A.J. Emms Sweeps Heat Races, Scores Sixth Consecutive Podium Finish at Peterborough

PETERBOROUGH, Ontario — Running up front is the norm it seems for Emms Racing, as evident by another strong showing at Peterborough Speedway this past weekend.

“It was a great start to the night,” A.J. Emms said. “The car worked great right out of the trailer. We had a lot of speed, (and) winning both of our heat races was great, and then finishing third in the feature was a solid run for us. It’s great to see that the car has speed.

“Now it’s just executing and making sure we put ourselves in a good position so hopefully the cards fall our way and we can capitalize. Hopefully that will happen sooner than later and we’ll keep chipping away.”

Emms started off the night showing speed from the drop of the initial green flag, leading all 10 laps in the opening heat off the pole. He then started at the back for his second qualifier, carving his way through the field to pick up another checkered flag.

Starting sixth for the 40-lap feature, he would move up to fourth in the opening 10 laps before the first yellow flag at Lap 11. Restarting on the second row, he would look to continue making up ground, taking over third with 16 laps on the board. He would try to reel the top-two in through the second half of the feature, finding himself close to second in the closing laps, but unable to find a way by as he crossed the finish line in third.

When asked what it’s going to take to turn the six straight podiums into a trip to victory lane, Emms says it’s about continuing to show speed each week and hope luck is on their side.

“Both the 34 (TJ Edwards) and 35 (Andy Kamrath) car are very quick,” he added. “They have a different package than us, and that’s paying off throughout races. But like I said, hopefully the cards can fall our way and we can get this thing into victory lane in a couple weeks.”

The next race for the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Just Foam It will take place at Sauble Speedway on Saturday, August 20. In each of four previous appearances at the beach, he has scored a top-five finish, including a trip to victory lane in 2017 and second in June.

“Sauble hasn’t been one of my favourite race tracks, but we’ve had some success there recently so I am exciting to get back to Sauble Speedway,” he commented. “With a strong run the last time we were there starting near the rear of the field and making our way through, I was really proud of our team’s effort that week and I’m hoping we can carry some of that momentum and the momentum we’ve had to go out and win that feature.”

With his upcoming 73rd career start at Sauble Speedway with the series, he will tie the record for most career starts in OSCAAR Modified competition.

“I mean, I’ve raced for a long time and been able to very fortunate with the sponsorship in having BAE Environmental with me all the way through,” he commented. “Just having great opportunities to be in a racecar and the funding available, so very thankful to have the opportunity to have competed in that amount of events and continuing to learn and get better. So hopefully we can have a win – hopefully I can put it in victory lane for that.”

Emms Racing is proud to be supported by BAE Environmental, Bromley Automotive, TL Tire, FMR Scrap Buyers & Recyclers, Speedy Glass Orillia, Klotz Canada, Creecher’s Designs, TSS Top Shops, Peter Built Racecars, and Short Track Musings for the 2022 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

A.J. Emms Scores Heat Victory, Fifth Straight Podium at Sunset Speedway

INNISFIL, Ontario — The speed continues to be there on a weekly basis in the No. 14 Modified, as evident by a fifth consecutive podium for Emms Racing on Saturday night at Sunset Speedway.

“Very solid night for the whole crew,” A.J. Emms said afterwards. “It was really good to have a strong outing with no damage. Our OSCAAR Modified was really fast. I got to really thank Peter Schotanus for his help, helping us get to the race track and go fast. But overall, it’s a solid night for us. It’s great to lead some laps. Unfortunately, we couldn’t pull it off, but we were really happy to have the solid run that we had.”

Emms began the night on a great note, leading flag-to-flag in his first heat en route to picking up the checkered flag. The invert for the second qualifier saw him start deep in the field, with him trying to work his way forward; despite getting trapped up high for a bit, he was able to score a fourth.

Starting fourth for the 40-lap feature, he wasted no time in moving forward, grabbing the second spot on the first lap. He was not done, putting the No. 14 Modified out front of the field on Lap 4. He would lead the next 13 laps, before being tracked down and passed by the eventual feature winner.

