Darian Grubb, Crew Chief for Carl Edwards, Wins MOOG® ‘Problem Solver of the Race’ Award at Kentucky Speedway

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Darian Grubb, crew chief for Carl Edwards and the No. 19 Xfinity/Minions Toyota Camry, received the MOOG® Steering and Suspension “Problem Solver of the Race” Award after helping Edwards post his second top-five finish of 2015 in Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 NASCAR® Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway. MOOG is the Official Steering and Suspension of NASCAR.

Sponsored by global vehicle components manufacturer Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, the weekly MOOG Problem Solver award is presented to the crew chief whose car has delivered the greatest second-half improvement in average lap time while finishing on the lead lap. Edwards and Grubb improved by a race-best 0.302-second per lap over the final 163 laps to finish fourth at Kentucky. Grubb is the 13th different crew chief this year to win weekly Problem Solver honors.

The 19 car was one of four MOOG-equipped Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas to finish in the top five, with Kyle Busch (No. 18) earning his second win of the season, followed by Denny Hamlin (No. 11) in third, Edwards in fourth and Matt Kenseth (No. 20) fifth.

With Friday’s qualifying session canceled due to rain, Edwards started 20th based on his best practice time, but immediately began to pick up track position thanks to enhanced handling resulting from a combination of Grubb’s initial chassis setup and NASCAR’s new, reduced-downforce aerodynamic package. Drivers and crew chiefs were overwhelmingly positive about the changes in vehicle handling on the 1.5-mile track, where the number of green-flag passes more than doubled the 2014 race total.

“We saw some exceptional action both on the track and on pit road, where crew chiefs were finding additional speed all night through their chassis adjustments,” said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “Carl worked his way through the field very effectively from the start and then stayed near the front for most of the second half thanks to a lot of behind-the-scenes problem solving by Darian and the JGR team.”

With 18 races in the books, the field is starting to take shape in the battle for the $100,000 MOOG “Problem Solver of the Year” Award. Rookie crew chief Justin Alexander (Paul Menard/No. 27 Chevrolet) leads with three weekly MOOG wins, followed by three crew chiefs – Todd Gordon (Joey Logano/No. 22 Ford), Chad Knaus (Jimmie Johnson/No. 48 Chevrolet) and Greg Ives (Dale Earnhardt Jr./No. 88 Chevrolet) – with two wins apiece. Nine crew chiefs are just two wins back with one Problem Solver award each.

The MOOG brand, the preferred choice of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs, is in its 50th year of Cup competition. In recognition of the vital importance of steering and suspension components in overall vehicle safety and performance, NASCAR now requires that Cup teams use MOOG Problem Solver parts, specifically ball joints and tie rod ends. Cup Series champions have chosen MOOG parts for 49 consecutive years.

To learn more about MOOG products, please contact your MOOG Steering and Suspension supplier or visit the technician-focused www.moogproblemsolver.com website. Like MOOG on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver and follow the brand on Twitter for product updates and special promotions.

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MOOG® Steering and Suspension Line Now Covers More Than 60 Million Additional Repair Opportunities

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The industry-leading MOOG® Steering and Suspension line now covers more than 60 million additional vehicle repair opportunities through Federal-Mogul Motorparts’ ongoing investment in new products and application coverage. A division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, Motorparts introduced 241 new MOOG part numbers through the first five months of 2015.  MOOG is the preferred choice of professional technicians and the Official Steering and Suspension of NASCAR®.

“Our commitment to the success of automotive service providers includes developing and introducing innovative parts that address fast-emerging repair opportunities among today’s foreign nameplate and domestic passenger vehicles,” said Mark Boyle, director, steering and suspension products, North America, Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “By relying on MOOG, service providers can be certain they have high-quality, problem-solving parts to meet the needs of today’s vehicle owners.”

