(Thomson Reuters ONE via COMTEX) --Southfield, Michigan, October 20, 2015.Dave Rogers, crew chief for Denny Hamlin and the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry, won his first MOOG® Steering and Suspension "Problem Solver of the Race" Award of 2015 after Hamlin finished second in Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR® Sprint Car race at Kansas 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 (NASDAQ: FDML), the weekly Problem Solver award is presented to the crew chief whose car posts the greatest second-half improvement in average lap time while finishing on the lead lap. The Joe Gibbs Racing-owned 11 car was a race-best 0.160-second-per-lap better over the final 135 laps in Sunday's event, the second of the three-race Contender Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Rogers becomes the 18th different crew chief to earn weekly MOOG Problem Solver honors this year.
Rogers, who joined the 11 team in December of last year, called for major adjustments to the car's MOOG-equipped chassis on Lap 75. The extra-long pit stop paid off, with Hamlin advancing from 20th position to 12th over the next 38 laps. The car's handling continued to improve over the balance of the afternoon, with Hamlin cracking the top 10 by Lap 150 and the top 5 by Lap 202. He was running fourth when Rogers opted for four tires and an additional chassis adjustment with 20 laps remaining. Once again, the crew chief's call made a positive difference as the 11 car picked up an additional three positions to finish 0.491-second behind race winner Joey Logano and the MOOG-equipped No. 22 Ford.
The 11 team has finished sixth or better in eight of the last nine races and moves up to the second seed among the 12 teams remaining in the Chase.
"Denny and Dave are peaking at the right time," said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. "Dave was able to anticipate changes in track conditions to give his driver an advantage coming off of pit road. That's what our weekly Problem Solver award is all about."
With five races remaining, Greg Ives, crew chief for Dale Earnhardt and the No. 88 Chevrolet, maintains a two-win lead in the battle for the prestigious $100,000 MOOG "Problem Solver of the Year" Award. Rookie crew chief Justin Alexander (Paul Menard/ No. 27 Chevrolet) is in second place, followed by seven crew chiefs deadlocked for third.
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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