Jamie McMurray Crew Chief Keith Rodden Wins Second MOOG® ‘Problem Solver of the Race’ Award

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Jamie McMurray and the No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet led a race-high 138 laps and crew chief Keith Rodden took home his second MOOG® Steering and Suspension “Problem Solver of the Race” Award in Saturday’s Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. The MOOG Problem Solver of the Race and $100,000 “Problem Solver of the Year” awards are sponsored by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation.

The weekly Problem Solver award is presented following each NASCAR® Sprint Cup event to the crew chief whose car posts the greatest second-half improvement in average lap time while finishing on the lead lap. The MOOG-equipped No. 1 Chevrolet SS was the fastest and best-handling car on the track for nearly half the race and delivered an event-high 0.017-second-per-lap improvement over the final 250 laps to finish eighth. Still seeking a position in the season-ending Chase for the Sprint Cup, the Chip Ganassi Racing team seemed destined for victory lane until the night’s ninth and final caution reshuffled the field. Joey Logano and the MOOG-equipped No. 22 Ford won the race. Logano’s crew chief, Todd Gordon, also has two weekly MOOG Problem Solver wins.

“It looked like Keith and Jamie had cracked the code here tonight – unlike everybody else, they were able to avoid the high line, which gave them a significant advantage until the track changed over the final 100 laps,” said Tim Nelson, motorsports director for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “I’m sure they’re disappointed with an eighth-place finish, but the 1 car impressed a lot of people tonight.”

With 12 races to go, any of 16 crew chiefs could still take control in the battle for the $100,000 MOOG Problem Solver of the Year Award. Jimmy Fennig (No. 99 Ford, Carl Edwards) and Steve Letarte (No. 88 Chevrolet, Dale Earnhardt Jr.) share the lead with three weekly MOOG wins, followed by Rodden, Gordon, Daniel Knost (No. 41 Chevrolet, Kurt Busch) and Richard “Slugger” Labbe (No. 27 Chevrolet, Paul Menard) with two wins apiece. Ten crew chiefs have one Problem Solver win – and plenty of time to challenge for the lead.

“We’ve had guys get hot and string together multiple wins in the final 10 to 12 races, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see it happen again this year,” Nelson said.

MOOG Steering and Suspension is the preferred brand of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs, and MOOG components are recognized as the automotive service industry’s “Problem Solver,” with innovative parts that improve on original designs by providing increased durability, enhanced performance and easier installation. NASCAR Cup champions have driven to victory with MOOG parts for an unprecedented 48 straight years.

For more information regarding the MOOG Problem Solver awards and MOOG products, visit the brand’s technician-focused www.moogproblemsolver.com website or contact your MOOG supplier. Like MOOG on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver.

Fel-Pro® First to Offer Suzuki Head Gasket Set Featuring Replacement EGR Adaptor Gasket

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The Fel-Pro® Gaskets brand has introduced the aftermarket’s first head gasket set featuring an original equipment-style replacement EGR adaptor gasket for 2006-2008 Suzuki L4 2.0L DOHC engines. The new PermaTorque® MLS head set – No. HS26317PT2 – is now available through leading Fel-Pro suppliers. Fel-Pro gaskets are manufactured by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation.

Head gasket replacement on these Suzuki engines requires the replacement of the OE graphite/metal EGR gasket. Prior to the introduction of the new Fel-Pro PermaTorque MLS head set, this gasket was available only through Suzuki dealerships. The new Fel-Pro set enables engine rebuilders and other repair professionals to save time and as much as 50 percent of the cost of the OE gasket. The Fel-Pro replacement gasket also is available as a single part (No. 71379).

The new head set features a Fel-Pro PermaTorque no-retorque head gasket with a premium facing material, coating and robust combustion armor for an ultra-reliable seal. The set includes the more than 50 individual gaskets, seals, grommets and other components needed to perform a complete, high-quality repair.

As “The Gaskets Professionals Trust™,” Fel-Pro gaskets feature an array of innovative designs and proprietary materials engineered specifically for the aftermarket repair environment. With engineering and manufacturing operations based in Skokie, Ill., the brand offers comprehensive coverage of automotive sealing needs.

