Clash at the Coliseum: L.A. Picks, Betting Odds, Picks & Race Preview

NASCAR's warming up for the 2024 season, while bettors can dip into some early action with the Clash at the Coliseum odds — and our best bets, including Kyle Busch.

Feb 3, 2024 • 16:09 ET • 4 min read
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Get your engines, and bankrolls, revved up.

NASCAR's back for 2024, and sportsbooks are gearing up NASCAR Cup Series odds for the new season, as Ryan Blaney looks to defend his crown.

But before the season begins in earnest, tonight's Clash at the Coliseum will whet bettors' appetites with some exhibition action. 

Get the breakdown of how the field stacks up with our Clash at the Coliseum odds, and the best NASCAR betting picks for tonight's race. 

Odds to win the 2024 Clash at the Coliseum

Driver                    DraftKings
Kyle Larson +900
Denny Hamlin +900
Kyle Busch +900
Martin Truex Jr.  +1,000
William Byron +1,200
Joey Logano +1,200
Brad Keselowski +1,200
Ryan Blaney +1,400
Christopher Bell +1,400
Chase Elliott +1,400
Bubba Wallace +1,800
Ryan Preece +1,800
Ross Chastain +1,800
Tyler Reddick +2,000
Ty Gibbs +2,200
Chris Buescher +2,500
Josh Berry +2,500
Alex Bowman +2,500
Austin Dillon +2,500
Chase Briscoe +2,800

Odds as of February 3, 2024.

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Clash at the Coliseum field

Depending on where you shop, either Kyle Larson or Martin Truex Jr is listed as the favorite for this exhibition event, run on the short track at L.A. Coliseum, after being held at Daytona for years. 

Larson's performed much better since the move, logging Top-5 finishes each year in the Coliseum era thus far. Meanwhile, Truex won last year's clash, and will look to prove he still has some magic left, turning 44 this season. 

As of Tuesday morning, William Byron and Kyle Busch round out the top tier of drivers, priced at or below +1,000 at major outlets. Former two-time winners Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin both lurk slightly behind in the +1,100 to +1,200 range, while the field, in general, is distributed fairly competitively, with the top half all within +3,000 — a rarity on the NASCAR circuit. 

Clash at the Coliseum expert picks and predictions

Odds listed below courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook, January 31, 2024.

Clash at the Coliseum pre-qualifying favorites

Kyle Larson (+850)

The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion led the season’s most laps in two of the last three years. Larson also thrived on short tracks. On top of that, he was fifth in both of his Busch Light Clash starts in the L.A. Coliseum. 

William Byron (+850)

Byron won the most races (six) and led the second-most laps (1,017) in 2023. This year, he returns to the L.A. Coliseum with finishes of sixth and 10th respectively on the short track.

Kyle Busch (+900)

Busch was runner-up in 2022 while driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. He did so after being fastest in qualifying and winning a Heat Race as well. This very ride he’s now driving qualified second in that same race with Tyler Reddick. Like Busch, Reddick also won a Heat Race, and if not for some bad luck in the main event, was going to be a contender to win it in the end. Last year, Busch finished third in the No. 8 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. He’s due.

Clash at the Coliseum sleepers

Tyler Reddick (+2,000)

After qualifying second via winning a heat race in 2022, Reddick finished sixth a year ago. He’ll have speed. Can he deliver?

Ryan Preece (+2,200)

Preece had fast race cars on flat tracks last season, most notably Martinsville, which is the closest comparison to this track. Preece also finished seventh in this event in 2023, and back with the same team in 2024. 

Austin Dillon (+3,000)

RCR had great cars here with the No. 8 Chevrolet qualifying second in 2022 and finishing third in 2023. Austin Dillon has had his fair share of success too. He was third in 2023 and runner-up last season. He’s trending towards a win Sunday. 
He was +7,500 last year...

Justin Haley (+10,000)

Why not here? Haley won a heat race, started third, and if not for contact with Kyle Larson late, he was destined for a Top-5 in the 2022 edition. Last year, he finished ninth. While he’s with a new team (Rick Ware Racing), a lack of speed isn’t something that’s going to be an issue for them on a track of this size.

Clash at the Coliseum fades

Ryan Blaney (+1,000)

No one was hotter at the end of the 2023 season than champion Ryan Blaney. Among his streak to end last year was a win at Martinsville. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have great stats here (17th in both races) — to boot, Joey Logano came here last year as the series’ defending champion and finished 16th. Speaking of whom…

Joey Logano (+1,100)

He won the inaugural race in 2022 but was a dismal 16th a year ago. Part of that is due to an incident, like most others, that relegated him to a sub-15th-place result. My concern, however, is the fact that he also started only 16th. 

Chase Elliott (+1,500)

The most popular driver struggled on these types of tracks the last couple of years. He only placed 11th after starting 15th in 2022 and came home 21st after coming from 22nd a year ago.  

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L.A. Coliseum track analysis

The third iteration of the Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is upon us. NASCAR is back! This year’s preseason race should run a lot like the previous two versions with nothing being changed to the car or the layout of the .25-mile track raced in a football stadium between last year and this.

I don’t expect much difference in terms of how things will look in 2024 as it did in 2022 or 2023 in regards to the track analysis. This race, and this track, kind of is what it is. 

Some places you’ll see an aged surface get a year older, or a change to the tire compound or even a change to how the cars are setup on that specific venue — but for the Clash, it’s status quo.

  • Starting spot matters for the race win. Joey Logano won from the fourth place starting position in 2022 and Martin Truex Jr from the front row (second) last year. 

  • Oddly enough, just eight of the Top 12 finishers in the A-Main started 10th on back in 2022 and seven of the Top-8 finishers a year ago coming from fifth on back. This trend is great when factoring in a pre-race bet for a Top-5 finish. Snag a driver with some success that isn’t necessarily starting up front either.

How to make Clash at the Coliseum picks

NASCAR betting is a nuanced process that can take any number of factors into account, and spans several different types of bets. Fortunately, our How to Bet NASCAR guide walks you through the basics, including how to read odds, different markets that are available, and what to consider when making your bets. 

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Previous Clash at the Coliseum winners

Truex enters among this year's favorites, seeking back-to-back Clash crowns. He would become the third repeat winner in the past decade, joining Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano.  

Year Winner
2023 Martin Truex Jr.
2022 Joey Logano
2021 Kyle Busch
2020 Erik Jones
2019 Jimmie Johnson
2018 Brad Keselowski
2017 Joey Logano
2016 Denny Hamlin
2015 Matt Kenseth
2014 Denny Hamlin

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