Despite some rocky moments throughout the 2021 Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Just Foam It season, consistency ultimately led A.J. Emms to a fourth-place in the year-end series standings.
Ultimately, the year started off with the most memorable moment of the season in a whirlwind of a season opener. After getting married on Saturday, Emms elected to have Taylor Holdaway behind the wheel for qualifying at Sunset Speedway. Holdaway was able to get the job done, scoring a heat victory and runner-up.
Emms would get to the track prior to the start of the feature, getting behind the wheel of the modified – though having to start from the tail of the field due to the driver change. The climb to the front came quickly, though, as he put himself inside the top-five with 20 laps to go and was able to capitalize late to score the victory.
Returning back to Sunset Speedway two weeks later, the second heat event would not go according to plan. Battling for the runner-up spot in the early stages, Emms was pushed against the outside frontstretch wall, ultimately forcing him up on two wheels and stuck on the wall.
Despite the heavy damage to the car, the team did not give up in the face of adversity, making the necessary repairs – with help from others, to get the car back out for the feature. Starting from the tail of the field, Emms was able to make his way back through for a 10th-place finish.
A couple weeks later with qualifying rained out at Sauble Speedway, he was unable to make up much ground in the feature en route to placing fifth. The return to Sunset did not go much better, as contact on the opening lap hurt the team the rest of the event en route to placing 20th.
He was able to rebound a week later at Delaware Speedway, running inside the top-five all feature long en route to fifth. He started off the day with speed at Flamboro Speedway, but getting stuck in the outside lane on a restart relegated him to an eighth-place finish.
The year would end off on a good note, though, as Emms scored a heat victory before running inside the top-four all feature long at the Autumn Colours Classic en route to a third-place finish.
Despite there being some rough moments, Emms still showed speed behind the wheel of the No. 14 Modified, keeping him in the conversation for victories and a possible second title in the season ahead.
The 2021 OSCAAR Modified season is sponsored by Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC, Just Foam It, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., The Fyre Place & Patio Shop, American Racer, and Grisdale Race Products.
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By: Ashley McCubbin