For more information regarding Fel-Pro gaskets, please contact your Fel-Pro supplier or visit www.felpro-only.com.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro Chosen as Champion® ‘King of the Road’

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A gleaming, custom-green 1967 Chevrolet Camaro used as a daily driver by a Jacksonville, Fla., enthusiast is the grand-prize winner of the Champion® Spark Plug brand’s “King of the Road” contest. Tim Kowalchick’s Champion-powered Camaro led the voting in the final round of the 10-week contest, which encouraged consumers to enter and select their favorite rides at www.AlwaysaChampion.com. Champion spark plugs are distributed by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation.

Kowalchick, the owner of a specialty automotive service business, receives the $5,000 King of the Road grand prize as well as $500 for winning one of the contest’s 10 weekly rounds. The 2014 King of the Road program garnered more than 550 entries and over 90,000 votes from among the Web-connected Champion community of “Performance Driven™” enthusiasts.

“This is the coolest honor and a great reward for all of the hours I spent restoring my car in the driveway,” Kowalchick said. “We’ve won trophies at car shows, but to be selected by Champion and its thousands of fans is something I’ll never forget. I never would have won this if it weren’t for the encouragement of my family and the many friends I have met at car cruises, so I thank all of them.”

Other weekly winners and finalists in the 2014 contests were:

 

Louis Bouchard           Sumiton, Ala.              1965 Chevrolet Nova SS

Gene Hawthorne        Orange Park, Fla.       1973 Ford Gran Torino

Kevin Henry                St. Marys, Ga.                        2007 Dodge Ram

James Laurita             Commack, N.Y.          1970 Ford Torino Cobra Jet

Billy Mccollim              Middleburg, Fla.          1966 Chevrolet Chevy II SS

Tanya Morewood        Tottenham, Ont.          2007 Dodge Charger SXT AWD

Mark Ritter                  Lakewood, Colo.         1969 Dodge Super Bee

Atari Roundtree           Greenwood, S.C.        1975 Chevrolet Caprice

Stacy Wood                Carleton Place, Ont.   1967 Chevrolet Camaro

 

The Champion King of the Road program awarded $500 cash prizes to the winners of each of 10 weekly rounds of voting, with weekly winners automatically being entered into the $5,000 grand-prize round. Anyone could vote for their favorite entry and participate in other contests and promotions simply by completing a free registration at www.AlwaysaChampion.com.

“The best part of this contest was the variety of entries we received, from beautifully restored 60-year-old hot rods to late-model vehicles that have been enhanced with custom paint, wheels and Champion plugs. In each case, the owner obviously invested tremendous time, effort and pride in the project, and Champion is proud to shine a spotlight on their achievements,” said Jessica Wynn, global digital marketing manager, Federal-Mogul Motorparts.

To learn more about “Performance Driven” Champion products and to view this year’s 10 King of the Road finalists, please visit www.AlwaysaChampion.com.

Mike Wheeler, Interim Crew Chief for Denny Hamlin, Wins MOOG® ‘Problem Solver’ Honors at MIS

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It took Mike Wheeler, interim crew chief for Denny Hamlin and the MOOG® Steering and Suspension-equipped No. 11 FedEx Toyota, just three starts to earn his first MOOG “Problem Solver of the Race” Award after the 11 car picked up 14 positions to finish seventh in Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR® Sprint Cup event at Michigan International Speedway.

Sponsored by MOOG Steering and Suspension manufacturer Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, the weekly Problem Solver award is presented to the crew chief whose car posts the greatest second-half improvement in average lap time while finishing on the lead lap. Wheeler, a Joe Gibbs Racing engineer standing in for crew chief Darian Grubb for six races, helped Hamlin and the 11 Toyota improve by a race-best 0.122-second per lap over the final hundred laps at MIS.

“Mike and Denny have every reason to be happy with their performance today,” said Tim Nelson, motorsports director for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “They’d be the first to admit that the 11 wasn’t the fastest car out there, but they were good in the corners and Mike and the Joe Gibbs Racing crew did an excellent job keeping them in the top 10 for the fifth time in the past six races.”

