A.J. Emms Scores Heat Victory, Podium Finish at Autumn Colours Classic

PETERBOROUGH, Ontario — Battling up front all weekend long, A.J. Emms was able to end off his 2021 Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Just Foam It season on a high note.

Emms started off the weekend on a high, scoring the victory in the opening heat. He then backed it up with a seventh in the second qualifier.

Starting fifth for the feature, a three-wide move on the second lap would allow him to move up to the runner-up position. He was able to remain there through the next 20 laps, before fading back to fourth following the third restart. He would keep in touch with the car ahead of him, though, making a move with a couple laps to go to cross the finish line with a third-place feature finish.

Despite an overall up and down season, the team was able to complete the season with a solid fourth-place finish in the year-end standings.

Emms Racing is proud to be supported by BAE Environmental, FMR Scrap Buyers and Recyclers, TL Tire, Klotz Canada, Speedy Glass Orillia, Mike Westwood Fabrications, Peter Built Racecars and Short Track Musings.

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.

A.J. Emms Scores Second Straight Top-10 Finish at Flamboro Speedway

MILLGROVE, Ontario — Despite falling back in the early stages of the feature, A.J. Emms made his way forward to score a top-10 finish at Flamboro Speedway’s Frostoberfest.

He scored a runner-up in his lone qualifying heat, setting him up to start sixth for the 40-lap feature. He would get stuck in the high line off the drop of the green flag, unable to get down, fading back to 12th in the opening five laps.

He would avoid an incident ahead of him on Lap 14 to move up to 11th, breaking into the top-10 just before the halfway mark of the feature. Despite being challenging to pass being a single-groove track, he was able to make a couple more passes, scoring an eighth-place finish.

The finish allowed Emms remain third in the standings, five points out of the runner-up spot heading into the final race.

The next event for the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Just Foam it is scheduled for Peterborough Speedway on Sunday, October 10. Qualifying will take place on Friday, October 8, and Saturday, October 9. Emms know 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 eight appearances there, with six top-five’s.

Emms Racing is proud to be supported by BAE Environmental, FMR Scrap Buyers and Recyclers, TL Tire, Klotz Canada, Speedy Glass Orillia, Mike Westwood Fabrications, Peter Built Racecars and Short Track Musings.

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 – ashleymccubbin17@gmail.com

A.J. Emms Ready for Rebound at Delaware Speedway

INNISFIL, Ontario — After a rough outing at Sunset Speedway, the Emms Racing team is ready to turn things around this coming weekend at Delaware Speedway.

Emms started off the weekend at Sunset Speedway scoring a runner-up in the first heat, followed by a third in the second qualifier.

Starting seventh for the feature, Emms would make contact with a fellow driver on the opening lap of the event. Restarting from the back, he was unable to make the progress forward with the resulting damage, crossing the finish line in 20th.

As a result, Emms drops to fourth in the standings, 15 points out of the lead with three races remaining on the schedule.

The next event for the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Just Foam It is at Delaware Speedway on Saturday, September 25. Emms knows his way around the half-mile, scoring a third and a win in his last two appearances.

“I am really looking forward to Delaware,” he said. “Delaware has always been a good track for us that we’ve had some success at. Looking forward to redeeming ourselves, and having a good run.”

When asked as to what has been the secret to his success there, it’s a combination of a good handling car and the driver behind the wheel.

“I’ve always ran well there,” he commented. “I’ve always been fortunate to have really good handling cars there, even dating back to my days with ADAMS Motorsports. But I also think there’s things that you can do behind the wheel as a driver to manipulate the car to do what you want it to do.”

Emms Racing is proud to be supported by BAE Environmental, FMR Scrap Buyers and Recyclers, TL Tire, Klotz Canada, Speedy Glass Orillia, Mike Westwood Fabrications, Peter Built Racecars and Short Track Musings.

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/ for details as they’re released.

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

A.J. Emms Scores Top-Five Finish at Sauble Speedway

SAUBLE BEACH, Ontario — Running at the front of the field all night long, A.J. Emms scored a top-five finish on Saturday night at Sauble Speedway.

“I think overall a good night for us, after a bit of a disaster at Sunset Speedway in our last outing,” he commented. “I think we really just wanted to have a solid night where the car came back in one piece. Again, we learned, like every time we go to the race track. (We) had a solid fifth-place run, I think we could’ve scored a little bit better, but we missed it on a few different points; but we’re hoping the next time we go back to Sauble Speedway, we’re able to capitalize on those mistakes that we’re made.

“But overall, a good night – a bit of rough night on the race track. There weren’t a lot of cautions, but there was some beating and banging out there, so hopefully everybody got it out of their systems and we can have some clean racing for the rest of the year.”

With qualifying cancelled due to rain, the starting line-up was set by points, with an eight-car invert, resulting in Emms starting eighth for the 40-lap feature. He would move up through the field quickly, running fifth as of Lap 6. However, he was quickly challenged for the spot, fading back to seventh over the next couple of laps.

He would avoid a spin ahead of him to move up to sixth, getting through the next couple back-to-back restarts cleanly to make the move with five to go for fifth.

He would then cross the finish line in fifth, marking his second top-five and third top-10 in three races this season.  Notably, Emms has only seven finishes outside of the top-eight in his past 38 series starts.

As a result, he currently remains the point lead, three markers ahead of the second-place spot.

Emms will be back behind the wheel of the No. 14 Modified for the next Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Just Foam It event, which takes place on Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19 at Sunset Speedway.

