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Schatz, World of Outlaws Claim Night 1 of the Mini Gold Cup

The four-time Outlaws champion leads all 35 laps to earn his second victory of year

CHICO, Calif. — March 23, 2012 — With bragging rights on the line between the World of Outlaws and the California contingent, Friday’s main event couldn’t have set up any better.

Donny Schatz, a four-time World of Outlaws champion and the current points leader, and two-time King of California Jonathan Allard started on the front row of the 35-lap feature during Night 1 of the Mini Gold Cup at Silver Dollar Speedway.

Schatz capitalized on a good start and led wire to wire en route to picking up his second victory of the season. It also gave the Outlaws a 2-to-1 edge in wins versus Californians this season in the state of California.

“Tonight we started up front and maintained,” Schatz said after extending his points lead to 20. “We’re not 100 percent where we are comfortable with the car and all the stuff yet. To have two wins in this position at this time of the year and to not be 100 percent confident in what we’ve got going on yet is pretty good.”

Schatz took advantage of the qualifying invert, which started him on the pole of his heat race after timing in 15th quickest. He led all 10 laps to lock himself into the dash. Kraig Kinser, who set quick time with a lap of 12.458 seconds, randomly pulled the No. 6 to invert the first three rows of the dash. That moved Schatz to the pole of the dash and he again led the entirety of the eight-lap race to earn the pole for the feature.

“That dash draw always helps,” he said. “Starting up there on the inside was great.”

Meanwhile, Allard won his heat race from the outside front row to lock himself into the dash, where he started outside Schatz. The duo stayed within a couple car lengths of each other for most of the race with Schatz edging Allard for the top spot and the inside lane – which was the preferred spot – for the start of the main event.

“I just fell in behind Donny and tried to learn something,” Allard said. “I’ve been known for not managing my tires as well as we could have, but the Goodyears lasted, we came home with second and we’re very proud of that.”

The race featured only two cautions – on lap 24 when 10th-running Kyle Larson spun out in turn two and on the final lap when Robbie Whitchurch stopped exiting turn four – as Schatz maintained a comfortable pace on the quarter-mile track that favored the bottom.

“You just had to be cautious not to spin your tires and slip up out of that bottom groove,” Schatz said. “There wasn’t a lot of moving around. There were guys trying things, but just couldn’t make anything work. You had to be on the bottom of the race track, right on the gutter. As long as I stayed there and tried to keep from making a mistake, I was going to be ok.”

And he never pulled within a car length of lapped traffic.

“I was hoping maybe Donny would get into traffic, but he was too smart to do that,” Allard said after his runner-up finish.

Starting in the second row, veteran Outlaws driver Joey Saldana and defending King of California Tim Kaeding duked it out for the final podium position. Saldana edged Kaeding, who had claimed two of the previous three World of Outlaws features.

That moved Saldana to second in the points, while Kaeding’s result was his fourth consecutive top-six finish.

Steve Kinser rounded out the top five. Kraig Kinser was sixth, Lucas Wolfe seventh, Bill Rose placed a season-high eighth and Jason Sides ended ninth. Last Chance Showdown winner Jac Haudenschild picked up his first top 10 of the season.

In addition to Schatz and Allard, Cody Darrah and Saldana earned heat race wins. Trey Starks claimed the KSE Hard Charger Award for the second straight race.

Mini Gold Cup Notebook

WINNERS – Donny Schatz – 2 (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 23 and Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19); Tim Kaeding – 2 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 16 and The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8); Joey Saldana –1 (Perris Auto Speedway on March 10); Craig Dollansky – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19); Danny Lasoski – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 18).

TIME TRIALS – Kraig Kinser was the fastest qualifier around the quarter-mile oval with a time of 12.458 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Tim Kaeding (4 points), Jac Haudenschild (3), Steve Kinser (2) and Sammy Swindell (1).

