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[top]Overview


Players: 1-2 offline and 2-16 online
Online Trophies: Yes
Online Pass Required: No
Cheat Codes Affect Trophies: No
Estimated Time to Platinum: 20-30hrs dependent skill and if boosting
Minimum Playthroughs: 3 Seasons (2 Career Seasons and 1 Single Season)
Collectible Trophies: Yes
Missable Trophies: None
Glitched Trophies:None that I know of.


[top]Tips & Strategies

Tips:
This game has some fundamental flaws with the AI. When the tire wear is on, it seems that there tires don't wear at all. You will find that you will get passed by the AI easily. To overcome this you can do a few things. One is to just turn the tire wear and fuel consumption off, which will keep it an equal field all the way through the race. Or you can get to know the AI and how they react to situations and learn how to beat them through strategy.

Another flaw with the AI is that when you tires do wear, or when you are crashing, they have a tendency to not hit the brakes at all. They will run right into you and that will cause your car to wreck. Just have to get used to how they race to actually finish a race. It can be very frustrating at first but will soon become a minor annoyance.

When you start your career you are in an extremely underpowered car, you will find it hard to even keep up with the pack. If you started the career on champion difficulty you should not be expecting to finish better than 30th of 43 positions when you first start. You can still win races though, you just have to race clean and adjust on your car throughout the race, but the main thing that can get you to winning is by using pit strategy.

The final thing that can really help you exceed in this game is to get a good car setup under you. Yes the default setups are great and all, easy to control and everything. They are not that fast compared to some people with setups. You will find out online how important it is to have a setup especially at the plate tracks (Talladega and Daytona) Once you master the setup for most tracks, it will still be a challenge to win on champion difficulty, but it will be more in your control as a driver and not a strategist.


[top]Cheats, Glitches, & Exploits

CHEATS:
Go to Rewards menu, go to the bottom where it says "Enter Code" select that and you will be prompted to enter a code.

For 3 Godaddy Paintscheme's enter one of the three codes:
-GO DADDY
-GODADDY
-GODADDY.COM
(They all unlock the same car, game designer decided to put multiple codes for the same thing)

For a Fox Sports paint scheme enter this code:
-FOXSPORTS

For a SPEED TV paint scheme enter this code:
-SPEEDTV

For a Sunoco paint scheme enter one of the four codes:
-GOSUNOCO
-SUNOCO2004
-OFFICIALFUEL
-GOSUNOCO.COM
(They all unlock the same car, game designer decided to put multiple codes for the same thing)


[top]Roadmap

There is no real roadmap that has to be taken with this trophy, but this is the way that I did it.

First I got the win the Championship in career on the Champion difficulty, which I won with ease. Be sure to upgrade the car throughout the season.

Then complete the second season on easy (since the amount of credits you get doesn't change with difficulty setting) and buy everything in the ways of upgrades and rewards, you also may have to start the third season depending on how you did the first season.

Then I go into single player race now modes and finish up any offline trophies that weren't obtained during the career mode.

Then I went to go play the highlight challenges which are either extremely easy or next to impossibly hard.

After that all offline trophies should be done and then you just have to focus online trophies which are the hardest nes to get in the game as stated in the trophy descriptions for most of them.


[top]Trophies

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Platinum
Unlock every trophy in the game

Unlock every trophy listed below and this will be yours.

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1%'er
Earn a total of 1,000,000Cr.

In this game credits can only be obtained in the Career Mode, the amount of credits you earn varies upon where you finish in a race.
For this trophy just keep doing races in career mode until you reach 1,000,000 credits. It is possible to unlock this trophy during the first points race the Daytona 500

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First Steps
Take part in your first Career or Season Race.

For this you will need to enter either the Career Mode or Single Season mode.

Complete the Daytona 500 which is the first race of the season.

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The Intimidator
Spin out an opponent.

This trophy can be done by turning an opponent backwards on the racetrack.

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Treat Yourself
Purchase an item from the Reward Store.

Go to the awards menu of the game and select any of the following
-Race Shop Items
-Pro Driver Setups
-Custom Schemes
-Pin Packs
-Decal Packs

Buy anything from any of the categories and this trophy is yours.

