NASCAR confirmed the 2022 Clash at the Los Angeles Coliseum will be an invitational format that is open to all Cup Series teams.
In a Wednesday interview, NASCAR executive senior vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell told SiriusXM host Dave Moody that the process for determining the field still was being finalized, but that it likely would involve heat races to set the lineup of a main event that would feature “probably 20 to 25 cars max” on the temporary quarter-mile oval.
“When we discussed this with teams, we could have just gone with, ‘Hey if you’re eligible for the Clash, that’s it,” but I think a number of teams have looked at this and said this could be a really cool event not only for our organization but our sponsors, and we’d like the ability to come out to the event,” O’Donnell said. “So we’re going to make it an invitational.
“Certainly, anyone qualified for the Clash will be in the main event. But we want to make it realistic for other teams to come out, have enough time on the racetrack, on TV, in front of the fans to make it worth their while as well. That’s the ongoing discussions in the industry. What makes this something you want to go out there and race and showcase your sponsor in the LA market.”
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