Four Crew Chiefs Now Deadlocked at Top of MOOG® ‘Problem Solver of the Year’ Standings

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Four crew chiefs now share the lead in the battle for the $100,000 MOOG® Steering and Suspension “Problem Solver of the Year” Award after Chris Heroy, crew chief for rookie Kyle Larson and the MOOG-equipped No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS, claimed weekly MOOG Problem Solver honors during Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

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 posts the best second-half improvement in average lap time while finishing on the lead lap. Larson and the 42 Chevrolet picked up a race-high 0.093-second per lap to advance 18 positions and finish sixth on Charlotte’s 1.5-mile quad-oval. Heroy now has three weekly MOOG awards, moving him into a tie with crew chiefs Jimmy Fennig (No. 99 Ford, Carl Edwards), Luke Lambert (No. 31 Chevrolet, Ryan Newman) and Steve Letarte (No. 88 Chevrolet, Dale Earnhardt Jr.) in the Problem Solver of the Year battle.

“We’ve finished 31 of 36 races and nothing has been decided – any of the 17 crew chiefs who have won a weekly Problem Solver award has a legitimate shot at receiving our $100,000 check in Las Vegas,” said Tim Nelson, motorsports director for Federal-Mogul Motorparts.

The 42 Chevrolet has more top-10 finishes (16) than any Chip Ganassi Racing team since Juan Pablo Montoya finished with 18 in 2009. It appeared Larson was actually destined for the top five until he fell back after brushing the wall in the final laps. Still, Larson and Heroy continue to turn heads in their first year together after barely missing out on the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Saturday’s race was won by Kevin Harvick and the MOOG-equipped No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet. Harvick automatically advances to the Eliminator Round of the 10-event Chase.

Tied for second place in the MOOG Problem Solver of the Year standings with two weekly wins each are crew chiefs Todd Gordon (No. 22 Ford, Joey Logano), Daniel Knost (No. 41 Chevrolet, Kurt Busch), Richard “Slugger” Labbe (No. 27 Chevrolet, Paul Menard), Keith Rodden (No. 1 Chevrolet, Jamie McMurray), and Chad Knaus (No. 48 Chevrolet, Jimmie Johnson). Eight crew chiefs have one weekly Problem Solver win.

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.

Wagner® Lighting Introduces Wagner TruView® PLUS LED Mini Lamps

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The Wagner® Lighting brand from Federal-Mogul Motorparts has introduced its latest innovative replacement lighting solution for automotive, marine, powersport and other applications: new Wagner TruView® PLUS LED miniature lamps, engineered to deliver 10-plus years of performance while projecting a whiter, brighter and deeper light pattern than standard mini lamps. Federal-Mogul Motorparts is a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation.

The new Wagner TruView PLUS LED mini lamp offering includes three SKUs that together replace 20 standard mini-lamp part numbers. Each new lamp features a bulb-free design that virtually eliminates lamp damage caused by road shock and vibration to help ensure long life under even the most challenging operating conditions. Common uses for these “plug and play” replacement lamps include dome, map, instrument panel and other automotive interior applications as well as flashlights and toys. Wagner Lighting also offers a broad line of TruView PLUS LED replacement sealed beams for commercial vehicles and vintage applications.

“Throughout its history, the Wagner Lighting brand has offered a comprehensive and advanced lighting program for automotive, commercial-vehicle, recreational and other uses, and we are now extending this leadership into the LED mini lamp category,” said Tracy Neil, brand manager, Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “Millions of consumers understand the benefits of LED technology and we expect to see strong, sustained growth for this technology in our market.”

All Wagner Lighting products are designed and manufactured to Federal-Mogul Motorparts’ exacting specifications and meet unsurpassed quality standards.

To learn more about Wagner TruView PLUS LED mini lamps, 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.

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Ryan Newman Crew Chief Luke Lambert Makes it a Three-Way Tie In $100,000 MOOG® ‘Problem Solver’ Battle

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Luke Lambert, crew chief for Ryan Newman and the MOOG® Steering and Suspension-equipped No. 31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet, continued his late-season climb up the MOOG “Problem Solver of the Year” standings with his second straight weekly MOOG Problem Solver win in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR® Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway. Lambert moved into a three-way tie for the lead in the $100,000 year-end MOOG award battle with six races remaining in the Sprint Cup season.

Sponsored by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, the MOOG Problem Solver of the Year Award is presented to the crew chief with the most weekly MOOG Problem Solver wins throughout the 36-race season. Weekly MOOG Problem Solver honors are awarded following each race to the crew chief whose car delivers the greatest second-half improvement in average lap time while finishing on the lead lap. The Richard Childress Racing-owned 31 Chevrolet posted an event-best 0.307-second-per-lap improvement over the closing 103 laps at Kansas to finish sixth.

