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  80-YEAR-OLD J.D. WILSON COMPETES AND WINS IN DEMOCROSS AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY!
By Scott Daloisio

(Perris, CA, May 29, 2019) When it comes to Democross at Perris Auto Speedway, one of the drivers who is perennially tough to beat is Costa Mesa’s J.D. Wilson. Like a lot of other drivers, Wilson has a lot of wins. Unlike other drivers, he is 80-years-old. Fans can get a look at the longtime racer in action this Saturday night when LKQ Pick Your Part presents Night of Destruction #3. In addition to Wilson in the Democross, Saturday’s program will also include Figure 8 racing, a Figure 8 Trailer race, Mini Stocks on a road course and Double Deckers.


The attached photo of J.D. Wilson is by Doug Allen

“J.D. called me one day last week,” longtime Perris announcer Scott Daloisio said with a laugh. “He was telling me that I was announcing to the fans that he was in his upper 70s and he wanted me to stop doing that. I thought he was mad, but then he told me to tell them his real age which is now 80!”

Wilson, who was a regular in his popular #V8 stock car at Ascot and who is a retired commercial airline pilot, still carries the same number on his car to this day. However, he is now competing in the rough and tumble world of Democross, which is a race that essentially has no rules. Drivers are allowed to ram other cars or spin them out.

Three years ago, at the ripe young age of 77, Wilson beat the younger drivers and won the Democross championship. Always one of the favorites, he scored the win in the 2019 season opener on February 23rd. However, on April 27th, he was crashed out early in the race. Thus, he is currently fifth in the season-long Democross point standings.

“Anything goes in Democross,” Daloisio said. “It is dirt track racing’s form of MMA and it is not for the faint of heart. There are grinding crashes every race. To see J.D. doing it at 80 is amazing. He is one of, it not the, fastest guys out there, so the other drivers are always trying to take him out. He has been clobbered big time over the years. Those crashes were tough. It is a testament to the shape J.D. is in that he climbs out every time and comes back for more. When you look at him, you would never believe he is 80-years-old.”

The driver Wilson and everyone else in Democross is chasing is point leader Kyle Cox of Huntington Beach. Actually, the drivers in the Figure 8 Trailer class and the Overall Ironman championship are also chasing the unassuming 31-year-old as he leads in those classes as well. Last year Cox won the championships in all three of the classes. The only title he did not win last year was the Figure 8. He is currently second to Beaumont based respiratory therapist Jesse Gordon in the Figure 8s after two races this year.

In the new and fast-growing Mini Stock class, Chino’s Alan Mahoney and Michael Hartsfield of Menifee are currently tied for first in the championship standings. Like the Democross, the Mini Stocks are a full contact class. The only difference is they run on a road course instead of the mile.

At the season opener in February, the new Double Decker class was the hit of the show. This despite only two cars being ready! After missing the April race, the Double Deckers will be back this Saturday with at least one more car added to the field. The class features one car stacked on top of another. The driver in the car on the bottom controls the gas pedal and the brakes. The driver in the car on top controls the steering. And, there is no communication between the two during the races!!!

Saturday’s race will benefit the June 8th American Cancer Society’s “Up Down N’ Dirty Run 4 A Cure Mud Race” at the track and through the SoCal Fair and Event Center. For those who would like more information or to enter the mud run, full details are at the following link https://www.active.com/perris-ca/running/mud-runs-races/up-down-n-dirty-4-a-cure-mud-run-2019?int=

Spectator gates for Saturday’s race will open at 5:00 P.M. and the first race will take the green flag at 7:00. Fans are urged to come out early for the on-track autograph and photo session to meet all the drivers. The photo session begins at 5:15.

Tickets for Saturday’s race are $15.00 for adults. For active military with proper id and their spouse or date, it is $5.00 each. Teens 13-18 with their school id and kids 6-12 get in for $5.00. Children 5 and under are free. Parking on the fairgrounds is $8.00.

Camping on the fairgrounds opens at noon on Friday. Tailgating on the grassy area outside of turn four begins at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday.

Advance tickets for all Perris Auto Speedway events are available 24-hours a day online at https://bit.ly/2Aa50Lj or by calling 1-800-595-4849. If you do not wish to buy tickets in advance for any race, there will be plenty of tickets for everyone at the ticket window on race night.

Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the SoCal Fair and Event Center (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, on the Ramona Expressway and go three miles east to the fairgrounds. For directions on MapQuest, the address to enter is: 18700 Lake Perris Drive and the zip code is 92571.

Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate partners for the 2019 season. All Coast Construction, Austin Hutchinson Realtor, Battery Systems, Brass and Bass Firearms & Fishing Supplies, Budweiser, Bud’s Tire Pro, Chris’ Hauling, City of Perris, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Ed Moore Bullet Proof Driveshaft, Flowdynamics, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, Inland Rigging, K2 Displays, Living Water’s Hospice, LKQ Pick Your Part, Luke’s Transmission, Pepsi-Cola, Pole Position, PrintItNow.com, Rainbow Bolt & Supply, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunoco Race Fuels, Sunstate Equipment, Trench Shoring, Varner Construction, VIA RV Service and Vista Paint.

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Night of Destruction Overall Iron Man Point Standings
1. Kyle Cox – Huntington Beach – 339
2. Jesse Gordon – Beaumont – 222
3. Ken McWilliams – Menifee – 216
4. Daniel Soto – San Diego – 186
5. Lanny Savage – Fontana – 180

Democross Point Standings
1. Kyle Cox – Huntington Beach – 114
2. Weston Hughes – Wildomar – 108
3. Douglas Schattilly – Whittier – 99
3. Lanny Savage – Fontana – 99
4. J.D. Wilson – Costa Mesa – 90

Figure 8 Point Standings
1. Jesse Gordon – Beaumont – 120
2. Kyle Cox – Huntington Beach – 108
3. Ronald Davis – Norwalk – 105
4. Ken McWilliams – Menifee – 102
5. Anthony Guisa – Long Beach – 99

Figure 8 Trailer
1. Kyle Cox – Huntington Beach – 117
2. Ken McWilliams – Menifee - 114
2. Jesse Gordon – Beaumont – 102
4. Rob Multhaupt – Orange – 99
5. Ron Davis – Norwalk – 54

2019 Perris Auto Speedway Schedule

June 1st LKQ Pick Your Part Presents Night of Destruction III: Demo Cross, Figure 8’s, Trailer Figure 8’s, Mini Stocks, Double Deckers American Cancer Society Night Benefiting the “Up Down ‘n Dirty 4 a Cure Mud Run

June 15th PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks, American Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds

June 29th Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Gun Sprints

July 4th FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR LKQ Pick Your Part Presents Night of Destruction IV: Demo Cross, Figure 8’s, Trailer Figure 8’s, Mini Stocks, Double Deckers, Formula X Autocross and Cross Karts American Cancer Society Night Benefiting the “Up Down ‘n Dirty 4 a Cure Mud Run

July 13th Amsoil USAC/CRA & USAC Southwest Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Gun Sprints

July 20th PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks, American Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds

July 27th LKQ Pick Your Part Presents Night of Destruction V: Demo Cross, Figure 8’s, Trailer Figure 8’s, Mini Stocks, Double Deckers, Formula X Autocross and Cross Karts

August 17th “California Racer’s Hall of Fame Night” Amsoil USAC/CRA & USAC Southwest Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Gun Sprints

August 24th PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks, American Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds

August 31st LKQ Pick Your Part Presents Night of Destruction VI: Demo Cross, Figure 8’s, Trailer Figure 8’s, Mini Stocks, Double Deckers, Formula X Autocross and Cross Karts

September 14th PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks, American Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds

September 21st “Glenn Howard Classic” Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Gun Sprints

September 28th LKQ Pick Your Part Presents Night of Destruction VII: Demo Cross, Figure 8’s, Trailer Figure 8’s, Mini Stocks, Double Deckers, Formula X Autocross and Cross Karts

November 6th Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction Practice Session

November 7th Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction USAC National, CRA and Southwest Sprint Cars

November 8th Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction USAC National, CRA and Southwest Sprint Cars

November 9th Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction USAC National, CRA and Southwest Sprint Cars

November 16th “Champions Night” PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks, American Factory Stocks and PAS Modifieds

*** Schedule Subject to Change