“I think we just have to go back to our notes,” he said. “I think we got to really go out there and ensure we’re capitalizing on others mistakes, and making a few mistakes as we can. So heading back to Sunset, I mean, it’s not obviously my favourite race track, but we’ve had some success there. So we’re hoping to use some of the momentum that we have at that speedway and use that to our advantage to come out with a solid run.”

He has had success at Sunset Speedway previously, having scored two wins and 10th in his last three appearances at the Innisfil, Ontario oval.

Emms Racing is proud to be supported by BAE Environmental, FMR Scrap Buyers and Recyclers, TL Tire, Klotz Canada, Speedy Glass Orillia, Mike Westwood Fabrications, Peter Built Racecars and Short Track Musings.

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

A.J. Emms Rebounds from Qualifying Wreck for Top-10 Feature Finish

INNISFIL, Ontario — Despite riding the frontstretch wall at Sunset Speedway in qualifying, A.J. Emms was able to rebound for a top-10 finish in the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Just Foam It feature.

Emms started off the afternoon with a second-place finish in his first qualifier.

Unfortunately, the second heat did not go as well. As Emms made the move for second, his fellow competitor would push him up on the frontstretch off of turn four, resulting in the No. 14 getting into the outside wall, before climbing it. Emms would ride the full frontstretch wall on his side.

Thankfully, he was uninjured in the crash, with the team immediately going to work to make the necessary repairs to get out for the feature. They would have them done in time, but would forfeit their eighth-place starting position due to being uncertain whether it was fully repaired.

Starting from the tail of the field in 18th, he would move up to 15th in the early laps, getting up to 12th by the halfway mark. He would continue making passes, taking over 11th on Lap 23, followed by a pass to break into the top-10 two laps later.

Emms was unable to reel in the next competitor in line, crossing the finish line with a 10th-place finish.

As a result, he currently sits atop of the standings, tied for the top spot with Kelly Balson.

Emms will be back behind the wheel of the No. 14 Modified at Sauble Speedway on Saturday, August 21. The last appearance for the team at the beach in 2017 resulted in a victory, with his only appearance previous to that being a third-place finish.

Emms Racing is proud to be supported by BAE Environmental, FMR Scrap Buyers and Recyclers, TL Tire, Klotz Canada, Speedy Glass Orillia, Mike Westwood Fabrications, Peter Built Racecars and AM Marketing.

Press Release by Ashley McCubbin / AM Marketing – ashleymccubbin17@gmail.com

A.J. Emms Drives Through Field for Sunset Speedway Victory

INNISFIL, Ontario — Despite starting tail of the field after missing qualifying, A.J. Emms worked his way through the field to score the victory in the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Just Foam It feature at Sunset Speedway on Sunday.

“Almost speechless,” he said afterwards. “What a great day for our team. Big thanks to Taylor Holdaway for jumping in this morning. Obviously had prior arrangements so couldn’t be here, but Taylor and the crew did an awesome job getting the car where it needed to be.

“Really tough decision whether I was going to drive in the feature, or get Taylor into me, but the racer in me had to jump in and roll the dice. So we had start at the back there, but we were able to persevere, avoid the accidents, and be there at the end. A lot of fortunate / luck that really supported us; that definitely helped us, but we definitely had the car where we could put ourselves in position. Obviously, it was an awesome day.”

With A.J. Emms busy with post-wedding commitments after getting married on Saturday, he would miss practice and qualifying. The team made the decision to put 2015 Sunset Speedway Late Model Champion Taylor Holdaway in the car, and it paid off.

Following a pair of solid practice sessions, Holdaway won the first qualifier, followed by a runner-up in the second.

With Emms getting there in time for the feature, he would start 23rd, avoiding a couple incidents in the early laps to move up to 11th by the third lap. Restarting just outside the top-10, he would get alongside Jake Watson for ninth when the third caution came out on Lap 8.

He would continue to move forward after the restart, battling for sixth on Lap 11, getting the spot three laps later, followed by breaking into the top-five on Lap 16. The progress would continue as he moved into fourth on Lap 23, and then up another spot six laps later.  

It would seem as though the climb would be complete there, with the top-two having a full straightaway advantage. However, their battle would result in contact, with one of them going around. with both drivers moved to the back of the field as involved cars, Emms would inherit the lead.

Restarting on the front row, he held off the late-race charge from series veteran Kelly Balson and rookie Steve Lyons to score the victory. It marks his seventh career OSCAAR win, and second straight at Sunset Speedway following last September.

Afterwards, Emms admitted it was a tough decision whether to get in the car, weighing the risk vs. the reward in doing so.

“You obviously start to think about getting in accidents on your way through, especially at a track like Sunset, and first time out,” he commented. “It made the decision very difficult, but at the same time, we had such a great piece today that I really wanted to drive it.”

Following the first event of the season, Emms holds a seven-point advantage over Kelly Balson in the series standings. He also leads the Hard Charger Bonus standings, as well.

The next race for the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Just Foam It is at Peterborough Speedway on July 31. Fans wishing to attend can purchase tickets via the track website.

Emms know 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 eight appearances there, with six top-five’s.

“We do have some work to do on the car this week just to keep fine tuning, but I am excited to get to Peterborough,” he said. “I know a majority of the field is going to be strong at Peterborough, and a lot of guys don’t make mistakes especially at a place like Peterborough. We’re going to have to be on top of our game and we’re just going to come in with the same attitude; at least we’ll be here the whole day next week. We’ll try to make again as few mistake as possible and try to be there at the end.”

Emms Racing is proud to be supported by BAE Environmental, FMR Scrap Buyers and Recyclers, TL Tire, Klotz Canada, Speedy Glass Orillia, Mike Westwood Fabrications, Peter Built Racecars and AM Marketing.

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 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