Southfield, Michigan, April 8, 2014.Joey Logano and Team Penske's No. 22 Shell Pennzoil/Hertz Ford Fusion executed a flawless crossover on the final lap to win Monday's rain-delayed Duck Commander 500 NASCAR® Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway. Following the race, Logano's crew chief, Todd Gordon, was named Federal-Mogul's (NASDAQ: FDML) MOOG® Steering and Suspension "Problem Solver of the Race" for a number of second-half calls that helped propel Logano to his fourth career victory and first of the 2014 season.
The MOOG Problem Solver of the Race Award is presented following each Sprint Cup contest to the crew chief whose car posts the greatest second-half improvement in average lap time while finishing on the lead lap. The MOOG-equipped No. 22 Ford improved by a razor-thin 0.011 seconds over the final 170 laps, but a series of key chassis adjustments enabled Logano to work his way to the front by Lap 226 and lead a race-high 108 laps on the day.
In the end, however, it was Todd Gordon's call for four tires and a splash of fuel during a late caution that ultimately set up Logano's slick crossover move on Jeff Gordon and the No. 24 Chevrolet on Lap 340. It was the season's third last-lap pass by a race winner.
"Today was proof that even when you think you've got it clinched, victory can slip away in a heartbeat. The difference here is that Todd and Joey didn't lose their cool during that late caution and the Team Penske crew gave Joey the car he needed to close the deal," said Federal-Mogul Motorsports Director Tim Nelson. "With four fresh tires, their MOOG-equipped chassis was just too much for the 24 car during the green-white-checkered finish."
In addition to the weekly MOOG Problem Solver competition, Federal-Mogul sponsors the $100,000 MOOG "Problem Solver of the Year" Award, which is presented to the crew chief with the best overall performance throughout the 36-race season. Gordon is the fifth crew chief in seven races to win weekly MOOG honors, with Kurt Busch crew chief Daniel Knost (No. 41 Chevrolet) and Carl Edwards crew chief Jimmy Fennig (No. 99 Ford) being the only repeat winners to date.
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.
For more information regarding the MOOG Problem Solver awards and MOOG products, visit the brand's technician-focused www.moogproblemsolver.comwebsite or contact your MOOG supplier. Like MOOG on Facebook at . To identify the right MOOG part for virtually any application, please use the convenient, free www.FMe-cat.com electronic catalog.
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.