume 2023, Issue 3, Posted 1:26 PM, 03.18.2023

Friday Qualifying Washed Out in Atlanta

(HAMPTON, GA – MAR 17, 2023 – RIS) Persistent rain forced cancellation of qualifying for both the FR8 208 Craftsman Truck Series race and the Raptor, King of Tough 250 Xfinity Series races Friday. Better weather is forecast for the rest of the weekend, with cool temperatures dominating the outlook.
The Truck Series race is slated to start at 2:00 Saturday afternoon, following the 11:35 Cup Series qualifying session Saturday morning. The Xfinity Series race is slated to go green at 5:00 Saturday, with the weekend’s feature, the Ambetter Health 400 set for 3:00 Sunday afternoon.

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Volume 2023, Issue 3, Posted 7:12 PM, 03.17.2023

Hendrick Teams Penalized for Louvers at Phoenix, Appeals Planned; Hamlin Fined for Spinning Chastain

(CONCORD, NC – MAR 15, 2023 – RIS) NASCAR announced Wednesday that all four Hendrick Motorsports Cup entries have been penalized for the louvers confiscated last week at Phoenix. NASCAR discovered an apparent irregularity with the parts during voluntary inspections before the cars entered the track and then seized them several hour later, according to Hendrick, with no prior notice or discussion.

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Volume 2023, Issue 3, Posted 9:24 PM, 03.15.2023

William Byron Wins Phoenix Cup Race in Overtime

AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – William Byron had followed teammate Kyle Larson all day, but in the overtime two laps, nicked Larson and won his second straight NASCAR Cup race-over Larson ion Sunday. Byron dominated stage one to claim a playoff point, but had faded to fourth with 73 laps to go. However, a late race caution due to Harrison Burton‘s spin put the cars on pit road with eight laps to go. Kevin Harvick came in the leader and left in seventh after taking four tires. Byron took two tires and was able to get by Larson, Ryan Blaney and Tyler Reddick to take the lead on the final lap.

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Volume 2023, Issue 3, Posted 8:01 PM, 03.12.2023

Sammy Smith Wins Phoenix Xfinity - Youth Is Served

(PHOENIX, AZ – MAR 11, 20223 – RIS) 18-year-old high school senior Sammy Smith dominated the United Rentals 200 at Phoenix Raceway on the way to his first career Xfinity Series victory. Smith led 92 of the 200 laps and held off challenges for the lead from several challengers.

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Volume 2023, Issue 3, Posted 8:20 PM, 03.11.2023

Larson on Phoenix Pole, Hamlin Takes Second

(PHOENIX, AZ – MAR 11, 2023 – RIS) Kyle Larson added to his list of fastest laps in qualifying for the United Rentals Work United 500 today, taking the pole position for the race with a lap of 27.642 seconds at 130.237 mph. Larson’s time beat out Denny Hamlin’s time by 65 thousandths of a second. All the round two top runners were unable to match their first session times, with Larson slowing by 0.318 second. Hamlin’s round two time was much closer to his first timed lap, only 0.073 second slower.

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Volume 2023, Issue 3, Posted 4:21 PM, 03.11.2023

Cole Custer Powers to Pole Position for Xfinity in Phoenix

AVONDALE, AZ – RIS - Cole Custer claimed pole position for Saturday’s Xfinity Series race finishing his lap 0.054 seconds ahead of Justin Allgaier. Kyle Busch will start at the rear of the pack due to an unapproved adjustment.  Only incident in qualifying was a meeting with the wall by Parker Klingerman during his run. Daniel Hemric, John Hunter Nemechek, and Sheldon Creed finished the runs in the top five.

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Volume 2023, Issue 3, Posted 2:21 PM, 03.11.2023

Larson Heads Phoenix Practice

(PHOENIX, AZ - MAR 10, 2023 - RIS) Kyle Larson headed the extended practice Friday at Phoenix with a best lap from the No. 5 Chevy of 27.427 sec at 131.258 mph, a narrow 0.032 second quicker than Ryan Blaney’s Ford.
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Volume 2023, Issue 3, Posted 9:10 PM, 03.10.2023

William Byron Leads Hendrick Domination of Sunday's Cup Race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Hendrick Motorsports dominated the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, the four teams only left 3o laps for others to be in front.  William Byron, who had been running behind then-leading Kyle Larson changed two tires as all the leading teams on the way to an overtime finish.  He then passed leader, Martin Truex, Jr., and went  on to win. 

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Volume 2023, Issue 3, Posted 7:42 PM, 03.05.2023

Austin Hill Uses Last Lap Pass to Win Xfinity Race at Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Austin Hill ran down Chandler Smith on the final lap to win the NASCAR  Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Smith had dominated most of the race prior to the closing laps, leading 115 laps.   Hill and Justin Allgaier gained steadily on Smith over the final 10 laps and eliminated Smith’s 2.5-second lead. Allgaier also passed Smith to finish second. Smith was third, Kyle Busch fourth and Josh Berry fifth.

