Joey Logano scored a historic double at the LA Memorial Coliseum on Sunday.
The Team Penske driver won the first-ever NASCAR Clash race inside the iconic stadium and also took the inaugural victory for the new NASCAR Next Gen Cup Series car.
The 150-lap exhibition race was held on a quarter-mile temporary paved track built on the Colosseum football pitch and capped off a race day that included six qualifying races.
Logano started in fourth and had worked his way forward when Kyle Larson destroyed Justin Haley and pulled out the yellow flag with 34 laps to go.
Logano lined up alongside race pole sitter Kyle Busch in second for the restart and held on to the lead until the checkered flag.
“It’s special to get the first Next Gen win, the first win here at the Coliseum, it’s special, so we’re going to have fun and celebrate it,” Logano said.
And that’s not the only thing he’ll be celebrating this week, as he announced his wife Brittany is due to give birth to their third child together on Monday.
“I go home right after that,” he said. “I told him, if you’re going to have the baby, I’m just getting off the track from here, so I don’t think that’s happening right now.”
NASCAR pulled out all the stops to turn the Clash into a unique event, which included a pre-race concert from Trackhouse Racing co-owner Pitbull and a post-lap 75 halftime performance from native Ice Cube. from Los Angeles.
The series spent more than $1 million building the track, which will be demolished starting this week, with the materials recycled for another construction project.
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NASCAR has not confirmed whether it will return to the venue next year, but has options to do so in 2023 and 2024. The cup series now moves to Daytona International Speedway for the season opener Daytona 500 February 20.