A.J. Emms Scores Heat Victory, Podium Finish at Delaware Speedway

LONDON, Ontario — Starting on the fourth row, A.J. Emms would make his way forward throughout the 50-lap Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified feature at Delaware Speedway to finish third.

He started off the night by winning his first qualifying heat, though following the re-draw for the feature, he would start eighth. He began to make his way forward from the drop of the green flag, moving up into sixth by the fourth lap. He’d remain there throughout the middle portion of the feature, avoiding contact ahead of him on Lap 26 to move up to fifth.

Starting on the inside of the third row, he’d get alongside Anthony DiBello for third, but the yellow flag came back out for an incident deep in the field. The second restart would see Emms alongside Jason Keen for third, but another caution slowed the action again.

The third attempt saw him alongside DiBello for third, with contact happening between the pair. Emms would initially drop back, but was able to hold off a challenge for position from behind. He’d get back alongside DiBello for third with six laps to go, completing the pass two laps later.

He’d ultimately run out of time to catch the top-two, so he’d ultimately cross the finish line with a third-place finish. The solid performance allowed him to keep his points lead of 31 points.

“Overall, it was a good night,” Emms commented. “Started off eighth, which is definitely difficult to come through a strong field like the OSCAAR Modifieds. We were fortunate to be patient there throughout the race and then start to pick our way through the field with about 15 to go, and we were able to make it up to third. So overall, a great run for us. The car is one piece, we had a lot of speed; we were very happy with everything.

“Looking forward to Flamboro. It’s been a good track for us, so hopefully we can close out the deal there.”

The next race on the OSCAAR Modified schedule is at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday, August 24. Emms knows his way around the Hamilton, Ontario-based oval, winning there last month.

Emms Racing is proud to be sponsored by BAE Environmental, Hastings Home Hardware, Klotz Canada, FMR Scrap Buyers, TL Tire, Artech Promotional Products, Peter Built Racecars, and AM Marketing as marketing partners for the 2019 campaign.

Fans are encouraged to stay tuned to the Emms Racing website at http://www.ajemms.com, as well as the team’s facebook page via https://www.facebook.com/ajemmsracing/.

Press Release by Ashley McCubbin of AM Marketing

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A.J. Emms Scores a Top-10 Finish at Peterborough Speedway

PETERBOROUGH, Ontario — Despite being involved in a late-race incident, A.J. Emms was able to leave Peterborough Speedway with a top-10 finish.

“Overall, a solid night,” Emms commented. “We would’ve preferred a better outcome in the end. But with that being said, the driver made some errors there that I’ll definitely reflect on for next week and hopefully we’ll be able to put together a good piece and have a good run at Delaware in two weeks.”

Emms started off the night showing speed, winning his first heat, followed by a third in the second qualifier.

Starting eighth for the 40-lap feature, he would begin to make his forward, running side-by-side with Norman Newman for sixth on Lap 2. He would get the spot, followed by passing Luke Gignac for fifth a couple laps later.

Through the second half of the event, Emms kept himself solidly in fifth as he worked his way through lap traffic, gaining a bit of ground at times on the fourth-place car. However, everything came to a head when contact with a lap car would send the No. 14 spinning around in turn four with five laps to go.

Restarting eighth, he was able to make his way by Dale Reinhart before the checkered flag to finish seventh. Despite the finish, Emms was able to extend his points lead to 31 points in the standings.

The next race on the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds is at Delaware Speedway on Saturday, August 17. Emms knows his way around the half-mile, winning the series’ event there last month.

“Delaware is really a place that I enjoy driving at,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll put this same set-up in it that we had last time because it worked well, and we will do what we can to have another strong run and shoot for another top-three finish.”

Emms Racing is proud to be sponsored by BAE Environmental, Hastings Home Hardware, Klotz Canada, FMR Scrap Buyers, TL Tire, Artech Promotional Products, Peter Built Racecars, and AM Marketing as marketing partners for the 2019 campaign.

