The 2023 Clash At The Coliseum

From a NASCAR Fan’s View

Well… It’s that time again. Time for the start of the NASCAR season and it begins for the second year at the Coliseum in L.A. Am I excited? Well, reasonably but, I’m not ecstatic. This is a race that could be run and will likely turn into a bumper car extravaganza. What I mean by that is, and I mean this with all respect to those that will participate, it will become a chrome bumper time. If you listen to the talk going around, you’ll find that rather than call it a bumper car fest, many will call it an aggressive race. I understand that but, I don’t necessarily agree with it.

I have heard all the talk and explanations and I can say why it will likely live up to its name, The Clash. I believe it will become that and more since many compare this race to a typical Saturday night under the lights at a local track. The difference being these are NASCAR Cup cars and, as they often quote, driven by the best of the best.

I won’t argue about whether they are the best of the best. I think NASCAR stock car racers are some of the best of the best and we would be hard pressed to find many better. I will watch this race with interest but, I do find it a lot less interesting than a regular NASCAR race weekend.

I guess you can tell this is not one of may favorite races of the NASCAR Cup season. I find it to be a race worth watching just to see how “aggressive” NASCAR drivers can get and see how they handle their emotions when someone becomes that way with them on a short track like this one is. Unlike last year, now they have a lot of the questions about this new car answered by having a full season under their belts, I expect there to be a lot more pushing and shoving, bumping and banging than there was at last year’s Clash.

Honestly, I don’t have a lot to say about this race. Well, that is, until it takes place. So, until this one is over, I’ll make the decision to comment on it or just move on to Daytona and the happenings that will be going on there in a couple of weeks. Now that’s a race weekend I am looking forward to…

Hey, this is Russ and that’s my view… See ya next time…
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Rusty Norman is a writer, Big NASCAR Fan, Jesus believer, musician and former local Stock Car racer. singer, songwriter, author and blogger. He was born in Southern Illinois and moved to Florida with his parents in 1962. His first story was published in the 1968 school literary magazine when he was a junior at Cypress Lake High School in Fort Myers, FL. Although he didn't venture into writing immedately, he did begin writing regularly over twenty-five years ago. He has also been a sound technician over the last 40 plus years and produces, almost weekly blogcasts during the racing season on his Nascar websites as well as being involved in the media ministry at First Assembly of God in Fort Myers, FL. He maintains several websites, each with a different focus, and continues writing songs, poetry and short stories along with articles like those found in his "Living Life Notes" series. He has just released the first of three planned books in the Living Life Notes series. The second is expected to be released in the middle to late September of this year and the third is planned to be released sometime in 2015. He also has several other books and stories in the works as well,