Martin Truex Jr wins Clash at the Coliseum with Daytona 500 on the horizon
Martin Truex Jr. started the 2023 NASCAR season on a high with a win at Sunday’s Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Truex started the Clash on the outside row next to Aric Almirola, but fought to stay in contention for first place the entire race and avoided getting swept away by any of the 16 warning flags which were waved over the 150 laps.
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The #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota held off Austin Dillon, Kyle Busch, Alex Bowman and Kyle Larson for the win. Busch finished in third place after being caught in a spin towards the end of the race. Busch and Dillon led Richard Childress Racing into the top five.
Bubba Wallace was battling for the lead in the #23 Toyota Door Dash, but Dillon spun him on lap 143. Wallace finished 22nd and the last car on the lead lap.
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Although this is a pre-season race, Truex will certainly be happy to be at Victory Lane and shake off the winless drought. The 2017 champion didn’t win a race last season and last won a regular-season event at Richmond in 2021.
The 42-year-old New Jersey native has 31 career NASCAR Cup wins.
This is the second year in a row that the event has taken place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Clash had already taken place in the days preceding the Daytona 500 but the event was moved.
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The 2023 season officially begins with the Daytona 500 on February 19.