With a victory and a top-eight finish in each of the eight OSCAAR Modified races this season, things have been going pretty well for A.J. Emms.
The most recent event for the series at Sauble Speedway saw everything come together for the team, as he moved up to third after starting seventh in the feature, and avoided contact late in the event to score his first feature victory of 2017.
“First of all, it was a really good win for us after weeks of bad luck and things happening to us,” he told Short Track Musings. “Luck just kind of went our way, so really happy to win for my family and the whole crew for all the hard work they’ve done. Also, really good win for all our sponsors – especially BAE Environmental, and Schotanis Racing. All the work and time that they’ve put in, and we’ve put in, it all just came together which is a really great feeling.”
Notably, the night did not start off cleanly as the driver of the No. 14 BAE Environmental, Artech Promotional Products, Sunshine Super Wash, Thor Motors Orillia, Klotz Canada, TSS Top Shops and Creecher’s Design Modified was one of the drivers caught up in one of heat incidents that took place after a spin ahead of him in the second qualifier.
“With the heat race, just got caught up in a racing deal there,” he said. “We ended up almost not being able to not start the feature with some right rear issues, but battled through and got the win in the end, which like I said is a great feeling. So definitely after that adversity at the start of the night, it was great to be able to avoid the issues and come out on top.”
The victory adds to the numbers this season as Emms has only failed to post a top-five once this season, and that was after being involved in an incident while battling for the runner-up spot coming to the checkered at Peterborough Speedway.
Following a second in the season-ending standings last year, Emms heads into the final events this year currently as the points leader. Although the points are nice, the focus remains on scoring more wins in knowing each of the final three races take place at big events – Velocity 250 (Sunset Speedway), Frostoberfest (Flamboro Speedway), and Autumn Colours Classic (Peterborough).
“Realistically, we’ve got to do what we’ve been doing all season and just go out there and try to win every race,” the 2016 Autumn Colours Classic winner said. “I’m not much of a points racer; I’m more of a go out there and do the best that I can every race, and the points will take care of themselves. Hopefully we can keep our nose clean and run as fast as we can, and try to get some wins in these last three big races because they’re all big ones to win. So we’re just going to go out there and do what we do.”