Among the MOOG parts introduced this year are 112 control arms and assemblies, 24 wheel hub assemblies, 23 tie rod ends, 23 coil spring sets, 20 stabilizer link kits, 17 bushing kits, 14 complete strut assemblies, seven ball joints, and one track bar. The latest parts include MOOG Problem Solver® front inner tie rod ends for nearly 600,000 General Motors light trucks and SUVs, model years 2014-2015, and approximately 447,000 Chevrolet Camaros, model years 2001-2006. Front inner tie rod ends also were introduced for over 830,000 Hyundai Elantra, Elantra Coupe, Elantra GT and Veloster models from 2011-2015, and more than 1.3 million Hyundai Azera and Sonata and Kia Cadenza and Optima models manufactured between 2011 and 2014.

Also introduced were MOOG complete strut assemblies for approximately 433,000 Ford Expedition SUVs from the 2007-2012 model years and over 400,000 2001-2006 Chrysler Sebring Convertibles.

The MOOG brand, the preferred choice of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs, is in its 50th year of Cup competition. In recognition of the vital importance of steering and suspension components in overall vehicle safety and performance, NASCAR now requires that Cup teams use MOOG Problem Solver parts, specifically balls joints and tie rod ends. Cup Series champions have chosen MOOG parts for 49 consecutive years.

To learn more about MOOG Steering and Suspension parts, please visit the technician-focused www.moogproblemsolver.com website or contact your MOOG supplier. Like MOOG on  Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver and follow the brand on Twitter (@MOOGps) for product updates and special promotions.

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Paul Menard Crew Chief Justin Alexander Wins Third MOOG® ‘Problem Solver’ Award in Rain-Shortened Event at MIS

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Justin Alexander, rookie crew chief for Paul Menard and the No. 27 Moen/Menards Chevrolet SS, received his third MOOG® Steering and Suspension “Problem Solver of the Race” Award of 2015 after the 27 car improved by nine positions to finish eighth in Sunday’s rain-shortened Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. MOOG is the Official Steering and Suspension of NASCAR®.

Alexander received the weekly Problem Solver award based on the MOOG-equipped Chevrolet’s race-best 0.259-second-per-lap improvement over the second half of Sunday’s race while finishing on the lead lap. With his latest MOOG award, Alexander now holds a one-win lead in the battle for $100,000 MOOG “Problem Solver of the Year” honors. The weekly and year-end awards are sponsored by MOOG Steering and Suspension manufacturer Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation.

The race, which saw multiple cautions and four red flags due to intermittent storms, featured “perhaps the toughest conditions crew chiefs have faced all year,” said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “Justin’s ability to coax additional speed out of the 27 car’s chassis in spite of all of those stops and starts was impressive to say the least.”

Driving Richard Childress Racing’s MOOG-equipped chassis No. 508, Menard ran much of the race’s 138 laps within the top 10 after starting in 17th position. He was challenging Jamie McMurray and the MOOG-equipped No. 1 Chevrolet for seventh place when the race was stopped for the fourth and final time.

With 15 Sprint Cup races in the books, Alexander sits atop the year-end MOOG standings, followed by Chad Knaus (No. 48 Chevrolet, Jimmie Johnson) and Greg Ives (No. 88 Chevrolet, Dale Earnhardt Jr.) with two weekly wins apiece and eight crew chiefs with one.

The MOOG brand, the preferred choice of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs, is in its 50th year of Cup competition. In recognition of the vital importance of steering and suspension components in overall vehicle safety and performance, NASCAR now requires that Cup teams use MOOG Problem Solver parts, specifically balls joints and tie rod ends. Cup Series champions have chosen MOOG parts for 49 consecutive years.

To learn more about MOOG products, please contact your MOOG Steering and Suspension supplier or visit the technician-focused www.moogproblemsolver.com website. Like MOOG on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver and follow the brand on Twitter for product updates and special promotions.

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Federal-Mogul Motorparts Receives NCMA Award for Data Excellence

Federal-Motor Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, recently received the National Catalog Managers Association (NCMA) President’s Award for Electronic Data Excellence for the integration of the company’s FP Diesel® product information into the NAPA Auto Parts PartsPRO II catalog. The award was presented by NAPA during NCMA’s 2015 “Knowledge Exchange” conference in Orlando in April.

Federal-Mogul Motorparts received the President’s Award in recognition of its partnership in overcoming product data challenges unique to the commercial engine category. Replacement engine parts for commercial applications, including those used in trucks, industrial, marine and agricultural equipment, are referenced by product make, engine code and engine rather than the year/make/model format used for automotive applications.