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Mini Gold Cup Statistical Report; Silver Dollar Speedway; Chico, Calif.; March 23, 2012

A Main – (35 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1] [$10,000]; 2. O-Jonathan Allard [2] [$5,000]; 3. 9-Joey Saldana [3] [$3,000]; 4. 83-Tim Kaeding [4] [$2,700]; 5. 11-Steve Kinser [5] [$2,500]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6] [$2,200]; 7. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [8] [$2,000]; 8. 6-Bill Rose [7] [$1,800]; 9. 7S-Jason Sides [9] [$1,600]; 10. 83SR-Jac Haudenschild [11] [$1,450]; 11. 1-Sammy Swindell [12] [$1,300]; 12. 63-Chad Kemenah [15] [$1,200]; 13. 24-Terry McCarl [16] [$1,100]; 14. 55-Trey Starks [20] [$1,000]; 15. 4-Cody Darrah [10] [$950]; 16. 7-Craig Dollansky [14] [$900]; 17. 77-Paul McMahan [19] [$850]; 18. 14-Jason Meyers [18] [$750]; 19. 29-Kerry Madsen [24] [$725]; 20. 121-Shane Golobic [23] [$700]; 21. 89-Rico Abreu [22] [$700]; 22. 83V-Kyle Hirst [17] [$700]; 23. 82-Robbie Whitchurch [21] [$700]; 24. 99-Kyle Larson [13] [$700]. Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 55-Trey Starks [+6].

Qualifying – 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.458; 2. 83-Tim Kaeding, 12.624; 3. 83SR-Jac Haudenschild, 12.665; 4. 11-Steve Kinser, 12.683; 5. 1-Sammy Swindell, 12.700; 6. 99-Kyle Larson, 12.776; 7. 7-Craig Dollansky, 12.788; 8. 9-Joey Saldana, 12.815; 9. O-Jonathan Allard, 12.831; 10. 63-Chad Kemenah, 12.863; 11. 24-Terry McCarl, 12.962; 12. 83V-Kyle Hirst, 12.967; 13. 14-Jason Meyers, 12.991; 14. 77-Paul McMahan, 13.010; 15. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.038; 16. 6-Bill Rose, 13.057; 17. 55-Trey Starks, 13.058; 18. 82-Robbie Whitchurch, 13.058; 19. 29W-Willy Croft, 13.090; 20. 44W-Austin Wheatley, 13.091; 21. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.128; 22. 89-Rico Abreu, 13.133; 23. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.138; 24. 25-Bobby McMahan, 13.152; 25. 21-Brian Brown, 13.160; 26. 11VS-John Michael Bunch, 13.164; 27. OO-Jason Statler, 13.217; 28. 121-Shane Golobic, 13.364; 29. 33E-Evan Suggs, 13.372; 30. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.378; 31. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.451; 32. 26M-Sean McMahan, 13.461; 33. 98M-Mitch Olson, 13.630; 34. 3C-Cody Lamar, 13.751; 35. 15H-Pat Harvey Jr., 14.017; 36. 28N-Brenton Nugent, No Time.

Heat 1 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. O-Jonathan Allard [2]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 3. 14-Jason Meyers [1]; 4. 1-Sammy Swindell [3]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [4]; 6. 33E-Evan Suggs [8]; 7. 55-Trey Starks [5]; 8. 21-Brian Brown [7]; 9. 98M-Mitch Olson [9].

Heat 2 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 4-Cody Darrah [8]; 2. 83-Tim Kaeding [4]; 3. 77-Paul McMahan [1]; 4. 89-Rico Abreu [6]; 5. 82-Robbie Whitchurch [5]; 6. 63-Chad Kemenah [2]; 7. 11VS-John Michael Bunch [7]; 8. 3C-Cody Lamar [9]; 9. 99-Kyle Larson [3].

Heat 3 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 2. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [6]; 3. 7-Craig Dollansky [3]; 4. 24-Terry McCarl [2]; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen [8]; 6. 83SR-Jac Haudenschild [4]; 7. OO-Jason Statler [7]; 8. 15H-Pat Harvey Jr. [9]; 9. 29W-Willie Croft [5].

