Southfield, Michigan, April 28, 2014.In a night full of surprises, Joey Logano, crew chief Todd Gordon and the MOOG® Steering and Suspension-equipped No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford pulled off the biggest by surging into the lead with three laps remaining to win Saturday's Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR® Sprint Cup race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. The Penske Racing team capped off its Victory Lane celebration with Gordon's selection as Federal-Mogul's (NASDAQ: FDML) MOOG "Problem Solver of the Race."
The victory came at a track where Logano had never before led a lap, and it virtually clinched the 22 team's participation in the season-ending Chase for the Sprint Cup. Todd Gordon's second MOOG Problem Solver of the Race Award advances him into a three-way tie for the lead in the battle for the $100,000 MOOG Problem Solver of the Year Award.
The weekly MOOG Problem Solver award is presented following each Sprint Cup event to the crew chief whose car posts the greatest improvement in average lap time while finishing on the lead lap. Logano and Gordon's No. 22 Ford improved by a race-best average of 0.048 second over the final 200 laps at Richmond, but it was the driver's ability to catapult past Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Toyota), Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Ford) and Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Chevrolet) on Lap 397 that left everyone shaking their heads in wonder.
"Todd and Joey had a great car, especially on short runs, and the final three or four laps showed how important your chassis setup can be when the race is on the line," said Federal-Mogul Motorsports Director Tim Nelson. "Everybody was focused on those first three cars, but Joey saw an opportunity, grabbed it and the 22 just pulled away over the last mile and a half."
Gordon is one of six crew chiefs to win weekly MOOG honors in the first nine Sprint Cup starts. He is tied with Kurt Busch crew chief Daniel Knost (No. 41 Chevrolet) and Carl Edwards crew chief Jimmy Fennig (No. 99 Ford) at the top of the MOOG Problem Solver of the Year standings.
MOOG Steering and Suspension is the preferred brand of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs, and MOOG components are recognized as the automotive service industry's "Problem Solver," with innovative parts that improve on original designs by providing increased durability, improved performance and easier installation. NASCAR Cup champions have driven to victory with MOOG parts for an unprecedented 48 straight years.
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Federal-Mogul 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 segments, each with a chief executive officer reporting to Federal-Mogul's Board of Directors. Federal-Mogul's Powertrain segment designs and manufactures original equipment powertrain components and systems protection products for automotive, heavy-duty, industrial and transport applications. Federal-Mogul's Vehicle Components segment 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® and Wagner® brake products.
Federal-Mogul was founded in Detroit in 1899. The company employs 44,300 people in 33 countries, and its worldwide headquarters is in Southfield, Michigan, United States. For more information, please visit www.federalmogul.com.