Through the second half of the event, he was able to stay within striking distance of the lead, though unable to make a move, ultimately crossing the finish line in second.

“We are really hungry to get back there and we hope that it happens in the near future,” he added. “But if we keep knocking at the door like this, it’s bound to happen. We are hoping the consistency continues and our hard work is definitely paying off.”

The next race of the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Just Foam it is at Peterborough Speedway on Saturday, July 30. Emms knows what it takes to be successful at Peterborough, scoring his first career victory in the Autumn Colours Classic in 2016 there. Notably, he has no finishes worse than seventh in his last nine appearances there, with seven top-five’s.

“Peterborough Speedway is a fun race track,” he said. “I enjoy going there. It’s a fun race track to drive, really fast race track. I like how the two-ends are very different. I like it’s an old speedway with a lot of character and history, and Peter Schotanus has had a lot of success there in the past so I always enjoy going back there and hearing old stories. I’m excited to get back there and hopefully we’ll have a good outing there like we had here.”

Emms Racing is proud to be supported by BAE Environmental, Bromley Automotive, TL Tire, FMR Scrap Buyers & Recyclers, Speedy Glass Orillia, Klotz Canada, Creecher’s Designs, TSS Top Shops, Peter Built Racecars, and Short Track Musings for the 2022 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

A.J. Emms Scores Pair of Podiums at Delaware Speedway

LONDON, Ontario — Running up front both days this past weekend, A.J. Emms picked up a pair of podium finishes.

“Overall, it was a good weekend for us,” he commented. “We had two really good runs and it was nice to come out of there with some good momentum. Delaware Speedway officials did a good job all weekend putting on a good show. With all the carnage that happened, it was nice to keep the car clean and be able to focus on our maintenance moving forward.”

The first day of the double-header, Friday, started off with Emms starting at the back of his qualifying heat, making his way forward for an eighth-place finish.

Starting 15th for the 40-lap feature, Emms would escape the wreck on the opening lap, moving him up to the sixth spot. He would utilize the restart to move up a spot to fifth, jumping up to third following a caution a couple laps later. He would work at tracking down the top-two drivers, though unable to en route to a third-place finish.

He would start off the second-day of the double header on Saturday stronger, with a runner-up in his qualifier, setting him to start fifth for the feature.

Emms would move up to fourth by the caution at Lap 2, utilizing the restart to take the runner-up spot.  He would try to close the gap to the leader through the remainder of the feature, though unable to, ultimately scoring a runner-up finish.

The pair of finishes continue to add to the team’s strength at Delaware with a podium in each of his last six appearances, despite the repave done this past winter.

“I think it turned out good,” Emms said of the repave. “I know across the divisions, there were some tire issues some people had, but you’re going to get that with any new repave. But I feel they did a good job in that now you have an outside groove to run in some, and I look forward to going back there.”

With the pair of podiums this past weekend, Emms has now scored four podiums in a row, placing in third in the season standings.

“Like I was just saying, the momentum is always a good thing as now we can focus on not having to repair things but maintenance,” he said. “Obviously, we want to not just run good but get to victory lane, and that’s what we’re going to work towards these next races.”

Emms Racing is proud to be supported by BAE Environmental, Bromley Automotive, TL Tire, FMR Scrap Buyers & Recyclers, Speedy Glass Orillia, Klotz Canada, Creecher’s Designs, TSS Top Shops, Peter Built Racecars, and Short Track Musings for the 2022 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

A.J. Emms Ready for OSCAAR Nationals at Delaware Speedway

LONDON, Ontario — Following back-to-back runner-ups, A.J. Emms carries momentum into this weekend’s OSCAAR Nationals at Delaware Speedway.

“Delaware is a strong track for us,” he commented. “We’ve had a lot of success there in the past. With the repave, we’re looking forward to getting there and seeing how the car works.”

