NASCAR Cup Series competed for the first time at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum last year and the race proved Kevin Harvick wrong in his expectations.
NASCAR will kick off its 75th anniversary with The Busch Light Clash at The Coliseum again this year. While not all were satisfied with NASCAR’s decision to move the exhibition event away from Daytona International Speedway where it was held from its inception in 1979 to 2022.
However, with impressive attendance and exciting racing, the place changed the opinions of many. Harvick is one of the people who was surprised by the race. In fact, he was impressed with what he experienced last year.
“I had anticipated it being a complete joke, to be honest. But after practicing and running the race, it was probably the most fun that I had all year because the cars raced so well. You could beat and bang, and the racetrack was actually pretty racy. As you look back on it, it was definitely a fun experience,” Harvick said.
“It all worked out better than everybody anticipated. When you look at the event itself, especially in Los Angeles, it’s just tough to have anything that’s really impactful. But that event for us was really impactful, and it was in a market where we tend to struggle a bit to get big audiences and grab the attention of the media during that particular time. For us, there wasn’t anything at the Coliseum that wasn’t a success last year,” Harvick added.
NASCAR will be expecting similar or better results in this year’s edition of the race. As for Harvick, it could probably be the last time he will be running this race as he has already made his decision to retire after the 2023 NASCAR season.