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Passing The Time
Flip the Track Pass 500 times during loading.

On some loading screens you will see a statistics card attached to a lanyard, press the button on these types of loading screens to flip the pass, repeat the process 500 times to unlock this trophy.

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Draft Dodger
Draft a total of 1000 yards in a race.

Drafting is done when following an opponent at high speeds.

The easiest way to get this trophy is load up a race at Daytona or Talladega and follow an AI opponent until the trophy unlocks.

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Newbie
Take part in your first Public Online Race.

To get this trophy go to the Multiplayer menu select "Playstation Network" then select "Quick Race." You will then go through the car selection screen and be put in an online lobby. Start the race portion of the event and this trophy is yours.

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Upgrade Complete
Purchase your first upgrade.

Go to the Career Mode and select "Upgrades." A screen will come up with several upgrade options, pick one of the upgrades and purchase it.

NOTE: Upgrades are bought with credits earned through Career Mode.

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Speed Star
Win your first Super speedway track race in Career or Season Mode.

This trophy has to be obtained in either Career Mode or Single Season


The easiest way to get this trophy is by setting the game to easy difficulty and winning a race on one of the super speedway tracks when they come up in the season.

The super speedway tracks in the game are:
-Auto Club (Race 5/36 excluding non-points races)
-Daytona Race 1/36 and Race 18/36 excluding non-points races)
-Indianapolis (Race 20/26 excluding non-points races)
-Michigan (Race 15/36 and Race 23/36 excluding non-points races)
-Pocono (Race 14/36 and Race 21/36 excluding non-points races)
-Talladega (Race 10/36 and Race 30/36 excluding non-points races)

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Day At The Beach
Win the Daytona 500.

For this you have to be in either Career Mode or Single Season

The easiest way to get this trophy is to set the game to easy, and race the Daytona 500. (Race 1/36 excluding non-points races) You should pull away from the rest of the field with no problem at all and get an easy victory.

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Startin' on Pole
Qualify on pole for the first time in Career or Season Mode.

For this you will need to be in either Career Mode or Single Season

The easiest way to get this trophy is to set the game difficulty to easy, go to qualifying and set a nice clean lap, the AI will most likely be extremely slow and the pole should be obtained easily.

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Miles Away
Win your first Intermediate track race in Career or Season Mode.

This trophy has to be obtained in either Career Mode or Single Season


The easiest way to get this trophy is by setting the game to easy difficulty and winning a race on one of the intermediate tracks when they come up in the season.

The intermediate tracks in the game are:
-Atlanta (Race 25/36 excluding non-points races)
-Charlotte (Race 11/36 and Race 31/36 excluding non-points races)
-Chicagoland (Race 27/36 excluding non-points races)
-Darlington (Race 11/36 excluding non-points races)
-Homestead Miami (Race 36/36 excluding non-points races)
-Kansas (Race 8/36 and Race 32/36 excluding non-points races)
-Kentucky (Race 17/36 excluding non-points races)
-Las Vegas (Race 3/36 excluding non-points races)
-New Hampshire (Race 19/36 and Race 28/36 excluding non-points races)
-Texas (Race 7/36 and Race 34/36 excluding non-points races)

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In The Chase
Make the Chase.

The Chase is the last 10 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship tour. Races 27 through 36 make up the Chase races. A total of 12 racers can make the Chase.

There are two ways that you can make that Chase. One is being in the top 10 in points, the other is being the wild card, both are explained in detail below.

To make the Chase you must be in the top 10 in the overall points standings at the end of the 26th race of the schedule. This makes up the first 10 positions of 12 that make up the Chase.
The other way to make the Chase is to be the wild card. This is if you are outside the top ten looking in. The requirements for this is that you must be in the top 20 in points and have either the most or second most wins in the regular season. Regular season is races 1 through 26. These make up Chase spots 11 and 12.

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Chase Champion
Win the Sprint Cup in Chase Mode.

Go to the Single Player menu and select The Chase to enter this mode.

The easiest way to get this trophy is to set the game difficulty to easy, set the race distance to the minimum. Every race will be won effortlessly.

