A.J. Emms Caps off Season with Top-10 Finish at Jukasa Motor Speedway

HAGERSVILLE, Ontario — Running inside the top-10 throughout the event, A.J. Emms scored a top-10 finish on Saturday at Jukasa Motor Speedway.

“Overall, it was very similar to our first race here,” Emms said. “We had hoped to sort out some of our issues with this race track, but unfortunately, we just didn’t have the speed in the racecar that we wanted. We were able to drive up closer to the front of the field tonight, and we showed a lot of speed. The driver made some errors out there on the race track, which caused us to fall back.

“But overall I feel as though we learned something and as we move forward to next season, I feel we’re more prepared and hopefully we’ll learn from our mistakes and be better next year.”

With a lap of 19.605 seconds, Emms would qualify ninth for the 40-lap feature. He would move up to eighth in the early stages, remaining there till the event’s first caution at Lap 16. Restarting on the fourth row, he’d make his way forward, battling for fourth when there’d be contact up ahead between the leaders, with Emms managing to escape without any contact.

Restarting on the second row, he’s dropped back to fourth, though remaining in touch with the leaders. He’d look to make a move on third, when he’d get into turn three a little too hard, sliding up the track, brushing the outside wall, but able to get it straightened back out and keep going. The contact, though, saw him lose some ground in falling back to sixth.

In speaking about the close calls after the event, Emms credits getting through both moments to instincts.

“I’m fortunate to have raced in a lot of races, and I’m also very fortunate to have watched a lot of races,” he commented. “Pretty much at that moment, you’re just really what you’re doing what you can to pull it all together and I feel that experience aids me in making the right decisions. Again, I don’t always make the right decisions, but I was fortunate tonight the car is in one piece and I made some great calls.”

From there, he was unable to close back down on the top-five before the checkered flag waved, crossing the finish line in sixth. In total, Emms has scored two podiums and four top-10’s in four trips to Canada’s Crown Jewel.

“I think we just need to go over all the little details on the racecar because that’s what I feel gets racecars to move better – little details,” he commented. “We’re going to go over everything and try to learn from our mistakes and I believe we’ll be better in the years to come.”

With the shortened schedule due to COVID-19, this will mark the last event of 2020 for the No. 14 Modified. It’s been a successful year, with a win, two podiums and three top-10 finishes across four races.

Emms Racing is proud to receive sponsorship support from BAE Environmental, TL Tire, Speedy Glass Orillia, Peter Built Racecars, Westwood’s Speed Shop, FMR Scrap Buyers, and AM Marketing.

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

A.J. Emms Breaks Through For First OSCAAR Modified Sunset Victory

INNISFIL, Ontario — Emms Racing can click another track off the list in the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds as A.J. Emms scored the win on Saturday at Sunset Speedway.

“It’s definitely a huge win,” Emms said. “Being able to win the 100th race for OSCAAR (Modifieds) is definitely a big one to click off the list. It was definitely a hard battle between the 10 car (Kelly Balson), the 51 (Dale Reinhart), and the 89c (Andy Kamrath), all very good cars, tough competitors. Obviously, the 89c has won the last six races so we know that he’s a solid figure and solid competition, so we knew coming into today that we wouldn’t be able to make any mistakes.

“We were fortunate to put ourselves in the right position and capitalize on that for the win. It’s a huge momentum boost after having a tough last two weeks, so we’re looking forward to Jukasa. Definitely thankful to click Sunset off the list in the OSCAAR Modifieds.”

There was speed in the No. 14 Modified right from the drop of the first green flag, as Emms was able to score the victory in his qualifying race.

Starting the feature from third, he would move into second on Lap 10, before the race’s lone caution five laps later. Emms would get a good restart, taking the lead and putting a gap between himself and the field. Although Andy Kamrath was able to close gap in the late stages, and gave a couple shots to the rear bumper, it wasn’t enough. Emms was able to hold him off, and score the victory.

It marks Emms’ first OSCAAR Modified feature victory at Sunset Speedway, and the sixth career series victory.

The event was shown on the G Force Network through next day coverage on Sunday, September 20. You can watch via the following link ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwl3TyjAE0I.

The next event on the OSCAAR schedule will see Emms head back to Jukasa Motor Speedway for the second time this season. In three previous events at Canada’s Crown Jewel, Emms has scored a pair of podium finishes.

“We learned a lot this weekend through Peter Schtanis, Mike Westwood, and my dad (Jeff) – the whole team,” he commented. “We learned a lot and we learned what direction we need to go. So going back to Jukasa, I’m confident that we’ll be able to have a solid run there. Such a beautiful facility, it’s always fun when you can go to Jukasa.”

