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.

Emms Racing Welcomes Aboard Speedy Glass Orillia

Emms Racing is proud to announce a new partnership, as Speedy Glass Orillia has joined as a sponsor of the No. 14 Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified in 2020.

Located at 315 West Street South, Speedy Glass Orillia can repair or replace any type of auto glass whatever the make, model, and age of the vehicle. They will always try to first repair your existing windshield, usually saving you both time and money.

They also offer additional products and services including trailer hitches, bike racks, camera recalibration, deflectors, truck bed liners, side bars, water repellent and weatherproofing treatment, car floor mats, windshield wipers, mirrors, and tinted windows.

The Speedy Glass name has been linked to window repairs since 1934, with a focus on delivering top-shelf service, expertise, and product quality through each of their service centres across the country.

You can learn more about Speedy Glass Orillia on their website at https://www.speedyglass.ca/en/service-centre/ontario/orillia/247-315_west-st-s-.html. They can also be reached at (705)325-3500.

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.

“It means a lot – not only to me, but my entire crew, and my family,” he said in October. “My dad, myself, Ryan, and Peter Schotanus have put in a ridiculous amount of work so many years to get in this position and I was just very fortunate to have those people around me and capitalize on the opportunity that was given to me. So I mean, for me, it’s a big deal.

“Being in racing my whole life, you see guys winning championships. One of my heroes as a kid was Tom Walters, and to see the amount of championships that he’s won, that’s something that I’d obviously strive to me and elevate myself to that level. So starting off with an OSCAAR Modified Championship and it’s a great way to cap off a year where we didn’t expect to have these things happen.”

Speedy Glass Orillia joins previously announced partner BAE Environmental on the No. 14 Modified in 2020. The full plans for the Emms Racing team, as well as additional marketing partners, will be announced at a future date.

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

Emms Racing Welcomes Back BAE Environmental

Emms Racing is proud to announce BAE Environmental will be back on-board as a sponsor of the No. 14 Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified in 2020.

Located at 18 Park View Ave in Oro-Medonte, BAE & Associates Environmental Inc. 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.

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.

“It means a lot – not only to me, but my entire crew, and my family,” he said in October. “My dad, myself, Ryan, and Peter Schotanus have put in a ridiculous amount of work so many years to get in this position and I was just very fortunate to have those people around me and capitalize on the opportunity that was given to me. So I mean, for me, it’s a big deal.

“Being in racing my whole life, you see guys winning championships. One of my heroes as a kid was Tom Walters, and to see the amount of championships that he’s won, that’s something that I’d obviously strive to me and elevate myself to that level. So starting off with an OSCAAR Modified Championship and it’s a great way to cap off a year where we didn’t expect to have these things happen.”

The full plans for the Emms Racing team, as well as additional marketing partners, will be announced at a future date.

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

Getting to Know…. Ryan Emerson

For Ryan Emerson, he was always a NASCAR fan growing up, and had watched A.J. Emms run a T.Q. Midget a couple times at Barrie Speedway. His involvement with the team, though, did not begin until Emms started racing in the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds.

“It wasn’t until we were in college and University in North Bay he approached me and asked if I was interested in helping him and Jeff (Emms),” Emerson recalls. “He was going to drive Allan Adam’s No. 99 modified. At first I thought it was a joke and kinda played it off saying, ‘Ya sure, why not?’ Then one day, I went to Allan’s shop with AJ and I really enjoyed myself and did a race or two and realize this racing thing isn’t too bad. I’ve been here ever since.”

For Emerson, the best part about being involved with the team is the family-oriented atmosphere.

“You have a father and son duo (Jeff and A.J.) that works tirelessly getting the car ready and you have the wonderful wives that put up with them,” Emerson jokes. “No, the wives are amazing. Jayne and Cassie always make sure we all have full belly’s at the track, water, and specially me to remind me about sunscreen on those hot sunny days. Jayne also is amazing with her everyday job making the shirts and hats and accessories that makes Emms Racing one of the best looking teams at the track!”

