VERNON HILLS, Ill. – Drivers in the Deery Brothers Summer Series and four IMCA divisions receive a combination of product and product certificate awards again this season courtesy of R2C Performance Products.Both the champion and rookie of the year in the tour for IMCA Late Models receive R10522 air filters while second through fifth place finishers in Deery point standings each get a 4-barrel air filter base compliments of the seven-year IMCA marketing partner.Champions in each of the five Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified regions and the national Modified rookie of the year also receive 4-barrel air filter bases.The highest finishing driver in IMCA Sunoco Stock Car national point standings who competes with a limited cubic engine and top finishing Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod drivers competing with claim engines all receive 4412 air filter bases.Fifty dollar product certificates will be awarded to designated place finishers in all Deery Series main events and at 30 Modified specials.Certificates will be mailed after official race results are received at the IMCA home office. All other R2C Performance Products awards will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week.“The R2C program is specifically targeted to selected IMCA drivers in the form of both complimentary products and gift certificates,” noted Kevin Yoder, IMCA marketing director. “They really make an excellent filter and one that our tech officials across the country endorse to keep dust and sediment out of the carburetor.”Information about R2C-made air filters is available by calling 708 488-8211, on Facebook and at the www.R2Cperformance.com website.
Press Association British and Irish Lions scrum-half Murray hailed the impact of taskmaster boss Schmidt in overhauling Ireland’s entire approach – and backed the Kiwi head coach to drive another lift in standards before the autumn’s global gathering. “We are at a good level anyway, but I still think we can improve quite a lot,” said Murray. “Every game through the Six Nations there have been things we have been frustrated with and we haven’t executed quite as well as we wanted to, but overall we are very satisfied with the way we have handled this championship. “It’s exciting that we can improve and with a World Cup coming up it’s a great position to be in.” Ireland will be gunning to top Pool D ahead of the likes of France in the World Cup, to tee up a likely quarter-final against Argentina. The perils of finishing as runners-up in Pool D are stark – a potential last-eight showdown with New Zealand, the only major power Ireland are yet to beat in Test action. Head coach Schmidt’s analytical and relentless approach raises hopes Ireland can pass the last-eight stage for the first time at a World Cup however, and Murray hailed his wide-ranging impact. “Right now we are going to relax and enjoy what we have done but when it comes to going back to camp and we gather again, we will be looking forward to a World Cup and that is really exciting for us,” said Murray. Conor Murray has fired a World Cup warning shot to Ireland’s Test rivals, insisting Joe Schmidt’s RBS 6 Nations champions still have plenty of improvements ahead. Ireland retained the Six Nations title for the first time since 1949 with a 40-10 victory over Scotland in Edinburgh on Saturday, edging past England to glory. England fell short of the required points-difference buffer despite a 55-35 victory over France, sending the trophy to Dublin for the second-straight season. “Constantly through the Six Nations we have performed well, we have played well but there have been a few areas where we know we can do better. “That is quite exciting for us as a team with back-to-back championships now. “We know we can get better and push on. Joe is a world-class coach and there is no secret there. “The way he has the group organised, it is player-driven as well. “We take on board what he says and we really believe what he gives us and we have huge belief in the squad at the moment. “The longer we are together, hopefully the better we will get.” Munster scrum-half Murray has scaled the northern hemisphere half-back heights in this Six Nations, working in tandem with peerless fly-half Johnny Sexton. The British and Irish Lions star admitted Schmidt’s unremitting approach has helped him lift his craft to new levels. Ireland were languishing at ninth in the world rankings when Schmidt took the helm in 2013 – just three defeats later, the world’s third-best side have secured consecutive Six Nations titles. “He has been unbelievable for me: when he came in he challenged players to improve,” said Murray. “And if you are not doing the work, and not showing it in training and in games that you are working hard on your game, he will talk to you and take you aside and give you advice on what you should be working on. “From the moment he came in, he gave me a few pointers, a few little areas of my game that I wanted to improve and he’s done that. He has improved me as a player.”
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Congressional negotiators for the House and Senate met in late afternoon and ratified the details of the legislation. Republicans voiced opposition but made no attempt to delay the vote or even seek changes. “We all know this bill is going nowhere fast,” said California Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, referring to the veto threat. The bill includes more than $90 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the withdrawal timetable that Bush finds objectionable and billions of dollars in domestic spending that he also has threatened to veto. Overall, the bill totals $124.2 billion. WASHINGTON – A historic veto showdown assured, Democratic leaders agreed Monday on legislation that requires the first U.S. combat troops to be withdrawn from Iraq by Oct. 1, with the goal of a complete pullout six months later. “No more will Congress turn a blind eye to the Bush administration’s incompetence and dishonesty,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a speech in which he accused the president of living in a state of denial about events in Iraq more than four years after the U.S.-led invasion. Bush, confident of enough votes to sustain his veto, was unambiguous in his response. “I will strongly reject an artificial timetable (for) withdrawal and/or Washington politicians trying to tell those who wear the uniform how to do their job,” he told reporters in the Oval Office as he met with his top Iraq commander, Gen. David Petraeus. The day’s events marked the quickening of a confrontation that has been building since Democrats took control of Congress in January and promised to change policy in a war that has claimed the lives of more than 3,200 U.S. troops.