Carl Edwards Wins at Darlington, Crew Chief Darian Grubb Earns Second MOOG® ‘Problem Solver of the Race’ Award
Southfield, Michigan, September 9, 2015 Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 19 Arris Toyota Camry, overcame an early two-lap deficit to claim his second NASCAR® Sprint Cup victory of the year and his crew chief, Darian Grubb, earned his second MOOG® Steering and Suspension “Problem Solver of the Race” Award in Sunday night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. MOOG, in its 50th year of Cup competition, is the Official Steering and Suspension of NASCAR.
Sponsored by MOOG Steering and Suspension manufacturer Federal-Mogul Motorparts, the weekly Problem Solver award is presented to the crew chief whose car posts the greatest second half improvement in average lap time while finishing on the lead lap. The MOOG-equipped No. 19 Toyota – featuring the classic 1960s era MOOG racing decal – improved by a race-best 0.228-second per lap, helping to advance Edwards into the lead pack near the end of the race.
Grubb’s contribution to the win could be seen throughout the race, from the No. 19’s methodical 200-lap march toward the front after falling two laps behind, to a dazzling pit stop that gave Edwards a crucial advantage heading into the final eight-lap drag race to the checkered flag. Grubb and the Joe Gibbs Racing crew continually improved the performance of the 19 car’s MOOG-equipped chassis and NASCAR’s low-downforce configuration, ultimately giving Edwards the fastest and best handling car for the final green-flag run.
“Carl is one of the most vocal advocates of the low-downforce package, and we saw why tonight,” said Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “That configuration puts more pressure on the crew chief to nail the chassis setup and the driver to be as aggressive as possible. Darian gave Carl the best car when it mattered most, and he certainly earned our weekly MOOG Problem Solver award.”
Grubb’s latest Problem Solver win elevates him into a six-way tie for second place in the battle for the $100,000 MOOG “Problem Solver of the Year” Award. Leading in the standings with three weekly wins apiece are crew chiefs Greg Ives (No. 88 Chevrolet, Dale Earnhardt Jr.) and Justin Alexander (No. 27 Chevrolet/Paul Menard). Fifteen different crew chiefs have won the weekly MOOG Problem Solver award through the first 25 Cup races.
The MOOG brand is the preferred choice of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs. In recognition of the vital importance of steering and suspension components in overall vehicle safety and performance, NASCAR mandates that Cup teams use MOOG Problem Solver parts, specifically ball joints and tie rod ends. Cup Series champions have won with MOOG parts for 49 consecutive years.
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