NASCAR will make history on February 6, 2022 by moving its pointless exhibit, the Clash, to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The race – which has been held at Daytona International Speedway since its inception in 1979 – will also mark the site’s first stock car race, which has previously hosted supercross and speedway motorcycle races.
NASCAR announced the move in a tweet calling the LA Coliseum “America’s largest stadium.” It is currently home to the USC College Football Trojans and also hosted the 1959 World Series, Super Bowls 1 and 7, and the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics.
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The exhibit will take place in 2022 around a quarter-mile oval, a year after the Daytona Clash featured a road course. It will be the shortest track of the modern Cup Series era, beating Martinsville Speedway (0.526 miles) and Bristol Motor Speedway (0.533 miles), the shortest circuits currently on the program. The format and eligibility of the exhibition have not yet been announced.
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Ben Kennedy, NASCAR senior vice president of strategy and innovation, said the event will have a “new look structure” compared to previous races.
“We’ve been discussing The Clash for a while, and we’ve had it on the Oval (Daytona) for a number of years,” Kennedy said in a press release. “We moved it to the road course this year, but we really wanted to think outside the box and think about the Clash in the future – and since this is an exhibition event, we looked at a number of different places and locations that we could host it and ultimately narrowed it down to LA Coliseum.
“The format will be a little different from what we’ve traditionally seen at The Clash in Daytona,” Kennedy said. “So looking at a few different options. The group was really, really challenged to think differently about how we all have the different events leading up to the main event, and I think a lot of good thoughts and contributions that we’ve had about this so far, so more to come on all of that.
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Although NASCAR has never held races in the Coliseum, it still has a history in Southern California, with return events at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana in 2022. The Cup Series also competed in the At Ontario Motor Speedway and at Riverside International Raceway.
Kyle Busch is the reigning Clash 2021 champion at Daytona.