A.J. Emms Scores ACC Runner-Up En Route to OSCAAR Modified Championship

PETERBOROUGH, Ontario — A.J. Emms would put the perfect cap on the 2019 race season, scoring a runner-up finish in the Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway en route to being crowned the 2019 Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified Champion.

Emms started off the weekend by finishing fifth in his first qualifying heat on Friday night. He would miss his qualifier on Saturday as a result of having to attend a friend’s wedding.

With only a single heat credited, he would start 10th for the 50-lap feature, moving up to sixth in the early stages, remaining there until the first caution at Lap 20. Restarting on the outside of the third row, he moved up into fifth before avoiding an incident ahead of him on Lap 32 to move up into third.

Restarting on the second row, he would make his way up into second, with his sights set on the leader. Despite 15 laps remaining on the board, he was unable to close the gap between himself and eventual race winner Andy Kamrath, crossing the finish line with a second-place finish.

“I think Autumn Colours went really well overall,” he commented. “I think the 89 (Kamrath) car had a lot of speed; we wish that we would have been able to come up with a little but more speed, but I think overall, we had a strong car and strong finish. The car is in one piece going into the off-season.

“We went in there and did what we needed to do – and that was the plan all weekend. So we were able to accomplish our goal that way and follow through.”

By merely taking the green flag, Emms clinched the 2019 Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified Championship. It marks his first OSCAAR title following a pair of runner-ups in 2016 and 2017.

“It means a lot – not only to me, but my entire crew, and my family,” he said. “My dad, myself, Ryan, and Peter Schotanus have put in a ridiculous amount of work so many years to get in this position and I was just very fortunate to have those people around me and capitalize on the opportunity that was given to me. So I mean, for me, it’s a big deal.

“Being in racing my whole life, you see guys winning championships. One of my heroes as a kid was Tom Walters, and to see the amount of championships that he’s won, that’s something that I’d obviously strive to me and elevate myself to that level. So starting off with an OSCAAR Modified Championship and it’s a great way to cap off a year where we didn’t expect to have these things happen.”

The No. 14 Modified showed speed on a weekly basis, with Emms visiting victory lane on four occasions, including the Rick Woolner Memorial at Full Throttle Motor Speedway.

“The Rick Woolner Memorial was a big one for me,” he said. “Varney (Full Throttle) is one of my favourite race tracks. I know that was a major race for Gary McLean to win with being the 20th anniversary and Rick being so close to him. That was a big one for me to steal away from him, but also I thought it was a big one for Rick being such a good racecar driver and the amount of respect that I have for Gary McLean and Greg Gibson is very big. Although we’ve been fierce competitors in the past, I have a lot of respect for those guys. So for me to win that race, I realized how much that meant to them and in return, it means a lot to me.

“To also win the Don Biederman Memorial was a big one. Don Biederman is one of my heroes in racing. I wasn’t around to see him race that much, but you hear so many stories from other racers and how can you not have respect for someone like that? So those are two big ones that really stand out for me throughout this season.

“To top it all off with the championship, I couldn’t be much happier.”

Although he was able to score those wins along with seven heat victories, and nine top-five finishes, it did not simply come easy each weekend with growing competition level in the modifieds.

“Without a doubt, there were some new faces in the OSCAAR Modified division, but they were ones that were not new to racing and guys with range of experience, from hobby cars, thunder cars, to anything,” he commented. “We had a really deep field all year. Some guys to note – obviously the 16 car of (Anthony) DiBello was fast throughout the year; showed a lot of speed at a variety of tracks and was a consistent front runner. Jason Keen – same thing, was strong all year long with their new car.

“You also can’t count out guys like Luke Gignac who have won championships. Cory Horner and his brother were both very strong in that car – the 79h. John Harper started off the year as a force to reckon with and there are just so many more names to add the list. Anytime Gary McLean comes out, you know he will be fast. Between Shawn Chenoweth and Andy Kamrath driving the 89 car, that was a strong piece for both of them through the year. To add to the list, Dale Reinhart also had a very solid season with the times that he was out.