With now having traveled all the tracks on the tour, Emerson notes that “all the tracks are special in their own way,” but three of them stand out in particular to him – Full Throttle Motor Speedway – Varney, Jukasa Motor Speedway, and Delaware Speedway.

“Varney because it’s like a small dome very tight, a Bristol kinda feeling too it, and one mistake your pulling fenders back or worst packing up early,” he explained. “Delaware – yes, a long drive to get there, but it’s a very cool track. You’re parked in the infield just like a NASCAR race and with how old the track is with the bumps. It’s cool being on pit road and seeing the cars come off turn four, and hit the little dip in the track and keep going like it was nothing.

“Jukasa – well that’s explains itself. If you have ever been there you’ll understand – big, fast , and super exciting (hopefully you’ll get to see us in victory lane there this year).”

With having been here through the whole ride, it made winning the championship last season that much more memorable, with Emerson calling the year as a whole ‘incredible’.

It didn’t ultimately start out that way, as Emerson recalls being a little bummed following a phone conversation with Emms in early January.

“He was saying because of his commitments to building his and Cassie’s house that it was just going to be a part time schedule,” he recalls. “To be honest, it sucked hearing that, but at the same time I knew where he was coming from and I understand and am also excited for them.”

Though with each passing race on the schedule, the attitude seemed to change as Emerson said he noticed the fire changed, with both A.J. and Jeff Emms getting hungrier to win races and chase the title.

“After having a little lady luck in the first couple races virtue other guys getting DQs, we were right there in the top three,” he continued. “As soon as we dominated Varney and then went to Delaware and drove away, it was like, ‘Alright, we’re this far, let’s go and win this!’ I think it really didn’t hit us, or at least me that AJ was 2019 OSCAAR Modified Champion until ACC (Autumn Colours Classic) driver intros when I went on the radio and did my thing wishing him good luck and it slipped out when I said, By the way, congratulations champ!’ Pretty unreal moment and I couldn’t imagine doing that with any other group of people.”

Even though the championship was cool, one of the most memorable moments for Emerson comes from a couple season ago at Delaware Speedway when they were having battery issues.

“AJ was on pit road just about to head out for a heat race and he died so we were going to bump start him,” Emerson recalls. “So myself and few other people started to push. Well I didn’t realize they let go and I was still pushing the car. It jerked and took off, and I face planted in the middle of pit road in front of a packed grandstands at Delaware. That was awesome, for everyone but me.”

Getting to Know…. Cassie Weston

For Cassie Weston, her interest in racing did not develop until she met A.J. Emms. Though admittedly, her love for the sport, including “the ups and downs that come with it,” has grown since those beginnings.

“The best part about being on the Emms Racing team is spending time with the crew and watching AJ do what he loves,” she commented.

Obviously, last season brought plenty of smiles in that respect, in watching Emms take home the 2019 Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified Championship, along with a couple marquee victories.

“I think the championship was well deserved,” she commented. “Everyone has good and bad luck, but I see the hard work and long hours the crew puts into getting the car ready every week, it’s nice to see it pay off. Hopefully that carries to 2020!”

The championship season brought forth many memories, including her most memorable to date.

“One weekend last year, we won the Friday night feature race at Delaware, and Jeff AJ and I got a hotel that night,” she recalled. “The next day we planned on going to watch the ROC race at Jukasa because it was AJ’s birthday weekend. Still excited from his win the night before, AJ wants to run with the ROCs. After a few conversations with the tech man on what they need to change, and borrowing used tires from Patrick Emerling, the car transformed to an ROC mod!

“Because it was just AJ, Jeff and I, I turned into a pit crew member. Before I knew it was hauling tires, handing tools and changing gear. When race time came, Jeff and I headed to the spotter stand on top of the tower. Mechanical troubles took us off the track but it was a great last minute spontaneous time! Although I think AJ had it in his head all along that he was joining the ROCs that day.”

She also added another good memory came in 2018 “riding shotgun with Randy in the corvette!”

