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It’s official, NASCAR fans: The Clash is moving from Daytona International Speedway to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for 2022. And that’s a great idea.

NASCAR announced Tuesday that next year’s pre-season exhibition race will take place on February 6 – two weeks away from the season’s opening Daytona 500 – at the stadium famous for hosting USC Trojans football, the Super Bowls, the Olympics and more. A temporary racing site, the grounds of the Coliseum “will be converted to a short, quarter-mile asphalt track creating a whole new action-packed event,” and drivers will race in the new Next Gen cars for the first time before. their official debut. in the first race of the season.

Of course, construction of the temporary race track won’t be able to start for some time, and the footage of the Colosseum race in the NASCAR hype video above is simulated. Ben Kennedy, NASCAR’s senior vice president of strategy and innovation, told FOX Sports that construction will begin around the New Year, giving NASCAR about a four-week window before The Clash.

But thanks to iRacing, some NASCAR drivers got the chance to race around the simulated quarter-mile version at LA Coliseum. And Clint Bowyer seemed to be having a blast.

“Don’t change a thing, baby,” Bowyer said during the race against Jamie McMurray and Tyler Reddick. “The course of action is there! This place is already awesome! ”

Bowyer is unlikely to have too many negative things to say about this simulated race track, given that his employer is broadcasting the race. But her reactions, along with those of McMurray and Reddick, seem genuine and genuinely excited.

And as Bowyer noted, on a short track like this, The Clash could become more of a demolition derby, and he joked that teams might need five cars to complete the race.

“Do you know who is going to win this race? Bowyer asked. “These people in the stands.

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