There’s absolutely no doubt to proclaim that even in their wildest dreams, NASCAR fans wouldn’t have imagined stock cars racing inside the LA Memorial Coliseum until a year ago. And even if they had, even if they had, at least after the announcement in 2021, they wouldn’t have predicted that it would be a hit.

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Not to mention a success, many wouldn’t even have thought it would work.

But it happened. It worked. And it was a success.

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The first-ever Busch Clash at the Coliseum was a big win for NASCAR in more ways than one. It introduced thousands of new fans to the exciting and crazy world of stock car racing. It introduced the world of stock car racing to seemingly foreign concepts of halftime shows and throwaway tracks.

The Clash was revolutionary on every level.

But naturally, as soon as the event was over, the throwaway track that took a million dollars to build in an incredible amount of time was being unstuck.

The floor of the groundbreaking event had to be broken down in order to return it to what it is, essentially, a football stadium.

Journalist Jeff Gluck shared a tweet that can stir any NASCAR fan’s mind, but also remind them of the incredible feat that was the Coliseum Clash.

The numbers behind NASCAR’s Coliseum Experience

There were reportedly over 50,000 fans in the Clash’s home, 70% of whom were first-time participants in a stock car race. Along with that, FOX reported a viewership of 4.28 million.

That number was up 168% from last year’s Clash at Daytona. In fact, the 2022 Clash has earned the highest ratings of any season opener since 2016.

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And that’s just for the main event. Even for qualifying, more than 2.5 million viewers tuned in, the most since the 2016 Daytona 500.

And if you’re still not impressed, the Clash at the Coliseum, an exhibition race, drew more viewers than last season’s penultimate race in Phoenix (3.2 million viewers).

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NASCAR currently has an option in hand to extend the contract with the University of Southern California to host two more matchups in the future. Although all things considered, it’s not really an option, as it’s a ready-to-announce certainty.

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