MAHLE Clevite Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich., has announced the 2012 MAHLE Engine Builders of the Year for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series.
Shane Parsnow of Hendrick Motorsports was awarded the 2012 MAHLE Engine Builder of the Year title for the Sprint Cup series, based on the performance of the No. 48 team Chevy Impala driven by Jimmie Johnson.
The Engine Builder of the Year award is presented to the top engine builder in each of the NASCAR series who has accumulated the most MAHLE Clevite points based on qualifying, laps led and finishing position. Parsnow accumulated a total of 378 MAHLE Clevite points and brings the title back to Hendrick Motorsports after fellow engine builder Earl Wheeler was awarded the prize in 2010.
“It is a great honor to receive the MAHLE Engine Builder of the Year award and bring it back to Hendrick this year,” Parsnow said. “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank MAHLE Clevite for supplying our race team with the quality parts that have helped bring this award home-our 16th Engine Builder of the Year title.”
Not only did Hendrick Motorsports receive the prize for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the company’s Bruce Stauffer was awarded the MAHLE Engine Builder of the Year title for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as well.
Meanwhile, Mark Cronquist, engine builder for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), earned his sixth MAHLE Engine Builder of the Year title in the Nationwide Series for his work on the No. 18 Toyota Camry.
“The MAHLE Clevite Engine Builder of the Year is a great accomplishment, and I’m proud to bring it back to JGR this year,” said Cronquist. “Many thanks to MAHLE Clevite for consistently providing unprecedented technical support and high-performance racing products that continue to out-perform every year.”