Emms Racing is proud to receive sponsorship support from BAE Environmental, TL Tire, Speedy Glass Orillia, Peter Built Racecars, Westwood’s Speed Shop, FMR Scrap Buyers, and AM Marketing.

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/.

Contact Ends Race Early for A.J. Emms at Sunset Speedway

INNISFIL, Ontario — After contact on the track, it was an early end to the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified event on Saturday for A.J. Emms.

The No. 14 Modified did show speed prior to the issues on-track, though, as Emms was able to lay down the seventh quickest lap in qualifying. From there, he looked to move forward in the early stages of the event, battling three-wide in the first five laps.

On Lap 6, he’d go to make a move underneath a fellow competitor for position, when contact occurred as that driver came down the track. Unfortunately, suspension damage was sustained, bringing Emms down pit road and out of the event. He was credited with an 18th-place finish.

Fortunately, he will not have to wait long for a chance at redemption as the modifieds are back in action once again at Sunset Speedway on Saturday, September 19.

Emms has run well there at Sunset Speedway previously, scoring a couple heat victories with three podium finishes in his last four appearances. In 12 starts at the third-mile oval, he has scored five top-five’s and eight top-10’s.

“I’ve won in some other classes that I’ve raced at Sunset, but to get an OSCAAR Modified victory there would be important to me,” he commented prior to the first event on the 12th. “It’s the closest track to where I live so it’s one of those places that I attend frequently, not only competing, but watching races when I’m not. So it’s a track that I’d definitely like to get a win at, especially in the unprecedented times. I feel as those as every time you go to the track, especially this year, you want to capitalize on every opportunity that you get.”

While there will be a limited number of fans in attendance and no live stream, fans will be able to watch the feature a day later via the GForce Network.

Emms Racing is proud to receive sponsorship support from BAE Environmental, TL Tire, Speedy Glass Orillia, Artech Promotional Products, Peter Built Racecars, and AM Marketing.

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

 

A.J. Emms Excited For Return to Sunset Speedway

INNISFIL, Ontario — After scoring a podium at Jukasa Motor Speedway to start the season, the second Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified event of 2020 will take Emms Racing to Sunset Speedway.

While the team was pleased with their last outing, A.J. Emms notes work has been put in between then and now to be stronger.

“I’m excited to get back to the race track after a long break after Jukasa,” he said. “We were able to go back to the shop and found some issues – hopefully found them all. The issues at Jukasa, hopefully we have those sorted up for Sunset.

“Realistically, we’ve had some good runs in the past at Sunset; we just weren’t able to close the deal there. So we’re hoping to continue with the positive things that we learned over the past couple years there and hopefully translate that into some success this weekend. I mean, there’s going to be some strong competition going into this race but again, just minimize mistakes, do the best we can, and have some fun.”

Emms has run well there at Sunset Speedway previously, scoring a couple heat victories with a podium finish in his last three appearances. In 11 starts at the third-mile oval, he has scored five top-five’s and eight top-10’s.

“I’ve won in some other classes that I’ve raced at Sunset, but to get an OSCAAR Modified victory there would be important to me,” he commented. “It’s the closest track to where I live so it’s one of those places that I attend frequently, not only competing, but watching races when I’m not. So it’s a track that I’d definitely like to get a win at, especially in the unprecedented times. I feel as those as every time you go to the track, especially this year, you want to capitalize on every opportunity that you get.”

This year’s schedule will present a unique opportunity as the modifieds will compete at Sunset Speedway two weeks in a row – September 12 and September 19.

“I’m a big data person so I enjoy looking at some of the things that we learn,” he said. “So I think after Sunset the first time, we’re going to really look back our notes, and we’ll make some detailed notes, and we’ll try and learn from some of the data we’re able to get the first race. I think that with having a different tire than last year, a different compound that might change things. But at the same time, it’s still Sunset Speedway and with the Pinty’s race happening not too long ago, hopefully they’ll be some rubber down in the track and have a good showing both events.

“I think one of the biggest things is going to be the turnover. It’s going to be important in this stretch of races to keep our noses clean and we go off and get consistent finishes, and that we learn from that. We hope that’s a win, but we don’t want to have a situation where we have to re-clip a car or mess around but if that’s what we have to do, then that’s what we will do.”

Emms Racing is proud to receive sponsorship support from BAE Environmental, TL Tire, Speedy Glass Orillia, Artech Promotional Products, Peter Built Racecars, and AM Marketing.

