Steve Letarte, Crew Chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr., Named MOOG 'Problem Solver of the Race' at Talladega

Steve Letarte, Crew Chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr., Named MOOG ‘Problem Solver of the Race’ at Talladega

Steve Letarte, crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the No. 88 National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet Impala, was named the MOOG "Problem Solver of the Race" in Sunday's Aaron's 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega (AL) Superspeedway. The No. 88 car picked up nine positions and improved by a race-high 0.039-second per lap over the second half of the race to deliver its sixth consecutive top-10 finish. Earnhardt now stands third in driver points after nine races.

 Steve Letarte, crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the No. 88 National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet Impala, was named the MOOG “Problem Solver of the Race” in Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega (AL) Superspeedway. The No. 88 car picked up nine positions and improved by a race-high 0.039-second per lap over the second half of the race to deliver its sixth consecutive top-10 finish. Earnhardt now stands third in driver points after nine races.

Sponsored by global vehicle components manufacturer Federal-Mogul Corporation, the MOOG Problem Solver award highlights problem solving excellence on pit road by recognizing the crew chief whose car posts the greatest increase in average lap speed over the second half of the race while finishing on the lead lap. The No. 88 car started 18th but was running in the top five for much of the day. Letarte and the Hendrick Motorsports team continually fine-tuned the car’s MOOG-equipped steering and suspension, with virtually every change improving Earnhardt’s competitive position.

“Dale Junior and Steve told us they didn’t have a particularly fast car today, but they kept working at it with every pit stop and their adjustments made a real difference on the track,” said Federal-Mogul Motorsports Director Tim Nelson. “The 88 team has made huge strides this year; they are consistently among the leaders and Steve is doing a phenomenal job of dialing in their MOOG steering and suspension system throughout each race.”

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

Broken Springs

What is the cause for the failure? Why does it occur with specific vehicles? The answers might surprise you.

A “road earring” is a term that can be used to describe a single coil found on the side of the road. These bits of broken spring have become more common in recent years.

A spring on a vehicle is an energy storage and transfer device. As the wheel and tire follow the road, the spring reacts to undulations in the road and movements of the body and chassis. 

ADAS Module Programming

Reflashing and reprogramming is a necessary service for repairing vehicles.

Tuning Adjustable Shocks and Struts

Let’s take a closer look at adjustable shocks and struts, what they do, and how one should go about adjusting them.

Ball Joint Inspection

It’s important to remember not to miss a worn joint. If a ball joint fails, the driver loses control of the vehicle.

Ride Height Sensors

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

Other Posts

PRT Showing Complete Line of Shocks at HDAW ‘23

The brand is presenting multiple applications for heavy and medium duty vehicles.

Winter ASE Registration Open

Three options offered for testing and recertification.

Federated 50/50 Challenge Awards Over a Hundred Prizes

Federated conducted the 50/50 Challenge to recognize and thank ASE-certified automotive service professionals.

Mitchell 1, ASE Present 2022 Technician of the Future Award

Nathanial “Nate” Nie of Mission Viejo, California, was named the 2022 Mitchell 1 / National Institute for ASE Technician of the Future.