The Heisman Trophy winner is a NASCAR Emeritus Writer
USC quarterback Caleb Williams put together a signature reel of great plays inside Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 2022. His Coliseum’s first highlight in 2023 will be the green flag waving of NASCAR’s first race on the 75th anniversary of its season.
The 2022 Heisman Trophy winner is named the Honorary Starter of the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum on Sunday, February 5th. It is the latest addition to a star-studded event that includes racing from the top drivers and cars of the NASCAR Cup Series. and performances by hip-hop icons Cypress Hill and Wiz Khalifa.
The season opener airs live on FOX, with the main event kicking off at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.
In December, Williams became the eighth player in USC history to win the Heisman Trophy. He led the nation with 42 touchdown passes and threw for 4,537 yards for a team that won 11 games. Furthermore, Williams’ dribbling made him a running threat, rushing for 442 yards and six TDs, while also creating chances for his teammates as he came out of the pocket.
Now Williams will create the memory of a lifetime participating in NASCAR’s highly anticipated return to LA Memorial Coliseum.
The sanctioning body announced earlier this month that 27 cars will compete in the Clash’s 150-lap main event. Up to 40 NASCAR Cup Series drivers will attempt to qualify for this main event via four heat races and two Last Chance Qualifiers that will decide the final field of 27.
Practice and playoffs begin at 3 PM PT on Saturday, February 4th. Heat races begin at 2 p.m. PT on Sunday, February 5th, followed by the Cypress Hill performance.
And then shortly after 5 p.m. PT, Williams will green-flag the main event, which features a special mid-race performance by Wiz Khalifa.
Ticket prices for the 2023 Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum start at $65, kids 12 and under $10. Fans are encouraged to get their tickets now while supplies last by visiting www.nascarclash.com. It is one of several highly anticipated events that will take place this year as part of the venue’s centenary celebration – “Coliseum Forever”.
Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2023, the National Motorsports Association (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the premiere motorsports format in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. Headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida, and with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR holds more than 1,200 races annually in 12 countries and more than 30 US states. For more information, please visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (“NASCAR”).
Home to the USC Trojans, the legendary Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was named one of the 40 best stadiums in the country for a college football experience by Sporting News, and USC Football at the Coliseum was ranked the best stadium experience in the country by StadiumJourney.com.
The legacy of events and individuals hosted over nine decades or more is unparalleled, including the only venue to host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the track and field competition of the Summer Olympics (X Olympiad in 1932, XXIII Olympiad in 1984) and soon a third (34 Olympiad). in 2028); home to the USC Trojans for college football since 1923 and the UCLA Bruins (1928-1981); Los Angeles Rams professional football player (1946-1979 and 2016-2019); appearances by US Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan; and international luminaries like Martin Luther King Jr., Caesar Chavez, Pope John Paul II, the Dalai Lama, and Nelson Mandela, to name a few. In addition, the Coliseum, which was designated a National Historic Monument in 1984, has hosted some of the greatest acts in entertainment, including Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Prince, and many more. For more information, visit lacoliseum.com.