Emms knows his way around the half-mile, as evident by a victory and pair of third-place finishes across three appearances. Though notably, the track surface is different than previous seasons as a result of an off-season partial repave.

“Delaware is definitely one of those places that I really enjoy to race at,” he said. “It’s definitely going to have a bit of different character with this repave, so that may be a factor with this next weekend. It definitely helps to add confidence, but it’s still a bit of crapshoot.”

The weekend also presents another unique challenge, with the schedule featuring a pair of separate race days on a single outing. Both Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2 will feature their own qualifying and 30-lap feature.

Knowing what’s ahead, he emphasized the importance of making “sure again we go over the car this week in the shop,” while crossing their Ts and dotting their Is for this coming weekend.

“Overall, it’s going to be a bit of a crap shoot and just make sure our mechanical things are in order to be there at the end,” he added.

As previously mentioned, the momentum is on the team’s side as evident by a pair of runner-ups, placing Emms second in the series points standings.

Emms Racing is proud to be supported by BAE Environmental, Bromley Automotive, TL Tire, FMR Scrap Buyers & Recyclers, Speedy Glass Orillia, Klotz Canada, Creecher’s Designs, TSS Top Shops, Peter Built Racecars, and Short Track Musings for the 2022 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/.

A.J. Emms Scores Heat Victory, Runner-Up at Sunset Speedway

INNISFIL, Ontario — After a rocky start to the 2022 campaign, the momentum is rolling on Emms Racing’s side as A.J. Emms picked up his second straight runner-up finish on Saturday night at Sunset Speedway.

“Overall, a solid night for us especially since the first night at Sunset Speedway was a major bust for us,” he commented. “It was nice to finish all the laps. It was nice to run up at the front and lead some laps this evening. The race might have played out differently if we didn’t get that caution at the halfway mark, but that’s just not how it worked out this evening and we’re happy with a second-place finish.”

Emms started off the night solidly by posting a third-place finish in the first heat. He then lined up fourth in the second qualifier, making his way to the lead at the halfway mark to pick up the victory.

Starting on pole for the 40-lap feature, Emms broke out to an early advantage ahead of the field, building up a healthy lead. Though he would be brought right back to everyone when the caution came out at the halfway for an incident.

Restarting on the front row, he would battle for the top spot over the next four laps, ultimately slotting into the second spot. He would try to run the leader back down in the closing laps, coming up short with a runner-up finish.

With the up and down results at Sunset – a pair of victories alongside a pair of finishes outside the top-10 in the last six races, Emms admits it’s a definitely a confidence boost when it comes to the Innisfil oval.

“We have had some feature wins here which has been great, but it’s been a bit of a roller coaster at Sunset,” he commented. “So moving forward, we’re excited to carry this momentum into the end of the year and hope we can get a win here soon.”

Emms Racing is proud to be supported by BAE Environmental, Bromley Automotive, TL Tire, FMR Scrap Buyers & Recyclers, Speedy Glass Orillia, Klotz Canada, Creecher’s Designs, TSS Top Shops, Peter Built Racecars, and Short Track Musings for the 2022 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

A.J. Emms Rebounds for Runner-Up Finish at Sauble Speedway

SAUBLE BEACH, Ontario — After going for a spin in qualifying, A.J. Emms turned a deep in the field starting spot into a runner-up finish on Saturday night at Sauble Speedway.

“A bit of a roller coaster of an evening,” he commented. “It was great to see so many OSCAAR Hot Rods as well as OSCAAR Modifieds out. They’ve done a nice job with the facility in getting it all cleaned up. In terms of driving style, Sauble has traditionally hasn’t been a track that has been my favourite, although a beautiful facility – although we’ve had some success there. We were able to battle through some adversity in the heat races and just some racing situations in terms of where track went and how things fell which put us in a poor position to start the feature.

“I was really proud of our team for putting together a racecar that was able to make it way through the field and everything in the feature fell our way and we were able to make it up to a second-place run which we felt was solid given our deep starting position. Overall, a solid weekend for us especially after a disastrous opening night at Sunset Speedway. It’s great to rebound at Sauble with a strong finish and we’re looking forward to next week.”