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

A.J. Emms Scores Podium Finish at Jukasa Motor Speedway

HAGERSVILLE, Ontario — Despite qualifying mid-pack, a late-race charge would propel A.J. Emms to a podium finish this past weekend at Jukasa Motor Speedway in Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified action.

After showing speed in practice, Emms would qualify ninth for the 40-lap event after posting a lap of 19.181 during time trials. He’d run seventh through the first half of the feature, electing to conserve equipment. Though once the race hit the halfway point, he began to make his way forward, moving into the top-five by Lap 25.

From there, he moved into fourth with a pass on quick qualifier Jeff Walt a lap later, before the caution came out on Lap 32 for an incident. Restarting third, he’d battle back and forth with Kelly Balson to the checkered flag for third, ultimately completing the pass with two laps to go to secure the spot.

The third-place finish marks his second podium performance at Jukasa Motor Speedway following a runner-up in 2019. It also marks his 21st straight top-10 finish in OSCAAR Modified competition.

“Overall, solid day for us,” Emms said. “We started off the day strong in practice, ended up not getting the qualifying run we wanted but fortunately, we were able to conserve our stuff there through the feature and come on strong at the end. We definitely need to improve for next race, but we’re going to go home, do some homework, look over some things, and see if we can find some of the ways we went off today.”

When asked about what he felt he was missing in relation to the top-two, Emms noted horsepower as one of the factors.

“But at the same time, there’s definitely some handling characteristics that we need to sort out as well,” he added. “I think overall we are going to review a lot of the things that we were trying this winter and we’re going to see if we want to go in that direction. But overall, a third-place finish, we’re very happy with where we ended up there.”

The 40-lap affair was streamed live via GForce Network. A full replay of the event can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPNm2dZ3peM.

Emms will be back in action at Flamboro Speedway on September 12. Once again, fans are not allowed to be in attendance due to the pandemic. However, the race will be live streamed on www.GForceTV.net.

“Flamboro is one of those places that I love,” Emms commented. “We’re going to go back and look at our notes from year’s past and I think that’s going to really help us this year, especially with less practice and time on the race track. I mean, this event was very new to us, so I feel in terms of going to Flamboro Speedway, we’re going to have rely on our notebook.”

Emms Racing is proud to receive sponsorship support from BAE Environmental, TL Tire, Speedy Glass Orillia, Artech Promotional Products, Peter Built Racecars, and AM Marketing.

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 / AM Marketing

A.J. Emms Excited to Return to Canada’s Crown Jewel on Saturday

HAGERSVILLE, Ontario — After spending the past couple of months with racing suspended due to the corona virus, Emms Racing will return to action on Saturday at Jukasa Motor Speedway.

Canada’s Crown Jewel will serve as the sight for the season opener for the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., Touchwood Cabinets, and The Fyre Place & Patio Shop.

“I think it’s pretty cool to be coming to Jukasa for the first race of the season,” A.J. Emms said. “It’s a race that I think would be very special to win, or to even run up at the front. We’re looking just to see if our homework in the off-season paid off for us.

“But with so many good cars in the OSCAAR Modified division and going to one of the best tracks in Ontario, if not Canada, if not North America, it’s pretty special to be a part of and I’m pretty fortunate that I’m able to do it. With everything that’s happening this year, it’s pretty cool that APC, OSCAAR, and GForce and all the partners put the event together.”

Emms has been successful there in the past, scoring a runner-up finish in his debut appearance at the facility in 2018, followed by a heat victory and 10th last season.

“I think the first year we ran there, the track was definitely new; we were able to run up at the front and have a good solid day,” he reflected. “The second year we went back, we were able to run at the front, we won our heat, and I think I was second fastest to J.R. (Fitzpatrick) on the initial day. We had a torrential downpour there last year and came back the next day, and I don’t what I did or what happened to it, but my car was a totally different racecar. So we went over our notes and saw some of the areas that we feel will help us at Jukasa.

“I think with a different tire, another year on the track, no races there yet this year – those are all factors that we’re going to have to think about as we progress into this weekend. And just in addition to that, having this being everybody’s first race of the year will without a doubt not only change the atmosphere, but how we operate around and on the race track. I think there are a lot of factors that are affecting this weekend and it could go one of two ways – we’ll just hope they go our way.”

For Emms, being able to score the feature victory on Saturday at Jukasa would mean a lot to him, as he recalled spending time at the facility as a young kid watching races with his father. During that time, he notes hearing a lot of stories of greats like Dick Trickle and Don Biederman accomplishing the feat.