Fans are encouraged to stay tuned to the Emms Racing website at http://www.ajemms.com, as well as the team’s facebook page via https://www.facebook.com/ajemmsracing/.

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A.J. Emms Scores Third Victory of 2019, Extends Points Lead

HAMILTON, Ontario — Despite a rough start to the afternoon, A.J. Emms was able to turn things around throughout the night at Flamboro Speedway, scoring the victory in the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified feature.

As noted, it was a rough start to the afternoon as the No. 14 Modified would see limited practice laps prior to the start of the qualifying heats.

“We started out having some issues in practice with our carburetor,” Emms said. “Thankfully, Mike Westwood was there to give us a hand with getting that sorted out and detailed in. I also have to give a shout-out to Dale Reinhart for lending us a part to try and get the car going tonight.”

Despite missing practice, Emms showed speed during qualifying, with finishes of second and fourth in his pair of qualifying heats.

“In the first heat, we were strong, ran up in the front, but the 89c of Shawn Chenoweth had a lot of speed there as well so we finished up second to him,” Emms commented. “The second heat, we definitely got stuck in traffic and learned a lot about our racecar with not getting a lot of laps tonight.”

The re-draw worked in his favor, as he was able to start up front in the third position. It would not take him long to move forward, getting alongside Brad Pearsall for the lead on Lap 4 and taking the position a lap later. He was then able to put together 35 solid laps, and hold off Pearsall for the win despite getting caught up in lap traffic a little at the end.

“We were able to get into the lead early and just click off laps and the car was right dialed in,” he commented. “Thankfully we had really good notes dialed in for this track and it’s huge to win the Don Biederman Memorial.”

The third victory of the season for Emms Racing Enterprises, second of the OSCAAR campaign, allows him to extend his lead to 30 points in the series standings.

“We’re not trying to watch points, but just go out here and run the best that we can every week,” he commented. “Without a doubt, it’s a positive feeling as we’d rather be in front than chasing. We’re not sure what our plans are for the rest of the season; we’re just going one race at a time. But as of right now, things are going our way so we’re just going to ride the wave and take it one race at a time.”

The next race on the OSCAAR schedule is Saturday, August 3, at Peterborough Speedway. Emms has been successful there before, scoring his first career series victory in the Autumn Colours Classic in 2016.

“Peterborough is a special place to me,” he said. “I’ve always enjoy Peterborough as well. It’s a tricky track, it’s got a lot of speed there going down the back straightaway. I’m very excited to go there being a school teacher in Oakwood. We have some of my students coming to the track so I’m excited for that.

“I’m also excited to get there with coming off a win like this, and heading to Peterborough where I won Autumn Colours, I’m just excited to get there and see how the car works.”

Emms Racing is proud to be sponsored by BAE Environmental, Hastings Home Hardware, Klotz Canada, FMR Scrap Buyers, TL Tire, Artech Promotional Products, Peter Built Racecars, and AM Marketing as marketing partners for the 2019 campaign.

Fans are encouraged to stay tuned to the Emms Racing website at http://www.ajemms.com, as well as the team’s facebook page via https://www.facebook.com/ajemmsracing/.

Press Release by Ashley McCubbin of AM Marketing

A.J. Emms Scores Podium at Sunset Speedway, Extends Points Lead

emmsINNISFIL, Ontario — Leading over half of the feature on Saturday night at Sunset Speedway, A.J. Emms scored a podium finish in the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified feature.

The No. 14 Modified was quick right off the trailer, as Emms won his qualifying heat.

Drawing the pole position for the feature, Emms would break out into the early lead. Though as the race got into the middle portion, the handling began to go away on the No. 14 Modified. With a couple back-to-back restarts, the Lap 27 restart would not go his way as Emms ultimately dropped back to the third position.

The caution would then come out six laps later for an incident, with the race being called official as a result of lightning over the backstretch and the incoming storm.

“We didn’t really hit the nail on the head tonight, but we were definitely close and had some speed at the start of the race there,” he commented post-race. “The driver was able to hold on to her for the longest time even with the ill-handling car. Just on the restart there, I picked the wrong lane and what do you do? That’s just the racing deal, but overall, a solid night for us and the team.