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Challenging
Complete a Head to Head Challenge.

You have to be in career mode to obtain this trophy

During the career you will come across "Invitational Events" that are scheduled throughout the season. The head-to-head challenges are listed as "Driver Duels" which puts you against one AI competitor in the game. Just complete the event to get the trophy.

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Short & Sweet
Win your first Short track race in Career or Season Mode.

This trophy has to be obtained in either Career Mode or Single Season


The easiest way to get this trophy is by setting the game to easy difficulty and winning a race on one of the short tracks when they come up in the season.

The Short Tracks in the game are:
-Dover (Race 13/36 and Race 29/36 excluding non-points races)
-Martinsville Race 6/36 and Race 33/36 excluding non-points races)
-Phoenix (Race 2/36 and Race 35/36 excluding non-points races)
-Richmond (Race 9/36 and Race 26/36 excluding non-points races)
-Bristol (Race 4/36 and Race 24/36 excluding non-points races)

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Season Champion
Win the Sprint Cup in Single Season Mode.

You have to be in the Single Season mode to obtain this trophy.

The easiest way to get the trophy is to set the game to the easy difficulty and set the race length to 3%. You should win qualify on pole and win every race easily, and once the season is done this trophy will pop.

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Van Gogh
Create a custom paint scheme.

Go to the Custom Car menu and select "Create New." Once on the screen add a decal to the car and hit the button. It will give you the options to "Save and Continue," "Save and Exit," and "Don't save and Exit." Select the "Save and Exit" to get this trophy.

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Turn Right?
Win your first Road Course race in Career or Season Mode.

This trophy has to be obtained in either Career Mode or Single Season

The easiest way to get this trophy is by setting the game to easy difficulty and winning a race on one of the road course tracks when they come up in the season.

The Road Courses in this game are:
-Sonoma (Race 16/36 excluding non-points races)
-Watkins Glen International (Race 22/36 excluding non-points races)

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Last Man Standing
Win an Eliminator Invitational event.

You have to be in career mode to obtain this trophy

During the career you will come across "Invitational Events" that are scheduled throughout the season. Just look for the event called "eliminator" and complete that event, once it is done the trophy will unlock.

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Snap Happy
Take a picture in any Photo Mode.

When in any offline race go to the pause menu, where you will see an option called "photo mode." Select that option and you will be brought to the camera, hit the button to take the picture.

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Trend Setter
Finish a race with the fastest lap 100 times.

To get this this trophy you need to finish the race with the overall fastest lap 100 times, you can find out if you have the fastest lap by looking in the upper left hand corner of the screen, your drivers name should be next to the word "Best" which indicates that you have the best lap.



The easy way to get this trophy is to set the game to the easy difficulty and complete 100 races, in every race you should easily get the fastest lap. But this trophy should unlock through general gameplay.

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Contender
Win your first Public Online Race.

Go to the multiplayer menu and select "Playstation Network" and select "Quick Race" you will go through the car selection screen and be put in a multiplayer lobby, just keep doing races until you win a race. Once you win the trophy will unlock.

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Ironman
Take part in and complete 250 races.

For this you have to complete 250 total races in the game.

The races that count are in:
-Season Mose
-Career Mode
-Single Race
-2 Player Split Screen
-Multiplayer Races

NOTE: The description for this trophy on some sites is listed as "Complete 250 Public Online Races" which is incorrect.

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Mano a Mano
Win a Driver Duel Invitational event.

You have to be in career mode to obtain this trophy


During the career you will come across "Invitational Events" that are scheduled throughout the season. Just look for the event called "Driver Duels." This is a Driver v. Player challenge.

There are two ways to get this trophy, either be closer to the driver ahead in the end, or pass the driver by the end of the race. At that point if you win this trophy will be yours.

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Champion
Win the Sprint Cup in Career Mode.

You will need to be in Career Mode to obtain this trophy.

The easiest way to get this trophy is to set the game difficulty to easy and race every race in the career mode, you will easily win every race and making it an extremely easy championship win.

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Taking Care Of Business
Sign a sponsor to each location on the car.

