(Thomson Reuters ONE via COMTEX) --Southfield, Michigan, April 28, 2015.Jamie McMurray and the MOOG® Steering and Suspension-equipped No. 1 Energizer EcoAdvanced Chevrolet earned their fourth straight top-10 finish and the team's rookie crew chief, Matt McCall, took home MOOG "Problem Solver of the Race" honors following Sunday's rain-delayed Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. MOOG is the Official Steering and Suspension of NASCAR.
Sponsored by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML), the weekly MOOG Problem Solver award recognizes the crew chief whose in-race problem solving helps result in the greatest second-half improvement in average lap time and a finish on the lead lap. The Chip Ganassi Racing-owned Chevrolet improved by a race-best 0.069 second per lap and was one of few cars to challenge race winner Kurt Busch and the MOOG-equipped No 41 Chevrolet.
In just their first season together, McMurray and McCall have quietly climbed the Sprint Cup points standings, to 9th, with top 10s at Martinsville, Texas Motor Speedway, Bristol and Richmond, as well as a runner-up finish at Phoenix. "They're getting better every week and you can see the No. 1 team gaining confidence," said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. "Matt has made some gutsy calls that have paid off, and it's clear that Jamie and the rest of team have a great deal of faith in him."
After starting ninth, the No. 1 car briefly led the race twice before scheduled stops reshuffled the field. In each case, McMurray and the MOOG-equipped Chevrolet regained most of their lost position to pressure Busch and the 41 Chevrolet, which led 291 of the race's 400 laps.
McCall is the ninth different crew chief to earn MOOG Problem Solver honors this year. 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 season.
The MOOG brand, the preferred choice of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs, is in its 50th year of Cup competition. MOOG parts have been the choice of every Cup series champion since 1966, an unprecedented 49-year winning streak.
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.
Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML) is a leading global supplier of products and services to the world's manufacturers and servicers of vehicles and equipment in the automotive, light, medium and heavy-duty commercial, marine, rail, aerospace, power generation and industrial markets. The company's products and services enable improved fuel economy, reduced emissions and enhanced vehicle safety.
Federal-Mogul operates two independent business divisions, each with a chief executive officer reporting to Federal-Mogul's Board of Directors.
Federal-Mogul Motorparts sells and distributes a broad portfolio of products through more than 20 of the world's most recognized brands in the global vehicle aftermarket, while also serving original equipment vehicle manufacturers with products including braking, chassis, wipers and other vehicle components. The company's aftermarket brands include ANCO® wiper blades; Champion® spark plugs, wipers and filters; AE®, Fel-Pro®, FP Diesel®, Goetze®, Glyco®, Nüral®, Payen® and Sealed Power® engine products; MOOG® steering and suspension parts; and Ferodo®, Jurid® and Wagner® brake products.
Federal-Mogul Powertrain designs and manufactures original equipment powertrain components and systems protection products for automotive, heavy-duty, industrial and transport applications.
Federal-Mogul was founded in Detroit in 1899 and maintains its worldwide headquarters in Southfield, Michigan. The company employs nearly 50,000 in 34 countries. For more information, please visit www.federalmogul.com.
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