After leading the first half of the feature, A.J. Emms ran in the top-five all night en route to a fourth place finish.
Emms started off the night solidly, scoring the victory in his only heat race of the night. Starting from pole in the feature, Emms put the No. 14 Sunshine Super Wash – Orillia, Davenport Subaru, Creecher’s Design, Klotz Canada, Artech Promotional Wear – Orillia, Bromley Automotive, and TSS Top Shops – Barrie Modified out front ahead of the field. He was able to spread the lead out and looked to be on cruise control till the first caution flew at Lap 16 for a spin deep in the field.
Emms got a good restart, holding down the top spot ahead of defending series Gary McLean for the time being. Unfortunately, the lead didn’t last long as Emms was passed by McLean on Lap 20. Another caution then flew at Lap 24, which unfortunately saw the restart not go in Emms’ favor as he dropped back two more spots to fourth.
Emms was then able hold off Delaware Speedway veteran Jamie Cox on the last lap to cross the line fourth.
“Overall, a good night for us,” he said. “Finishing fourth was good after having motor issues last week. It’s good to be here. Led some laps, which is positive, and learned a lot which is always good when you come to the track. With the help of Peter Schotanus this week and Dave Lewis helping out tonight, I feel it was a positive night for our whole team.”
As a result of a solid season thus far, Emms will be one of seven drivers competing for the OSCAAR Modified Championship over the next four weeks in the OSCAAR Race for the Cup.
“We’re going to make some changes,” he said. “We’re going to change things up, try and keep improving like we have each week. Now the drive train needs some work. We’ve been working on handling – it’s been good, but we’ll keep getting better. Just looking forward to a fun Chase and that’s what this is about. Hopefully we can have some positive finishes throughout it.”
Emms will now look to have a solid weekend at Sauble Speedway, where the next OSCAAR Modified event takes place Friday August 27. Emms had a strong run at Sauble earlier this year, scoring a runner-up finish in the Rick Woolner Memorial to go with an eighth last season.
Emms and team thank Sunshine Super Wash – Orillia, Davenport Subaru, Creecher’s Design, Klotz Canada, Artech Promotional Wear – Orillia, Bromley Automotive, and TSS Top Shops – Barrie for the support.
Race Report by: Ashley McCubbin/AM Marketing – firstname.lastname@example.org