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NASCAR Cup Busch Light Clash at The Coliseum

NASCAR Clash at the L.A. Coliseum: Entry list, how to watch, schedule & more

NASCAR is back in action this weekend at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The pre-season exhibition race returns to the purpose-built 0.25-mile track to unofficially kick off the 2023 season.

Of the 36 entries, all teams in possession of a charter, 27 will make the main event. There is a provisional for the highest finishing driver in 2022 points, should they need it. That would first go to reigning champion Joey Logano, and then championship runner-up Ross Chastain

NASCAR Clash at the Coliseum on-track schedule

Saturday, February 4

  • (Schedule is tentative and subject to change; all times EST.)
  • 3:00 p.m. ET - NASCAR Cup Series practice - FOX SPORTS 1
  • 8:35 p.m. ET - NASCAR Cup Series qualifying - FOX SPORTS 1

Sunday, February 5

  • 5:00 p.m. ET - NASCAR Cup Series Clash heat races - FOX
  • 8:00 p.m. ET - NASCAR Cup Series Clash main event - FOX

Race weekend format

Single-car qualifying

  •  Single vehicle qualifying will occur on Saturday, February 4th following the scheduled practice.
  • Qualifying will be single vehicle one (1) round, 3 laps, one (1) warm-up, two (2) timed.
  • Qualifying order will be determined by 2022 Owner Points (lowest to highest).
  • If there are more than 40 entries to this Event, the fastest four (4) open teams will transfer into the Heat Races.

Heat Races - 4 Heat Races / 25 Laps each

  • Only completed green flag laps will be counted toward the official race distance
  • Heat race lineups will be set by Qualifying
    • Fastest qualifier - Pole for Heat 1
    • Second fastest qualifier - Pole for Heat 2
    • Third fastest qualifier - Pole for Heat 3
    • Fourth fastest qualifier - Pole for Heat 4, etc
  • The top five (5) from each race advance through to The Clash
  • Remaining five (5) finishing positions from each heat continue through to the Last Chance Qualifier Race 1 and the Last Chance Qualifier Race 2 with their starting position being determined by where they finished in their heat races.

Last Chance Races - 2 LCQ Races / 50 Laps each

  • Only completed green flag laps will be counted toward the official race distance

Last Chance Qualifier Race 1

  • Those that did not advance from Heat 1 & 3.
  • The 6th place finisher from Heat 1 will be on the Pole.
  • The 6th place finisher from Heat 3 will be on the outside Pole.
  • Lineup - Inside row positions 6-10 from Heat #1. Outside row positions 6-10 from Heat #3

Last Chance Qualifier Race 2

  • Those that did not advance from Heat 2 & 4.
  • The 6th place finisher from Heat 2 will be on the Pole.
  • The 6th place finisher from Heat 4 will be on the outside Pole.
  • Lineup - Inside row positions 6-10 from Heat #2. Outside row positions 6-10 from Heat #4

LCQ 1 & 2

  • Top three (3) from both LCQ 1 and LCQ 2 advance through to The Clash.
  • The remaining drivers are eliminated from the remainder of the Event.

The Clash

  • Only completed green flag laps will be counted toward the official race distance
  • 27 Drivers will start The Clash main event.
  • 26 starting drivers are locked in through their finishes in the heat races, LCQ 1, and LCQ 2.
  • 27th and final spot is reserved for the driver who finished the highest in the 2022 season points standing who did not already earn a starting position in The Clash.

Major stories ahead of the new season

The Clash will serve as the unofficial start to the 2023 season, and will be the first opportunity to see new driver/team combinations on track. Most notable among them is Kyle Busch, moving from Joe Gibbs Racing after 15 years to join Richard Childress Racing

NASCAR also released a slew of rules changes this past week, including the addition of wet weather tires at certain oval races and the banning of Chastain's world-famous wall-riding maneuver.

Future Hall of Famer Kevin Harvick will be running his final season at the Cup level this year, deciding to retire after 2023. His 60 wins and 2014 Cup Series championship already put him in elite company, but he's not quite done yet.

NASCAR even has a new owner at the highest level of the sport, with seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson joining Petty GMS (now Legacy Motor Club) as a co-owner and part-time driver.

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Practice groups

Group 1 Drivers Group 2 Drivers Group 3 Drivers
Kyle Larson Ross Chastain Joey Logano
William Byron Denny Hamlin Christopher Bell
Daniel Suarez Chase Briscoe Chase Elliott
Austin Cindric Austin Dillon Tyler Reddick
Alex Bowman Kyle Busch Ty Gibbs
Martin Truex Jr. Ryan Blaney Kevin Harvick
Chris Buescher Aric Almirola Erik Jones
Bubba Wallace Michael McDowell Justin Haley
Ryan Preece AJ Allmendinger Brad Keselowski
Todd Gilliland Harrison Burton Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Ty Dillon Corey Lajoie Noah Gragson
BJ McLeod Cody Ware JJ Yeley

Clash entry list

No.

Driver

Team

Manufacturer

1

Ross Chastain

Trackhouse Racing

Chevrolet

2

Ford

3

Richard Childress Racing

Chevrolet

4

Kevin Harvick

Stewart Haas Racing

Ford

5

Chevrolet

6

RFK Racing

Ford

7

Spire Motorsports

Chevrolet

8

Kyle Busch

Richard Childress Racing

Chevrolet

9

Hendrick Motorsports

Chevrolet

10

Stewart Haas Racing

Ford

11

Joe Gibbs Racing

Toyota

12

Team Penske

Ford

14

Stewart Haas Racing

Ford

15

JJ Yeley

Rick Ware Racing

Ford

16

AJ Allmendinger

Chevrolet

17

RFK Racing

Ford

19

Joe Gibbs Racing

Toyota

20

Joe Gibbs Racing

Toyota

21

Ford

22

Joey Logano

Team Penske

Ford

23

Toyota

24

Hendrick Motorsports

Chevrolet

31

Kaulig Racing

Chevrolet

34

Ford

38

Front Row Motorsports

Ford

41

Stewart Haas Racing

Ford

42

Noah Gragson

Petty GMS Motorsports

Chevrolet

43

Petty GMS Motorsports

Chevrolet

45

23XI Racing

Toyota

47

Chevrolet

48

Hendrick Motorsports

Chevrolet

51

Rick Ware Racing

Ford

54

Ty Gibbs

Joe Gibbs Racing

Toyota

77

Spire Motorsports

Chevrolet

78

BJ McLeod

Ford

99

TrackHouse Racing

Chevrolet


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