IRVINE, Calif. – Nine sets of pistons and more than $9,000 worth of product certificates will be awarded to IMCA drivers racing built engines again this season by JE Pistons.Champions in each of the five Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified regions and both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions, as well as national IMCA Late Model and IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Car champions all receive pistons from the Irvine, Calif., manufacturer.Product certificates valued at $400, $300, $200 and $150, respectively, will be awarded to eligible second through fifth place drivers in regional Modified and Stock Car, and national Late Model and Sprint Car standings.“Everyone at JE is a proud supporter of the IMCA and circle track racing,” said Director of Marketing Sean Crawford. “We’re happy to support the racers and help keep their engines running strong and on the race track.”Awards will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.JE Pistons returned to the IMCA marketing partner ranks last season.“We are in our sixth season overall partnering with JE Pistons and it is a pleasure to work with aftermarket engine parts manufacturers who continue to support IMCA racers,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Modified drivers racing a claim engine, and all drivers in the other divisions have a shot at high quality sets of pistons through this program and we hope they support JE at every opportunity.”Information about JE-manufactured pistons and piston kits is available by calling 714 898-9763, on Facebook and at the www.jepistons.com website.
(REUTERS) – Two of Brazil’s top soccer clubs, Botafogo and Fluminense, said yesterday they would defy an order from their federation to resume playing competitively this week, as the country’s daily coronavirus death toll hovers around 1 000.The Rio de Janeiro state football federation proposed that the state championship, one of several state-wide tournaments that take place in Brazil before the national leagues begin in the second half of the year, restart on June 18, pending state government approval.Botafogo president Nelson Mufarrej called the ruling “disconnected from reality”, and both clubs said they planned legal action on health and safety grounds to avoid having to resume playing so soon.“Unfortunately, the majority of clubs understand that this is the time to play games again, in spite of the chaotic scenes we’re living through right now,” Mufarrej said in a statement. “We’re against it.”Brazil’s documented deaths from the pandemic stand at just below 44 000, more than any country in the world except the United States, and that toll has been rising by around 1 000 per day for the past week.City rival Fluminense’s chairman Mario Bittencourt said his players, inactive since action was halted in mid-March, were also not ready to play competitively again.“The pandemic persists,” Bittencourt said. “The dates set for our games (22nd and 24th) are unacceptable from the point of view of the health of our players and we won’t be taking the field, and we will look to take action in the sporting court to do what is right.”Botafogo and Fluminense have been asked to play in the first round of rescheduled games. All four of the state’s top teams, which also include Flamengo and Vasco da Gama, are down to play a game between June 18 and 22.