Brad Keselowski Clinches Chase Spot, Crew Chief Paul Wolfe Earns MOOG® ‘Problem Solver’ Honors at New Hampshire

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Brad Keselowski clinched a spot in the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup with his third victory of the year and second in three weeks, and crew chief Paul Wolfe capped off a perfect weekend for the Penske Racing team by earning MOOG® Steering and Suspension “Problem Solver of the Race” honors following Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Keselowski and Wolfe swept the action at New Hampshire, winning Saturday’s Nationwide Series contest before leading a race-high 136 laps in Sunday’s Cup event.

Sponsored by MOOG Steering and Suspension manufacturer Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, the MOOG Problem Solver of the Race Award is presented following each 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. After starting seventh, Keselowski and Wolfe’s MOOG-equipped No. 2 Redd’s Apple Ale Ford Fusion grabbed the lead within the first 75 miles yet still improved by a race-best 0.069 seconds per lap over the final 150 laps.

“This Ford was hauling today,” Keselowski said. “It’s a privilege to have a car like this and a team that is just clicking.”

The No. 2 was so fast, in fact, that Wolfe was able to call for four tires when most competitors replaced only two during several pit stops. After another four-tire stop on Lap 254, the 2 car restarted ninth but had overtaken the leader within just 17 laps. Kyle Busch and the No. 18 Toyota tried to make a race of it during a green-white-checkered finish, but Keselowski closed the race as strong as he had started it.

“Brad and Paul mastered this racetrack all weekend – everything they did seemed to work, and Paul had the 2 car’s MOOG-equipped chassis running at its very best,” said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “The only real problem Paul and the Penske team faced was figuring out how to make a dominant car even faster over the second half, and somehow they did that.”

Wolfe became the 13th crew chief in the first 19 races to win MOOG Problem Solver honors. At the end of the season, Federal-Mogul Motorparts will present the prestigious $100,000 MOOG “Problem Solver of the Year” Award to the crew chief with the most weekly wins. Steve Letarte, crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Chevrolet), currently leads with three weekly MOOG wins, followed four crew chiefs – Todd Gordon (Joey Logano, No. 22 Ford), Daniel Knost (Kurt Busch, No. 41 Chevrolet), Jimmy Fennig (Carl Edwards, No. 99 Ford), and Richard Labbe (Paul Menard, No. 27 Chevrolet) – with two wins each.

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.comwebsite or contact your MOOG supplier. Like MOOG on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver.

Brian Vickers is Runner-Up at Daytona, Crew Chief Billy Scott Earns Career-First MOOG® ‘Problem Solver’ Win

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The last of several cloudbursts left Brian Vickers disappointed on pit road as Sunday’s rain-delayed Coke Zero 400 NASCAR® Sprint Cup race was cut short after 112 laps. However, Vickers’ runner-up finish on the rain-slickened Daytona International Speedway did help crew chief Billy Scott win his first MOOG® Steering and Suspension “Problem Solver of the Race” Award.

Sponsored by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, the weekly MOOG Problem Solver award is presented to the crew chief whose car posts the greatest positive differential in average lap time over the second half of a Sprint Cup race while finishing on the lead lap. Vickers and the MOOG-equipped No. 55 Aaron’s/Florida State University Dream Machine Toyota improved by a race-best 0.608 seconds per lap at Daytona.

After starting 30th, Vickers picked up 17 positions during the first green flag run before he and Scott decided to fall back to avoid one of Daytona’s “big ones.” That turned out to be a smart move, as 16 cars tangled just a few laps later. The 55 team chose to stay the course – avoiding three-wide racing – over the balance of the afternoon, a strategy that paid dividends once again following a 26-car pileup on Lap 98. After the debris was cleared, Vickers was running second to Aric Almirola and the MOOG-equipped No. 43 Ford when the race was red-flagged for the final time due to rain.

“This was an extremely challenging weekend, as most drivers and crew chiefs were never able to get a feel for the racetrack due to changing conditions,” said Tim Nelson, motorsports director for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “Billy and Brian had exactly the right strategy – stay out of trouble early and let the opportunities come to you.  If it hadn’t started raining again, they might have ended up on victory lane.”

In addition to the weekly MOOG Problem Solver award, Federal-Mogul Motorparts sponsors the prestigious $100,000 MOOG “Problem Solver of the Year” Award, which is presented to the crew chief with the best overall performance throughout the 36-race Sprint Cup season. Steve Letarte, crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet, is the leader through 18 events with three weekly MOOG award wins.