Heat 4 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 9-Joey Saldana [3]; 2. 6-Bill Rose [1]; 3. 83V-Kyle Hirst [2]; 4. 11-Steve Kinser [4]; 5. 121-Shane Golobic [7]; 6. 25-Bobby McMahan [6]; 7. 44W-Austen Wheatley [5]; 8. 26M-Sean McMahan [8]; 9. 28N-Brent Nugent [9].

Dash – (8 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 2. O-Jonathan Allard [2]; 3. 9-Joey Saldana [3]; 4. 83-Tim Kaeding [5]; 5. 11-Steve Kinser [4]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6]; 7. 6-Bill Rose [7]; 8. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [9]; 9. 7S-Jason Sides [8]; 10. 4-Cody Darrah [10].

B Main – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 83SR-Jac Haudenschild [1] [-]; 2. 99-Kyle Larson [2] [-]; 3. 63-Chad Kemenah [3] [-]; 4. 55-Trey Starks [4] [-]; 5. 25-Bobby McMahan [7] [$200]; 6. 33E-Evan Suggs [11] [$180]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [8] [$175]; 8. 29W-Willie Croft [5] [$160]; 9. OO-Jason Statler [10] [$150]; 10. 98M-Mitch Olson [13] [$150]; 11. 3C-Cody Lamar [14] [$150]; 12. 26M-Sean McMahan [12] [$150]; 13. 15H-Pat Harvey Jr. [15] [$150]; 14. 44W-Austen Wheatley [6] [$150]; 15. 11VS-John Michael Bunch [9] [$150]; 16. 28N-Brenton Nugent [16] [$150].

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Top 20 Championship Standings

Pos.

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

QT

1

Donny Schatz 

978

0

2

4

6

0

2

Joey Saldana 

958

-20

1

4

5

1

3

Sammy Swindell 

952

-26

0

3

5

1

Jason Sides

952

-26

0

3

5

0

5

Kraig Kinser 

943

-35

0

2

6

1

6

Steve Kinser 

940

-38

0

3

5

0

7

Jason Meyers 

914

-64

0

2

3

1

8

Craig Dollansky 

903

-75

1

3

3

0

9

Chad Kemenah 

862

-116

0

1

2

2

10

Lucas Wolfe 

828

-150

0

0

2

0

11

Cody Darrah 

827

-151

0

0

1

0

12

Kerry Madsen

785

-193

0

1

1

0

13

Bill Rose 

768

-210

0

0

1

0

14

Terry McCarl

756

-222

0

1

1

0

15

Sam Hafertepe Jr.

743

-235

0

0

3

0

16

Jac Haudenschild

741

-237

0

0

1

0

17

Tim Kaeding

586

-392

2

3

4

0

18

Trey Starks

474

-504

0

0

0

0

19

Brian Brown

467

-511

0

1

1

0

20

Austen Wheatley

421

-557

0

0

1

0

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LIVE UPDATES: Schatz Claims Night 1 of Mini Gold Cup

(10:08 p.m.) Here are the official results:

1, Donny Schatz. 2, Jonathan Allard. 3, Joey Saldana. 4, Tim Kaeding. 5, Steve Kinser. 6, Kraig Kinser. 7, Lucas Wolfe. 8, Bill Rose. 9, Jason Sides. 10, Jac Haudenschild. 11, Sammy Swindell. 12, Chad Kemanah. 13, Terry McCarl. 14, Trey Starks. 15, Cody Darrah. 16, Craig Dollansky. 17, Paul McMahan. 18, Jason Meyers. 19, Kerry Madsen. 20, Shane Golobic. 21, Rico Abreu. 22, Kyle Hirst. 23, Robbie Whitchurch. 24, Kyle Larson.

(9:55 p.m.) Donny Schatz led all 35 laps to pick up his second victory of the season.

Jonathan Allard was second, Joey Saldana third, Tim Kaeding fourth and Steve Kinser rounded out the top five. Kraig Kinser was sixth, followed by Lucas Wolfe, Bill Rose, Jason Sides and Jac Haudenschild, respectively. Complete results after we take care of victory lane.