The 11 team retains its firm grip on a Chase spot, with Hamlin needing only to start the next three races to qualify for the season-ending 10-race playoff.  Wheeler, meanwhile, becomes the 16th different crew chief in 23 events to win weekly MOOG Problem Solver honors. His win preserves the two-way tie at the top of the standings for the $100,000 MOOG “Problem Solver of the Year” Award, with crew chiefs Jimmy Fennig (No. 99 Ford, Carl Edwards) and Steve Letarte (No. 88 Chevrolet, Dale Earnhardt Jr.)  deadlocked at three MOOG wins each.

Sunday’s race was won by new Chase points leader Jeff Gordon and the MOOG-equipped No. 24 Chevrolet. With three wins, eight top fives and 16 top 10s, Gordon holds a three-point advantage over Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the No. 88 Chevrolet heading into Saturday’s Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. The 88 team also relies on MOOG Steering and Suspension parts.

MOOG Steering and Suspension is the preferred brand of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs, and MOOG components are recognized as the automotive service industry’s “Problem Solver,” with innovative parts that improve on original designs by providing increased durability, enhanced performance and easier installation. NASCAR Cup champions have driven to victory with MOOG parts for an unprecedented 48 straight years.

For more information regarding the MOOG Problem Solver awards and MOOG products, visit the brand’s technician-focused www.moogproblemsolver.com website or contact your MOOG supplier. Like MOOG on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver.

Carl Edwards Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig Grabs Share of Lead For $100,000 MOOG® ‘Problem Solver of the Year’ Award

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Jimmy Fennig, crew chief for Carl Edwards and the MOOG® Steering and Suspension-equipped No. 99 Ford Fusion, moved into a two-way tie for the lead for the $100,000 MOOG “Problem Solver of the Year” Award after winning weekly Problem Solver honors in Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, N.Y. With three weekly MOOG wins, Fennig is now tied with Steve Letarte, crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the MOOG-equipped No. 88 Chevrolet.

Sponsored by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, the weekly MOOG “Problem Solver of the Race” Award is presented to the crew chief whose car delivers the best second-half improvement in average lap time while finishing on the lead lap. The year-end MOOG award is presented to the crew chief with the best overall performance throughout the 36-race Sprint Cup season.

Fennig received his third weekly MOOG award after the Roush Fenway Racing-owned Cheez-It Ford improved by an event-best 0.197-second per lap over the final 45 laps to finish fifth on the 2.45-mile road course. The MOOG-equipped car, which started 16th, showed the same speed and precise handling as it had in winning at NASCAR’s other road course, Sonoma, in June.  Edwards, who has two victories on the season and has secured a position in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, was leading with 30 laps remaining but ultimately gave up the point to the MOOG-equipped No. 47 Chevrolet driven by race winner A.J. Allmendinger.

“Jimmy and Carl have been outstanding on road courses over the past two years, and Jimmy once again found a way to find additional speed in the second half,” said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “A.J. had just a little too much car for everyone else out there, especially on those late restarts. I’m sure the 99 team is happy with another top five on a very tough course.”

With 22 races in the books, 15 different crew chiefs have won weekly MOOG Problem Solver honors. Just one win behind Fennig and Letarte in the Problem Solver of the Year standings are crew chiefs Todd Gordon (Joey Logano, No. 22 Ford), Daniel Knost (Kurt Busch, No. 41 Chevrolet) and Richard “Slugger” Labbe (Paul Menard, No. 27 Chevrolet).

“This is one of the tightest battles in Sprint Cup racing every year, and you can bet that each of the 15 weekly winners believes he can take home our year-end $100,000 check,” Nelson said. “Chances are it’ll come down to the final week of the season, which shows how hard these guys are working on pit road week after week.”

MOOG Steering and Suspension is the preferred brand of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs, and MOOG components are recognized as the automotive service industry’s “Problem Solver,” with innovative parts that improve on original designs by providing increased durability, enhanced performance and easier installation. NASCAR Cup champions have driven to victory with MOOG parts for an unprecedented 48 straight years.

For more information regarding the MOOG Problem Solver awards and MOOG products, visit the brand’s technician-focused www.moogproblemsolver.com website or contact your MOOG supplier. Like MOOG on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver.

