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Chase Elliott Lauds NASCAR’s “Logical” Clash at the Coliseum Decision as Martin Truex Jr & Christopher Bell Join In

Published 02/03/2024, 11:02 PM EST

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The NASCAR authorities made a big decision regarding the pre-season race at the ‘Clash at the Coliseum‘. The weather forecast in Los Angeles predicted a cloudburst along with a flood situation on Sunday. The race had to be rescheduled, keeping in mind the safety of the audience and the staff. NASCAR Chief Operating Officer Steve O’Donnell opened up about the decision and necessities of the hour. Additionally, drivers like Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, and others widely showed their appreciation. Here’s a close look at the logical changes that were brought forward

NASCAR’s ‘most logical decisions’ and ‘the Genius Call’ ahead of the Clash

An X post shared by NASCAR reporter Bob Pockrass has the drivers lauding NASCAR for their stand. This was after the L.A. race eventually got up by a day to Saturday. To support NASCAR’s decision to reschedule due to weather issues, Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr feel that it is the right decision.

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Elliott vocalized and lauded NASCAR for its decision, regardless of how that turned out for the viewers in the Coliseum. He said, “It’s one of the most logical decisions we’ve made as an industry, potentially ever. So, I appreciate it. I know all the racing personnel appreciate it. Just the willingness to make a change like that and let’s be honest with you, doing an event like this on Saturday night is a better fit anyway. I think it’s a win-win for everybody.”

To add to Elliott’s thought, Martin Truex Jr also added, “I am surprised, but I think there are lots of circumstances around this race being different, obviously that you know, kind of have make things happen quicker than normal.”

Christopher Bell also emphasized, “I really didn’t change anything from my stand point. Uh, I think NASCAR made, you know genius call to try and get this race in. Everybody was nervous about what was going to happen if we don’t race today…. That’s awesome, I’m happy to be able to race today.” 

We certainly do agree with them, don’t we? It would have been a tough call if the decision had not been taken quickly enough. Who knows, the race might have to be immediately called off.

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The best option to keep everyone safe?

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Since there is a life-threatening situation in L.A. for the next few days, NASCAR officials have been considering this possibility from late last night to this morning. Steve O’Donnell said, “It’s the best of what is a really tough situation for the fans and this racing community, but felt like this was the best option to keep everybody safe and still try and get both events in.” 

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Amidst all these efforts, the clash emerged as a great success. Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 11, Denny Hamlin, became the first winner of 2024. Stay tuned for more updates from the L.A. Coliseum post-race coverage and the NASCAR Mexico Series race, which is supposed to start following the Clash at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday.

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Mamata Mukherjee is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. Combining her love for writing and motorsports she has created some interesting and in-depth stories on drivers like Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Coming to ES with 3 years of experience in the field of writing, Mamata feels right at home in her role as a NASCAR Journalist.
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