Southfield, Michigan-Matt Borland, crew chief for Ryan Newman and the No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS, gained significant leverage in the rigorous battle for the coveted $100,000 MOOG Steering and Suspension “Problem Solver of the Year” Award by securing his fifth weekly award in Sunday’s AdvoCare 500 NASCAR® Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway. With one final race remaining, Borland holds a one-win lead over crew chiefs Todd Gordon (No. 22 Ford), Gil Martin (No. 29 Chevrolet) and Paul Wolfe (No. 2 Ford).
Sponsored by the industry giant Federal Mogul, the MOOG Problem Solver awards recognize the in-race achievements of the top Sprint Cup crew chiefs. The main focus of the weekly “Problem Solver” award is built around the performance and improvements of crews in the second half of the races. The crew with the most weekly “Problem Solver” awards by the end of the season wins the “Problem Solver of the Year” award. Oh, and the winning crew also wins 100,000 dollars, no big deal.
Tim Nelson, director of motorsports for Federal-Mogul, had this to say about Borland: “Matt has been at or near the top of our Problem Solver standings all year, which speaks to the consistency that helps make Stewart-Hass Racing successful…But he’d be the first to remind us that this battle isn’t over until next week at this time, so I’m sure he is already thinking about Homestead.”
In the event of a tie, the trophy and 100,000 dollar grand prize will go to the racer with the most Sprint Cup points.