2014 Wagner® Lighting Catalog Highlights Expanded Premium Lamp Range, Including New TruView® PLUS LED Sealed Beams

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An expanded offering of premium replacement headlamps and other high quality automotive and commercial-vehicle lighting products is highlighted in the new Wagner® Lighting Master Catalog (A4 2014) from Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation.

Featuring comprehensive lighting coverage for model years 1996-2014, the catalog includes the Wagner brand’s new range of TruView® PLUS LED replacement sealed beam headlamps for commercial and vintage vehicle applications. These premium lamps utilize a bulb-free LED design that virtually eliminates damage caused by road shock and vibration while delivering a brighter, whiter, crisper light that dramatically extends the driver’s field of vision.

Also included in the new catalog is the brand’s expanded coverage of three industry-leading premium capsule technologies: Wagner NightDefense®, TruView PLUS and BriteLite® headlamps and fog lamps. All three technologies are conveniently listed alongside the standard Wagner replacement capsule or sealed beam for each application to help parts and service professionals offer a choice of upgrade based on the customer’s preferences.

The catalog also covers the complete offering of Wagner standard replacement halogen capsules and sealed beams as well as original equipment-quality standard and “Long Life” Wagner miniature lamps for virtually every popular late-model domestic or foreign nameplate vehicle as well as commercial vehicle, marine, ATV, snowmobile, motorcycle, and aircraft applications. A helpful illustrated guide to automotive replacement lamps and details regarding the latest Wagner in-store displays and merchandising tools are also included.

All Wagner Lighting products are DOT/SAE compliant and certified to meet Wagner Quality Standards.

For more information and to receive a copy of the new catalog, simply contact your Wagner Lighting supplier or Federal-Mogul Motorparts representative. Additional information regarding Wagner Lighting products is also available at www.federalmogul.com. For product application listings, please use the free www.FMe-cat.com electronic catalog.

Ryan Newman Posts Eighth Top-10 Finish, Crew Chief Luke Lambert Earns MOOG® ‘Problem Solver’ Honors at Pocono

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Ryan Newman picked up 13 positions to finish eighth in Sunday’s GoBowling.com 400 NASCAR® Sprint Cup event at Pocono Raceway, boosting the No. 31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet team to fifth in Chase points. Newman’s crew chief, Luke Lambert, received the MOOG® Steering and Suspension “Problem Solver of the Race” Award after the MOOG-equipped 31 car posted an event-best 0.251-second-per-lap improvement over the final 80 laps.

Sponsored by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation the MOOG Problem Solver of the Race Award is presented to the crew chief whose car delivers the best second-half improvement in average lap time while finishing on the lead lap. At the end of the season, Federal-Mogul Motorparts will present the $100,000 MOOG “Problem Solver of the Year” Award to the crew chief with the best overall performance throughout the 36-race Sprint Cup season.

Newman, Lambert and the Richard Childress Racing team came to Pocono with hopes for a much-needed win, but the team’s second top-10 finish helped strengthen its position in the Chase standings. The 31 team ranks second among teams holding provisional spots for the 16-car Chase field with five races to go before the start of the Chase. In spite of the new qualifying format’s increased emphasis on wins, Newman and Lambert remain in strong contention thanks to consistent performance through the first 21 events.

 

“Luke had an excellent day on the pit box, helping Ryan find additional speed and improved track position through a series of second-half chassis adjustments,” said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “They’re in pretty good shape from a points perspective, but they still have plenty of time to get their first win of the season and lock up a Chase spot.”

 

Lambert became the 15th different crew chief to earn MOOG Problem Solver honors in 2014. Dale Earnhardt Jr. crew chief Steve Letarte leads the year-end MOOG award standings with three weekly Problem Solver wins, followed by four crew chiefs with two wins apiece.

 

MOOG Steering and Suspension is the preferred brand of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs, and MOOG components are recognized as the automotive service industry’s “Problem Solver,” with innovative parts that improve on original designs by providing increased durability, enhanced performance and easier installation. NASCAR Cup champions have driven to victory with MOOG parts for an unprecedented 48 straight years.

 

 

For more information regarding the MOOG Problem Solver awards and MOOG products, visit the brand’s technician-focused www.moogproblemsolver.com website or contact your MOOG supplier. Like MOOG on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver.

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