“We’ve had a good couple of weeks so a third-place finish walking out of here is pretty solid, and we’re happy to be moving to Flamboro Speedway next week.”

With his third straight OSCAAR top-five finish, he extends his points lead to 17 markers over Anthony Dibello.

“The points lead is definitely a positive thing to have at this juncture of the season,” he said. “We’re very thankful to be in that position right now. At the beginning of the season we weren’t sure where we were going to fair up especially with the first two races, but very happy to have the points lead at this point in the season and continue the strong runs like this.”

The next race for Emms Racing is at Flamboro Speedway, where they have finished on the podium before, with four runner-ups over the past two seasons.

“Flamboro Speedway is one of my favorite tracks as well, as its right up there with Delaware (Speedway),” he commented. “It’s one of those tracks that you definitely have to drive. I’m excited to see how the car works there, and hopefully have a strong run there and get a full feature in. I think we’ll fair fairly well.”

Emms Racing is proud to be sponsored by BAE Environmental, Hastings Home Hardware, Klotz Canada, FMR Scrap Buyers, TL Tire, Artech Promotional Products, Peter Built Racecars, and AM Marketing as marketing partners for the 2019 campaign.

Fans are encouraged to stay tuned to the Emms Racing website at http://www.ajemms.com, as well as the team’s facebook page via https://www.facebook.com/ajemmsracing/.

 

Press Release by Ashley McCubbin of AM Marketing

A.J. Emms Scores OSCAAR Modified Delaware Victory, Makes ROC Modified Debut

ORILLIA, Ontario — This past weekend was busy for Emms Racing with a pair of events in two different series at two different race tracks.

A.J. Emms began his weekend at Delaware Speedway on Friday night, taking part in the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified event. He showed speed right off the trailer, winning his heat to qualify seventh for the feature.

He’d steadily make his way forward once the green flag was flown for the main event, taking over the lead by the halfway mark. He would then stretch the lead out, before holding off the field on a late-race restart with eight laps to go.

The victory meant a lot for A.J. Emms and the team in essentially getting the monkey off their backs in being their first victory in OSCAAR Modified competition since winning at Sauble Speedway two years ago.

“We struggled the first few races of the year trying to figure out the set-up and now we’ve gone back to the drawing board and went back our basics with what we know about the car,” he explained. “We found some issues before Varney  (Full Throttle Motor Speedway) and we had hoped that they hit the nail on the head, and they did at Varney.”

The speed was there in the No. 14 Modified at Full Throttle Motor Speedway, as Emms dominated en route to winning the Rick Woolner Memorial.

“Moving into Delaware, we found some more issues with the car so that really translated to speed on the race track,” he continued. “We were kind of able to hold our spot and our ground, and just pick off guys as they made mistakes and worked out way forward. Starting seventh, we weren’t sure how we were going to fair out but as I just stayed patient and made my way through traffic, the longer I went, the better my car got. We were definitely in a good spot there.”

While it is Emms’ first trip to victory lane at Delaware Speedway, he has always run well at the half-mile, scoring three top-five’s in five previous OSCAAR Modified starts.

“Delaware is another one of those tracks that I’ve really always had good fortune at,” he commented. “I’ve had some fast racecars there, and being able to run up at the front, it really suits my driving style – in the way that Varney suits my driving style. I always seem to have a good run there, and that’s always been a good staple in my career at Delaware.”

The victory at Delaware Speedway, combined with a pair of top-10’s to start the season, currently have Emms on top of the OSCAAR point standings.

“Having the points lead isn’t that something that we had even considered or thought about beforehand,” he commented. “I personally hadn’t even looked at the points until this week when my crew guy Ryan showed me. So to have this points lead at this junction of the season is especially important with the rain outs that we’ve had.

“Although this is only three races in, traditionally, we would be at the halfway point of our season right now, and when we look at how many races are left, we’re almost at the halfway point. So it is important to have it. You’re better to be chased, then chase people, if that makes sense, and we’re hoping that we can take it one race at a time and not think too many races ahead.”

