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

A.J. Emms Scores ACC Runner-Up En Route to OSCAAR Modified Championship

PETERBOROUGH, Ontario — A.J. Emms would put the perfect cap on the 2019 race season, scoring a runner-up finish in the Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway en route to being crowned the 2019 Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified Champion.

Emms started off the weekend by finishing fifth in his first qualifying heat on Friday night. He would miss his qualifier on Saturday as a result of having to attend a friend’s wedding.

With only a single heat credited, he would start 10th for the 50-lap feature, moving up to sixth in the early stages, remaining there until the first caution at Lap 20. Restarting on the outside of the third row, he moved up into fifth before avoiding an incident ahead of him on Lap 32 to move up into third.

Restarting on the second row, he would make his way up into second, with his sights set on the leader. Despite 15 laps remaining on the board, he was unable to close the gap between himself and eventual race winner Andy Kamrath, crossing the finish line with a second-place finish.

“I think Autumn Colours went really well overall,” he commented. “I think the 89 (Kamrath) car had a lot of speed; we wish that we would have been able to come up with a little but more speed, but I think overall, we had a strong car and strong finish. The car is in one piece going into the off-season.

“We went in there and did what we needed to do – and that was the plan all weekend. So we were able to accomplish our goal that way and follow through.”

By merely taking the green flag, Emms clinched the 2019 Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified Championship. It marks his first OSCAAR title following a pair of runner-ups in 2016 and 2017.

“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.”

The No. 14 Modified showed speed on a weekly basis, with Emms visiting victory lane on four occasions, including the Rick Woolner Memorial at Full Throttle Motor Speedway.

“The Rick Woolner Memorial was a big one for me,” he said. “Varney (Full Throttle) is one of my favourite race tracks. I know that was a major race for Gary McLean to win with being the 20th anniversary and Rick being so close to him. That was a big one for me to steal away from him, but also I thought it was a big one for Rick being such a good racecar driver and the amount of respect that I have for Gary McLean and Greg Gibson is very big. Although we’ve been fierce competitors in the past, I have a lot of respect for those guys. So for me to win that race, I realized how much that meant to them and in return, it means a lot to me.

“To also win the Don Biederman Memorial was a big one. Don Biederman is one of my heroes in racing. 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? So those are two big ones that really stand out for me throughout this season.

“To top it all off with the championship, I couldn’t be much happier.”

Although he was able to score those wins along with seven heat victories, and nine top-five finishes, it did not simply come easy each weekend with growing competition level in the modifieds.

“Without a doubt, there were some new faces in the OSCAAR Modified division, but they were ones that were not new to racing and guys with range of experience, from hobby cars, thunder cars, to anything,” he commented. “We had a really deep field all year. Some guys to note – obviously the 16 car of (Anthony) DiBello was fast throughout the year; showed a lot of speed at a variety of tracks and was a consistent front runner. Jason Keen – same thing, was strong all year long with their new car.

“You also can’t count out guys like Luke Gignac who have won championships. Cory Horner and his brother were both very strong in that car – the 79h. John Harper started off the year as a force to reckon with and there are just so many more names to add the list. Anytime Gary McLean comes out, you know he will be fast. Between Shawn Chenoweth and Andy Kamrath driving the 89 car, that was a strong piece for both of them through the year. To add to the list, Dale Reinhart also had a very solid season with the times that he was out.

“I’m sure I’m forgetting some, as the field always definitely looked different at the front, but there was always a lot of competition up there. They kept us on our toes all year. We were fortunate to put ourselves in a position to have some solid finishes, and once we started breaking through with victories, they started coming quicker.”

Even with the heightened competition, the team was able to find success, something Emms credits back to the team and “a lot of hours in the shop” getting things ready.

“Nobody in our series runs on an unlimited budget so that means that everybody has to do lots of hard work,” he explained. “When you’re in an environment like that, I think the extra hours that you put in through the week really show on the race track. I think that’s why we had a lot of speed in our racecar.

“Having tons of knowledge that Peter Schotanus has and provides to our entire team is massive with the experience he has there. And my dad being a former Late Model driver, and thunder car driver for years when I was a kid, he has that experience of grinding through a season and knowing what it takes to win. So I think that having that experience and knowing what is required of us, and then going and putting in those hours throughout the week, doing our homework, watching other people and learning from them, and always striving to be better, I think that’s where we were able to capitalize this year.”

Even though they were successful, the team plans to continue pushing forward, knowing the challenge that lies ahead in 2020. Emms says the key will be fine tuning their equipment, based on the things that they learned near the end of this year.

“Some changes, or really clarifications as to what’s allowed, to our rule package have made it so that we have to go back and do some homework for us,” he commented. “So we need to look at the best way to move forward is for our entire program. We’re definitely going to go back and make sure everything is right on our racecar, and try to insure that we have all of our Is doted and our Ts crossed because that’s where things really come into play.

