Let’s Clash… Rolling out the red carpet in Los Angeles, NASCAR kicks off its 75th Anniversary in true Hollywood fashion when engines roar for the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum this Sunday, February 5 at the quarter-mile, asphalt oval inside the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. This weekend’s Clash at the Coliseum marks the 45th running of the annual non-points exhibition race, with the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum serving as just the third venue for the event since its inception in 1979.
Richard Childress Racing in the Clash… Richard Childress Racing has earned nine wins in the Clash, six by Dale Earnhardt (1980, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, and 1995) and three by Kevin Harvick (2009, 2010 and 2013). In last season’s inaugural event at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Austin Dillon led RCR with a third-place finish.
New Qualifying Format for 2023… Although 36 drivers will make the cross-country trek to California to attempt to win at the legendary Los Angeles venue, only 27 will make it through to the 150 lap main event. Each driver has three chances to qualify for the feature.
There will be four heat races (25 laps each) consisting of 10 drivers each. The top five finishers in each heat will advance to run in the main event, filling 20 positions on the final grid.
Positions 21 through 26 in the starting lineup will be set by drivers that have raced their way in by finishing in the top-three in either of the two last chance qualifier races (50 laps each).
The 27th and final position in the main event is reserved for the driver who finished the highest in the 2022 Cup Series season point standings who did not transfer on finishing position in the heat races or last chance qualifier races.
Catch the Action… The Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum will be televised live Sunday, February 5 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX, with the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 carrying the live radio broadcast.
Austin Dillon and the No. 3 Get Bioethanol Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum… Austin Dillon, the 2018 DAYTONA 500 Champion, is among the NASCAR Cup Series drivers vying for a spot in this year’s Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum, a 150-lap non-points exhibition race limited to 27 cars. In 2022, Dillon started the main feature from the 10th position and drove his way to a strong third-place finish.
New Year, New Face on the Pit Box… This weekend’s exhibition race will mark Keith Rodden’s debut as crew chief for Dillon and the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing team. Rodden, an experienced crew chief and race engineer in the Cup Series, most recently worked on the Motorsports Competition NASCAR strategy group at General Motors.
Delivering Performance on the Track and For the Planet… Dillon will pilot the Get Bioethanol Chevrolet in the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum, showcasing the performance benefits of racing with earth kind and engine smart bioethanol blended fuel, Sunoco Green E15. Whether it’s delivering cleaner and cooler high octane on the racetrack or a more affordable option for spring break road trips, plant-based bioethanol makes a positive impact on our planet. Learn more about bioethanol at getbioethanol.com.
Meet Dillon… Dillon and his RCR teammate, Kyle Busch, are scheduled to participate in a Q&A session hosted by Riki Rachtman on Sunday, February 5 at 11:15 a.m. local time at the Christmas Tree Lane Stage outside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:
Your RCR Chevrolet Camaro was really strong in the Clash last year. Did the race exceed your expectations?
“There were a lot of unknowns heading into the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum last year. It was a brand new track – the smallest and tightest track we had ever raced on in the NASCAR Cup Series – and a brand new car with the debut of the NextGen Chevrolet. I think the race exceeded everybody’s expectations. NASCAR did a great job introducing new fans to the sport, and FOX did a great job with the broadcast window. Everyone knew we were there, and it was a solid move forward for the sport. From the competition side of things, it was good, fun racing. Our RCR Camaro was really fast in practice, and our long run speed was there during the race. I’m just disappointed I couldn’t get those next two cars and ended up finishing third. All-in-all, our sports’ inaugural race in L.A. was great, and we’re all looking forward to getting back there for this year’s event.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!