Newman and Lambert had the fourth-fastest car in Friday’s Happy Hour session but started at mid-pack (17th) for Sunday’s race, the first of three events in the Contender Round of the season-ending Chase for the Sprint Cup. The 31 car ran in the top 10 for most of the afternoon, with Lambert making precise adjustments to the car’s MOOG-equipped chassis to address cooling temperatures and changing track conditions. Newman, who is now tied with Carl Edwards and the MOOG-equipped No. 99 Ford for third place in the Chase standings, led briefly with fewer than 40 laps to go before a caution reshuffled the field. The race was won by Chase leader Joey Logano and the MOOG-equipped No. 22 Ford.

“Ryan and Luke were both long shots coming into the Chase and MOOG Problem Solver of the Year battle, but they’re making great runs when it matters most,” said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “Luke faced two very different tracks and sets of challenges over the past two weeks and was able to find the right combination each time to help Ryan join the leaders and strengthen his bid for a position in the Eliminator Round.”

Lambert’s third weekly MOOG award – all won within the past 10 races – moves him into a tie with crew chiefs Jimmy Fennig (No. 99 Ford, Carl Edwards) and Steve Letarte (No. 88 Chevrolet, Dale Earnhardt Jr.) for the lead in the MOOG Problem Solver of the Year standings. Six crew chiefs have two weekly Problem Solver wins and eight have one. In the case of a tie, the $100,000 MOOG Problem Solver prize goes to the crew chief whose driver finishes highest in the Chase standings.

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.

Gain a Clearer, Safer View of the Road and $10 Mail-In Rebate With New Wagner® Premium Headlamps This Fall

Federal-Mogul Motorparts’ Wagner® Lighting brand is helping consumers save money while preparing their vehicles for the fall and winter driving seasons through a special offer on Wagner premium replacement headlamps. From October 1 through November 30, 2014, consumers purchasing Wagner BriteLite®, TruView® PLUS and/or NightDefense® headlamp capsules can qualify for a $10 mail-in rebate. Federal-Mogul Motorparts is a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation.

“There is no better time to think about upgrading your visibility than in October, which as National Headlamp Month helps raise awareness of the importance of gaining a clearer, safer view of the road before the end of Daylight Savings Time,” said Tracy Neil, brand manager, Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “This special offer not only provides significant savings to consumers who upgrade their headlamps to premium technologies but will also help them keep safe behind the wheel.”

The Wagner Lighting brand offers a comprehensive line of quality lighting products for any automotive replacement need. These include Wagner BriteLite capsules, which deliver 80 percent more light to the road and project a beam pattern that is 120 feet longer than standard halogen headlamps. Wagner TruView PLUS capsules offer the “Purest, Whitest Light™” among replacement capsules to provide the look of high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps. These lamps provide exceptional forward visibility without projecting the offensive glare commonly associated with HID systems. Wagner NightDefense headlamps provide a dramatically enhanced field of vision so the driver can better see not only the road, but also signs and other roadside objects. These lamps have an exclusive tri-color/tri-zone coating that disperses light that is up to 40 percent brighter for optimum viewing and projects a beam pattern that is up to 60 feet longer than competing lamps.

To receive a mail-in rebate, consumers simply must purchase a qualifying Wagner Lighting product during the program period, then visit www.WagnerLightingRebate.com to pre-submit their rebate. Consumers have the option of scanning and uploading their proof of purchase online or mailing their receipt to promotional headquarters. Rebate submissions must be postmarked or uploaded within 14 days of purchase. Visit www.WagnerLightingRebate.com for other rules and restrictions.

Wagner Lighting products are available through thousands of automotive parts and service providers across North America. To identify the right Wagner Lighting product for virtually any application, please use the convenient, free www.FMe-cat.com electronic catalog.

Ryan Newman Crew Chief Luke Lambert is Top MOOG® ‘Problem Solver’ At Dover as No. 31 Team Advances to Chase Contender Round

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Ryan Newman was one of the final two drivers to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, but he, crew chief Luke Lambert and the No. 31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet advanced to the Contender Round after delivering a solid eighth-place finish in Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Following the event, Lambert was selected as MOOG® Steering and Suspension “Problem Solver of the Race” based on the MOOG-equipped 31 car’s 0.101-second-per-lap improvement over the final 200 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 greatest 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-owned Chevrolet were among several teams in jeopardy of elimination from the Chase after disappointing 15th- and 18th-place finishes, respectively, at Chicagoland and New Hampshire. Things didn’t get much better during Friday’s Happy Hour session, when the 31 car qualified a disappointing 20th on a track that has traditionally been among Newman’s favorites.

“Luke and the Childress team worked their tails off improving the 31 car before Sunday’s start, and it paid off in a big way to keep them in the Chase,” said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “There was a lot of pressure on several teams out there, but Ryan and Luke kept cool and did a great job of identifying ways to enhance the performance of their MOOG-equipped chassis throughout the afternoon.”