Emms started off the night making his way forward in the second half of the first heat for a fourth-place finish. The second qualifier began well as he looked to challenge for the lead in the final laps, though contact resulted in a spin and placing seventh.

As a result, he would start near the back end of the field, though quickly began to make his way forward, taking the eighth spot with just seven laps on the board. He’d remain there until the first yellow flag at Lap 10, though utilized the restart to his advantage to battle for sixth.

Emms continued his climb, cracking the top-five on Lap 14, getting the fourth spot just five laps later. He was not done there, taking over the third spot on Lap 23. The race was not over there yet, with a late-race caution with 10 laps to go.

He quickly made the move on the restart to take over the runner-up spot. He would look to track down the leader for the top spot, though unable to do so, ultimately crossing the finish line in second.

The podium finish allows him to move up three spots in the standings, currently ranked seventh though just four points out of second.

“It definitely adds to the confidence,” he commented. “We definitely still have some work to do as there’s some incredibly fast racecars out there, and we know that there are a lot of cars that are able to hit it, meaning have a lot of speed. We know we have to continue to improve and we have to continue to work, but it’s great to see some of the work that we did in the off-season pay off with the car having the capability to drive where I wanted it. That was great.

“In terms of rolling the outside and inside, that’s going to be really important at Sunset Speedway as I find that’s a track similar to Sauble where the field is stacked up incredibly close, so that will be important coming into this weekend. Hopefully we do the similar thing in making our way around cars because we know with how our ordering in terms of the feature and heat races, that it’s going to be important to be able to pass cars. It’s great we have some speed because the competition is so tough, and hopefully we can keep the ball rolling.”

The next race on the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Just Foam It schedule is set for June 25 at Sunset Speedway. He has had success at Sunset Speedway previously, having scored a pair of victories in his five appearances at the Innisfil, Ontario oval.

“To be honest, it’s going to similar to Sauble where just like always we have to minimize mistakes and see where we end up in terms of speed this weekend,” he said. “Hopefully we’re able to cross our Ts and dot our Is this week in the shop, and that will hopefully put us in the ball park on Saturday evening. Sunset Speedway is one of those places where I just need to stay out of trouble, and go back to what I know, and make sure that we complete all the laps.

“Realistically, for me, it’s wide open in terms of Sunset. Like you highlighted, we’ve had some success there, but we’ve also had some misfortunes. Hopefully the racing Gods are on our side and things will prevail.”

A strong run would certainly be beneficial for Emms and the team right now, in knowing they’re in the middle of a stretch with four races across three weekends. Right after this coming weekend at Sunset, they will make the trip to Delaware Speedway for a double header on July 1 and July 2.

“It’s really disappointing the way they’ve structured our schedule with so many race weekends in a row, and then so many off-weekends back-to-back,” he admitted. “It makes it difficult on the teams financially to run that many races in a row and travel time, and just because we’re a traveling series and ordering parts, etc. It’s going to be really important to stay out of trouble, especially with COVID – getting parts is a stretch at times.

“It’s also important for us to go week-by-week and we just focus on what’s on hand, but have that preparation in that back of the mind that we have to go race the following week. Like I said, it’s unfortunate our schedule is laid out like that, but at the same time, it is manageable and doable so we’ll just do the best we can in keeping momentum, having solid finishes, learning each and every week, and continuing to better our program.”

Emms Racing is proud to be supported by BAE Environmental, Bromley Automotive, TL Tire, FMR Scrap Buyers & Recyclers, Speedy Glass Orillia, Klotz Canada, Creecher’s Designs, TSS Top Shops, Peter Built Racecars, and Short Track Musings for the 2022 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

A.J. Emms Scores Heat Victory to open OSCAAR Season at Sunset Speedway

INNISFIL, Ontario — Despite starting off Spring Velocity strong at Sunset Speedway, it unfortunately did not end as A.J. Emms would have hoped.