(9:40 p.m.) Drivers are four wide to salute the fans.

(9:36 p.m.) Cars have fired. There’s a good hole in the middle of turn one that’ll make this start interesting.

(9:32 p.m.) The cars are being pushed on the track.

(9:29 p.m.) The drivers are heading over to staging for the feature.

(9:17 p.m.) It is now a 35-lap feature.

(9:12 p.m.) It is getting chilly out here. According to weather.com, it is 54 degrees, but it honestly feels about 10 degrees cooler than that. The support class feature is on the track now.

(8:59 p.m.) Here is the lineup for the 40-lap feature:

1, Donny Schatz. 2, Jonathan Allard. 3, Joey Saldana. 4, Tim Kaeding. 5, Steve Kinser. 6, Kraig Kinser. 7, Bill Rose. 8, Lucas Wolfe. 9, Jason Sides. 10, Cody Darrah. 11, Jac Haudenschild. 12, Sammy Swindell. 13, Kyle Larson. 14, Craig Dollansky. 15, Chad Kemenah. 16, Terry McCarl. 17, Kyle Hirst. 18, Jason Meyers. 19, Paul McMahan. 20, Trey Starks. 21, Robbie Whitchurch. 22, Rico Abreu. 23, Shane Golobic. 24, Kerry Madsen.

(8:53 p.m.) Jac Haudenschild held off Kyle Larson to win the Last Chance Showdown. Chad Kemenah and Trey Starks also earned transfers to the feature. Here are the results:

1, Jac Haudenschild. 2, Kyle Larson. 3, Chad Kemenah. 4, Trey Starks. 5, Bobby McMahan. 6, Evan Suggs. 7, Brian Brown. 8, Willie Croft. 9, Jason Statler. 10, Mitch Olson. 11, Cody Lamar. 12, Sean McMahan. 13, Pat Harvey Jr. 14, Austen Wheatley. 15, John Michael Bunch (DNS). 16, Brent Nugent (DNS).

(8:44 p.m.) Polesitter Donny Schatz led all eight laps to claim the dash and earn the pole for the feature tonight. Here are the dash results:

1, Donny Schatz. 2, Jonathan Allard. 3, Joey Saldana. 4, Tim Kaeding. 5, Steve Kinser. 6, Kraig Kinser. 7, Bill Rose. 8, Lucas Wolfe. 9, Jason Sides. 10, Cody Darrah.

(8:38 p.m.) The dash and Last Chance Showdown cars are headed toward staging.

(8:22 p.m.) Jac Haudenschild and Kyle Larson are on the front row of the 12-lap Last Chance Showdown, which transfers the top four to the feature. Here is that lineup:

1, Jac Haudenschild. 2, Kyle Larson. 3, Chad Kemenah. 4, Trey Starks. 5, Willie Croft. 6, Austen Wheatley. 7, Bobby McMahan. 8, Brian Brown. 9, John Michael Bunch. 10, Jason Statler. 11, Evan Suggs. 12, Sean McMahan. 13, Mitch Olson. 14, Cody Lamar. 15, Pat Harvey Jr. 16, Brent Nugent.

(8:20 p.m.) The dash draw was a six, so fast qualifier Kraig Kinser starts on the outside of the third row in the eight-lap dash. Here is that lineup:

1, Donny Schatz. 2, Jonathan Allard. 3, Joey Saldana. 4, Steve Kinser. 5, Tim Kaeding. 6, Kraig Kinser. 7, Bill Rose. 8, Jason Sides. 9, Lucas Wolfe. 10, Cody Darrah.

(8:14 p.m.) Joey Saldana claimed the fourth-and-final heat with Bill Rose finishing second to also advance to the dash. Here are the results:

1, Joey Saldana. 2, Bill Rose. 3, Kyle Hirst. 4, Steve Kinser. 5, Shane Golobic. 6, Bobby McMahan. 7, Austen Wheatley. 8, Sean McMahan. 9, Brent Nugent.

