Jimmie Johnson's crew wins another MOOG Problem Solver of the Race award

Jan. 1, 2020
Five-time defending NASCAR® Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson scored his sixth top-five finish in the past 10 races and the No. 48 Lowe?s Chevrolet crew chief, Chad Knaus, was named Federal-Mogul?s MOOG® Chassis Parts ?Problem Solver of the

Five-time defending NASCAR® Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson scored his sixth top-five finish in the past 10 races and the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet crew chief, Chad Knaus, was named Federal-Mogul’s MOOG® Chassis Parts “Problem Solver of the Race” in the rain-delayed AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Johnson’s second-place finish gives him the series points lead with just one event remaining before the season-ending 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Knaus captured his second MOOG Problem Solver Award of 2011 after the No. 48 car posted a race-high 0.207-second-per-lap improvement in average lap speed over the final 162 laps.

Like many teams, Johnson and Knaus struggled to find the right setup after a two-day rain delay and the prospect for more precipitation Tuesday. The No. 48 car started 17th and dropped as low as 22nd before Knaus and the Hendrick Motorsports crew could dial in the car’s MOOG-equipped steering and suspension system for a run at the leaders. Johnson cracked the top 10 by Lap 170 and led the field for a 60-mile run beginning on Lap 248. He then made a furious run at eventual race winner Jeff Gordon, nearly erasing what had been a 2-second deficit over the final 20 laps.

“Jimmie and Chad gave Jeff everything he could handle on that final run, which is amazing given the challenges they faced early in the race,” says Federal-Mogul Motorsports Director Tim Nelson. “That’s why Jimmie is the five-time defending champion – they find a solution to every problem. I don’t think anyone’s surprised that Jimmie and Chad are back on top of the standings late in the season.”

With 11 races to go, four crew chiefs – Bob Osborne (No. 99 Ford), Steve Letarte (No. 88 Chevrolet), Gil Martin (No. 29 Chevrolet) and Paul Wolfe (No. 2 Dodge) – remain deadlocked with three wins each in the battle for the MOOG Problem Solver of the Year Award. Three crew chiefs have two weekly MOOG wins – Knaus, Alan Gustafson (No. 24 Chevrolet) and Peter Sospenzo (No. 34 Ford).

For the latest news and statistics regarding the MOOG Problem Solver awards, simply click on the “NASCAR” link on the brand’s www.moogproblemsolver.com website.

Sponsored Recommendations

Best Body Shop and the 360-Degree-Concept

Spanesi ‘360-Degree-Concept’ Enables Kansas Body Shop to Complete High-Quality Repairs

Maximizing Throughput & Profit in Your Body Shop with a Side-Load System

Years of technological advancements and the development of efficiency boosting equipment have drastically changed the way body shops operate. In this free guide from GFS, learn...

ADAS Applications: What They Are & What They Do

Learn how ADAS utilizes sensors such as radar, sonar, lidar and cameras to perceive the world around the vehicle, and either provide critical information to the driver or take...

Banking on Bigger Profits with a Heavy-Duty Truck Paint Booth

The addition of a heavy-duty paint booth for oversized trucks & vehicles can open the door to new or expanded service opportunities.