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.comwebsite or contact your MOOG supplier. Like MOOG on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Crew Chief Steve Letarte Earns MOOG® ‘Problem Solver® Honors With Top-Five Finish at Kentucky

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They qualified a distant 29th and driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. admitted he has yet to feel comfortable racing at Kentucky Speedway, but the No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet team – led by crew chief Steve Letarte – pulled out all the stops to earn their Sprint Cup Series-leading ninth top-five finish in Saturday night’s NASCAR® Quaker State 400. Following the race, Letarte was named Federal-Mogul Motorparts’ MOOG® Steering and Suspension Problem Solver of the Race for the third time this season.

The weekly MOOG 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. Letarte’s third weekly Problem Solver award, based on the 88 car’s race-best 0.295-second-per-lap improvement at Kentucky, gives him a one-win lead in the season-long battle for the $100,000 MOOG Problem Solver of the Year Award.

After struggling in qualifying and both practice sessions, Earnhardt gave all the credit for Saturday’s finish to Letarte and the Hendrick Motorsports crew, who worked throughout Friday night and all day Saturday to improve the 88 car’s performance. Those extra hours paid almost immediate dividends Saturday night as Earnhardt drove the MOOG-equipped Chevrolet SS into the top 10 within the first 35 laps. While the 88 was vastly improved, Letarte’s smart fuel and tire strategies played equally important roles in helping Earnhardt pick up more than a dozen positions in the early going. The Hendrick Motorsports crew was stout as well, delivering a succession of flawless stops that improved the 88 car’s running position.

“Steve would be the first to say that everyone on that team deserves a share of this MOOG Problem Solver win,” said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “Dale says he’s still trying to figure out how to race here, but he did a great job tonight. And the Hendrick crew demonstrated brilliant execution on pit road. They put all the pieces together on a track where the odds seemed to be stacked up against them just 24 hours earlier.”

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.comwebsite or contact your MOOG supplier. Like MOOG on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver.

Champion® Brand Surpasses 200,000 ‘Likes’ on Facebook

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Champion®, one of the best-known and most trusted brands in the global automotive industry, recently surpassed 200,000 “Likes” on its Facebook page and is connecting with thousands of additional consumers each day through an expanded digital marketing presence. Champion also has nearly 4,000 followers on Twitter and attracts more than 40,000 unique visitors each month to the www.AlwaysAChampion.com website.

“Champion became an iconic brand by engaging multiple generations of consumers, racers and other performance-driven enthusiasts at the grassroots level, and we are building on this tradition through the power of social media,” said Jessica Wynn, group manager, digital marketing, Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “Our success on Facebook, Twitter and in other digital channels demonstrates that there is a groundswell of interest not only in Champion’s impressive history, but also in our latest technologies for virtually any type of engine.”

Consumers connecting online with Champion have the opportunity to enter free weekly contests and follow the success of leading Champion-sponsored drivers in circle track, dirt, drag, motorcycle and boat racing, as well as drifting competition. The brand’s Facebook page and the www.AlwaysAChampion.com website also enable consumers and racers to enter and follow the innovative annual “Search for a Champion” racing sponsorship contest and 10-week “King of the Road” face-off of North America’s hottest rides.

To learn more about the Champion brand’s digital marketing programs, simply visit www.AlwaysAChampion.com, “Like” Champion at www.Facebook.com/ChampionSparkPlugs, and follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/ChampionPlugs.

Marcos Ambrose Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer is Top MOOG® ‘Problem Solver®’ at Sonoma

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They didn’t get the win they were hoping for, but road course specialist Marcos Ambrose and the No. 9 Stanley Ford Fusion team didn’t leave Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway empty-handed, as crew chief Drew Blickensderfer received the MOOG® Steering and Suspension “Problem Solver of the Race” Award following Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR® Sprint Cup event. The No. 9 car finished eighth after starting well back in the field and encountering early handling issues.

Sponsored by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, the weekly MOOG 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. Federal-Mogul Motorparts also sponsors the $100,000 MOOG Problem Solver of the Year Award, which is presented to the crew chief with the best overall performance throughout the 36-race season.

Ambrose, whose two career Sprint Cup victories have come on road courses, was hoping to position himself for a spot in the year-end Chase with his first-ever win at Sonoma. However, the driver battled intermittent handling issues over the first 50 laps as Blickensderfer and the Richard Petty Motorsports crew dialed in the car’s MOOG-equipped steering and suspension system. By mid-race, Ambrose had advanced into the top 15 and he briefly led the field with 30 laps remaining. The No. 9 Fusion posted a race-best improvement of 0.538 seconds per lap over the final 55 laps.

