McWilliams wins Trailer Figure 8 season championship

Menifee’s Ken McWilliams celebrates his win with his family, friends and crew at the Perris Auto Speedway’s Trailer Figure 8 season championship. Van Ledgerwood photo.

Ken McWilliams won the Perris Auto Speedway’s Trailer Figure 8 season championship.

McWilliams concluded the 2017 Trailer Figure 8 season with a first-place finish Sept. 2. He added a second-place finish in his first Demo Cross main event of the season and a third-place finish in the regular Figure 8 main event.

McWilliams had a seventh-place Trailer Figure 8 finish in the previous Night of Destruction race July 29. Prior to the Sept. 2 race McWilliams and his crew complemented mechanical repairs with some modifications to the 1976 Camaro.

“We made some setup changes to the front end and added a little bit of weight,” McWilliams said.

McWilliams had finished second in two of the first three Trailer Figure 8 races of the season and entered the night with 249 points in the season standings. Rob Multhaupt, who was second in the standings with 246 points, did not race Sept. 2. Jesse Gordon and David Holmes entered the final night with 231 points apiece.

Ken McWilliams and his No. 52 car, a 1976 Camaro, won the Perris Auto Speedway’s Trailer Figure 8 season championship. Van Ledgerwood photo.

Gordon began the 15-lap Trailer Figure 8 race on the inside of the second row, McWilliams took the original green flag from the outside of that row and Holmes began in the third row. Kyle Cox began the race on the outside of the front row, and McWilliams was second behind Cox after one lap.

McWilliams took the lead in the second lap. “I just got a good run coming off the turn and I was able to get around Kyle,” he said.

McWilliams wasn’t threatened for the remainder of the race. “I just stayed on the gas,” he said.

Gordon’s trailer disconnected in the sixth lap which disqualified him from further lap credits.

McWilliams completed the 15 laps in 5:33.47. Cox was nearly a full lap behind McWilliams when the checkered flag was thrown. Cox took second place. Holmes, the only other driver with an operational car after 15 laps, finished third.

Although the victory was the first of the season for McWilliams, the seventh-place finish July 29 and his sixth-place result in the previous race July 1 were his only finishes out of the top five. “I was pretty consistent,” he said.

The season championship was the second in a row for McWilliams. Last year he won all six Trailer Figure 8 races. Perris Auto Speedway first initiated Night of Destruction season championships in 2015, and that year McWilliams was second behind Ryan Kinnett in the final Trailer Figure 8 point’s standings.

McWilliams passed Holmes in the seventh lap of the regular Figure 8 main event to take over third place. Gordon won the 20-lap race and lapped every car other than second-place finisher Kevin Cox.

“I was happy with third. Any time you finish in the top three is always a good day,” McWilliams said.

With four laps to go in the 20-lap Demo Cross main event McWilliams maneuvered his car past the one driven by J.D. Wilson to more into second place behind Gordon. “I was able to pass J.D. for second and keep it that way,” McWilliams said.

 

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