After a career race once you return to the career menu it will tell you what the requirements are to get sponsors. Some will be like qualify on pole 5 times, or win 5 races etc. Complete this objectives and then you will get an offer saying "Sponsor Offer" and you will gave the options to sign the sponsor to the car or decline it, keep accepting the sponsors as they are offered and you will get this trophy once you have signed one to each space of the car.

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Clock Watcher
Earn Gold at a Thunderlap Invitational event.

You have to be in career mode to obtain this trophy


During the career you will come across "Invitational Events" that are scheduled throughout the season. Just look for the event called "Thunder Lap." Thunder Laps are time trials, beat the time that they have given to you to get a gold medal. Once get the gold this trophy is yours.

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Action Shot
Take a picture of your car with all four wheels off the track.

The easiest way to get this trophy, since cars don't get airborne in this game is to go to the track named "Sonoma" and after you go through the first uphill Left, Right, Left hand turn section go straight through the second one. If you get close to the wall in the dirt your car will fly through the air. At that point pause the game by hitting the button and select "Photo Mode" take a picture of the cars will all wheels off the ground and this trophy will be yours.

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Long Road Back
Win a Public Online Race after qualifying last.

For this you need to be in a lobby with Qualifying and Race on.

You have to qualify in last place and make you way up to the lead and win the race by the time it is completed.

The hard part about this trophy is that there are very few people who do qualifying lobbies in the game. So I recommend boosting this trophy with a few friends and get it out of the way.

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Consistent
Win a Gauntlet Invitational event.

You have to be in career mode to obtain this trophy

During the career you will come across "Invitational Events" that are scheduled throughout the season. Just look for the event called "Gauntlet" and complete and win this event. Gauntlets consist of two races one race starting you from the middle then the field is inverted for the second race. Get the best finish that you can in both races to win.

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Brainiac
Answer 150 trivia questions correctly.

The other type of loading screens in the game are trivia loading screens, answer 500 of these trivia questions correctly and the trophy will pop.

NOTE: The initial screen with trivia question does not count towards the 500 for some reason.

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Director
Save a replay of a race.

The easiest way to get this trophy is to do a "Quick Race" at any track, set the race to the minimum distance and complete the race. After the race a menu will show up, select "Race Replay" and save the replay to get this trophy.

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Gear Head
Create your own custom setup.

For this you need to be in the garage area, the first screen you come upon when you enter a race weekend.

To get the trophy scroll down to the "Tuning" menu and select that, then another menu will pop up select "Edit Current Setup" then you will be taken to the setup screen. Adjust something in there and then hit the button and hit save setup, save it and the trophy will unlock.

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Lap It Up
Lap an opponent in a Public Online Race.

You need to catch up to the last car of the pack and pass them putting the 1 lap down in a public online lobby.

People who quit the race still register on the game as being in the race, just that they have a DNF (Did Not Finish) you can lap those cars and get the trophy. Since at least one person quits an online lobby every race you should get this trophy without even trying.

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Maxed Out!
Fully upgrade your Career Car.

When the career menu select upgrades. You will then see a list of everything that is available to upgrade on the car. Purchase every one of these upgrades for the trophy to unlock.

You have to purchase EVERY upgrade. Yes you can just go for the highest upgrade possible but it will also still give you the option to buy the lower upgraded parts, you have to buy all tiers of parts for this trophy to unlock.

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Serious
Win a race with no assists.

When in "The Garage" before you get onto the race track, you will see a menu that says "change assists" select that

At this point set off the assists to "off" of to where there are no stars highlighted, go on to win the race with all of them off and this trophy will be yours.

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Collector
Purchase everything in the Reward Store.

Go to the rewards menu of the game. You will see a list of rewards that you can buy, select each one of them and buy everything in them to get this trophy.

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Hustler
Win a Public Online Race after passing 5 cars on the last lap.

For this you must have a minimum of 6 players in the lobby, including yourself. You need to be in last place when the final lap starts and make your way up to first by the start finish line to complete the race.

This trophy is the most difficult in the game because of people just being slow and falling to far behind for it to be possible, people just in the lobby to troll, and people quitting the game because they aren't going to win the race.