“Displaying this commercial, industrial and agricultural data in any way other than by engine is virtually impossible,” said Brent Berman, director, training and consumer experience for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “We worked with NAPA over the course of 18 months to map the information in an acceptable format for searches within NAPA PartsPRO II, and completed the detailed validation process. With that complete, we now are able to send any ‘non-conforming’ data, such as marine, performance and assortments, into the NAPA PartsPRO II system.”

The integration of FP Diesel product data enables NAPA distributors to expand their customer base to repair shops and service centers that work on medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

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Joey Logano Overcomes Adversity at Pocono, Crew Chief Todd Gordon Earns MOOG® ‘Problem Solver’ Honors

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Driver Joey Logano and crew chief Todd Gordon of the MOOG® Steering and Suspension-equipped No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Fusion overcame two early setbacks to finish fourth in Sunday’s Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 NASCAR® Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pa. Following the event, Gordon became the 11th different crew chief in 14 starts to receive MOOG “Problem Solver of the Race” honors. MOOG is the Official Steering and Suspension of NASCAR.

Sponsored by global vehicle components manufacturer Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, the weekly MOOG Problem Solver 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 No. 22 Team Penske Ford improved by a race-best 0.412-seconds per lap over the final 80 laps at Pocono.

Although he qualified 11th, Logano was forced to start in the last row after the team made a pre-race gear change. The 22 made up almost half of its early deficit during the first green-flag run but was assessed a pass-through penalty on Lap 22 for speeding on pit road. Logano got back onto the lead lap with the help of a caution on Lap 70, and then, with Gordon and crew gradually dialing in the Fusion’s MOOG-equipped chassis, began advancing through the field. Logano was just outside the top 10 by Lap 100 and was running second to eventual race winner Martin Truex Jr. and the MOOG-equipped No. 78 Chevrolet with just under 50 miles remaining.

“Joey called it a ‘blue collar’ day, and that’s exactly what it was for the 22 team,” said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “They made things a little tough for themselves in the early going but Todd and Joey kept working at improving their car all afternoon. That dedication to problem solving excellence – no matter what the challenge might be – plays a huge role in winning a Sprint Cup title.”

Following the season, Federal-Mogul Motorparts will present the $100,000 MOOG “Problem Solver of the Year” Award to the crew chief with the most weekly Problem Solver wins. After 14 races, three crew chiefs – Chad Knaus (No. 48 Chevrolet, Jimmie Johnson), Greg Ives (No. 88 Chevrolet, Dale Earnhardt Jr.) and Justin Alexander (No. 27 Chevrolet, Paul Menard) – lead the year-end MOOG standings with two weekly Problem Solver wins each, followed by eight crew chiefs with one.

The MOOG brand, the preferred choice of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs, is in its 50th year of Cup competition. In recognition of the vital importance of steering and suspension components in overall vehicle safety and performance, NASCAR now requires that Cup teams use MOOG Problem Solver parts, specifically balls joints and tie rod ends. Cup Series champions have chosen MOOG parts for 49 consecutive years.

To learn more about MOOG products, please contact your MOOG Steering and Suspension supplier or visit the technician-focused www.moogproblemsolver.com website. Like MOOG on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver and follow the brand on Twitter for product updates and special promotions.

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Keith Rodden, Crew Chief for Kasey Kahne, is MOOG® ‘Problem Solver of the Race’ at Dover

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Kasey Kahne and the MOOG® Steering and Suspension-equipped No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS picked up 21 positions to post their second top-five finish of the season and crew chief Keith Rodden was named MOOG “Problem Solver of the Race” in Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks NASCAR® Sprint Cup event at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. MOOG is the Official Steering and Suspension of NASCAR.

The 10th different crew chief to win MOOG Problem Solver honors this year, Rodden received the award after the No. 5 delivered a race-best 0.084-seconds per lap change in average lap time over the final 200 laps of Dover’s “Monster Mile” to finish fourth. The Problem Solver of the Race and season-ending $100,000 MOOG “Problem Solver of the Year” awards are sponsored by global vehicle components manufacturer Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation.

