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Sources: NASCAR looking to move Clash from Daytona to L.A.

NASCAR has been in "serious talks to move the Clash from the Daytona International Speedway road course to a purpose-built short track inside the 77,500-seat Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum," according to sources cited by Jordan Bianchi of THE ATHLETIC. NASCAR would "hold the race in early February, likely two weeks before Feb. 20 Daytona 500," and use the event to "build hype for the upcoming season." The event "likely will be a high-contact race due to the tight confines of the track." The Clash was held on the oval as a precursor to the Daytona 500 from 1979 to 2020, then "moved to the Daytona road course this season." If NASCAR wants to draw extra attention before the Daytona 500, a race on a "tight, likely full-contact short track -- at a historic venue in the second-largest U.S. media market -- would seemingly be a good way to accomplish this objective." There is a chance this "could be a spectacle," and "does carry some risk." But there is a "better chance that this idea is a success," and a "good way to potentially build an even larger audience for Daytona and beyond." THE ATHLETIC's Jeff Gluck wrote it is the sort of thing NASCAR "does best," and "combining it with the Hollywood crowd -- the approval of which NASCAR has long sought -- will be memorable and spectacular" (THEATHLETIC.com, 9/6).

SBJ first reported in August that NASCAR was eyeing a race at the Coliseum.

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