“To put my name on the list of winners would be very important to me,” he expressed. “So I feel going into this weekend, just like any other weekend, we’re going to minimize mistakes, run the best that we can, and hopefully things go our way and hopefully we can put it in victory lane.”

Following this weekend at Jukasa, Emms will get back behind the wheel of the No. 14 Modified in September on two occasions, heading to Flamboro Speedway on the 12th, before returning to Jukasa on the 26th.

“Without a doubt, Flamboro is another track that has a lot of history and character,” he commented. “It’s one that spending a lot of time with Mike Westwood in the past, I’ve gotten to run a lot of laps there. So it’s a place that I’m comfortable with and a place that I really enjoy going. The renovations that they’ve done this year – they’ve done a fantastic job with the facility.

“So for me, to have that as the next track to go to in being Flamboro, I’m very pleased with that. Obviously with our success there, we’re very excited to get to that race track and yes, hopefully, minimize our mistakes, and have luck on our side. The biggest thing for us is getting back out racing and to the race track, but we also enjoy doing our best and hopefully our best gets us the win.”

Be sure to tune into www.GForceTV.net on Saturday, August 8 to watch the action from Jukasa Motor Speedway live.

Emms Racing is proud to receive sponsorship support from BAE Environmental, TL Tire, Speedy Glass Orillia, Artech Promotional Products, Peter Built Racecars, and AM Marketing.

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 / AM Marketing

Emms Racing Ready to Roll With Support from BAE Environmental & TL Tire

After a delay in starting the 2020 Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified season presented by Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., Touchwood Cabinets, and The Fyre Place & Patio Shop due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Emms Racing is ready to hit the track next month.

The series announced a three-race schedule for the open-wheel superstars that will see them compete at Jukasa Motor Speedway on August 8, followed by Flamboro Speedway on September 12, before returning to Jukasa once again on September 26.

The defending series champion A.J. Emms will be looking to score his sixth win in OSCAAR competition, thanks to some marketing support from BAE Environmental and TL Tire.

BAE Environmental, located at 18 Park View Ave in Oro-Medonte, serves all of Ontario providing complete, hands-on, environmental consulting, concentrating on Phase I, II & III ESA’s, specializing in the remediation of Brownfields using the latest of technologies.

TL Tire, located at 8561 Highway 12 W in Orillia, is your number one source for all of your tire services. They are dedicated to giving you the very best tire experience, with a focus on upfront and honest quotes, timely response to issues, and quality products and parts.You can learn more about TL Tire by checking out their website at https://tltire.ca/.

On top of these marketing partners, the team is proud to receive continued marketing support from Speedy Glass Orillia, Artech Promotional Products, Peter Built Racecars, and AM Marketing

Emms is coming off a successful season that was consistent all the way through, highlighted by a four feature wins and seven heat victories – including both the Rick Woolner Memorial and Don Biederman Memorial. Everything would culminate together with being crowned the 2019 OSCAAR Modified Champion.

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 / AM Marketing

30th Anniversary of OSCAAR – A.J. Emms

Throughout the past eight years, four different drivers have been able to call themselves a Queenston Chverolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified presented by Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., The Fyre Place & Patio Shop, and Touchwood Cabinets Champion.

One of those being your 2019 title holder, A.J. Emms

Read the latest feature as part of OSCAAR’s 30th Anniversary series featuring our driver by clicking here.

OSCAAR Season on Postponement Until July Due to Covid-19

With the current phase of reopening for the province and tracks remaining closed to competition, the 2020 OSCAAR season opener has been tentatively scheduled for July.

As of Friday May 15, the first five original dates on the schedule have been cancelled for the time being. There is a chance of the June 6 event at Jukasa Motor Speedway could possibly be ran later on this summer, as well as the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods presented by Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park being added to the August 15 date at Delaware Speedway.

Read the latest update from OSCAAR on the COVID-19 situation by clicking here.

A.J. Emms Ready to “Continue to Build Our Program” After Championship Campaign

After putting together a memorable Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified presented by Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., Touchwood Cabinets, and The Fyre Place & Patio Shop season in 2019, it’s back to business as usual heading into this year.

“My thoughts going into this year are pretty much the same as my thoughts going into every year,” he said. “With the last couple of seasons, we’ve been really fortunate to learn from some of our mistakes and continue to build our program. We’re just going to continue to try and move in the same direction this year in terms of learning, getting better, trying to minimize mistakes.

“Fortunately, I think everybody is in the same boat as to not knowing the next day, or the next race is to bring. But I think with that being the case, we just need to continue to stay positive, continue to prepare, and hope that we can get in as many races as possible this season.”

Read the full article on the OSCAAR website by clicking here.