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.
Press Release by Ashley McCubbin