Joey Logano won the NASCAR Clash at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Sunday after pulling off a nicely executed bump-and-run on race leader Kyle Busch.
The race, which served as the competitive debut for the new NASCAR Next Gen cars, saw Busch start from pole position after the Joe Gibbs Racing driver won Heat 1 in the grid-setting qualifying races on Saturday, leading from Tyler Reddick in the No. 8 Chevy Camaro ZL1. Logano, meanwhile, started in the second row after qualifying fourth, just behind the No. 31 Chevy Camaro of Justin Haley.
The top four remained out front after the green flag came out, with Reddick working his way past Busch to lead the opening laps and Haley managing to keep Logano behind him. The first yellow of the day out on lap 54 for the spun No. 47 Chevy of Ricky Stenhouse, which was followed by another caution shortly after on Lap 66 for the spun No. 9 Chevy of Chase Elliott. Busch led the field to green when racing got back underway, with Logano bumping the No. 18 Toyota Camry out of the way on Lap 75 to take the lead.
Logano and Busch continued their battle, with the two trading places for roughly 40 laps before the caution came out once again on Lap 115 for the damaged car of Haley, who was taken out by the No. 5 of Kyle Larson in retaliation for contact in the previous corner. The No. 22 Ford Mustang passed Busch on the restart and held the lead for the remaining laps, winning NASCAR’s first-ever visit to the LA Coliseum and giving his Team Penske squad some much-needed momentum heading into the 2022 Daytona 500.
“I can’t believe it,” Logano said post-race. “We’re here. The LA Coliseum. We got the victory with the old Shell/Pennzoil Mustang. This is an amazing event. Congratulations, NASCAR. Such a huge step in our industry to be able to do this, put on an amazing race for everybody.”
Full highlights from the NASCAR Clash at the Coliseum can be viewed in the video embedded below. NASCAR heads to Daytona next for the 64th annual running of the Daytona 500 on February 20th.