NASCAR will make historical past on Feb. 6, 2022 when it strikes its non-points exhibition, the Clash, to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The race — which has been held on the Daytona International Speedway since its inception in 1979 — can even mark the primary stock-car race on the venue, which has beforehand hosted supercross and speedway bike races.
NASCAR introduced the transfer in a tweet calling the LA Coliseum “America’s greatest stadium.” It is the present dwelling of faculty soccer’s USC Trojans and has additionally hosted the 1959 World Series, Super Bowls 1 and seven and the 1932 and ’84 Summer Olympics.
The exhibition will run in 2022 round a quarter-mile oval, a yr after the Clash at Daytona featured a highway course. It would be the shortest observe within the Cup Series’ trendy period, beating Martinsville Speedway (0.526 miles) and Bristol Motor Speedway (0.533 miles), the shortest tracks at the moment on the schedule. The format and eligibility for the exhibition has but to be introduced.
Ben Kennedy, NASCAR’s senior vp of technique and innovation, stated the occasion could have a “new-look structure” from earlier races.
“We’ve been discussing the Clash for a while, and we’ve had it at the (Daytona) oval for a number of years,” Kennedy stated in a news release. “We moved it to the road course this year, but really wanted to think outside the box as we thought about the Clash in the future — and seeing that it’s an exhibition event, we looked at a number of different places and locations that we could host it at, and ultimately narrowed it down to the L.A. Coliseum.
“The format will be a little bit different from what we’ve traditionally seen at the Clash at Daytona,” Kennedy stated. “So, looking at a few different options. The group has really, really been challenged to think kind of differently about how we have all the different events leading into the main event, and I think a lot of good thoughts and input that we’ve got on it so far, so more to come on all that.”
Though NASCAR has never run races in the Coliseum, it still has history in Southern California, with events returning to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana in 2022. The Cup Series has also competed at Ontario Motor Speedway and Riverside International Raceway.
Kyle Busch is the reigning champion of the 2021 Clash at Daytona.