While Newman’s top-10 finish keeps him alive in the Chase, Lambert’s weekly Problem Solver win introduces even more complexity to an incredibly tight battle for MOOG Problem Solver of the Year honors. Lambert becomes the seventh crew chief with two weekly Problem Solver wins. Two crew chiefs – Jimmy Fennig (No. 99 Ford, Carl Edwards) and Steve Letarte (No. 88 Chevrolet, Dale Earnhardt Jr.) – sit atop the standings with three wins. In the case of a tie, the $100,000 MOOG Problem Solver prize goes to the crew chief whose driver finishes highest in the Chase standings.

“With seven races to go it’s impossible to predict who’s going to take home the $100,000 check and MOOG ball joint trophy,” Nelson said. “In fact, we might not have any idea until the final performance numbers are crunched following the last race at Homestead (Florida).”

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.

Kyle Larson Impresses Again, Crew Chief Chris Heroy Wins Second Straight MOOG® ‘Problem Solver’ Award

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While it’s too late for rookie driver Kyle Larson to join the Chase for the Sprint Cup field, his crew chief, Chris Heroy, is making plenty of noise in the $100,000 MOOG® Steering and Suspension “Problem Solver of the Year” competition, winning weekly “Problem Solver” honors for the second straight event following Sunday’s Sylvania 300 NASCAR® Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The MOOG Problem Solver awards are sponsored by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML).

Heroy earned weekly Problem Solver honors after Larson and the MOOG-equipped No. 42 Target Chevrolet posted the greatest second-half improvement (0.319-second per lap) while finishing on the lead lap in Sunday’s race. Larson finished second, proving that last week’s third-place finish in the Chase opener was no fluke.

The MOOG award win is Heroy’s second of the year, elevating him into a five-way tie for second place in the year-end Problem Solver standings. Crew chiefs Jimmy Fennig (No. 99 Ford, Carl Edwards) and Steve Letarte (No. 88 Chevrolet, Dale Earnhardt Jr.) lead the way with three weekly MOOG wins each.

“Kyle and Chris are performing as well as anyone out there,” said Tim Nelson, director of Motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “It’s only a matter of time before they get their first Sprint Cup win. Kyle is an excellent driver and Chris and the Chip Ganassi Racing team are nailing their chassis setups, which is one of the most difficult challenges from week to week.”

Larson, who was edged out of the Chase field two weeks ago at Richmond, started 10th but was running loose during the first half of the race. The 42 car made a hard charge toward the front in the second half and held its position over a succession of late-race restarts. Joey Logano and the MOOG-equipped No. 22 Ford Fusion took the checkered flag, giving Team Penske a sweep of the first two Chase 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.com website or contact your MOOG supplier. Like MOOG on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver.

Popular $125,000 ‘Search for a Champion’ Racing Sponsorship Contest Returns This Fall

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The iconic Champion® Spark Plug brand is once again stepping forward to support grassroots racers through the popular $125,000 “Search for a Champion” contest, which will fund 15 sponsorships available to racers in virtually every form of engine-driven competition. Racers can enter the contest beginning Nov. 3, 2014, by submitting a 2-minute video profile at www.AlwaysaChampion.com. Champion spark plugs, filters and chemical additives are distributed by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML).

The Search for a Champion contest will offer 15 $5,000 Champion racing sponsorships and one $50,000 grand-prize sponsorship to grassroots racers whose entry videos best demonstrate their commitment to winning with the help of “Performance Driven™” Champion spark plugs. For the third straight year, Federal-Mogul Motorparts and the Champion brand will also award free Champion “swag” bags, complete with a contest decal and Champion hat and t-shirt, to the first 250 entrants.

The contest is open to racers in three broad categories – Asphalt, Dirt and Water/Snow – with winners selected based in part on votes cast by members of the Web-based Champion community. Last year’s contest established new records for number of video entries (392) and consumer votes (more than 243,000).

“Winning the Search for a Champion contest will always rank as one of the greatest thrills of my life, no matter how far I’m able to advance in my racing career,” said 2014 grand prize winner Jordan Ives, a 17-year-old driver who campaigns a Chevrolet Monte Carlo Super Late Model throughout the midwestern U.S. “The Champion brand has been a great friend to grassroots racers, and this contest is just one of many reasons why I’ll always use Champion plugs to power my engines.”

“Search for a Champion was an entirely new concept for the racing community when it launched back in 2011, and it has gotten significantly bigger and more competitive every year,” said Jessica Wynn, global digital marketing manager for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “We have been incredibly impressed with the care that has gone into each of the videos – it’s obvious that these racers view Champion as the ideal partner to help them achieve their goals.”

Video entries must be submitted to the www.AlwaysaChampion.com website between Nov. 3, 2014, and Jan. 4, 2015. The Champion community will vote for 15 finalists between January 6 and February 3, 2015. Voting for the $50,000 Search for a Champion grand prize will take place February 24 through March 24, 2015.

To learn more about the Search for a Champion contest and “Performance Driven” Champion products, please visit www.AlwaysaChampion.com. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ChampionSparkPlugs, and follow Champion on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ChampionPlugs.

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