Dale Earnhardt Jr. Crew Chief Steve Letarte Captures MOOG 'Problem Solver of the Race' Award at Charlotte

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Crew Chief Steve Letarte Captures MOOG ‘Problem Solver of the Race’ Award at Charlotte

Steve Letarte, crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the No. 88 National Guard - An American Salute/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, received Federal-Mogul's MOOG "Problem Solver of the Race" Award after the 88 car posted its seventh top-10 finish in eight races in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Charlotte (NC) Motor Speedway. The No. 88 team, which had just 12 top-10s in all of 2011, stands fourth overall in Sprint Cup points.

Steve Letarte, crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the No. 88 National Guard – An American Salute/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, received Federal-Mogul’s MOOG “Problem Solver of the Race” Award after the 88 car posted its seventh top-10 finish in eight races in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Charlotte (NC) Motor Speedway. The No. 88 team, which had just 12 top-10s in all of 2011, stands fourth overall in Sprint Cup points.

One of Cup racing’s most prestigious honors, the MOOG Problem Solver award is presented to the crew chief whose car posts the greatest improvement in average lap speed during the second half of the race while finishing on the lead lap. The No. 88 Chevrolet started 12th but improved by a race-best 0.150-second per lap to finish sixth on Charlotte’s mile-and-a-half quad-oval.

Racing the same chassis that won the preliminary Sprint Showdown event and the fourth segment of the Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte last week, Earnhardt ran in the top 10 for most of the night as Letarte and the Hendrick Motorsports crew continually adjusted the car’s MOOG-equipped chassis to address rapidly cooling track temperatures. The 88 car was at its best in the final 80 laps as it solidified its position in the top eight, with Earnhardt trying to mount a challenge to eventual race winner and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne.

“Steve and Dale had the second fastest Chevrolet on the track, behind Kasey, and they kept getting better all night long, which is what the MOOG Problem Solver award is all about,” said Federal-Mogul Motorsports Director Tim Nelson. “They have made huge progress this year, and it’s only a matter of time until they put it all together for a win.”

MOOG steering and suspension components are the leading choice of crew chiefs and automotive repair professionals and have helped drive an unprecedented 46 consecutive NASCAR Cup champions to victory, said the company.

For additional information regarding MOOG chassis parts, visit the brand’s technician-focused www.moogproblemsolver.com website or contact your MOOG supplier. To identify the right MOOG part for virtually any application, use the convenient, free www.FMe-cat.com electronic catalog. 

You May Also Like

Ride Height Sensors

If one of these sensors is replaced, it must be calibrated after it is installed.

Ride-height sensors not only measure the position of the suspension, but also the rate of movement. They are supplied with a voltage of around 5 volts. The signal voltage is changed as a magnet moves past a coil. Most sensors have three wires — ground, power and signal.

Internally, it is difficult to damage one of these sensors. Externally, the linkage that connects the sensor to the suspension arm can also be damaged. The connector can be damaged and cause a short or open and a code will be set. If one of these sensors is replaced, it must be calibrated after it is installed.

Ball Joint Wear

As the wear increases, play increases inside the joint. 

Curing Shock, Strut and Suspension Noise

As vehicles age, eliminating noise is Job 1. But ‘noise’ may mean different things to you and your customers.

Pricing Alignments

Why ordering off the menu can hurt your shop and customers.

Toe Angles and Ride Height 

Zero toe angle is present when both tires are parallel to the center thrustline.

Other Posts

MEYLE Expands Electronics, Sensor Product Portfolio

The focus is on assistance systems and engine and transmission management, with more than 300 new part numbers.

FCS Introduces 42 New Numbers in May

Complete strut assemblies, shock absorbers, shock absorber assembly kits and suspension struts for popular VIO applications are included.

Philips Ultinon Drive 5000 LED Lightbar Line Expands

Lumileds has expanded the Philips Ultinon Drive 5000 series to include eight models.

DMA Adds New BrakeMaster Coverage

New coverage for Ford and Chevy includes popular pickup trucks and SUVs.