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.”
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Press Release by Ashley McCubbin