Following the victory, Emms Racing made the trip to Jukasa Motor Speedway for the ROC Modified event.

“We intended go there and just go watch the racing, as I’ve always been fascinated with ROC Modifieds and I think they’re just spectacular machines,” Emms commented. “I guess as I grow older, I’m just becoming more and more of a modified guy. I used to love late models and other cars, but modifieds have a soft spot in my heart so it was important for me to head down and watch. Same with the Super Modifieds – just such fast cars so why not go watch them at such a facility like Cayuga?”

Though following discussions with the series technical officials, they made the decision to take part in the event – despite being heavily down in horsepower when you compare the OSCAAR rules and ROC rules to each other.

Emms would finish fifth in qualifying heat, and was credited with a 16th-place finish in the feature after pulling off mid-race.

“We borrowed a set of tires off of Patrick Emerling and were able to bounce a few different ideas off of him and Jan Leaty, and we were very welcomed with open arms but not only the ROC Modified series, but also many of the competitors,” Emms spoke of the experience. “People like Scott Wylie, Patrick Emerling, Jan Leaty, all those guys offered to help out and were very welcoming, and Paul Townsend whose from Guelph, Ontario was very welcoming to the series. We felt as though it was a positive experience.

“Obviously, we are the type of people that do like to go out and win races. But, with that said, and being cogitative enough about the competition we were racing against, where we ran was decently competitive. We did pull off a little bit early, just had a small vibration in the front end. So we pulled off to save it and make sure we were good for OSCAAR, but it was a good experience. With those 15-inch tires, boy, it was something else to drive.”

The Emms Racing team will not get any time off, as they will be in action on Saturday, July 20 at Sunset Speedway for the next OSCAAR Modified event. Emms has ran well there before, scoring a couple heat victories with a pair of fifth-place finishes over the past two years. In eight starts at the third-mile oval, he has scored a pair of top-five’s and five top-10’s.

“Although Sunset is like a home game for me being from Orillia – not really a home game, but just closest to our house, Sunset is one of those places that for driving, it’s not my favourite,” Emms admitted. “It’s kind of one of those tracks that we’ve had some success at in the past, but we’ve struggled to get the finishes we feel we should have there, just because we have expectations for us in how we run. With that being said, if we can keep all four wheels on it this weekend and get a strong, solid finish, I think that’ll be a successful weekend.

“Obviously when we go to any track on the circuit, our plan is to win, but with that being said at the same time, it’s so important that we keep all four wheels on it, click off laps, and run the car where it should be. If we have a fifth-place car, we need to finish fifth. But our hope is that we’ve prepared a first-place car and can win.”

Emms Racing is proud to be sponsored by BAE Environmental, Hastings Home Hardware, Klotz Canada, FMR Scrap Buyers, TL Tire, Artech Promotional Products, Peter Built Racecars, and AM Marketing as marketing partners for the 2019 campaign.

Fans are encouraged to stay tuned to the Emms Racing website at http://www.ajemms.com, as well as the team’s facebook page via https://www.facebook.com/ajemmsracing/.

Press Release by Ashley McCubbin of AM Marketing

Delaware Speedway Victory Lane photo courtesy of Dave Franks Photos

Jukasa Motor Speedway photos courtesy of Cassie Weston

A.J. Emms Wins Rick Woolner Memorial at Full Throttle Motor Speedway

DURHAM, Ontario — Taking the early lead, A.J. Emms dominated the Rick Woolner Memorial at Full Throttle Motor Speedway.

“It’s a huge deal for our entire team to be Rick Woolner Memorial Champions,” Emms said. “We really relied on our notes for this one and went back to what we knew. Not starting out the season the way we had hoped, this win is a big shot of confidence moving to Delaware this coming Friday.”

Emms was fast right from the beginning of the night, finishing second and first in his pair of heats to be the second highest qualifier on the night. The invert would see him start fourth, but he’d waste no time getting into the lead, doing so in the first six laps. From there on, he was on cruise control for the remaining 44 laps en route to victory lane.