Emms started off the weekend by parking the No. 14 Modified in victory lane in his first heat, following a race-long battle. He then battled hard in the second qualifier en route to a fourth-place finish.

Starting fifth for the 40-lap feature, he immediately began to make his way forward on the opening lap with a pair of passes through the first couple corners. Unfortunately, coming off of turn four, he would get a little sideways, going around for the spin before making contact with the frontstretch wall.

It’d ultimately end his race on the first lap, resulting in being credited with a 16th-place finish.

Despite the race not going to plan, he is currently scored 10th in the season standings as a result of the strong qualifying performance.

The next race on the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Just Foam It schedule is set for June 18 at Sauble Speedway. In each of three previous appearances at the beach, he has scored a top-five finish, including a trip to victory lane in 2017.

Emms Racing is proud to be supported by BAE Environmental, Bromley Automotive, TL Tire, FMR Scrap Buyers & Recyclers, Speedy Glass Orillia, Klotz Canada, Creecher’s Designs, TSS Top Shops, Peter Built Racecars, and Short Track Musings for the 2022 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

A.J. Emms Focused on Minimizing Mistakes while Chasing Victories

Through any driver’s racing career, they ultimately get the chance to partake in a battle for position which becomes memorable. For A.J. Emms, there’s been plenty through the years, dating back from when he started in go-karts, all the way through the Pro 4 Modifieds and now.

“When I think back over the years, one of the ones most people wouldn’t think of would be racing Pro 4 Modifieds at Varney Motor Speedway and racing against Cliff Hodgkinson,” he commented. “Cliff Hodgkinson, in my opinion, is a very underrated racecar driver, and does a lot of really good things right. I do recall one event where we were back-and-forth, back-and-forth battling. That really helped me refine my skills and get me better. So that was one that I remember back to.

“I’ve had some battles with a lot of people in the OSCAAR Modified division over the years as well that were memorable. Battles with Gary McLean, battles with Andy Kamrath at Sunset Speedway a few years ago. There’s been some hard battles, some bumps and bruises along the way, but at the same time, all those experiences I look back as fond memories and try to learn from them and try to get better from those experiences. “

Emms will hope to add several more to the list this coming season, as he gets ready for his eighth season behind the wheel of a modified. Everything will kick off beginning at Sunset Speedway’s Spring Velocity on May 21 and 22.

Going into the year, the driver of the No. 14 says while you should expect to see the same competitors at the front of the field, there are a lot of unknowns.

“Last year, a lot of teams showed strength towards the end,” he commented. “So I feel although things will stay the same, you never really know. I look forward to battling it out with great competitors through the modified division. As a team, we’re just looking to cross our Ts and dot our Is and ensure we’re bringing the best racecar we can every week, and minimizing mistakes and having some fun.”

Just like past seasons, the goal is simple for 2022 – get to victory lane, as much as possible throughout the summer months. That’s why he’s focused on minimizing mistakes, whether in preparations before the weekend at the shop, or on the race track through the course of the weekend.

“I think with our off-season preparation, we’re hoping some of that preparation will help to transfer to success on the race track,” he explained. “I think other things we need to do is sticking with our notes, and like I said, putting ourselves in the right position to succeed on and off the race track. Specifically, it’s hard to pin point one area. For me, racing is a game of small gains which equal something bigger, and I think all those small areas, we just need to get a little better and it’ll show on the race track. I’m hoping we’ve done that with our off-season preparation so now we just need to go and execute.”

The 2022 schedule for the OSCAAR Modifieds is set to crisscross the province, allowing an opportunity to experience a bit of everything. For Emms, though, a pair of previous victories at Flamboro Speedway, combined with the track’s own history as they celebrate 50 years of racing, has him looking forward to the two events at the Millgrove, Ontario oval. Perhaps redemption is on the mind, as he failed to score a top-five there last year after getting stuck in the outside lane at the beginning of the event.

