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NASCAR is BACK.
The 2024 NASCAR season officially gets underway in Los Angeles this weekend with the 3rd annual running of the Busch Light Clash at The Coliseum. With the threat of flooding and monsoon-like downpours, NASCAR has opted to move the exhibition race held at LA Memorial Coliseum to tonight, Saturday February 3rd, instead of Sunday.
The NASCAR Cup Series’ Busch Light Clash will now run at 5pm tonight, and will be followed by the NASCAR Mexico Series’ King Taco LA Batalla en El Coliseo.
And honestly, I’m happy to hear it… as a blogger, trying to cover NASCAR and the Grammys on the same night is kind of a pain in the neck.
NEWS: The #BuschLightClash will be held tonight, Saturday, at 8 PM ET on FS1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Practice for the NASCAR Cup Series was also rescheduled to Saturday with the 25-lap qualifying heats and a 75-lap last-chance qualifying race both being canceled to accommodate the new schedule.
The first 22 starting spots in the main event will be decided based on practice speeds, meanwhile that final spot will be given to the top finisher in the 2023 Cup Series standings who has not otherwise qualified for the feature.
UPDATE: Tonight's NASCAR Cup Series Heat Races and Last Chance Qualifying Race have been canceled.
Starting positions for the main event will be determined by the fastest 22 speeds in final practice. The 23rd position will be based off of 2023 owner points.
“Due to the threat of unprecedented severe weather on Sunday, the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Mexico Series race events for the Clash have been moved to Saturday night.
Thanks to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Los Angeles Public Safety for their partnership and support to make the schedule adjustment for tonight’s event to ensure a safe experience for fans, competitors, and staff. We understand weather conditions may worsen as the day progresses, so we encourage fans to make decisions in the best interest of safety.
We appreciate our fans, partners, and everyone associated with this event on this unprecedented event.”
Bravo to NASCAR for the quick thinking and action to get it done… plenty of other organizations would drag their feet to make a decision.
This will be the third year that the Busch Light Clash has been hosted at the LA Memorial Coliseum. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, the Clash was held at Daytona International Speedway. Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. have won the previous two races in Los Angeles.
More than just a competition. It's a high-octane thrill ride.