Since the first NASCAR Cup Series season in 1949, short tracks – a track less than a mile in length – have graced the competitive schedule and been part of the fabric that makes up the sport.
NASCAR Hall of Famer, aptly nicknamed ‘The King,’ Richard Petty scored 138 of his record 200 NASCAR Cup Series victories on short tracks – the series-most short-track wins all-time. He also holds the record for the most wins at a single NASCAR Cup Series track posting 15 victories at the Martinsville Speedway. Petty also has 13 wins at the Richmond Raceway (third-most all-time at a single track).
Among the active drivers this weekend, 10 have posted wins on short tracks in the NASCAR Cup Series, led by Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch with 16 short track Cup victories. Team Penske’s Joey Logano is the only driver to win at all four of the currently active short tracks on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule with his victory last year on the Bristol Dirt.
This weekend’s Clash will take place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Yes, a football stadium. They’ve constructed a .25-mile asphalt oval inside of the venue which will host a NASCAR race a week before LA plays host to the Super Bowl.
Kyle Busch 16 (2 Martinsville, 6 Richmond, 8 Bristol)
Denny Hamlin 10 (5 Martinsville, 3 Richmond, 2 Bristol)
Kurt Busch 10 (2 Martinsville, 2 Richmond, 6 Bristol)
Brad Keselowski 7 (2 Martinsville, 2 Richmond, 3 Bristol)
Joey Logano 6 (1 Martinsville, 2 Richmond, 2 Bristol, 1 Bristol Dirt)
Martin Truex Jr 6 (3 Martinsville, 3 Richmond)
Kyle Larson 2 (1 Richmond, 1 Bristol)
Chase Elliott 1 (1 Martinsville)
Alex Bowman 1 (Martinsville)
There’s no doubt about it, this weekend’s Busch Light Clash will be unlike anything that we’ve really ever seen before in NASCAR’s premiere series. At least in the modern era (1972-present).