ORILLIA, ON – Former Autumn Colours Classic champion AJ Emms will hope to break into victory lane for the first time since August 2017 when the OSCAAR Modified Tour invades Sunset Speedway on June 29th.
While the upcoming event serves as Round 4 on the 2019 schedule, the tour has already lost Round 1 (Sunset) and Round 3 (Delaware Speedway) to rain, making Saturday’s event of even greater importance.
“I don’t think there’s a team on the roster right now that’s not looking for some momentum after the rain-outs that we’ve had,” explains Emms. “We’ve spent as much time sitting in the pits watching it rain as we have actually competing so far this year. Everyone just wants to finally get some races under our belts.”
The Orillia, ON native enters the 2019 season as a driver with a lot of eyes on him, with fans and industry insiders alike waiting to see if Emms can realize the seemingly limitless potential that was displayed during his Autumn Colours Classic triumph at Peterborough Speedway in 2016.
“Our win at the (Autumn Colours) Classic a few years back definitely put us on the map,” explains Emms. “It was the biggest win of my career and it absolutely showed everyone on this tour – our team included – that we can contend with the best guys on this roster.”
“We want to show that we can be that strong for an entire season,” Emms voiced “The goal is to compete at that level for a as many wins as possible with a limit race schedule, that’s what we’re aiming to do in 2019.”
Emms tallied an 11th-place finish in the lone completed tour event of the early season at Jukasa Motor Speedway on June 2nd, a performance that Emms is eager to improve upon this Saturday.
“Our goal is to be in the mix all season long to try and maximize our impact on the points standings – but I especially want to win this one (at Sunset),” admits Emms. “I don’t feel like I was at my best when we were at Jukasa and I’ve been counting the hours until I could run that one back.”
“We left a little on the table (at Jukasa) and I want to make sure I don’t do that this weekend. Sunset always seems to bring out the best of this roster and we’ll be ready for no matter what gets thrown at us. I know that we can outrace these guys and I’m excited to remind everyone else of that, too.”