“I’m sure I’m forgetting some, as the field always definitely looked different at the front, but there was always a lot of competition up there. They kept us on our toes all year. We were fortunate to put ourselves in a position to have some solid finishes, and once we started breaking through with victories, they started coming quicker.”

Even with the heightened competition, the team was able to find success, something Emms credits back to the team and “a lot of hours in the shop” getting things ready.

“Nobody in our series runs on an unlimited budget so that means that everybody has to do lots of hard work,” he explained. “When you’re in an environment like that, I think the extra hours that you put in through the week really show on the race track. I think that’s why we had a lot of speed in our racecar.

“Having tons of knowledge that Peter Schotanus has and provides to our entire team is massive with the experience he has there. And my dad being a former Late Model driver, and thunder car driver for years when I was a kid, he has that experience of grinding through a season and knowing what it takes to win. So I think that having that experience and knowing what is required of us, and then going and putting in those hours throughout the week, doing our homework, watching other people and learning from them, and always striving to be better, I think that’s where we were able to capitalize this year.”

Even though they were successful, the team plans to continue pushing forward, knowing the challenge that lies ahead in 2020. Emms says the key will be fine tuning their equipment, based on the things that they learned near the end of this year.

“Some changes, or really clarifications as to what’s allowed, to our rule package have made it so that we have to go back and do some homework for us,” he commented. “So we need to look at the best way to move forward is for our entire program. We’re definitely going to go back and make sure everything is right on our racecar, and try to insure that we have all of our Is doted and our Ts crossed because that’s where things really come into play.

“Racing is not a game of miles; it’s a game of inches, so we’re going to do our best to find those inches that we have left to move forward. We will do that by going over the entire car and making sure everything is right, and doing what we know and taking information we learned and applying.”

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

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A.J. Emms Scores Podium Finish at Flamboro Speedway’s Frostoberfest

MILGROVE, Ontario — A.J. Emms kept the solid finishes going on Sunday at Flamboro Speedway, scoring a second-place finish in the 50-lap Frostoberfest feature.

Emms started off the night by finishing third and second in his qualifying heats, before drawing fourth in the re-draw for the feature. He’d quickly find himself battling for second in the opening laps, slotting himself in the third spot on Lap 2. He’d remain there until he was able to get by Anthony DiBello for second on Lap 11.

Through the remaining 39 laps, he would get close to the rear bumper of eventual race winner Andy Kamrath, and challenge him side-by-side on a couple mid-race retarts, but was never able to clear him for the spot.

As a result, Emms crossed the finish line with a solid second-place finish, marking his 19th straight OSCAAR top-10 finish.

“I thought overall it was a good night,” Emms said. “Our game plan was to just go in there and essentially get the best run that we could, all while conserving and keeping the car in one piece with a very quick turnover to the Autumn Colours Classic this weekend. We wanted to make sure we weren’t too hard on equipment, which historically Flamboro is a place that can be extremely hard on equipment.

“We were very cautious in not only our adjustments, but how things played out and we drove throughout the race. But overall, we’re very happy with a solid second-place finish. We felt as though we had a very strong car that contended for the win, which essentially is what we want for each and every week.

“Now, we’re looking very positive towards our last race at the Autumn Colours Classic while hunting a championship.”

Emms will now carry a 64-point lead advantage into this weekend’s season finale at Peterborough Speedway, with the Autumn Colours Classic. Emms has been successful there before, winning the Classic in 2016.

“With the position that we’re in now, we’re just going out like we do every single race,” Emms commented. “I rarely mention championship or think about those things; my goal is essentially to run as best as we can every single race, and we do put a high level of pressure on our team to perform at every single race. So the Autumn Colours Classic will be no different.

“I do enjoy races that there are more competitors and outside pressures, as I do thrive in that environment. So I do look forward to heading back to Peterborough while leading the points and looking for not only a strong finish to close out our championship run, but also another win at the Autumn Colours Classic.”

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 Picks Up Pair of Podium Finishes at Iron Man 72

INNISFIL, Ontario — With a pair of podium finishes in the Iron Man 72 at Sunset Speedway, A.J. Emms was able to extend his advantage in the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified standings.

