If you want to hold a NASCAR race in the presence of A-list celebrities, where better to do it than in Los Angeles?
Just as they did in 2022 for the inaugural running of this Cup Series event in L.A, famous faces turned out en masse for the 2023 edition of the Busch Light Clash on Sunday (Feb. 5). With quick eyes and perhaps quicker feet, Frontstretch’s on-site crew in Exposition Park snagged a few icons to get their take on the event, learning a little more about what for some is a lifetime love of stock car racing.
Only 33 years removed from his on-screen racing career as Days of Thunder’s Rowdy Burns, Michael Rooker was spotted on Sunday afternoon and offered his thoughts on sharing a nickname with Kyle Busch.
University of Southern California quarterback and NFL prospect – capital P prospect, mind you – Caleb Williams, who normally plays at the Coliseum on grass rather than asphalt, made his way back to the field after being unable to attend last year.
Joel McHale, who you may know from NBC’s sitcom Community, appeared as the Honorary Starter for the Clash. McHale has been hitting the books to make sure he doesn’t mispronounce any big names in front of the L.A. crowd.
Football stars seem to have a thing for short track racing. Former NFL quarterback and USC alumnus Matt Leinart, like Williams, was more than interested in seeing his home field in the form of a NASCAR track. The “coolest thing ever,” perhaps?
Chuck Liddell, whose UFC career spanned 1998 – 2010 (with a one-off return in 2018), pleaded the fifth on his pick to win – despite sporting a Denny Hamlin shirt for the event.
Earlier Sunday, Super Bowl (XLVII) champion Bernard Pollard Jr. was spotted hanging out with Ally Racing. That’s the easy part, as the real jewel of information here is that Pollard has, in fact, named his iRacing sim rig “Snow White.”
But wait, there’s one more!
We all know Danny Trejo from different places, but that’s the point; we all know him. It seems that Trejo’s future work may include the role of a NASCAR driver, with the important condition that all the driving takes place solely on the screen.
Countless celebrities made the trip out to the L.A. Coliseum on Sunday, a group that included halftime performer Wiz Khalifa, Grand Marshal Rob Lowe, Sung Kang and Dixie D’Amelio, among others.
About the author
Alex is the IndyCar Editor at Frontstretch, having initially joined as an entry-level contributor in 2021. He also leads the Center for Asia-Pacific Policy at the BIED Society, an international think tank in Washington, D.C. With previous experience in China, Japan and Poland, Alex is particularly passionate about the international realm of motorsport and the politics that make the wheels turn - literally - behind the scenes.
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Only their families know who these “Celebrities” are!
LOL! How true!!