“Racing is not a game of miles; it’s a game of inches, so we’re going to do our best to find those inches that we have left to move forward. We will do that by going over the entire car and making sure everything is right, and doing what we know and taking information we learned and applying.”

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.

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 Podium Finish at Flamboro Speedway’s Frostoberfest

MILGROVE, Ontario — A.J. Emms kept the solid finishes going on Sunday at Flamboro Speedway, scoring a second-place finish in the 50-lap Frostoberfest feature.

Emms started off the night by finishing third and second in his qualifying heats, before drawing fourth in the re-draw for the feature. He’d quickly find himself battling for second in the opening laps, slotting himself in the third spot on Lap 2. He’d remain there until he was able to get by Anthony DiBello for second on Lap 11.

Through the remaining 39 laps, he would get close to the rear bumper of eventual race winner Andy Kamrath, and challenge him side-by-side on a couple mid-race retarts, but was never able to clear him for the spot.

As a result, Emms crossed the finish line with a solid second-place finish, marking his 19th straight OSCAAR top-10 finish.

“I thought overall it was a good night,” Emms said. “Our game plan was to just go in there and essentially get the best run that we could, all while conserving and keeping the car in one piece with a very quick turnover to the Autumn Colours Classic this weekend. We wanted to make sure we weren’t too hard on equipment, which historically Flamboro is a place that can be extremely hard on equipment.

“We were very cautious in not only our adjustments, but how things played out and we drove throughout the race. But overall, we’re very happy with a solid second-place finish. We felt as though we had a very strong car that contended for the win, which essentially is what we want for each and every week.

“Now, we’re looking very positive towards our last race at the Autumn Colours Classic while hunting a championship.”

Emms will now carry a 64-point lead advantage into this weekend’s season finale at Peterborough Speedway, with the Autumn Colours Classic. Emms has been successful there before, winning the Classic in 2016.

“With the position that we’re in now, we’re just going out like we do every single race,” Emms commented. “I rarely mention championship or think about those things; my goal is essentially to run as best as we can every single race, and we do put a high level of pressure on our team to perform at every single race. So the Autumn Colours Classic will be no different.

“I do enjoy races that there are more competitors and outside pressures, as I do thrive in that environment. So I do look forward to heading back to Peterborough while leading the points and looking for not only a strong finish to close out our championship run, but also another win at the Autumn Colours Classic.”

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.

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 of AM Marketing

A.J. Emms Picks Up Pair of Podium Finishes at Iron Man 72

INNISFIL, Ontario — With a pair of podium finishes in the Iron Man 72 at Sunset Speedway, A.J. Emms was able to extend his advantage in the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified standings.

Emms was quick right from the start of the weekend, winning his first qualifier, followed by a runner-up in the second.

Starting on pole for the first 36-lap feature on Saturday night, he would battle with Kelly Balson for the top spot off the drop of the green flag, taking sole procession on Lap 5. He would lead the next two laps, before being challenged and passed for the top spot three laps later. Now running solidly in second, he’d remain there through the middle of the feature, until he was passed by Balson for the runner-up spot on Lap 22.

Running third, he would continuing to put down solid lap times through the back half of the feature, crossing the finish line with a third-place finish.

Following the event, Emms shared his thoughts on how the night played out.

Starting third in the second 36-lap feature on Sunday night, he would move up into second with a three-wide move on the opening lap, taking over the top spot on the seventh lap. He would then lead the next 12 laps before being passed for the top spot on Lap 19.

Over the middle portion of the feature, Emms would challenge for the lead on a pair of restarts, but was unable to clear Andy Kamrath for the top spot. Instead, he’d battle to the checkered flag for second with Anthony DiBello, ultimately coming up short, crossing the finish line in third.

“Overall, it was a good night for us,” Emms said after the second feature. “We ran well last night, changed some stuff and it worked out. It’s a game of inches so we’re very fortunate to come out of here with a third-place finish, and we’re looking forward to Flamboro in a few weeks.”

With just two races remaining on the schedule, Emms leads the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified standings by 56 points.

The next race for the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds is at Flamboro Speedway on October 6. Emms knows his way around the Milgrove, Ontario oval, having won both OSCAAR events there thus far in 2019.

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.

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 of AM Marketing

A.J. Emms Picks Up Fourth Feature Victory of 2019 Campaign

MILGROVE, Ontario — A combination of speed and perseverance paid off for A.J. Emms at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday night, as he was able to pick up his fourth feature victory of the 2019 season.

Emms started off the night on a solid note, finishing third in both of his qualifying heat races.

He would draw the pole for the feature, breaking out to the early lead. Although he’d lose the top spot on Lap 7, he’d get it back five laps later when the current race leader got caught up with lap traffic. Despite a series of cautions through the back half of the feature, Emms kept putting together good restarts, ultimately crossing the finish line in first for the win.

It marks his second win of the season at Flamboro Speedway, and fourth overall of the season after winning at Delaware Speedway and the Rick Woolner Memorial at Full Throttle Motor Speedway. Emms now leads the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified standings by 50 points.

