Monday, February 6, 2023

Bubba Wallace Retaliates (Again)

Bubba Wallace Retaliates (Again)

Wallace & Austin Dillon With Ten Laps to Go

#NASCAR - Bubba Wallace Retaliates (Again)

 

On Sunday, NASCAR unloaded in Los Angeles, California. The 1/4-mile bullring inside the Los Angeles Coliseum brought drama to stock car racing.

 

Bubba Wallace (#23) and Austin Dillon (#3) found themselves jostling for position often, routinely going back and forth at the front of the pack.

 

With 10 laps to go, Austin Dillon was in second with Bubba Wallace in third. Race leader and eventual winner, Martin Truex Jr (#19) picked the inside lane for a restart, as did Dillon. Bubba Wallace elected for the front row, outside.

 

As you can see in the video below: Dillion rear-ended Wallace, spinning the No. 23 car out.

 





The 23XI Racing driver made sure to make his feelings known on the track as well, steering his vehicle into Dillon's before the restart.

 





"The No. 3 just never tried to make a corner, he just always would run into my left rear," Wallace said. "I got run into the fence by him down the straightaway on that restart, so I gave him a shot. And then we get dumped. It sucks."

 





"I chose the restart there behind Martin (Truex Jr.) thinking that if we could get off (Turn) 2, then I could just race," Dillon said. "But it just doesn't go that way. You're just getting beat. . . . He was probably pretty frustrated at that point."

 

It is interesting to note that ahead of the 2023 season, NASCAR announced new rules for on-track altercations. The response likely stems following the incident between Kyle Larson and Bubba Wallace. Luckily this incident was not as ferocious.

 

So what is your opinion? Justified retaliation or an uncontrolled on-track tantrum? Good for the Sport or an embarrassment?

 

 

source: NASCAR Media

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Justin Haley Fastest

Justin Haley Fastest

#NASCAR Qualifying at L.A. Memorial Coliseum

#NASCAR Qualifying at L.A. Memorial Coliseum  - Justin Haley Fastest

 

Justin Haley set the fastest lap in Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum qualifying Saturday night at the quarter-mile purpose-built track inside the famous Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

 





The 23-year-old Indiana-native drove the No. 31 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet to the top qualifying position with a lap of 67.099 mph and will start out front for one of the four heat races Sunday afternoon to formally set the 27-car field for the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum non-points exhibition opener Sunday night (8 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

 

Two-time series champion Kyle Busch will be making his debut for the Richard Childress Racing team from the front row of the second heat race; his No. 8 RCR Chevrolet second fastest overall at 66.406 mph.

 

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell, who advanced to the 2022 Championship 4 Round, will start his No. 20 JGR Toyota on pole in the third heat race and Hendrick Motorsports’ William Byron will start the No. 24 Chevrolet out front in the fourth heat race.


“I feel like we were a pretty good car in practice there, just wasn’t getting the full potential out of the race car and obviously in qualifying our lap was just dominant,” Haley said. “I feel pretty confident about where we are. It’s obviously a good place to start the season. Not sure why we’re so good here. I wish I had this talent at all the races but pretty thankful and it’s really cool to give Kaulig Racing their first pole, my first pole as a driver in my second year as a driver here.”

 

The qualifying session consisted of three laps – one warm-up and two timed, the faster of the two-timed laps counting toward their starting position in the four heat races.

 

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Martin Truex Jr., who was fastest after practice Saturday afternoon, was only 22nd fastest in the night-time qualifier.

 





Two cars – the No. 54 JGR Toyota driven by Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Ty Gibbs and the No. 12 Team Penske Ford driven by Ryan Blaney – will both start last in their heat races. Blaney’s qualifying time was 11th fastest at the time but ultimately disallowed because after spinning on a hot lap he drove the wrong direction to the back straightaway and spun his car around to complete the lap at speed. It’s illegal to drive backwards on track.

 

Gibbs was also penalized after it was determined his Joe Gibbs Racing crew made unapproved adjustments just prior to the qualifying session. Gibbs’ Toyota caught fire during the final practice session and was taken to the garage for repairs. The team was able to fix it without going to a back-up car, however NASCAR determined some of the repairs fell into the “unapproved adjustments” penalty category.

