Grosjean at USGP

Strong Weekend for Haas Automation Drivers

Two Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) drivers move on to the Round of 8 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship in Talladega, and Romain Grosjean scored a point for Haas F1 Team in the Formula One US Grand Prix.

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick secured their positions in the Round of 8 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in the Hellmann’s 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, AL. The Round of 8 is the third round of the NASCAR playoff system, which eliminates the bottom four drivers in points at the end of each three-race round.

Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, led the four-car SHR contingent Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway by finishing fourth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. It was his eighth top-five this season and his seventh top-five in 32 career Sprint Cup starts at Talladega.

Kevin Harvick finished seventh, which was his 24th top-10 this season and his 14th top-10 in 32 career Sprint Cup starts at Talladega.

Busch and Harvick
Image credit Harold Hinson Photography.

Busch and Harvick came into Talladega as members of the 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Talladega, however, served as an elimination race, with the four lowest Chase drivers not advancing to the Round of 8.

Harvick moved on to the Round of 8 care of his win Oct. 16 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. Busch earned his way into the Round of 8 as his point tally during the Round of 12 placed him solidly among the top-eight. Austin Dillon, Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski were the four Chase drivers who failed to advance. Joining Harvick and Busch in the Round of 8 are Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch.

Meanwhile in Texas, Haas F1 Team, the first American Formula One team in 30 years, came away with a point-paying result in its first race in America care of Romain Grosjean in the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin.

Romain Grosjean at COTA
Image credit LAT Photographic.

In his 100th Formula One start, Grosjean drove his Haas VF-16 to a 10th-place finish on Sunday. It was Grosjean’s fifth point-paying result this season and his first since the Austrian Grand Prix in July where he finished seventh.

Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team, with only three races remaining in the season, will head south of the border next for the Mexican Grand Prix, while Busch and Harvick will head to Martinsville, VA for the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 as they try to secure their spots in the final round of the Chase.