“The biggest challenge for drivers out there today was striking the right balance between horsepower and tire life,” said Tim Nelson, motorsports director for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “Once the 9 team found that balance and Drew fine-tuned their MOOG-equipped chassis, they were back in the mix and had a shot at a top five finish.”

The recipient of the 2009 MOOG Problem Solver of the Year Award, Blickensderfer is the 11th different crew chief to win weekly MOOG honors in the year’s first 16 events.

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.comwebsite or contact your MOOG supplier. Like MOOG on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver.

Kenny Francis, Crew Chief for Kasey Kahne and No. 5 Chevrolet, Earns MOOG® ‘Problem Solver®’ Honors at MIS

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Kenny Francis, crew chief for Kasey Kahne and the MOOG® Steering and Suspension-equipped No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS, won the MOOG Problem Solver of the Race Award after the 5 team recovered from an early incident to post its second top-five finish of the season in Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Sponsored by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, the MOOG Problem Solver of the Race 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 Hendrick Motorsports-owned No. 5 Chevrolet improved by a race-best 0.149 seconds per lap over the final 100 laps to finish fifth at MIS.

After battling bad luck over the season’s first 14 races, the No. 5 team seemed destined for more of the same at MIS, as Kahne spun out while trying to avoid an accident on Lap 8. The Farmers Insurance Chevrolet sustained only minor damage, but Francis and the Hendrick team spent the next 50 laps retuning the car’s MOOG-equipped steering and suspension.

Kahne slowly advanced from 31st position into the top 25. After multiple chassis adjustments and a free pass onto the lead lap following a mid-race caution, Kahne and Francis were back in business, methodically picking up track position over the final 100 laps. Kahne briefly led the race with 18 laps to go, but both driver and crew chief were satisfied with their top-five finish.

“Kasey and Kenny are thinking about one thing right now – becoming more consistent so they can put themselves in position to win a race or two and secure a position in the Chase,” said Tim Nelson, motorsports director for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “Kenny and his crew had their hands full after that early spin, but they did a great job of giving Kasey a fast racecar at the end.”

Francis is the 10th different crew chief in the season’s first 15 races to win MOOG Problem Solver honors. 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 through 36 races.

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.comwebsite or contact your MOOG supplier. Like MOOG on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver.

ANCO® $10,000 Youth Hockey Sponsorship Contest Now Open

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A creative 2-minute video about your youth hockey team could earn a share of $10,000 in team sponsorships through the ANCO® Wipers brand’s innovative “Future Hockey Stars” contest. ANCO Wipers, The Official Wiper Blade of the National Hockey League®, are manufactured by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation.

Now through July 15, 2014, teams across the U.S. and Canada are encouraged to post a free 2-minute video entry to the ANCOWipers.com website. Federal-Mogul Motorparts will award a $1,000 ANCO Future Hockey Stars sponsorship to each of five finalist teams and an additional $5,000 grand-prize team sponsorship to one of the finalists based in part on votes cast by consumers who visit the ANCO site. Consumer voting will begin July 29, 2014, finalists will be announced Aug. 20, 2014, and the $5,000 grand-prize sponsorship will be awarded Sept. 24, 2014.

“This contest is a great way to help teams offset the rising costs associated with youth hockey competition,” said ANCO Wipers Brand Manager Tracy Neil. “We know that players and their families have tremendous pride in their accomplishments, and ANCO is proud to help reward their dedication to this great sport.”

The ANCO Future Hockey Stars contest is open to legal residents of the United States, District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec). All team members must be under the age of 20 and only one entry will be accepted per team. For all rules and restrictions, please visit www.ANCOWipers.com. The contest is not affiliated with the NHL®.

ANCO premium wiper blades utilize exclusive designs and materials and are engineered with the latest technology to ensure a clear, streak-free wipe in any driving environment, helping keep drivers safe with a clearer view of the road ahead. From passenger cars to commercial vehicles and with conventional and profile-style wiper blades, ANCO has the most extensive coverage of all types of vehicles for the best and safest visibility. That’s why ANCO is the Clearest Choice in Wiper Blades™.

To learn more about the ANCO Future Hockey Stars promotion as well as world-class ANCO wiper blades and related products, please visit www.ANCOWipers.com. To identify the right ANCO product for virtually any application, simply use the convenient www.FMe-cat.com electronic catalog or, for smart phone users, visit www.GetANCO.mobi. Like ANCO on Facebook (https://www.Facebook.com/ANCOWiperBlades) and follow the brand on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ANCOWiperBlades) for product updates and special promotions.

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