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Volume 2023, Issue 3, Posted 7:50 PM, 03.04.2023

Joey Logano Wins the NASCAR Cup Pole at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Logano is Fastest in NASCAR Cup Qualifying at LVMS .Joey  Logano, who ran 186.053 miles per hour, edged William Byron (185.153) for the first starting spot. Following in the top five were Ryan Blaney, Ty Gibbs and Kyle Busch.

For the No. 22 Team Penske driver, it is his first pole of the season and 27th of his Cup Series career. Logano is the most recent Vegas winner (fall 2022) and has three wins in his last eight starts at the Nevada 1.5-miler.

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Volume 2023, Issue 3, Posted 4:20 PM, 03.04.2023

Chase Elliott Out for Las Vegas Cup Race

CONCORD, N.C. – Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Hendrick Motorsports, will not compete in this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway due to a leg injury.

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Volume 2023, Issue 3, Posted 8:27 PM, 03.03.2023

Kyle Busch Wins Home Track Truck Pole

(LAS VEGAS, NV – MAR 3, 2023 – RIS) Kyle Busch won his home track pole in his No. 51 Zaris Transport Chevy, clocking a lap of 30.222 sec/178.678 mph, almost two tenths of a second ahead of the identical laps set by rookie Nick Sanchez and Chase Purdy, who will start second and third in Friday evening’s race. Fastest in practice, Ty Majeski, will start fourth with Hailie Deegan fifth in her best truck series start on paved tracks.

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Volume 2023, Issue 3, Posted 6:36 PM, 03.03.2023

Nemechek Bounces Back With Fontana Xfinity Win

(FONTANA, CA – FEB 26, 2023 – RIS) John Hunter Nemechek avenged his loss by inches last week at Daytona by having the fastest car at Auto Club Speedway’s NASCAR Xfinity Series to win the Production Alliance Group 300 after leading the most laps. Sam Mayer finished second after flipping at Daytona, with Justin Allgaier third, Chandler Smith fourth and Josh Berry fifth.

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Volume 2023, Issue 2, Posted 11:16 PM, 02.26.2023

Kyle Busch Bows In Win For Childress at Fontana

FONTANA, CA – RIS – Kyle Busch proved to the doubters that he could win at RCR after so many successful seasons at Joe Gibbs Racing. In Toyotas.  On Sunday, he sent California off with the final race at the two-mile California Speedway with a three second win over Chase Elliott.  Although he had speed all day, the win came late in the race.

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Volume 2023, Issue 2, Posted 8:03 PM, 02.26.2023

Wintry Weather Rules Fontana Qualifying

(FONTANA, CA – FEB 25, 2023 – RIS) Wintry weather in the Los Angeles area cancelled Saturday’s qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity and Cup series races with the lineups set according to points. This will put Austin Hill on pole for the Production Alliance Group 300 Xfinity race and Christopher Bell at the same position for the Pala Casino 400. Cool and cloudy weather with intermittent rain is forecast for several more days in southern California so the schedule may be in flux.

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Volume 2023, Issue 2, Posted 1:56 PM, 02.25.2023

Stenhouse Wins at Daytona and Climbs the Fence

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – It was the longest Daytona 500 in history at 530 miles, but Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. avoided the big wreck and won over a fast and Cup Champion Joey Logano to claim the victory.  The final laps became a wreck filled mess with two overtimes and a finish under caution.  Stenhouse's win in a Chevrolet for JTG Daugherty Racing — a team part owned by former NBA player Brad Daugherty — was the third of his career. His only other victories came in 2017 — at Talladega and the summer race at Daytona in a Roush Fenway Ford.  came in his first race reunited with crew chief Mike Kelly, who guided Stenhouse to a pair of Xfinity Series championships earlier in his career.

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Volume 2023, Issue 2, Posted 8:05 PM, 02.19.2023

Austin Hill Wins Opening Daytona Xfinity Race for the Second Year in a Row

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - Austin Hill won Saturday night’s Xfinity Series opener at Daytona International Speedway as the race ended under caution in overtime. Officials needed a few minutes after the finish to analyze video before declaring Hill the winner. A vicious last-lap crash sent Sam Mayer‘s Chevrolet spinning and flipping onto its roof after contact with Hill. The car slid along the track upside down as sparks flew, then it hit the grass adjacent to the track and flipped onto its wheels. Mayer had moved to the outside to challenge Hill for the lead but lost control of his car as the rest of the field rolled past. The caution flew, meaning the driver in front when officials pushed the caution button would win the race. And that was Hill. He edged John Hunter Nemechek. Following were Allgaier, Parker Retzlaff and Myatt Snider.

