NASCAR is accustomed to adjusting its race schedule due to weather conditions, typically experiencing postponements rather than advancements.
However, this Saturday afternoon saw an unusual move as the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum and Batalla en El Cosiseo, originally scheduled for Sunday, were rescheduled to take place on Saturday night. This decision was prompted by the anticipation of an impending atmospheric river of rain set to hit California on Sunday.
In an unattributed news release, NASCAR explained, “Due to the threat of unprecedented severe weather on Sunday, the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Mexico Series race events for the Clash have been moved to Saturday night.”
The organization expressed gratitude to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Los Angeles Public Safety for their collaborative support in making this schedule adjustment for the safety of fans, competitors, and staff during Saturday’s event.
Recognizing the potential worsening weather conditions throughout the day, NASCAR encouraged fans to prioritize safety in their decision-making process. The organization extended appreciation to fans, partners, and everyone involved in the event for their understanding of this unprecedented situation.
Saturday’s event will be admission-free with limited services, and individuals who had purchased tickets for Sunday’s races will be contacted. Additionally, those who acquired parking through ParkWhiz for Sunday will receive a full refund.
The Busch Light Clash is set to kick off the evening, followed by the Mexico Series race, and the Busch race will be televised on FS1.
The adjustments left uncertainties regarding NBC’s originally scheduled programming for Sunday, where the Busch Light Clash was intended to serve as an alternative for those not interested in watching the Grammy’s on CBS.