(Thomson Reuters ONE via COMTEX) --Southfield, Michigan, September 29, 2015.Matt Puccia, crew chief for the No. 16 Kleen Performance Products Ford Fusion, rolled the dice by keeping his driver, Greg Biffle, on the track while other teams were opting for fuel and new tires in the final 85 laps of Sunday's Sylvania 300 NASCAR® Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H. The gamble paid off as the 16 car had just enough fuel to coast over the finish line in fourth place. Following the race, Puccia received the prestigious "Problem Solver of the Race" crew chief award from MOOG®, the Official Steering and Suspension of NASCAR.
Sponsored by MOOG Steering and Suspension parts manufacturer Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML), the weekly Problem Solver 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. The Roush-Fenway Racing-owned 16 car, which started 25th, improved by a race-high 0.389-seconds per lap in earning its third top-five finish of 2015. The race was won by Matt Kenseth and the MOOG-equipped No. 20 Toyota Camry.
Biffle was running 15th with 85 laps to go when Puccia made the call to finish without additional fuel or new tires. Although he was backing off the throttle to conserve fuel, Biffle briefly took the lead following a restart with 60 laps to go, dropped back to fourth but then fought off several challenges over the final green-flag segments to finish in the top five.
"The 16 ran out of fuel right as it crossed the finish line, so Puccia couldn't have been any closer with his calculations," said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. "Matt absolutely nailed their chassis setup for the final 100 laps. Greg was running on old rubber but was still able to fight off challenges from several drivers."
Puccia's weekly Problem Solver win - his first - leaves the top of the standings unchanged in the battle for the $100,000 MOOG "Problem Solver of the Year" Award. With eight races remaining, Dale Earnhardt (No. 88 Chevrolet) crew chief Greg Ives leads with four weekly Problem Solver wins, followed by rookie Justin Alexander (No. 27 Chevrolet/Paul Menard) with three. Seven crew chiefs have two wins apiece.
The MOOG brand is the preferred choice of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs. 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 won with 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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