 

“First off want to thank my whole Monster Energy team they’ve worked so hard,” Gibbs said. “We have to start last in the heat race but we’ve got a great car. “It’ll be fun,” he added with a smile.

 

The format to set the 27-car feature field Sunday afternoon includes four 25-lap heat races with the top-five finishers advancing to the feature. There will then by a pair of ‘last chance qualifiers’ with the top-three finishers in each advancing to the feature with one final starting spot awarded to the highest 2022 championship finisher that hadn’t moved into the main event field otherwise. Nine cars entered will miss the feature show.

 

NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying
Busch Light Clash at The Coliseum
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Los Angeles, California
Saturday, February 4, 2023

  • 1. (31) Justin Haley, Chevrolet, 67.099 mph.
  • 2. (8) Kyle Busch, Chevrolet, 66.406 mph.
  • 3. (20) Christopher Bell, Toyota, 66.328 mph.
  • 4. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet, 66.196 mph.
  • 5. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford, 66.176 mph.
  • 6. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 66.152 mph.
  • 7. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 66.074 mph.
  • 8. (16) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 66.065 mph.
  • 9. (48) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 66.060 mph.
  • 10. (5) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 65.992 mph.
  • 11. (99) Daniel Suarez, Chevrolet, 65.871 mph.
  • 12. (1) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 65.775 mph.
  • 13. (21) Harrison Burton, Ford, 65.626 mph.
  • 14. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 65.531 mph.
  • 15. (14) Chase Briscoe, Ford, 65.526 mph.
  • 16. (23) Bubba Wallace, Toyota, 65.493 mph.
  • 17. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 65.459 mph.
  • 18. (47) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet, 65.374 mph.
  • 19. (45) Tyler Reddick, Toyota, 65.250 mph.
  • 20. (43) Erik Jones, Chevrolet, 65.137 mph.
  • 21. (42) Noah Gragson #, Chevrolet, 65.109 mph.
  • 22. (19) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 64.977 mph.
  • 23. (6) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 64.921 mph.
  • 24. (41) Ryan Preece, Ford, 64.888 mph.
  • 25. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford, 64.795 mph.
  • 26. (2) Austin Cindric, Ford, 64.702 mph.
  • 27. (38) Todd Gilliland, Ford, 64.678 mph.
  • 28. (7) Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet, 64.660 mph.
  • 29. (17) Chris Buescher, Ford, 64.586 mph.
  • 30. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 63.889 mph.
  • 31. (15) JJ Yeley, Ford, 63.140 mph.
  • 32. (51) Cody Ware, Ford, 62.867 mph.
  • 33. (77) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 62.116 mph.
  • 34. (78) BJ McLeod, Chevrolet, 58.793 mph.
  • 35. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 22.332 mph.
  • 36. (54) Ty Gibbs #, Toyota, 0.000 mph.

 

source: NASCAR Media

Saturday, February 4, 2023

The Clash - Fan Code Of Conduct

The Clash - Fan Code Of Conduct

Nothing Compares to Being There

The Clash - Fan Code Of Conduct (#NASCAR)

 

In order to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment, the Los Angeles Coliseum ask that fans refrain from the following behavior at all events.

 

  • Profanity or other offensive language or gestures, whether spoken, written or appearing on apparel
  • Smoking (including vaporizers, e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco)
  • Intoxication or excessive alcohol consumption or signs of substance impairment that results in irresponsible behavior
  • Bringing prohibited items into the venue
  • Throwing of items or liquids
  • Entering the playing field or court at any time
  • Fighting or other threatening behavior, including verbal or physical harassment
  • Failure to retain ticket and/or present it to event staff if requested to do so
  • Resale of tickets at the venue
  • Violation of state or local laws
  • Failing to follow instruction of stadium personnel or stadium policies

Failure To Comply May Result In Ejection Or Arrest

 

Fans are encouraged to report inappropriate behavior to management personnel. For assistance, call or text 213-263-4007. Message and data rates may apply.

 





 

source: LA Coliseum Media