According to the official NASCAR account, the February Buschlight Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was a resounding success. So, they’re doing it again.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 10, 2023
“We’re bringing the Clash back in 2023 because it was such a great event that year,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR’s executive vice president of racing development and strategy. “We witnessed some great racing on the track, Pitbull brought a lot of excitement to his pre-race presentation, and Ice Cube performed during the halftime show; we look forward to making it even better as we look into 2023. We’re excited to be back there next season.”
— Ben Kennedy (@BenKennedy33) February 6, 2023
Schedule to NASCAR
The non-points race, won by Joey Logano last February, had held on February 5 in a similar format this year. There will be 25-lap heat races and “last chance” races to determine who qualifies for the 150-lap main event, and plenty of entertainment, the nature of which is still unknown.
Details for the NASCAR Event
The track will once again be a quarter-mile because there is no more room inside the legendary Coliseum, which has hosted two Olympic Games, the World Series, professional and college football, and at least one visit from the Pope and the Rolling Stones. In the 1940s, similar racetracks were built at the Coliseum for dwarf races.
Crews will pave the field and erect barriers and catch fences for this contemporary event. As with previous Monster Truck events held here, the first few rows of seating will be empty for safety reasons. This reduces the facility’s total seating capacity from 93,000 to 60,000. According to accounts, 55,000 paying fans attended the February clash.
After attendance at the Busch Clash at Daytona Superspeedway declined because it has many of NASCAR’s major tracks, the new site was established. The nearby Auto Club Speedway, a 2.5-mile oval 55 miles east in Fontana, has shrunk to the point where it was announced two years ago that the track would shrink to two miles to a half-mile oval. As of this year’s Cup race at the Fontana facility, this modification was still to take place.
Will short tracks be the future of NASCAR? Road courses? Street circuits? Who can say? Last year’s Busch Clash at the Los Angeles Coliseum proved to be a resounding success.