(8:06 p.m.) Donny Schatz held off Lucas Wolfe to win the third heat race. Here are the results:

1, Donny Schatz. 2, Lucas Wolfe. 3, Craig Dollansky. 4, Terry McCarl. 5, Kerry Madsen. 6, Jac Haudenschild. 7, Jason Statler. 8, Pat Harvey Jr. 9, Willie Croft.

(8:03 p.m.) Jac Haudenschild spun out in turn three again on the fifth lap. Donny Schatz leads Lucas Wolfe, with Craig Dollansky, Kerry Madsen and Terry McCarl in transfer spots.

(8:00 p.m.) Jac Haudenschild spun in turn four on the opening lap of the third heat race and Willie Croft slid into him. Both cars are ok to restart.

(7:56 p.m.) Cody Darrah passed Tim Kaeding for the lead on the backstretch of the final lap to claim the second heat race. Here are the results:

1, Cody Darrah. 2, Tim Kaeding. 3, Paul McMahan. 4, Rico Abreu. 5, Robbie Whitchurch. 6, Chad Kemenah. 7, Cody Lamar. 8, John Michael Bunch. 9, Kyle Larson.

(7:51 p.m.) Kyle Larson spun in turn four on the final lap and John Michael Bunch flipped in turn two after the caution waved. He is out of the car and ok.

It will be a green-white-checkered finish with Tim Kaeding as the leader. Chad Kemenah, who was third, went to the work area with a cut right rear tire.

The order is Kaeding, Cody Darrah, Paul McMahan, Rico Abreu, Robbie Whitchurch, Cody Lamar and Chad Kemenah.

(7:48 p.m.) Kyle Larson, who was racing Chad Kemenah for third place, spun in turn two on lap eight. Tim Kaeding is still the leader with Cody Darrah up to second. Kemenah, Paul McMahan and John Michael Bunch are in transfer positions.

(7:46 p.m.) Cody Lamar spun in turn two on lap seven to bring out the second caution of the second heat race. Tim Kaeding leads with Chad Kemenah, Kyle Larson, Cody Darrah and John Michael Bunch in transfer positions.

(7:43 p.m.) Tim Kaeding drove from fourth to first on the opening lap. Robbie Whitchurch spun on the frontstretch and Cody Darrah in turn four to bring out the caution. Darrah kept his car going. With one lap down, Kaeding leads Chad Kemenah, Paul McMahan and Kyle Larson.

(7:41 p.m.) The track is super dry.

(7:39 p.m.) Jonathan Allard won the first heat race and Jason Sides charged from sixth to pick up the other dash spot. Here are the results:

1, Jonathan Allard. 2, Jason Sides. 3, Jason Meyers. 4, Sammy Swindell. 5, Kraig Kinser. 6, Evan Suggs. 7, Trey Starks. 8, Brian Brown. 9, Mitch Olson.

(7:32 p.m.) It’s about time for the National Anthem and then we race.

(7:11 p.m.) They are doing a little track prep right now before the support class qualifies. Then it’ll be Opening Ceremonies followed by the World of Outlaws heat races.

(6:52 p.m.) Here are the lineups for the 10-lap heat races:

Heat #1: 1, Jason Meyers. 2, Jonathan Allard. 3, Sammy Swindell. 4, Kraig Kinser. 5, Trey Starks. 6, Jason Sides. 7, Brian Brown. 8, Evan Suggs. 9, Mitch Olson.

Heat #2: 1, Paul McMahan. 2, Chad Kemenah. 3, Kyle Larson. 4, Tim Kaeding. 5, Robbie Whitchurch. 6, Rico Abreu. 7, John Michael Bunch. 8, Cody Darrah. 9, Cody Lamar.

Heat #3: 1, Donny Schatz. 2, Terry McCarl. 3, Craig Dollansky. 4, Jac Haudenschild. 5, Willie Croft. 6, Lucas Wolfe. 7, Jason Statler. 8, Kerry Madsen. 9, Pat Harvey Jr.

