Story By: ASHLEY MCCUBBIN / OSCAAR RACING – ORILLIA ONT, CA – After experiencing success in the Queenston OSCAAR Modiifeds, A.J. Emms will return to the division on a part-time basis in 2019 with backing from BAE Environmental.
“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.”
Last season, Emms ran eight events on the series schedule with six top-fives seven top-10’s including a season-best runner-up at Jukasa Motor Speedway. Notably, he was able to reach victory lane at Peterborough Speedway with a heat win.
“Although we did have a lot of bad luck last year, it’s still not an excuse as to how we ran,” he commented. “We did have some strong runs but my team and I expect more. Moving into this season we need more speed out of both the car and driver to make it happen.”
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.
Although the schedule has not been finalized for the 2019 season yet, Emms does expect to have the No. 14 Modified out at Sunset Speedway’s Spring Velocity weekend on May 18 and 19. The modifieds will run a pair of qualifying heats on Saturday to set the field, followed by a 40-lap feature on the Sunday.
In seven starts at the Innisfil oval, Emms has scored four top-10 finishes, including a track-best fifth in last year’s Spring Velocity feature.
“To win the first event at Sunset Speedway would be huge,” he said. “We feel that we’ve got a handle on the race track but haven’t been able to put together runs. With the homework we’ve done this off season, we hope to be able to do that.”
The team is also planning to run the second-ever event for the series at Jukasa Motor Speedway on June 1. Last year, Emms ran in the top-five throughout the feature en route to a runner-up finish in his first start on the half-mile oval.
As mentioned, BAE Environmental is back with Emms Racing for the third straight season.
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.
Additional plans, as well as other marketing partners, will be revealed as the season nears closer.
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/.