Noah Gragson argues there is no better place to host NASCAR Clash than ‘bright and flashy’ Los Angeles

Noah Gragson is impressed by the different atmosphere at LA Clash.

Noah Gragson argues there is no better place to host NASCAR Clash than ‘bright and flashy’ Los Angeles

Noah Gragson (Credits: @darcystaller)

The 2024 NASCAR Cup season will mark his beginning with the unofficial season opener the Clash at the Colosseum in Los Angeles. 2024 will mark the third edition of the 0.25-mile exhibition race, which has shifted to LA from Daytona to attract more diverse and young fans to the premier stock car racing scene.


It has successfully attracted the target audience in the last two seasons, and despite having a normal number of cautions, racing has also been solid. Yet a group of people in the racing community still feels the time has come for the race to leave the city. Stewart Haas Racing’s Noah Gragson doesn’t have the same opinion.

While discussing the event, Gragson pointed out that he believes LA is the best place to host it. He pointed out that the city is a different market for the sport that has a unique energy and flashy nature. Being 25 years old Gragson also loves having a young race fan in the stands like in LA.

I think there’s no better place for NASCAR to give a little preview and a little hint of our season than the Clash. L.A. is a different market, it’s a cool city, it’s young, pop culture, energetic, bright, flashy. The crowd there, I’m 25, I’ve never seen so many college kids at a race and young kids at a race my age.
Gragson said, as reported by Speedway Digest.

Noah Gragson details the different atmosphere at LA Clash

He further explained how different the atmosphere at LA Clash is compared to any other events on the schedule. He pointed out that having Machine Gun Kelly performing at the half-time break of the race, vibing to the music from the car, and energy all around makes it a unique occasion.

Noah Gragson
Noah Gragson (Credits: The Podium Finish)
They’ve got DJs going on, Machine Gun Kelly is performing at halftime this year, it’s a different atmosphere than probably I’ve ever felt at any other race. We have the halftime break. I’ve never been vibing out to music and kind of moving my arms inside the car during a pit stop, but at the Clash, we did. It brings a little bit more energy to our sport. It brings something different, some flair to it that we normally don’t get. So,  I like the change of pace, for sure.

2024 will be a crucial year for Noah Gragson as it might potentially be the final year he gets in the top tier to prove his worth. He was ousted from Legacy MC mid-way to his rookie season after a social media drama and subsequent suspension. The No:10 SHR seat is his shot at redeeming himself, and he hopes to have a good start at LA that could set the trend for his whole season.