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Volume 2023, Issue 2, Posted 8:36 PM, 02.18.2023

Austin Hill Wins Daytona Xfinity Pole for Saturday's Race at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Austin Hill won the pole for today’s Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway.  Hill will be going to repeat his season-opening win at the 2.5-mile track for the second consecutive year. Hill won the pole with a lap of 182.563 mph. He will be joined on the front row by Parker Kligerman, who is running the full Xfinity Series for the first time since 2013. Kligerman qualified at 182.441 mph.

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Volume 2023, Issue 2, Posted 1:57 PM, 02.18.2023

Draft Raises Lap Speeds as Keselowski Tops Final Practice

(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEB 18, 2023 – RIS) Brad Keselowski topped the chart after the end of the final practice for the 65th Daytona 500, in a session that saw mostly Fords on track. The Ford contingent worked on drafting while the sole Toyota, Tyler Reddick’s, took to the track only for pit entry tests and never actually tripped the timers.

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Volume 2023, Issue 2, Posted 12:06 PM, 02.18.2023

Zane Smith Wins Opening Truck Race at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Zane Smith must have racing at Daytona International Speedway figured out.  For the second consecutive time, he won the season opening NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Friday night.  This time it wasn’t an exciting finishing pass.  It was persisting rain that is common to tropical Florida.  Smith had managed to make a pass just before the rain started and after an hour wait, the race was called. Smith was in front when NASCAR called the race official with 21 laps of the scheduled 100 to go. The race ended at 11:12 p.m. ET.  Smith, last year’s Truck Series champion, won the Daytona opener for the second consecutive year.

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Volume 2023, Issue 2, Posted 11:53 PM, 02.17.2023

Sanchez Heads Daytona Truck Field

(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEB. 17, 2023 – RIS) Nick Sanchez powered the No, 2 Gainbridge Chevy to the top of the charts in both rounds of qualifying for the NextEra Energy 250 Craftsman Truck Series race. Chase Purdy starts at the rear after a flat right rear tire kept the No. 4 Chevy from being able to take part in the second round and the change is an ‘unapproved’ adjustment according to the rules.

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Volume 2023, Issue 2, Posted 7:00 PM, 02.17.2023

Caruth Leads Daytona Truck Practice

(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEB 16, 2023 – RIS) Rajah Caruth set the quickest lap time in practice for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series NextEra Energy 250 race. Friday’s race will have qualifying at 3:00 p.m. and go under the green flag at 7:30 Friday evening.

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Volume 2023, Issue 2, Posted 10:35 PM, 02.16.2023

Logano and Almirola Win Daytona Qualifying Races - Field is set for the Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS -Daytona has qualifying races.  It’s pretty much been that way forever.  It’s part of the magic of Speedweeks at the 2.5-miletrack.  This year was no different.  The race was dominated by the Fords of Team Penske, although the finish was very exciting. Joey Logano led a four-Ford breakout and held off the Toyota of Christopher Bell to win the Bluegreen Vacations Duel No. 1 at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday night.

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Volume 2023, Issue 2, Posted 10:23 PM, 02.16.2023

Bowman On Record Sixth Daytona Front Row

(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEB 15, 2023 – RIS) Alex Bowman extended his string of front-row starts in the Daytona 500 to six straight, setting a new record with his third pole for the race. Bowman’s laps in both sessions were at the top of the list, with round two some 0.181 second quicker and 0.661 mph faster over a single lap of Daytona’s 2.5 mile track. Starting beside Bowman in Sunday’s race will be fellow Hendrick racer Kyle Larson, with William Byron clocking the third fastest time to give Hendrick the top qualifying times. Only the front row is determined by Wednesday’s times, with the rest of the field determined by the outcome of the two duels.

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Volume 2023, Issue 2, Posted 11:40 PM, 02.15.2023

Martin Truex, Jr. Wins the Busch Light Clash in California

LOS ANGELES, CA – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. rallied late to win the Clash at the Colosseum in the season-opening exhibition race on the quarter-mile track created for the event at the historic stadium in Southern California.  Truex bumped by Ryan Preece to take the lead with 24 laps to go and led the rest of the way.

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Volume 2023, Issue 2, Posted 11:26 PM, 02.05.2023

Busch Light Clash Qualifying Race Results

(LOS ANGELES, CA - FEB 5, 2023 - RIS) Here are the results of the four qualifying heats and two last chance qualifiers for the 2023 edition of the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum. Aric Almirola, Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin and William Byron all won their heats. Michael McDowell and Chase Elliott grabbed the checkered flags for the LCQ races.

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Volume 2023, Issue 2, Posted 8:10 PM, 02.05.2023

Haley Fastest in The Clash Qualifying Saturday

LOS ANGELES, CA – RIS – The NASCAR Cup Series 2023 season  got underway on Saturday night with initial qualifying for the season-opening  Bud Clash at the LA Memorial Coliseum.  The exhibition race will be on Sunday with heat races to determine starting positions at 8:00 PM EDT.  It’s second straight year on the temporary quarter-mile track laid down over the pitch at the historic home of many footballs games.

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Volume 2023, Issue 2, Posted 10:06 PM, 02.04.2023