(Thomson Reuters ONE via COMTEX) --Southfield, Michigan, November 18, 2015.Aric Almirola and his crew chief, Trent Owens, used a masterful pit strategy to pick up several positions and secure a top-10 finish in Sunday's rain-shortened Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NASCAR® Sprint Cup event at Phoenix International Raceway. Following the race, which was red-flagged after 219 of 312 scheduled laps, Owens received his first MOOG® Steering and Suspension "Problem Solver of the Race" award of 2015. MOOGis the Official Steering and Suspension of NASCAR.
Owens becomes the 19th different crew chief in 35 races to win the weekly Problem Solver award, which is sponsored by MOOG Steering and Suspension parts manufacturer Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML).
Owens earned Sunday's Problem Solver honors after the MOOG-equipped No. 43 U.S. Airforce Ford Fusion posted a race-best 0.178-second-per-lap improvement over the second half of the race. Almirola and the 43 car started 17th and struggled - along with several other teams - to remain on the lead lap during the first half. Owens and the Richard Petty Motorsports crew made several chassis adjustments during each of three first-half pit stops to address tight handling. As the car's handling improved, Almirola regained his position on the lead lap and was running near the top 15 heading into what turned out to be the final pit stop of the night. Excellent work on pit road helped the 43 emerge in 10th place, a position Almirola maintained until action was halted 24 laps later. Winning the race was Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the MOOG-equipped No. 88 Chevrolet, but Kevin Harvick's No. 4 Chevrolet - also equipped with MOOG parts - dominated much of the night, leading 143 of the 219 completed laps.
"Several teams, including Aric and Trent, were challenged to stay on the lead lap because the 4 car was so much faster than the rest of the field in the first half," said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. "Trent and his team steadily improved their car's handling and did a masterful job in pit strategy to help put Aric in the top 10 before NASCAR called the race."
Next Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 will decide the winner of the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup as well as the recipient of Federal-Mogul Motorparts' prestigious $100,000 MOOG Problem Solver of the Year award. Greg Ives holds a one-win advantage over Justin Alexander, crew chief for Paul Menard and the No. 27 Chevrolet.
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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