I RECOMMEND BOOSTING THIS TROPHY

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Slippery
Complete a race without touching another car.

The easiest way to get this trophy is to set the game to the easy difficulty and 3% race distance with qualifying on.

With the game being on easy difficulty you will obtain the pole easily, you will start the race in the first position and then pull away from the rest of the field. You will find yourself running by yourself away from any competitors, just stay in the position away from any cars and win the race.

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Shake & Bake
Slingshot to victory in the final straight.

The two easiest places to get this done are at Daytona and Talladega.

For this you have to be behind the leader coming to the checkered flag, once on the final straight pull out of line behind the leader and the extra speed you have will pull you around the leader. As long as you pass the leader after you exit turn four and win the race the trophy will pop. The only true tip I can give you for this trophy is to be patient and work on the timing of your move if you are having trouble getting it.

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Pass in the Grass
Win a race after overtaking on grass.

You need to drop all 4 of the tires off the racing surface and put them on the grass on the inside of the track and pass an opponent on the racetrack. Then you have to go onto win that race and the trophy will unlock.

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The King
Win the Sprint Cup in Career Mode while playing on Champion difficulty.

This will be the hardest trophy to obtain in this game.

You have to win the Sprint Cup Championship on champion game difficulty. The AI are better than you with your car fully upgraded.

To make this trophy easier to get, turn and wear on 4x and play the strategy game, the races should be on 10% for this to work easier. Since the AI short pit you will either have one of two things happen.
1. You will also have to make a pitstop, but you will gain a fair amounts of positions on the track (doesn't work if a yellow flag comes out)
2.You wont have to pit during the race at all making the race easy to win.

But the key to this trophy is to use the AI faults against itself and make it advantage for you.

I did this trophy on season one of career, with a completely downgraded car and I got 16 wins out of a 36 race season.

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Perfect Day
Qualify in pole, lead all laps, win the race.

The easiest way to get this trophy is to set the game to the easy difficulty and 3% race distance.

With the game on easy you will get the pole with no effort at all, and the AI will be slow and allow to lead all the laps and win the race with no effort required.

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Polish Victory Lap
Complete a victory lap driving the opposite direction around the track.

NOTE: Victory Celebrations only occur in Career Mode

To get this during the Victory Celebration turn you car backwards on the track and make a lap around the track.

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Too Much!
Win the race after crossing the finishing line backwards.

The easiest way to get this trophy is to load up a Single Player quick race at any track, set the difficulty to easy, race length to 10%, and set the flag settings to off, you will pull out to a huge lead. At that point stop on the track turn the cat around and finish the race in reverse.

NOTE: There is a glitch in the game that when you finish backwards you will finish 1st in the race, but you will finish in double the position in what you finished. Ex is if you finish 10th the game will register you as 20th.

As long as you finish the actual race first the trophy will pop, don't worry about the final results screen when going for this trophy.

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Gambler
Run out of fuel and coast into pit road.

The easiest way to earn this trophy is to do a quick race at a Talladega or Daytona and set the tire a fuel setting to 4X. Just race around the track until your car runs out of gas, once it runs out coast around to the pit road and make pitstop and the trophy will pop.

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Photo Finish
Win an offline race by less than 0.02 seconds.

The easiest way to earn this trophy is to do a quick race at Talladega or Daytona. You need to win the race by 0.02 seconds to second place, which is about 5 or 6 inches difference is the cars position. The only real tip for this is to patient with the game and figure out how to plan the final move to get the finish to be that close.

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Challenger
Complete an Inside Line Highlight Challenge.

For this trophy you need to go to the Challenges menu and select "highlights."

You will then be brought to a screen where you need to select the year's challenges you want, the 2011 and 2012 ones are the ones that count for the trophy.

Complete one of the highlight challenges in the year's listed above.

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Challenge Complete
Complete all the Inside Line Highlight Challenges.

For this trophy you need to go to the Challenges menu and select "highlights."

You will then be brought to a screen where you need to select the year's challenges you want, the 2011 and 2012 ones are the ones that count for the trophy.

To unlock the trophy complete all the 2011 and 2012 highlight challenges.



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