Emms was quick right from the start of the weekend, winning his first qualifier, followed by a runner-up in the second.

Starting on pole for the first 36-lap feature on Saturday night, he would battle with Kelly Balson for the top spot off the drop of the green flag, taking sole procession on Lap 5. He would lead the next two laps, before being challenged and passed for the top spot three laps later. Now running solidly in second, he’d remain there through the middle of the feature, until he was passed by Balson for the runner-up spot on Lap 22.

Running third, he would continuing to put down solid lap times through the back half of the feature, crossing the finish line with a third-place finish.

Following the event, Emms shared his thoughts on how the night played out.

Starting third in the second 36-lap feature on Sunday night, he would move up into second with a three-wide move on the opening lap, taking over the top spot on the seventh lap. He would then lead the next 12 laps before being passed for the top spot on Lap 19.

Over the middle portion of the feature, Emms would challenge for the lead on a pair of restarts, but was unable to clear Andy Kamrath for the top spot. Instead, he’d battle to the checkered flag for second with Anthony DiBello, ultimately coming up short, crossing the finish line in third.

“Overall, it was a good night for us,” Emms said after the second feature. “We ran well last night, changed some stuff and it worked out. It’s a game of inches so we’re very fortunate to come out of here with a third-place finish, and we’re looking forward to Flamboro in a few weeks.”

With just two races remaining on the schedule, Emms leads the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified standings by 56 points.

The next race for the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds is at Flamboro Speedway on October 6. Emms knows his way around the Milgrove, Ontario oval, having won both OSCAAR events there thus far in 2019.

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 Picks Up Fourth Feature Victory of 2019 Campaign

MILGROVE, Ontario — A combination of speed and perseverance paid off for A.J. Emms at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday night, as he was able to pick up his fourth feature victory of the 2019 season.

Emms started off the night on a solid note, finishing third in both of his qualifying heat races.

He would draw the pole for the feature, breaking out to the early lead. Although he’d lose the top spot on Lap 7, he’d get it back five laps later when the current race leader got caught up with lap traffic. Despite a series of cautions through the back half of the feature, Emms kept putting together good restarts, ultimately crossing the finish line in first for the win.

It marks his second win of the season at Flamboro Speedway, and fourth overall of the season after winning at Delaware Speedway and the Rick Woolner Memorial at Full Throttle Motor Speedway. Emms now leads the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified standings by 50 points.

“It was definitely a very topsy-turvy night,” Emms admitted in victory lane. “We finished third in both our heat races, just trying to stay clean and out of trouble. Throughout the race, we just kind of persevered. Starting on pole is very fortunate to draw number one. There were lots of fast cars out here tonight so I’m not sure exactly what we had. We just kind of really relied on our notes moving forward.

“The 89C of Andrew Kamrath was really fast out there. He definitely had the car to beat tonight; unfortunately, he just got caught up in lap traffic. So from there, we just kind of took off, clicked off laps, and were able to take home the finish.

“Overall, a really great night for us. It was really nice to have the whole family here – or half the family here. Moving forward, we’re very excited to get back to Sunset Speedway in a couple weeks and hopefully continue our positive finishes.”

The next race for the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds is at Sunset Speedway, with the Iron Man 72. The unique format will feature qualifying heat races, followed by twin 36-lap features split across the two days – Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22.

“I don’t know if we’re going to have a strategy. We’ll have to sit down and plan it with the crew,” he commented. “Sunset Speedway – although close to home and a place that I run a lot of laps on, maybe isn’t my favourite race track. But we’ll learn, and do the best we can, and try to click some strong finishes.

“Really, it’s just doing the preparation back home in the shop and trying to bring a good piece there because if you start off behind the ball, it’s very hard to catch back up with this group of OSCAAR Modified drivers. It’s very important to do our homework, and hopefully we can come out with a strong finish.”

Emms has run well there at Sunset Speedway previously, scoring a couple heat victories with a track-best third-place finish in June. In nine starts at the third-mile oval, he has scored three top-five’s and six top-10’s.

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 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/.

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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