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Southfield, Michigan, August 13, 2013.Defending NASCAR(®) Sprint Cup series
champion Brad Keselowski delivered a much-needed top-five finish and his crew
chief, Paul Wolfe, won Federal-Mogul's (NASDAQ: FDML) MOOG(®) Steering and
Suspension "Problem Solver of the Race" Award in Sunday's Cheez-It 355 at the
Glen at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. It was Wolfe's second MOOG Problem
Solver award of the season, moving him into a three-way tie for second place in
the battle for the MOOG brand's year-end $100,000 Problem Solver honors.
The weekly MOOG Problem Solver award is presented following each Sprint Cup
contest to the crew chief whose car posts the best second-half improvement while
finishing on the lead lap. Keselowski and Wolfe's MOOG-equipped No. 2 Miller
Lite Ford Fusion improved by a race-best 0.266 seconds per lap in
second at the Glen. The runner-up finish bumped the Penske Racing team up four
spots, to eighth, in points with just five races remaining before NASCAR locks
in its field for the season-ending Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Keselowski started eighth and was battling for position with Jamie McMurray's
MOOG-equipped No. 1 Chevrolet in the early going when he spun out in Turn 1.
That early miscue, which dropped the 2 car to 22(nd), dictated the team's
strategy for the rest of the race, with Wolfe continually enhancing the car's
steering and suspension to match changing conditions and Keselowski methodically
regaining track position. It appeared the team might come all the way back to
secure its first win of the year as Keselowski challenged for the lead on the
final laps, but the 2 car couldn't pull off one last pass before the checkered
flag. It was Keselowski's third straight runner-up finish in Sprint Cup racing
on the 2.45-mile road course.
"Brad and Paul look like they're going to finish strong, which is what champions
do," said Federal-Mogul Motorsports Director Tim Nelson. "They need a win in the
next five races to protect their position in the top 10, and if today's race had
run one extra lap they might have gotten one. Paul was an outstanding leader in
the pits, keeping the team and Brad focused on recovering track position after
the early spin, which could have been devastating to their chances for the
As Keselowski clings to a spot in the Chase field, Wolfe has made it clear he's
a contender for the $100,000 season-ending MOOG Problem Solver award. With 14
races remaining, Wolfe, Dale Earnhardt Jr. crew chief Steve Letarte (No. 88
Chevrolet) and Jamie McMurray crew chief Kevin Manion (No. 1 Chevrolet) are tied
for second place with two wins each. Leading the MOOG Problem Solver field with
three weekly wins are crew chiefs Todd Gordon (Joey Logano, No. 22 Ford) and
Matt Borland (Ryan Newman, No. 39 Chevrolet). A total of 15 different crew
chiefs have won the weekly MOOG honors in the first 22 races.
As the automotive service industry's "Problem Solver(®)," MOOG is the preferred
brand of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs. Federal-Mogul's MOOG
Steering and Suspension product engineers work in partnership with Sprint Cup
teams to develop and test innovative designs that help provide race-winning
performance and durability. Many of these same technologies are featured in MOOG
ball joints, tie rod ends and other components available for today's passenger
For more information regarding MOOG products, visit the brand's technician-
focused www.moogproblemsolver.com website or contact your MOOG supplier. "Like"
MOOG on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moogproblemsolver. 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
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 45,000 people
in 34 countries, and its worldwide headquarters is in Southfield, Michigan,
United States. For more information, please visit www.federalmogul.com.
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