Competition format for Clash at the Coliseum announced
NASCAR announced on Tuesday that the first-ever Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum will be a two-day event consisting of practice, qualifying races and a last-ditch qualifier, paving the way for a 150-lap main event at the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on February 6.
The field will be open to 40 participants, and 23 will perform the final show on Sunday evening under the lights.
“There has already been a huge buzz around next year’s Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum, and we believe this racing format and the lineup that accompanies it throughout the weekend will only build on on that momentum already established, ”said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR. Senior Vice President in charge of Strategy and Innovation. “The unprecedented nature of this event, coupled with the fact that our sport will be in the spotlight in the middle of downtown Los Angeles, makes it an event not to be missed when we launch our 2022 season next February. “
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Here is an overview of how the event works. Scroll down to see the information presented visually.
• Saturday February 5
NASCAR Cup Series drivers will take to the paved quarter-mile oval for practice sessions, then finish day one with single-car qualifying races.
A single car’s qualifying speeds will determine the fields and line-ups for Sunday’s four qualifying races.
• Sunday February 6: Qualifying races
Hours: 5 p.m. ET, FOX
There will be four 25-lap qualifying races with 10 cars in each race on Sunday. The four fastest cars from Saturday’s individual qualifying will be on pole for each qualifying race (fastest speed from first qualifying race, second fastest speed from second qualifying race, etc.). The rest of the field will be filled in the same way.
For example, the first qualifying race will consist of cars with qualifying speeds ranked one, five, nine, 13, 17, 21, 25, 29, 33 and 37 on the speed chart. The second qualifying race will consist of cars with ranked qualifying speeds two, six, 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, 30, 34, 38. And so on.
• How to go from qualifying race to Busch Light Clash at Coliseum
The top four in each qualifying race – 16 cars in total – will automatically advance to the Clash later in the evening. The winner of the first round will start off the post, with the outside post going to the winner of the second round.
The winners of qualifying races three and four will form the second row. The remaining order for the 16 cars will be filled in the same way.
• Sunday February 6: Last chance qualifying races
Hours: 5 p.m. ET, FOX
The last chance qualifying races follow the qualifying races. Each qualifying race has 10 cars, four of which automatically qualify for the main event. That leaves six cars from each qualifying race, or 24 cars in total, without moving forward.
These 24 cars will qualify for two 50-lap last chance qualifying races.
The starting order of each LCQ is based on the final positions in the qualifying races, with the remaining field from qualifying races one and three participating in the first event of the LCQ. The second LCQ race is made up of cars from qualifying races two and four.
The top three (six cars in total) in the two last-chance qualifying races will advance to the Busch Light Clash, filling positions 17-22 of the 23 available positions.
The final place is reserved for the driver with the highest finish in the 2021 points classification who does not transfer to final position in the qualifying races or the last chance qualifying races. So, in essence, that means 2021 champion Kyle Larson is the only rider locked in the field.
• Sunday February 6: Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum
With the peloton in place, the 150-lap main event is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on FS1.
“I was fortunate enough to drive the track through iRacing and do a few laps in the NextGen car at Bowman-Gray on a similar track, and there’s no doubt this race is going to be great,” said Clint. Bowyer, a long-time former NASCAR Cup Series driver and current FOX Sports analyst. “The various qualifying events and the format of the Clash will only add to what will be an unforgettable weekend. It’s definitely a race you won’t want to miss.
Tickets for the NASCAR Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum are on sale now. Tickets start at $ 65 for adults and children 12 and under start at $ 10. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum offers a variety of seating options from lower bowl to upper bowl, from midfield start / finish line seating to premium club seating with access to the exclusive Lou Galen Club lounge. For tickets and all event information, visit nascar.com/lacoliseum.
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