Heat #4: 1, Bill Rose. 2, Kyle Hirst. 3, Joey Saldana. 4, Steve Kinser. 5, Austen Wheatley. 6, Bobby McMahan. 7, Shane Golobic. 8, Sean McMahan. 9, Brenton Nugent.

Brenton Nugent just showed up so he’ll start on the end of the fourth heat.

(6:46 p.m.) Kraig Kinser was the fast qualifier with a lap of 12.458 seconds. It’s his first quick time of the season and the fifth consecutive race of qualifying in the top five.

Californian Tim Kaeding was second quick at 12.624 seconds and teammate Jac Haudenschild was third at 12.665. Steve Kinser was fourth at 12.683 and Sammy Swindell rounded out the top five at 12.700.

(6:21 p.m.) Willie Croft was the quickest in the fourth-and-final session at 13.197 seconds. Qualifying is up next.

(6:17 p.m.) Craig Dollansky was the quickest in the third session at 13.249 seconds.

(6:13 p.m.) Jason Sides was the quickest in the second session with a lap of 13.037 seconds.

(6:08 p.m.) Brian Brown was the quickest in the first hot-lap session with a lap of 13.847 seconds.

(5:20 p.m.) The drivers are about to put heat in their engines.

(4:52 p.m.) Since we have 35 sprint cars, there will be four, 10-lap heat races. The heats are inverted by four based on the qualifying results (i.e., the fast qualifier starts fourth in the first heat, the second quickest starts fourth in the second heat, etc.). The top two from each heat race advance to the eight-lap dash and the top five in the heats go to the 40-lap feature.

The remaining drivers who didn’t advance to the feature will compete in a 12-lap Last Chance Showdown, which transfers the top four to the feature.

There is some nasty weather on the way, so we might have to change the schedule around a bit in an effort to complete tonight’s event.

(4:48 p.m.) The draw is still open for a few more minutes until the driver’s meeting. Here is an up-to-date driver roster based on the pill draw, so it is also the qualifying order:

77 — Paul McMahan

24 — Terry McCarl

15 — Donny Schatz

83sr — Jac Haudenschild

89 — Rico Abreu

11 — Steve Kinser

21 — Brian Brown

63 — Chad Kemenah

44w — Austen Wheatley

83 — Tim Kaeding

7s — Jason Sides

1 — Sammy Swindell

11vs — John Michael Bunch

14 — Jason Meyers

11k — Kraig Kinser

00 — Jason Statler

82 — Robbie Whitchurch

25 — Bobby McMahan

7 — Craig Dollansky

99 — Kyle Larson

55 — Trey Starks

0 — Jonathan Allard

98m — Mitch Olson

121 — Shane Golobic

4 — Cody Darrah

15h — Pat Harvey

6 — Bill Rose

9 — Joey Saldana

29 — Kerry Madsen

33e — Evan Suggs

3c — Cody Lamar

29w — Willie Croft

83v — Kyle Hirst

5w — Lucas Wolfe

26m — Sean McMahan

(3:33 p.m.) We have 31 sprint cars signed in and three other drivers here who haven’t signed in yet, so we’re one away from tying our season high.

(3:25 p.m.) There is some conflicting information about start times tonight, so I’m not 100 percent. We might be qualifying at 6:45 p.m. (which would make more sense to me) with Opening Ceremonies slated for 7:10 p.m. I’ll post more when I know exactly what the schedule will be.

(3:14 p.m.) The temperature is in the 60s and the sky is a bit overcast on Night 1 of the Mini Gold Cup. Despite a few storms during the past couple of weeks, the pits are dry enough for the teams to use tonight. A few have elected to pit near the entrance of the pit gate where there is some asphalt.

It looks like about two dozen sprint car teams are already here and there are several more waiting to sign in. Our highest car count this season has been 35, which happened at the season opener. I think there’s a good chance we can pass that number tonight.

The driver’s meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. with qualifying tabbed to start around 6 p.m.

Here is our prerace video:

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