Jamie McMurray Crew Chief Kevin Manion Earns MOOG 'Problem Solver' Honors at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Jamie McMurray Crew Chief Kevin Manion Earns MOOG ‘Problem Solver’ Honors at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Early mechanical issues and a sick driver weren't enough to keep the No. 1 McDonald's Chevrolet team from delivering its first top-10 finish of the year in Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Following the race, crew chief Kevin "Bono" Manion's stellar efforts in the pits were rewarded with Federal-Mogul's MOOG Steering and Suspension "Problem Solver of the Year" Award.

Early mechanical issues and a sick driver weren’t enough to keep the No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet team from delivering its first top-10 finish of the year in Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Following the race, crew chief Kevin “Bono” Manion’s stellar efforts in the pits were rewarded with Federal-Mogul’s MOOG Steering and Suspension “Problem Solver of the Year” Award.

The MOOG Problem Solver award is presented following each Sprint Cup contest to the crew chief whose car posts the greatest improvement in average lap time over the second half of the race. Jamie McMurray, driver of the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing-owned Chevrolet, posted a race-high .302-second improvement in finishing eighth on the 1.5-mile track after starting 19th and losing significant position during an extended early pit stop.

“Whatever they needed to fix got fixed because the number one car was very fast the rest of the way,” said Federal-Mogul Motorsports Director Tim Nelson. “Kevin made sure they had their MOOG-equipped steering and suspension dialed in throughout the race, and it sure looked like Jamie was going to finish in the top three until they encountered a series of late cautions.”

Manion faced another unforeseen challenge at the start – McMurray reported to the track Sunday morning with flu-like symptoms. It could have led to a disappointing day for the No. 1 team, but Manion gave his driver an excellent car and McMurray toughed out his third top-10 finish in nine starts at Las Vegas.

According to the company, 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.

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

Standard Motor Products Announces 123 New Numbers

The release provides new coverage in 53 distinct product categories and 47 part numbers for 2023 and 2024 model-year vehicles.

Standard Motor Products, Inc. (SMP) announced the introduction of 123 new part numbers in its March new number announcement. The release provides new coverage in 53 distinct product categories and 47 part numbers for 2023 and 2024 model-year vehicles.

Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Segment

Standard’s Fuel Injection program has expanded with eight GDI High-Pressure Fuel Pumps and GDI High-Pressure Fuel Pump Kits. Standard’s line of Variable Valve Timing components also grows with this release. VVT Sprockets have been added for Ford vehicles through 2023, and VVT Solenoids are new for General Motors vehicles. Oil Filter Housing Assemblies are new for popular European vehicles, and Oil Coolers have been added for Nissan and Subaru vehicles. Adding to Standard’s extensive Electronic Throttle Body program, new numbers have been introduced for the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport and 2022-20 Ford Escape, the company said.

High-End Ride Control Rehab

Electronically adjustable shocks and struts use conventional mono-tube and twin-tube oil-filled dampeners.

Toe Angles and Tie Rods

It is critical to remember that toe is not always zero or straight ahead.

ADAS Module Programming

Reflashing and reprogramming is a necessary service for repairing vehicles.

Live Axle Wheel Bearing Service

Replacing rear wheel bearings on a live axle rear suspension requires a few extra steps when compared to a unitized bearing.

Other Posts

BendPak Founder Don Henthorn Passes Away

Grew company from small machine shop to global leader in car lifts and garage equipment.

ASE Practice Tests Available Online

You can get a good idea of what to expect by adding the official ASE practice tests to their study plans.

AACF Celebrates 65 Years Serving the Aftermarket

AACF will be announcing more details about this commemorative fundraiser April 1st.

Auto Care Association Launches REPAIR Act Video

The goal is to emphasize the need for federal REPAIR Act legislation, according to the Auto Care Association.