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Did NASCAR Go Too Far? Clash at the Coliseum Retrospective

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Eric Estepp

The #1 NASCAR content creator on YouTube, Eric Estepp hosts Out of the Groove, a daily talk show covering news and trending topics in the NASCAR fan community.

NASCAR has spent the last three seasons running their season-opening exhibition race, the Clash, at the LA Coliseum. Now that it’s been three years, it’s time to take a look back on the event and see if it had the impact NASCAR hoped. Eric Estepp asks the question, did NASCAR go too far?

  • In both sports and entertainment, it’s important to have a strong opener. Eric looks at the history of NASCAR’s opening event, and why NASCAR made the bold move to the LA Coliseum.
  • The brainchild behind this event was Ben Kennedy. He came up with a wacky idea, instead of asking the people to come to a NASCAR race, bring NASCAR to the people.
  • While the 2022 race was good, there was room to improve. In 2023, NASCAR came back, and the results were less than stellar with 16 caution flags and poor reviews from the fans and drivers.
  • Eric poses this question, what is the legacy of the Clash? Did it boost TV ratings? Did it impact the rest of the sport in the way NASCAR hoped?

Did NASCAR go too far with the Clash, or, was it a worthwhile experiment? Let Eric know in the comments, and keep an eye on his channel for all of the latest NASCAR news.

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