ORILLIA , ON – Open Wheel Modified rising star AJ Emms polished off an impressive 2017 season last Sunday at Peterborough Speedway, tallying a 2nd place finish in the OSCAAR Modified Tour portion of the lauded Autumn Colours Classic.
For Emms, the podium finish comes one year after a victory in the 2016 edition of the event and further serves to establish his reputation as a driver to keep an eye on in the talent-laden OSCAAR Modified ranks.
“I have a lot of respect for Peterborough Speedway – and I understand just how much it means when we can put together a strong run there,” explains Emms. “It’s tough enough just to finish a race there, much less finish on the podium, so it’s absolutely not lost on me just how good of a weekend we had.”
“We’ve gotten better here with every race,” adds the second-generation racer. “It doesn’t come easy. But we’ve put a lot of laps in here over the last three years and it’s really started to pay off.”
With the runner-up performance complete, Emms secured a career-best 2nd place finish in the season-end OSCAAR Modified Tour points standings – falling just 16-points short of 2017 champion Luke Gignac.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the season we’ve put together,” smiles the Orillia , ON racer. “To be in the mix with the guys on this tour shows how far we’ve come as a team. I have all the respect in the world for Luke and his team – those guys are gamers. They come to win every week and they help set the pace for the rest of the tour.”
After experiencing the thrill of contending for – and ultimately missing on – his chance at a first career OSCAAR Modified Tour championship, Emms and his family-run operation plan on investing in some well-deserved rest and relaxation before making their next move.
“We’re excited to get home and just take a breather for a few weeks,” admits Emms. “Once we unwind from the season a little bit we’ll start taking a look at what we can do for 2018.”
“We just need to see what kind of plan we can put together,” continues the fan favourite. “If we have the support of our sponsors and our team then I would love to be back in a Mod at ‘the Classic’ next year with another shot at a tour championship.” We have some sponsorship meetings coming up which will definitely make our decisions much easier over the winter.”