“It was definitely a very topsy-turvy night,” Emms admitted in victory lane. “We finished third in both our heat races, just trying to stay clean and out of trouble. Throughout the race, we just kind of persevered. Starting on pole is very fortunate to draw number one. There were lots of fast cars out here tonight so I’m not sure exactly what we had. We just kind of really relied on our notes moving forward.

“The 89C of Andrew Kamrath was really fast out there. He definitely had the car to beat tonight; unfortunately, he just got caught up in lap traffic. So from there, we just kind of took off, clicked off laps, and were able to take home the finish.

“Overall, a really great night for us. It was really nice to have the whole family here – or half the family here. Moving forward, we’re very excited to get back to Sunset Speedway in a couple weeks and hopefully continue our positive finishes.”

The next race for the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds is at Sunset Speedway, with the Iron Man 72. The unique format will feature qualifying heat races, followed by twin 36-lap features split across the two days – Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22.

“I don’t know if we’re going to have a strategy. We’ll have to sit down and plan it with the crew,” he commented. “Sunset Speedway – although close to home and a place that I run a lot of laps on, maybe isn’t my favourite race track. But we’ll learn, and do the best we can, and try to click some strong finishes.

“Really, it’s just doing the preparation back home in the shop and trying to bring a good piece there because if you start off behind the ball, it’s very hard to catch back up with this group of OSCAAR Modified drivers. It’s very important to do our homework, and hopefully we can come out with a strong finish.”

Emms has run well there at Sunset Speedway previously, scoring a couple heat victories with a track-best third-place finish in June. In nine starts at the third-mile oval, he has scored three top-five’s and six top-10’s.

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.

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 of AM Marketing

A.J. Emms Scores Heat Victory, Podium Finish at Delaware Speedway

LONDON, Ontario — Starting on the fourth row, A.J. Emms would make his way forward throughout the 50-lap Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified feature at Delaware Speedway to finish third.

He started off the night by winning his first qualifying heat, though following the re-draw for the feature, he would start eighth. He began to make his way forward from the drop of the green flag, moving up into sixth by the fourth lap. He’d remain there throughout the middle portion of the feature, avoiding contact ahead of him on Lap 26 to move up to fifth.

Starting on the inside of the third row, he’d get alongside Anthony DiBello for third, but the yellow flag came back out for an incident deep in the field. The second restart would see Emms alongside Jason Keen for third, but another caution slowed the action again.

The third attempt saw him alongside DiBello for third, with contact happening between the pair. Emms would initially drop back, but was able to hold off a challenge for position from behind. He’d get back alongside DiBello for third with six laps to go, completing the pass two laps later.

He’d ultimately run out of time to catch the top-two, so he’d ultimately cross the finish line with a third-place finish. The solid performance allowed him to keep his points lead of 31 points.

“Overall, it was a good night,” Emms commented. “Started off eighth, which is definitely difficult to come through a strong field like the OSCAAR Modifieds. We were fortunate to be patient there throughout the race and then start to pick our way through the field with about 15 to go, and we were able to make it up to third. So overall, a great run for us. The car is one piece, we had a lot of speed; we were very happy with everything.

“Looking forward to Flamboro. It’s been a good track for us, so hopefully we can close out the deal there.”

The next race on the OSCAAR Modified schedule is at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday, August 24. Emms knows his way around the Hamilton, Ontario-based oval, winning there last month.

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.

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 of AM Marketing

A.J. Emms Scores a Top-10 Finish at Peterborough Speedway

PETERBOROUGH, Ontario — Despite being involved in a late-race incident, A.J. Emms was able to leave Peterborough Speedway with a top-10 finish.

“Overall, a solid night,” Emms commented. “We would’ve preferred a better outcome in the end. But with that being said, the driver made some errors there that I’ll definitely reflect on for next week and hopefully we’ll be able to put together a good piece and have a good run at Delaware in two weeks.”

Emms started off the night showing speed, winning his first heat, followed by a third in the second qualifier.

Starting eighth for the 40-lap feature, he would begin to make his forward, running side-by-side with Norman Newman for sixth on Lap 2. He would get the spot, followed by passing Luke Gignac for fifth a couple laps later.

Through the second half of the event, Emms kept himself solidly in fifth as he worked his way through lap traffic, gaining a bit of ground at times on the fourth-place car. However, everything came to a head when contact with a lap car would send the No. 14 spinning around in turn four with five laps to go.

Restarting eighth, he was able to make his way by Dale Reinhart before the checkered flag to finish seventh. Despite the finish, Emms was able to extend his points lead to 31 points in the standings.

The next race on the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds is at Delaware Speedway on Saturday, August 17. Emms knows his way around the half-mile, winning the series’ event there last month.

“Delaware is really a place that I enjoy driving at,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll put this same set-up in it that we had last time because it worked well, and we will do what we can to have another strong run and shoot for another top-three finish.”

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.

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 of AM Marketing