What began in 1966 with David Pearson and the No. 6 Dodge Charger will continue 46 years later this Sunday when either Carl Edwards or Tony Stewart captures the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title in a car equipped with precision-engineered MOOG steering and suspension components from Federal-Mogul.Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series finale, the Ford 400, will be held at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Fla.
“This is one of the longest winning streaks in professional racing and a source of great pride for our engineers, product team and for the thousands of professional automotive technicians who install MOOG parts every day,” said Michael Proud, director of marketing, North America, Federal-Mogul. “It has been a great battle all year long, and we are as eager as millions of racing fans to see who extends the MOOG brand’s string of championships.”
As the automotive service industry’s “Problem Solver,” MOOG components include a variety of advanced features engineered to help ensure precise steering and handling performance and superior durability. In addition, many MOOG components are designed to help ease installation. MOOG products have been the standard of excellence in NASCAR Cup racing since 1966, when Pearson won the first of his three Cup Series titles in the MOOG-steered No. 6 Dodge. The 46-year MOOG championship streak has spanned the careers of such racing legends as Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and Jimmie Johnson – each of whom relied on MOOG technologies.
“Steering and suspension performance is a critical factor in Cup Series racing,” said Federal-Mogul Motorsports Director Tim Nelson. “Having the right chassis set-up enables the driver to be more aggressive at virtually every point on the track. Having a MOOG-equipped chassis is a huge advantage on race day, not only for the driver but also the crew chief, who has to keep the car dialed in to changing track conditions.”