IN PICTURES: Kyle Larson Becomes the First NASCAR Driver to Visit the LA Coliseum Venue Ahead of its 2022 Debut

Published 11/09/2021, 2:57 PM EST


The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season is finally over and Kyle Larson is the reigning champion. Now, all the focus will be on the 2022 season and there is a lot to look forward to. Firstly there is the debut of the Next Gen cars, which has many drivers excited. However, there is also another thing to look forward to, and that is a new venue.

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Recently, Larson paid a visit to the Los Angeles Coliseum. This is because the venue is expected to play host to the annual Clash before the season begins. According to some pictures, the driver was spotted standing at what would soon be Turns 1 and 2. Without a doubt, he and many of his fellow drivers will be excited to tackle the track.

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What is Kyle Larson expecting from the inaugural NASCAR race at the LA Coliseum?

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The reigning champion was at the venue on the day that NASCAR announced the format for the pre-season event. The track itself is a a temporary quarter-mile track built within the confines of the iconic stadium. Over here, 40 drivers are expecting to square off in single lap qualifying on Saturday.

Nov 7, 2021; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

That will set the field for four 25-lap heat races on Sunday, and as always, it will be a non-championship race. From there, the top four finishers from each race will advance directly to the Clash. Meanwhile, fifth through tenth have to compete in two 50-lap Last Chance Qualifying races.

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Once that is complete, the top three in each race will move on to the Clash. They will compete alongside the highest-placed driver in the 2021 season that did not qualify via the heats. Finally, all qualifiers will square off in the 150-lap main event at the Coliseum. Obviously, it will be a fiercely contested affair to see who can draw first blood in the 2022 season and in the Next Gen cars.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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