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By Scott Daloisio


(Perris, CA, July 24, 2017) It will be time to get crazy on Saturday July 29th when LKQ Pick Your Part presents Night of Destruction #5 at “The Home of the Craziest Show on Dirt,” Perris Auto Speedway. The thrill a second program will feature Figure 8 racing, a Figure 8 Trailer race, Demo Cross, Spectator racing and Formula X. Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM and the wild racing will begin at 7:00.

Early arriving fans can get an up-close look at the cars, meet the drivers and get autographs at the on-track autograph and photo session that will begin at 5:15.

After Saturday, there will only be one Figure 8 race and one Figure 8 Trailer race left on the 2017 schedule. That makes this week’s event extremely important. Especially in the Figure 8 class where rookie Jesse Gordon of Beaumont leads brothers Earl Cox of Norco and Kevin Cox of Ladera Ranch. Heading into Saturday’s race, Gordon, a respiratory therapist at the Kaiser Permanente-Riverside Medical Center, leads Earl by a mere three-points and Kevin by only six-points.

Beaumont’s Jesse Gordon, driving the “Bat Mobile,” and Earl Cox fight for the lead earlier this season in a Figure 8 race. Please give photo credit to Vane Ledgerwood.

Gordon is a second-generation racer who previously competed in the IMCA Modifieds at The PAS. The Cox brothers are also second-generation racers who grew up watching their father, Earl Sr., race Figure 8 cars at Ascot. Heading into 2017, all smart money would have been on Earl Cox to win another championship. After all, he has won more Figure 8 main events than any driver in the history of Perris Auto Speedway. It has caught many by surprise that Gordon, who had never been in a Figure 8 race before March, is leading the championship chase.

Amazingly through the first four races of the year, the lead trio has made up the top three positions in all, but one race. That was in May when Earl’s new car was destroyed in a violent infield crash. For the record, Earl has won two of the first four mains while his brother and Gordon have each won one.

While Gordon is vying to become the “New Sheriff in Town” in the Figure 8’s, it is business as usual for Menifee’s Ken McWilliams in the Trailer Figure 8’s. Another driver who used to watch his father compete at Ascot, the 36-year-old CrossFit athlete has a 12-point lead over Rob Multhaupt of Orange. Gordon is third in the Trailer standings.

Menifee’s Ken McWilliams, shown holding the trophy, and his crew & friends after another Figure 8 Trailer race win. Please give photo credit to Vane Ledgerwood.

Second year PAS driver Garrett McCourt of Romoland leads the way in Demo Cross championship standings. While the Figure 8 and Figure 8 Trailer teams will wrap up their season Labor Day weekend, the Demo Cross teams will have two extra races on October 8th during the Southern California Fair. McCourt has a 21-point lead over Kevin Cox from Huntington Beach and a 27-point advantage over Tod Hughes of Riverside. With four races to go, the standings could be turned upside down by the end of the season.

Romoland’s Garrett McCourt, shown above banging his way through the obstacles, leads the Demo Cross standings. Please give photo credit to Vane Ledgerwood.

In the “Iron Man” overall standings that combines all classes, Gordon has an almost insurmountable 141-point cushion over last year’s “Iron Man” David Holmes of Norco. Multhaupt is third.

Rounding out Saturday’s show will be Formula X and Spectator racing. Finland’s Toni Ahokas will head the field in Formula X. In the Spectator class, wily veteran “Wide Open” Wayne Williams of Tijuana, hopes to return to his winning ways.

To get a look at one of the last Demo Cross main event staged at Perris Auto Speedway on July 1st, please click the link to see Four Videos coverage:

Reserved seats for Saturday’s extravaganza are $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for children. General admission tickets are $15.00 adults, $5.00 for active military members with proper id, teens 13-18 with their school id and kids 6-12. Children 5 and under are free. Parking on the fairgrounds is $8.00.

Advanced tickets for Saturday night are available 24-hours a day by calling 1-800-595-4849 or online at For those who do not wish to purchase advance tickets, there will be plenty of tickets available for everyone at the ticket window on Saturday.

Figure 8 Point Standings
1. Jesse Gordon – Beaumont – 228
2. Earl Cox – Norco – 225
3. Kevin Cox – Ladera Ranch – 222
4. Rob Multhaupt – Orange – 127
5. David Holmes – Norco – 141

Figure 8 Trailer Race Point Standings
1. Ken McWilliams – Menifee – 207
2. Rob Multhaupt – Orange – 195
3. Jesse Gordon – Beaumont – 174
4. David Holmes – Norco – 171
5. Kyle Cox – Huntington Beach – 153

Demo Cross Point Standings
1. Garrett McCourt – Romoland – 207
2. Kyle Cox – Huntington Beach – 186
3. Todd Hughes – Riverside – 180
4. Austin Kinane – Riverside – 165
5. Dickie Vander Meulen – Ontario – 150

Overall Iron Man Point Standings
1. Jesse Gordon – Beaumont – 543
2. David Holmes – Norco – 402
3. Rob Multhaupt – Orange – 372
4. Kyle Cox – Huntington Beach – 339
5. Ken McWilliams – Menifee – 306

Formula X
1. Toni Ahokas – Finland - 237
2. Mika DeCoster – Los Angeles - 171
3. Igor Palagin – San Francisco – 147
4. Artem Shavrov – Moscow, Russia – 144
5. Bucky Lasek – Encinitas - 114

Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate partners for the 2017 season. All Coast Construction, Amsoil, Ayers Hotel and Spa, Brass and Bass Firearms & Fishing Supplies, Budweiser, Bud’s Tire Pro, Center Point Church, Champion Towing, City of Perris, Country Values Magazine, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Ed Moore Bullet Proof Driveshaft, Edelbrock, Flowdynamics, Full Throttle Scissor Lift Rental, Green Sheet, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, Indiana Truck Salvage, K&N Engineering, Living Water’s Hospice, Luke’s Transmission, Moreno Valley Magazine of Values, Paul Oil Company, Pepsi-Cola, Pick-A-Part Auto Salvage, Pole Position,, Scott Sales, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunstate Equipment, Swedish Speed, Original Tommy’s Burgers, Trench Shoring, Valley News, Vista Paint and Weedmaps.

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Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds (home of October’s Southern California Fair), approximately one-hour east of Los Angeles and one-hour North of San Diego. To get to the track, take the 215 freeway, exit on the Ramona Expressway and go three miles east to the fairgrounds. is the only authorized Internet address to issue official media news released from The Perris Auto Speedway or Oval Entertainment.


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October 7th - 15th Southern California Fair

October 21st USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns

October 28th PASSCAR "Champions Night” - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and Modifieds

November 8th Oval Nationals Practice

November 9th Budweiser Oval Nationals “Presented by All Coast Construction"

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