“I’m also looking forward to hitting up all the tracks in Ontario,” he added. “One track I obviously miss is Full Throttle Motor Speedway, and Jukasa Motor Speedway – both those are ones that I really enjoy, but at the same time, I think going to each track, I think we will put ourselves in position to run up front. So really, every race track is one to we want to get to and get out there and try to contend.”

Ultimately, being up front is the name of the game for 2022 and hopefully avoiding the other side of the sport – a wreck. It’s something Emms knows about, with having experienced the most dramatic wreck of last season at Sunset Speedway after contact from Jason Keen.

“That would be one of the craziest ones (wrecks) especially since I was leaving on my honeymoon that night from the race track,” he reflected. “It had to be one of the craziest ones just because I didn’t feel there was a need for it – at all. In addition to that, another accident would be wrecking at Delaware Speedway with Jeff Showler. That was another hard hit that was unexpected – just a racing incident. That was another tough one, and I guess over the years I’ve had some rolls an some flips in different midgets that I’ve driven in the past. There were some pretty hard hits in the past.

“When you do it as long as I’ve had – although I’m fairly young, I’ve done this for a long time and been a part of the sport for a long time – it’s bound to happen. So unfortunately that’s just the name of the game.”

Emms Racing is proud to be supported by BAE Environmental, Bromley Automotive, TL Tire, FMR Scrap Buyers & Recyclers, Speedy Glass Orillia, Klotz Canada, Creecher’s Designs, TSS Top Shops, Peter Built Racecars, and Short Track Musings for the 2022 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

From Go-Karts to Modifieds, A.J. Emms “very thankful for each and every opportunity”

With having spent over 20 years behind the wheel of a racecar, there has been a lot of checkered flags and championships along the way for A.J. Emms. Though reflecting back to when he started, it wasn’t always thought the road would take him to where he is today.

For each driver behind the wheel, the want to drive comes from being a fan of the sport first, which Emms is included among those in having attended several events through the years.

For him, the coolest highlight was heading down to Pennscola, Florida for the Snowball Derby at 5 Flags Speedway. the trip stood out in seeing the technology utilized in the sport, the money being spent, and the amount of talent the marquee event draws.

“In addition to that, the World Series at Thompson Speedway is another one that comes to mind as a very cool event that I’ve been able to go to,” he added. “Thompson is a historic race track with a lot of cool, even NASCAR history, at it. It was cool to be a part of that event, and even watch. I would say the third one I thought was really cool was going to Jukasa and seeing the $75,000 to win. I thought that was really cool event on Canadian soil that brought out a lot of really strong competitors at a beautiful facility.

“So when I think back, I think of those three events as some of the coolest and I guess you can’t really knock down Autumn Colours Classic as a crown jewel event in Ontario and one that’s always action-packed.”

With a passion for the sport engrained within and his father Jeff Emms (pictured right) involved in racing, the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a go-kart came at a young age. Although it started out as having fun, it quickly grew into a multitude of success along the way with over 50 plus wins, five championships, and the 2007 Canadian National Go-Kart Championship.

The success came from being surrounded by great people, including Lon Herder who runs Karts and Parts out of Stoufville.

“He really drove home the emphasis of minimizing mistakes on the race track, consistency, and never being satisfied, and always trying to improve yourself,” Emms commented. “Lon also taught me how to really reflect on my driving to pull out the successes to focus on the next steps, and how we can get better on those next steps. I think for me go-karting was well at teaching me to minimize mistakes, but also gave me a lot of race sense which some of my competitors may disagree I have sometimes.

“But I feel like go-karting helped support what I have, and also really gave me a good ability to be smooth with a racecar, which I hope I do well.”

While it produced a lot of lessons that still hold true in his career, there are other fond memories cherished from that time.

“I spent a lot of weekends racing both Saturday and Sunday with my dad and then going to the stock car races on Saturday night,” he recalled. “So my fondest memories from go-karting are those times that my dad and I spent camping out, just him and I, in a trailer racing on Saturdays at Goodwood Kartways, going to the stock car races on Saturday nights, and then driving over to race Mosport on Sundays.