Kahne started 25th but discovered that the MOOG-equipped Chevrolet’s chassis setup provided an early advantage. He picked up 10 positions within the first 100 miles and was running ninth by a restart on Lap 168. The 5 car bounced in and out of the top 10 over the balance of the race, with Rodden and crew adjusting the Chevrolet’s steering and suspension during nearly every stop to address changing track conditions. Kahne was running eighth with 40 laps to go and advanced to fourth for a restart 18 laps later. After a pit stop for two new tires, the 5 moved into second place behind eventual race winner Jimmie Johnson and the MOOG-equipped No. 48 Chevrolet, but fell back two spots in the closing laps. Kahne and Rodden’s teammate at Hendrick Motorsports, Johnson became just the fifth driver in history to win 10 Cup races at a single track.

“Keith’s pre-race setup was a huge advantage for the 5 in the early stage of the race,” said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “Once Kasey cracked the top 10, Keith and the Hendrick crew continued to find additional speed through precise adjustments to their steering and suspension, and they had an excellent strategy at the end. I’m sure Keith and Kasey felt they were good enough to either win or finish second, but a top-five at Dover is something to be proud of.”

With just over one-third of the Cup Series season in the books, three crew chiefs – Chad Knaus (No. 48 Chevrolet, Jimmie Johnson), Greg Ives (No. 88 Chevrolet, Dale Earnhardt Jr.) and Justin Alexander (No. 27 Chevrolet, Paul Menard) – lead the year-end MOOG standings with two weekly Problem Solver wins each, followed by seven crew chiefs who each have one.

The MOOG brand, the preferred choice of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs, is in its 50th year of Cup competition. In recognition of the vital importance of steering and suspension components in overall vehicle safety and performance, NASCAR now requires that Cup teams use MOOG Problem Solver® parts, specifically balls joints and tie rod ends. Cup Series champions have chosen MOOG parts for 49 consecutive years.

To learn more about MOOG products, please contact your MOOG Steering and Suspension supplier or visit the technician-focused www.moogproblemsolver.com website. Like MOOG on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver and follow the brand on Twitter for product updates and special promotions.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Crew Chief Greg Ives Earns MOOG® ‘Problem Solver’ Honors Following Top-Five Finish at Charlotte

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Greg Ives, crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the MOOG® Steering and Suspension-equipped No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS, was named MOOG “Problem Solver of the Race” after his fuel strategy helped the 88 team finish third in Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR® Sprint Cup event at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. MOOG is the Official Steering and Suspension of NASCAR.

Ives won his second MOOG Problem Solver award of the season on the basis of the 88 car’s race-best 0.160-second-per-lap improvement over the final 200 laps while finishing on the lead lap. The Hendrick Motorsports team now has one win and seven top-five finishes in 12 Cup starts. 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.

After starting 15th, the 88 Chevrolet had advanced to ninth by Lap 92 and third by Lap 124. With Ives and crew continually adjusting the car’s steering and suspension, the MOOG-equipped Chevrolet remained in the top 15 for the balance of the race. After pitting with 62 laps to go, Ives opted to gamble that Earnhardt could make his fuel last the rest of the way. As the leaders headed onto pit road with just over 20 laps remaining, the 88 remained on the track, advancing to third. Earnhardt was able to maintain that position over the final 35 miles despite repeatedly backing off the throttle to avoid running dry.

“It’s impressive that the 88 was able to post the best second-half improvement in spite of the fact that Dale Jr. was forced to conserve fuel over that final segment,” said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “The Hendrick team pulled out all the stops to improve their MOOG-equipped chassis throughout the race, and Greg chose a smart fuel strategy to dramatically improve their finish.”

The MOOG brand, the preferred choice of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs, is in its 50th year of Cup competition. In recognition of the vital importance of steering and suspension components in overall vehicle safety and performance, NASCAR now requires that Cup teams use MOOG Problem Solver® parts, specifically balls joints and tie rod ends. Cup Series champions have chosen MOOG parts for 49 consecutive years.

To learn more about MOOG products, please contact your MOOG Steering and Suspension supplier or visit the technician-focused www.moogproblemsolver.com website. Like MOOG on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver and follow the brand on Twitter for product updates and special promotions.

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