After a successful year, she’s on-board for what’s to come this season, noting that her favourite track on the season is Sunset Speedway, where everything will begin in May.

“It’s a nice facility with lots of history,” she commented. “I have lots of fun memories there at camping at Velocity. We sometimes go there on our off weekends.”

Emms Racing Celebrates Championship at Year-End Banquet

MARKHAM, Ontario — They may have had to wait until the calendar flipped to the new year, but it was certainly worth it.

This past weekend, Emms Racing gathered together at the 2019 Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified banquet to celebrate their championship.

With a consistent season from start to finish, highlighted by a four feature wins and seven heat victories – including both the Rick Woolner Memorial and Don Biederman Memorial, A.J. Emms was able to take home his first OSCAAR championship.

“First off, I would really like to thank OSCAAR; the entire division – they’ve made the entire series possible,” he said in his speech. “And without OSCAAR, Dave, Bruce, Gord, and everybody’s support – this series would not be possible. They brought the series to Ontario and it’s been really great. That goes the same with the Hot Rod division and the Pro Sprint division. OSCAAR is a division that I’m proud to be a part of and proud to be represent, and hope to represent moving forward.

“My dad always taught me to surround myself with good people. He said that no matter how good you are, there’s somebody that will be better so you always should do your best, and surround yourself with the best people possible. My dad helped me surround myself with good people this year, and himself included – and that’s what helped to make this championship possible. Those people are everybody in this room that makes OSCAAR better. Those people are the people that are sitting at table six.

“This is something that since I started racing at five years old – I’ve raced my entire life, I’ll always, always want to be a late model racecar driver, and now I’m a modified racecar driver and I’m very proud of that. I want to thank each and every one of you for being here, and your contributions to the sport, and especially those people over there and their contributions to me, my family, especially my fiancé Cassie, and everybody else that made it possible as it means the world to me. So thank you very much.”

Emms Racing is proud to be sponsored by BAE Environmental, Hastings Home Hardware, Klotz Canada, FMR Scrap Buyers, TL Tire, Artech Promotional Products, Peter Built Racecars, and AM Marketing as marketing partners for the 2019 campaign.

With the final wrap now put on the 2019 season, focus has already began to shift to 2020 with preparation in high gear for the upcoming season. The full list of marketing partners and plans will be announced in the coming months.

Fans can keep up with A.J. Emms all year by visiting his website at http://www.ajemms.com. You can also follow Emms on twitter via http://www.twitter.com/ajemms. Also, be sure to like A.J. Emms Racing facebook page via https://www.facebook.com/ajemmsracing/.

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

2019 Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified Champion – A.J. Emms

With consistency from the first green flag of the year at Sunset Speedway to the last checkered at Peterborough Speedway, A.J. Emms put together his best season yet en route to being crowned the 2019 Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd OSCAAR Modified Champion.

“It means a lot – not only to me, but my entire crew, and my family,” he said. “My dad, myself, Ryan, and Peter Schotanus have put in a ridiculous amount of work so many years to get in this position and I was just very fortunate to have those people around me and capitalize on the opportunity that was given to me. So I mean, for me, it’s a big deal.

“Being in racing my whole life, you see guys winning championships. One of my heroes as a kid was Tom Walters, and to see the amount of championships that he’s won, that’s something that I’d obviously strive to me and elevate myself to that level. So starting off with an OSCAAR Modified Championship and it’s a great way to cap off a year where we didn’t expect to have these things happen.”

Emms started off his season on a high note, winning his opening qualifier at Sunset following a battle with fellow competitor Chad Strawn through the second half. He then backed up the performance by scoring a third-place finish in the second heat. Unfortunately, the Spring Velocity feature was rained out.

The No. 14 Modified was once again fast a couple weeks later at Jukasa Motor Speedway, as Emms scored another heat victory. Unfortunately, the team ran into handling issues in the feature, relegating them to a 10th-place finish. He rebounded at the end of June, making his way forward for a fifth in the final running order despite fading back a bit mid-feature.

