(East Los Angeles, CA) [From The Editor’s Desk]: Youth must be served and that’s what we saw in the Qualifying phase of the NASCAR Busch Light Clash At The Coliseum on Saturday, 2/4. Emerging out of the giant pack of our country’s best stock car auto racing drivers, was 23 year-old Justin Haley with a best time of (13.413) seconds for his fastest lap around the short Coliseum course.
And, while that was going on inside, FanFest was on full display outside as there was something for everyone to see and experience from the wide array of booths and display centers provided by sponsors and a select group of vendors. A U.S. Armed Forces outreach booth was also present. For musical enjoyment there were bands and DJs. NASCAR also presented a booth in solidarity with the celebration of our nation’s Black History Month.
See the full recap of the day’s racing events as published by NASCAR Communications.
Justin Haley Wins Pole Position for Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum
Wait is over for NASCAR’s first event of its 75th Anniversary season
LOS ANGELES (Feb. 4, 2023) – They’re back! The stars and the cars of the NASCAR Cup Series returned with a roar to the heart of Los Angeles on Saturday. They practiced and qualified for Sunday’s Busch Light Clash, bringing smiles to the faces of NASCAR fans everywhere who’ve eagerly awaited the start of its 75th Anniversary season.
But nobody was happier than Justin Haley. He captured the Busch Light Pole Award, ripping a 13.413-second lap around the tiny quarter-mile asphalt oval nestled inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Now the 23-year-old from Indiana will start up front for Sunday’s first heat race, as anticipation reaches a fevered pitch for Sunday’s celebration of speed.
Kyle Busch qualified second, followed by Christopher Bell and Aric Almirola. All but one car among the 36 entered this weekend turned practice laps faster than the pole-winning speed in 2022. (CLICK HERE FOR A FULL RECAP). But practice is over and now every lap turned tomorrow will feature intense side-by-side and nose-to-tail competition.
Gates open at 10 a.m. and heat races begin at 2 p.m., followed by a performance by Cypress Hill. And then shortly after 5 p.m., Rob Lowe will give the command to start engines and Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams will wave the green flag for the main event. Wiz Khalifa will perform during the mid-race break, and DJ trio Cheat Codes will keep the party going during the caution breaks.
Fans are encouraged to secure their tickets now while they last at nascarclash.com.
Tickets for the 2023 Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum begin at $65, and kids 12-and-under are $10. Fans who want to take their race-day experience to the next level can upgrade to the Ally Pre-Race Party, which includes brunch, a drink ticket for Busch & Coca-Cola products, exclusive entertainment, a pre-race track walk and a special appearance from driver Alex Bowman. Fans are encouraged to get their tickets now while supplies last by visiting www.nascarclash.com. It’s one of the many anticipated events taking place this year as a part of the venue’s centennial anniversary celebration – “Coliseum Forever.”
College students can experience the Busch Light Clash from The Coca-Cola Torch Party Porch for just $40. This standing-room-only general admission section, located on the Coliseum’s peristyle steps, provides college students with up-close access to all the musical entertainment, driver introductions and racing action. College students can take advantage of this exclusive offer by visiting www.nascarclash.com/student.
Celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2023, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR sanctions races in three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series™), four international series (NASCAR Brasil Sprint Race, NASCAR Mexico Series, NASCAR Pinty’s Series (Canada), NASCAR Whelen Euro Series), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour) and a local grassroots series (NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series). The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics, and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races annually in 12 countries and more than 30 U.S. states. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).