Earl Heath

Contributing Sports Writer

It will be a one of the premier events of the season as NASCAR kicks off its 2022 CUP series at   the Coliseum. 

This is one of those things that spark entertainment a s drivers will race around a converted Coliseum ground. The first of four heat races and two last-chance qualifying races that will determine the field of 23 cars for the main event. Shortly after 2 p.m. PST, Pitbull will perform and set the stage for the 150-lap main event, which begins at 3 p.m. PST. DJ Skee will perform during the caution breaks and Ice Cube will perform during the race break and RAMS HALL of FAMER Eric Dickerson will be Grand Marshal. What else do you expect from Hollywood.  

The million-dollar conversion to put in the  temporary track 1400 ft. of race track fencing,1400 ft. of safe barrier, 3800 ft. of temp walls. 

Kyle Larson last year’s CUP series winner was in town a few weeks back reviewing the scene of where one of NASCARS new embarkments will take place.  

Larson had a special 2021 after joining Hendricks Motorsports racing in the #5 car.  In just the 4th race of the season he took the checkered flag in Las Vegas. That made him the fastest team member to gain a win. He then won in Sanoma, California and followed that by a new event in Music city USA Nashville.   

“This is going to be a little crazy” said Larson. “Right now I don’t have a strategy. The native of Elk Grove, California is a 5-1 favorite around the oval. 

Tyler Reddick is another Cali driver who will be testing his skills. The Corning native rides for Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, No. 8. He’s running his second full season in the NASCAR Cup Series. He is a back-to-back NASCAR Xfinity Series champion (2018-’19). He hoisted the championship trophy in 2018 for JR Motorsports and 2019 for Richard Childress Racing, making him the first driver to ever win back-to-back titles with different teams Martin Truex the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series champion and in his third season driving the No. 19 for Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota is ready to go. The two-time a two-time Xfinity Series champion (2004-05) and has 13 career wins in that division.  

“I think — especially if you’re at the front with some guys that you raced with before — I think there will be a decent level of respect and guys trying to do it kind of the right way,” Truex Jr. told HEAVY.com. “We’ll see. I mean, I don’t know. It could turn into just a crash fest, which I would hate to see. But you never know. I really don’t have high expectations for either way. I just think we’re gonna go there and race and see what happens.” 

Sara Medina contributed to this Article and photo’s.