Emms really began to hit his stride through the month of July, beginning with the series’ return to Delaware Speedway. He showed speed right off the trailer, winning his heat to qualify seventh for the feature. He’d steadily make his way forward once the green flag was flown for the main event, taking over the lead by the halfway mark. He would then stretch the lead out, before holding off the field on a late-race restart with eight laps to go.

The momentum carried into Sunset, as Emms won a qualifier and led the first half of the feature before fading back to third in the final running order. Although the team faced adversity with issues in practice a week later at Flamboro Speedway, the speed was there once again. He would take the lead on Lap 4 in the feature, threading his way through lap traffic en route to a dominating victory.

Emms started off the summer strong, showing speed in qualifying at Peterborough Speedway with a heat win, but was relegated to a seventh-place finish in the feature following a mid-race incident. He would rebound a couple weeks later at Delaware, battling inside the top-five all feature long en route to a third. He capped off the month of August on a high, taking the lead on Lap 11 at Flamboro and pacing the field the rest of the way en route to winning on the Don Biederman Memorial night.

“Don Biederman is one of my heroes in racing,” Emms commented. “I wasn’t around to see him race that much, but you hear so many stories from other racers and how can you not have respect for someone like that?”

The momentum carried back to Sunset, with a heat win and pacing the field for a couple of laps, before scoring a third-place finish in the first of the two 36-lap features. He was fast in the second half of the Iron Man 72 as well, once again leading some more laps and challenging for the lead throughout en route to a runner-up performance.

The podium finishes would continue a couple weeks later at Flamboro, as Emms ran inside the top-three all race long, challenging the leader on the series of restarts, ultimately scoring a runner-up finish. The final weekend of the year, the Autumn Colours Classic, would see the No. 14 Modified start from the 10th spot, cracking the top-five just past halfway. Emms continued to make moves through the second half of the 50-lap feature, crossing the finish line with a second.

Continuing to get stronger each season in the series, combined with consistency from start to finish, everything paid off for Emms and his team this season en route to their crowning moment.

On behalf of OSCAAR, congratulations on your championship this season, A.J. We look forward to seeing you back on-track in 2020.

Be sure to keep up with OSCAAR by staying tuned to the series website at http://www.oscaar.ca. Also, make sure to “like” the official OSCAAR Racing Facebook page, while following both the Twitter and Instagram accounts (@OSCAARRacing) to keep up to date on everything you need to know.

OSCAAR’s 2019 racing season was supported by several dedicated partners including Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC, Knightworks Design, Living Lighting Canada, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., American Racer, and Grisdale Race Products.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Emms Racing Welcomes TL Tire as Marketing Partner

ORILLIA, Ontario — Following a successful weekend at Sunset Speedway to start the season, Emms Racing is proud to welcome TL Tire as a marketing partner for the 2019 campaign.

Located at 8561 Highway 12 W in Orillia, TL Tire 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/.

After experiencing success in the Queenston OSCAAR Modiifeds, A.J. Emms will return to the division on a part-time basis in 2019.

“Entering into the season we feel confident that we’ve done the work needed to compete for wins,” A.J. Emms said. “Running a part time schedule allows us to focus on singular events with the attitude of going to run at the front. With a strong field of modified drivers, we’ve got our work cut out for us but we feel up to the challenge.”

Emms has competed in the OSCAAR Modified class over the past four seasons, scoring two feature victories, 25 top-five’s and 30 top-10 finishes. Currently, he ranks fourth on the OSCAAR all-time top-five finishes list.

The 2019 season opener at Sunset Speedway saw Emms win his first qualifier, followed by placing third in the second heat. Unfortunately, the 40-lap feature was not ran as a result of rain throughout the day on Sunday. The team is now focused on the next race on the schedule, which will take place at Jukasa Motor Speedway on June 1.

TL Tire join BAE Environmental, Hastings Home Hardware, Klotz Canada, FMR Scrap Buyers, Artech Promotional Products, Peter Built Racecars, and AM Marketing as marketing partners for the 2019 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.