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One week before Los Angeles hosts the 2022 Super Bowl, the city will host the 2022 Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum. Sunday's race is an exhibition, but marks the unofficial start of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series schedule and will be held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Busch Light Clash starting grid will have 23 drivers competing over 150 laps. The green flag will drop at 6 p.m. ET as the Cup Series competes on a quarter-mile track for the first time since 1971.

Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick are both three-time winners of the Clash, and the latest 2022 Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum odds from Caesars Sportsbook list them at 12-1 and 15-1, respectively. Kyle Busch is the 9-2 favorite in the 2022 NASCAR at the Coliseum odds. Before scouring the 2022 Clash at the Coliseum starting lineup and making any 2022 NASCAR at the Coliseum predictions, be sure to see the latest 2022 Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum picks from SportsLine's proven projection model.

Developed by daily Fantasy pro and SportsLine predictive data engineer Mike McClure, this proprietary NASCAR prediction model simulates every race 10,000 times, taking into account factors such as track history and recent results.

In the 2021 season, McClure nailed Martin Truex Jr. to win at Martinsville for a strong 3-1 payout. The model also nailed Kyle Larson winning the NASCAR All-Star Race at 5-2 in Texas and hit Larson again at the Ally 400 for another 5-2 payout. Then, it called Chase Elliott to win at Road America for a 5-2 payout.

It also called Larson's win at Texas for an 11-4 payout and his win at Kansas for a 9-4 payout in back-to-back weeks before nailing Larson to win the season-finale in Phoenix to claim the NASCAR Cup Championship. In total, it called five of Larson's wins during a historic season. Anyone who followed its lead on those plays saw huge returns on its NASCAR picks.

Now, the model simulated the 2022 Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum 10,000 times. Head to SportsLine to see the complete NASCAR at the Coliseum projected leaderboard.

Top 2022 Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum predictions

One surprise: the model is high on Kevin Harvick, even though he's a 15-1 long shot in the latest NASCAR at the Coliseum 2022 odds. He's a target for anyone looking for a huge payday. No active driver has more Clash victories than Harvick's three, all of which came at Daytona International Speedway. But he's also a native of Southern California, so he'll have extra motivation to get his first win in the state since 2017.

Harvick finished fifth in last year's Cup Series, which was his fifth consecutive top-five finish. Only two drivers had more top-10 race finishes in 2021 than the veteran driver, who has seven short-track wins in his Cup Series career. Three of those came at Bristol and he also had a runner-up finish there in 2021

And a massive shocker: Larson, one of the Vegas favorites at 13-2, stumbles big-time and barely cracks the top five. There are far better values in this open 2022 Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum starting grid. Larson is coming off one of the more dominant NASCAR seasons in recent memory and will undoubtedly be a season-long contender again in 2022. However, there are too many variables in play on Sunday.

This is a track that has been made to fit a football stadium, NASCAR is debuting its new next-gen cars after an offseason plagued by delivery issues because of global supply shortages, and the race will feature an open field. To make matters worse, Larson has just one top-five finish in a Clash race in his career. Look for the defending champion to look at this event as nothing more than a tune-up.

How to make 2022 NASCAR at the Coliseum picks

The model is also targeting two other drivers with 2022 NASCAR at the Coliseum odds of 11-1 or longer to make a serious run at the checkered flag. Anyone who backs these drivers could hit it big. You can see all of the model's NASCAR picks over at SportsLine.

So who wins the 2022 Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum? And which long shots do you need to back? Check out the latest 2022 NASCAR at the Coliseum odds below, then visit SportsLine now to see the full projected 2022 Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum leaderboard, all from the model that correctly predicted five of Kyle Larson's wins last season

2022 Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum odds

Kyle Busch 9-2
Chase Elliott 6-1
Kyle Larson 13-2
Joey Logano 12-1
Denny Hamlin 12-1
Tyler Reddick 12-1
Ryan Blaney 12-1 
Christopher Bell 12-1
William Byron 14-1
Kevin Harvick 15-1
Justin Haley 20-1
Martin Truex Jr. 20-1
Alex Bowman 22-1
Kurt Busch 30-1
Chase Briscoe 35-1
Daniel Suarez 40-1
Cole Custer 50-1
Brad Keselowski 50-1
Aric Almirola 50-1
Austin Cindric 60-1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 60-1
Ryan Preece 60-1
A.J. Allmendinger 60-1
Harrison Burton 75-1
Ross Chastain 75-1
Austin Dillon 75-1
Bubba Wallace 75-1
Michael McDowell 100-1
Erik Jones 100-1
Chris Buescher 150-1
Corey Lajoie 200-1
Landon Cassill 250-1
Ty Dillon 250-1
Todd Gilliland 250-1
BJ McLeod 750-1
Cody Ware 750-1