MILLGROVE, Ontario — The consistency and speed carried to another track for Emms Racing, as evident by another podium finish this past weekend at Flamboro Speedway.
Notably, the strong result comes in A.J. Emms’ 73rd OSCAAR Modified career start, tying the series record for most career events.
“(A) wild night at Flamboro Speedway,” Emms commented. “Just a lot of racecars that were there really changed the layout of our night, cancelling one heat race. That changed some of our plans in terms of racing for the night. We were able to have a solid run in our first heat race. We were happy with how the car’s handling was all night. We knew with the starting position that we had, starting fifth, that we had the desirable inside line which really supported us in getting up to the third-place position near the start of the race. From there, we just kind of held tight and rode around. Just with Flamboro Speedway, it’s a tough place to pass at and being in third was a good position so we stayed there.
“We were up front battling with some fast racecars and some strong motors, and I would say I’m really happy with how the balance of our racecar was. Unfortunately, we had that big wreck going in turn four, and obviously that ended our race. I was happy everybody was okay, and safe, especially with a fan getting hit – not something you ever want to see at a race track and hopefully we won’t see it again for a very long time. I defiantly want to wish that fan a speedy recovery. I look forward to getting back to Flamboro for Frostoberfest.”
Emms was fast from the beginning of the night, scoring a third-place finish in his lone qualifying heat to set him up for a fifth-place starting spot in the feature. He would make his way forward quickly, running third with just six laps on the board.
Through the middle of the portion of the event, he would stay in contact with the top-two drivers, ready to make his move. The opportunities would be slim, as the leaders weaved their way through lap traffic. As they cleared the traffic with 10 laps to go, an incident in turn four would see the race called early. Emms was credited with a third-place finish.
“The 35 car (Andy Kamrath) and the 18 car (Jason Keen) were both really quick, so it’s hard to say what would’ve shaken out,” Emms shared. “With us passing lap cars, it also adds a whole other layer of uncertainty on to the list. I’m not really sure what would’ve happened. I do know that we had a fast racecar and I was really happy with that. Definitely thankful to finish third. It would’ve been great to have those last 10 laps, but to say the outcome would’ve been different is a tough call.”
Through eight races this season, Emms has scored five heat wins and seven feature podium finishes. When asked to grade the season, he says it’d be a B or B+, but admits it’s tough to do so.
“Again, I’m really thankful with the effort our team has put forth this year with all the podium finishes and consistency is really important, but at the end of the day, we want to win races and we want to get back to victory lane,” he explained. “So I think my grading would improve if we were able to get to victory lane, but with that being said, I’m proud of the effort we’ve put forward each and every week. I’m proud of some of the gains that we’ve been able to make in the shop throughout the week and offseason.”
The next race for the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Just Foam It is scheduled for Sunset Speedway on September 17 and 18. He has had success at the Innisfil, Ontario oval previously, having scored a pair of victories and pair of runner-ups in his last seven appearances.
“I’m excited to get back to Sunset,” he said. “The race track is close to home for us. We’ve had some success there in the past. It would be great to win at Fall Velocity, and again, just hope to keep the car in one piece and hope for another solid run. We’ve been really fortunate with a lot of top-three finishes this year and hopefully we can continue with that momentum and get a win.”
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