“I personally never got the opportunity to race with Rick (Woolner), but have heard so many great things not only about his driving, but his character,” Emms added. “To win an event in his honour means a lot, and I consider it to be one of the biggest wins of my career.”

The victory also marks a confidence booster, adding to the early season success with a 10th and fifth in the first two Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified events of 2019.

“Our team needed a win like this,” Emms said. “We knew we could pull it off, but to actually do it is important for the whole group. Hopefully we can carry this momentum moving forward and try to click off more!”

While it is Emms’ first modified victory at Full Throttle Motor Speedway, he’s no stranger to success at the quarter-mile bullring, virtue of success in both midgets and pro 4 modifieds.

“I can’t pin point what it is about Full Throttle Speedway that I love so much but it is without a doubt one of my favourite tracks,” he commented. “I’ve always been fortunate to have good cars there which definitely helps. Full Throttle is one of those tracks you’ve really got to be up on the wheel; it’s full of character and with the right car is an awesome place to drive in my books.”

Fans can watch the full Rick Woolner Memorial on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DlATAEVZsA. Thanks to Ingrid Hartman for filming the racing action.

Emms and his Emms Racing Enterprises team will now shift their focus to Delaware Speedway, which will play host to the next OSCAAR Modified event on Friday, July 12. The past Autumn Colours Classic Champion has been successful on the half-mile, scoring three top-five’s in five starts, including a track-best third.

“Delaware is another track where we’ve had strong runs in the past,” Emms commented. “Our finishes haven’t always showed it, but we feel that this is one of our stronger tracks and are excited to unload and see what we’ve got!”

Currently, Emms sits fourth in the OSCAAR standings, 13 points behind points leader Kelly Balson.

Emms Racing is proud to be sponsored by BAE Environmental, Hastings Home Hardware, Klotz Canada, FMR Scrap Buyers, TL Tire, Artech Promotional Products, Peter Built Racecars, and AM Marketing as marketing partners for the 2019 campaign.

Fans are encouraged to stay tuned to the Emms Racing website at http://www.ajemms.com, as well as the team’s facebook page via https://www.facebook.com/ajemmsracing/.

Press Release by Ashley McCubbin of AM Marketing

Photo Courtesy of Katie MacDonald of Katie’s Racecar Photography – https://www.facebook.com/katiesracephoto/

A.J. Emms Scores Top-Five Finish at Sunset Speedway

INNISFIL, Ontario — Running up front throughout the feature, A.J. Emms scored a top-five finish at Sunset Speedway on Saturday night.

Emms was fast right from the beginning of the night, scoring a runner-up in his first heat, followed by a third-place finish in the second qualifying race.

Starting up front in the feature, he would battle in the early stages with Dale Reinhart for sixth, ultimately scored fifth when the first caution came out on Lap 9. Restarting on the inside of the third row, he would battle side-by-side for fifth, fading back to sixth by Lap 14, before falling back to seventh six laps later.

As the race got into the second half, it seemed the No. 14 Modified continued to get better, as Emms was able to make a challenge back. He would get by Anthony DiBello for sixth just before the caution came out on Lap 44. Restarting on the outside of the third row, he’d move up into fifth prior to the next caution flag three laps later. The final restart would see him slip back a spot to cross the finish line in sixth, but a post-race disqualification saw him moved up into fifth in the final running order.

The next race on the schedule for Emms is Rick Woolner Memorial at Full Throttle Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 6.

Emms Racing is proud to be sponsored by BAE Environmental, Hastings Home Hardware, Klotz Canada, FMR Scrap Buyers, TL Tire, Artech Promotional Products, Peter Built Racecars, and AM Marketing as marketing partners for the 2019 campaign.

Fans are encouraged to stay tuned to the Emms Racing website at http://www.ajemms.com, as well as the team’s facebook page via https://www.facebook.com/ajemmsracing/.

By: Ashley McCubbin / AM Marketing – ashleymccubbin17@gmail.com.