Hamlin Takes First Chase Race
Denny Hamlin overcame an early spin to take the first race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup at Chicagoland on Sunday. Hamlin overtook race leader Kurt Busch following a late caution, during which both drivers stayed on the track with used tires while others pitted to change. Hamlin’s win and Carl Edwards’ second-place finish gave Joe Gibbs Racing a happy one-two podium ending to the race. The Chase continues next weekend at the Sylvania 300 in New Hampshire.
Vettel Wins, Hamilton Retires at Singapore GP
For the first time this season points leader Lewis Hamilton failed to finish an F1 race, as Sebastian Vettel raced to an easy victory at the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend. The Ferrari driver dominated from beginning to end in gaining his third victory of the year, easing to the win while behind him a chaotic race led to two caution flags, a restart, surprise finishes and abandonments.
Grosjean Likely Headed to Haas
It is looking more and more likely that Romain Grosjean will be headed sooner rather than later to the new Haas F1 team. Motorsport.com reports that the holdup to a move remains the uncertainty surrounding a possible Renault takeover of the Lotus team. Grosjean now is believed to have a deal in place with Haas, as part of a larger agreement between Haas and Ferrari, with a potential spot for Grosjean at Ferrari in 2017 in play.
Kyle Busch Takes Xfinity Race at Chicagoland
Joe Gibbs Racing’s weekend began on a strong note on Saturday, with Kyle Busch taking the Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Speedway ahead of JGR teammate Matt Kenseth. The two Toyota drivers dueled hard over the last few laps with the lead exchanging hands more than once, but Busch took the lead for good on the penultimate lap before taking the checkered flag ahead of the disappointed Kenseth. Darrell Wallace Jr, took third place in a Ford.