(Thomson Reuters ONE via COMTEX) --Southfield, Michigan, August 11, 2015.Billy Scott, crew chief for Clint Bowyer and the No. 15 Maxwell House Toyota Camry, won his career-first MOOG® Steering and Suspension "Problem Solver of the Race" Award after Bowyer made a late charge to finish sixth in Sunday's Cheez-It 355 NASCAR® Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. It was Scott's fifth race as crew chief for the Michael Waltrip Racing-owned team. 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 (NASDAQ: FDML), the MOOG Problem Solver of the Race Award is presented following each Sprint Cup event to the crew chief whose car has posted the greatest second-half improvement in average lap time while finishing on the lead lap. Bowyer and the MOOG-equipped 15 car delivered a race-best 0.096-second differential on the 2.45-mile road course.
The 15 team, which started the race in 18th position, was looking to solidify its spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup field. Consider that mission accomplished, with the team maintaining its 50-point cushion above the cutoff with just four races to go before the season-ending 10-race playoff. The Toyota's late charge - moving up from 19th place with 30 laps remaining - gave the team its ninth top-10 finish and much-needed breathing room heading into next week's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. The race was won by Joey Logano and the MOOG-equipped No. 22 Ford.
"Clint and Billy were working on their setup all day, but the 15 car really seemed to come alive after Billy's last round of chassis adjustments," said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts.
With his first-ever Problem Solver award, Scott becomes the 15th different crew chief to win the MOOG brand's weekly honors this season. The battle for the prestigious and lucrative ($100,000) MOOG "Problem Solver of the Year" award remains largely unchanged, with rookie crew chief Justin Alexander (Paul Menard/No. 27 Chevrolet) in the lead with three weekly MOOG awards, followed by five crew chiefs with two wins apiece.
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 mandates 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.
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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