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Stock Car Scoop: Was NASCAR’s Clash at the Coliseum a Triumph?

After a wild Sunday (Feb. 6) afternoon where Joey Logano emerged triumphant in NASCAR’s Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek had a lot to break down – the former at the track in L.A. and the latter on the other side of the country in Virginia.

How much of a success was the event, both on the track and off in terms of the racing and the broad appeal to celebrities and fans alike? Was the debut of the Next Gen car as positive as everyone had hoped? What does the Clash seem to indicate is in store for us in 2022? The duo answer these questions with a surprise on-site cameo from Dylan “Mamba” Smith.

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About the author

Adam Cheek joined Frontstretch as a contributing writer in January 2019. A 2020 graduate of VCU, he works as a producer and talent for Audacy Richmond's radio stations. In addition to motorsports journalism, Adam also covered and broadcasted numerous VCU athletics for the campus newspaper and radio station during his four years there. He's been a racing fan since the age of three, inheriting the passion from his grandfather, who raced in amateur events up and down the East Coast in the 1950s.

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“Triumph” over who or what? But the simple answer is NO!

OV Mike

The whole shebang was a made for Fox TV clown act. And who invited Tony Stewart?


Just what ol man France envisioned when he started Nascar. Open with the pit dog, circle some cars around the track, pop corn intermission while ice tray entertained the few spectators, and then finish it up with a little racing while the spectators filed out. Perfect day.


Sorry but it’s a “No” for me, Dawg.


A lot of people drinking the Kool-Aid (Brian’s recipe).


Brian brought them all out of the woodwork didn’t he. If those rappers weren’t there, then attendance would have been zilch. Only in L.A. I might be wrong, but rappers and nascar real fans don’t seem to go together.

Capt Spaulding

Can’t wait for the NHRA to hold their Spring Nationals at the coliseum…shut off area is going to add a new dimension to drag racing

Tom B

I’ll have to give NA$CAR credit for building the best race track they could with what little they had to start with. This is a great venue for Go-Karts, Legend Cars, Bandoleros, TQ midgets and Full Midgets. Maybe Sprint Cars. But not Cup Cars.


Pro Bowl – 6.69 Million Viewers

Clash – 4.283 Million Viewers

Back to the War Room for a new plan.

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