“So that’s some of my best memories and those are some of the times that I’ve raced against really great drivers, who have then turned into great stock car drivers and great road course racers in Formula cars. Looking back, those memories were great, and of course running at Shannonville Motorsports Park and capture a bear which is a coveted trophy in go-karting is another thing that comes to me as a big accomplishment.”

From there, he was able to work his way up through the racing ladder, including victories in Hurricane Midgets for Mike Westwood. He then got behind the wheel of a Pro 4 Modified for Cliff Hodgkinson and Westwood, which produced wins and a championship in 2014.

The opportunity to move up to the OSCAAR Modifieds came in 2015, through a partnership with Allen Adams and ADAMS Motorsports. The following year, Emms branched out on his own, with him and his father buying a car together.  Over the past six seasons, the success has come with victories in both the Autumn Colours Classic and Rick Woolner Memorial, as well as a championship in 2019.

While the Modified is fun to drive and race now, it has been a fun road with great cars to drive to get to this point. As Emms pointed out, the T.Q. Can-Am Midget is “one of the funnest cars to drive.”

“At the same time, racing it was fun, but I always more enjoyed driving them,” he added. “I obviously both enjoy driving and racing my OSCAAR Modified. Another car that comes to mind is the Pro 4 Modified, driving a Stryker Chassis for Mike Westwood and Cliff Hodgkinson was a great opportunity, was a lot of fun. The car handled great, and we had some success with it. that was a lot of fun for me. I have enjoyed driving a lot of different things over the year, and each is unique, and I have been able to learn driving everything.

“But I would have to say reflecting back, the three-quarter midgets, Pro 4 Modified – they’re light, they’re quick, feel like a sportscar and that’s what I like.”

Having fun behind the wheel of something that is fast should come as no surprise, considering he has dreams of wanting to get behind the wheel of a Super Late Model. The aspirations go back to when he was younger, watching the likes of John Fletcher Jr. and Glenn Watson.

“I think that they’re a badass machine and I would love to get the opportunity to get behind the wheel of one,” he said. “I think I could do well in it. They’re very similar to my modified, just with a lot more horsepower. I think it’d just be a dream come true to drive one, and drive a competitive one. That’s kind of something that I would love. Whether it happens or not, we will see, but my aspirations are there.”

It’d certainly be great to see a dream come true, but no matter what happens, it’s safe to say where he has ended up now is a lot further than he could have envisioned back in the beginning years racing go-karts.

“During that time, we were just barely able to afford racing go-karts,” Emms reflected. “My dad sacrificed a lot for me to race go-karts. My dad not only sacrificed a lot of time, but a lot of money, and he did a lot of things for me to not only support my career, but to spend time with me. At that time in my life, I didn’t even know if I’d be able to race go-karts the next year, I didn’t even know if I would be able to race a stock car.

“When I got the opportunity to race with my dad and Mike Westwood to race Hurricane Midgets, I thought that could be it. When I got an opportunity with Cliff Hodgkinson and the Pro 4 Modifieds, I thought that was the furthest I could go. Allan Adams is the same sort of opportunity, and it’s been a real pleasure to be buy a car with my dad and co-own it together, and do it all together, because it’s something that both of us look back on and can’t believe we’ve made it here, just because of the financial stress we’ve been through in the past with racing, and not only that, just the years of commitment and learning.

“It’s been a great process of learning, and reflecting back on that, it’s something that we’re both proud of. Although my dad raced stock cars, nothing is given, and it wasn’t like I was going to do it. We didn’t ever think that was going to be within reach, and I’m very thankful for each and every opportunity to jump in a racecar.

“I think that’s one reason I put a lot of pressure on myself because I know that you can go from hero to zero in no time and like Don Biederman used to say, you’re only as good as your last race. I always take that to heart. I try to race every one like it’s my last.”

Stay tuned for the 2022 season preview article later on this week as we head into Spring Velocity at Sunset Speedway.

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