NASCAR close to moving the Clash exhibition to Los Angeles: Sources
ccording to The Athletic
NASCAR is close to completing a deal to transform its season-opening exhibition race into a big Hollywood event.
The governing body has been in serious discussions about moving the Clash from the Daytona International
Speedway road course to a purpose-built short track inside the 77,500-seat Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum,
which has hosted some of the sports’ most memorable events.
The race would held in early February
possibly two weeks before the Daytona 500 on February 20th, and used by NASCAR to create
excitement for the following season and the introduction of the Next Gen vehicle, which is set to race in 2022.
The usage of NASCAR’s new vehicle in the exhibition race has yet to be determined;
several teams have voiced concerns about racing the NextGen in an event that does not give points
and foreseeable to be a high-contact race owing to the track’s tight constraints.
The Coliseum has hosted two Super Bowls (Super Bowls I and VII), as well as the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics,
as well as the 2028 Summer Olympics, Games 3, 4, and 5 of the 1959 World Series, and the USC football team since 1923.
Now, NASCAR, which held a Cup Series
race inside Chicago’s Soldier Field on July 21, 1956, is returning to the venue.
The configuration of the Coliseum track will be similar to Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C.,
a historic quarter-mile short track that encircles the football field where Winston-Salem State University plays each autumn.
The Clash’s move to the Coliseum
brings the race’s lengthy history at Daytona to an end – at least for now.
From 1979 until 2020, the race was run on the oval as a warm-up for the Daytona 500, before being relocated to the Daytona road track this season.