Meet Camden Proud!
A fourth year Oswego Speedway campaigner and recent high school graduate, Camden Proud is the youngest driver to compete in an event at Oswego Speedway in the track's 67 year history and on top of that, the youngest Rookie of the Year, podium finisher, heat race winner, and Classic Weekend starter EVER at the Steel Palace.
Making his mark throughout 9 years of competition in United States Auto Club and QMA sanctioned Quarter Midget Racing events, Proud's young career spanned 5 divisions, eventually graduating to a car capable of speeds at 60 plus mph at the ripe age of 10 years old.
Beginning at age 5 and competing right up to the age of 12, Proud collected 37 career Quarter Midget A-Main victories, and 40+ preliminary wins among many other career accomplishments including a Region 2 States Race Fast Time Award and Runner Up Finish.
"Hollywood" grabbed his first track championship at just seven years old and backed that Oswego County Quarter Midget club performance up with back to back championships in 2010 and 2012, running full time at both the Oswego and Syracuse Quarter Midget Clubs in the premier "Lite 160" division.
2012 was the last stand in Quarter Midgets for Proud Motorsports as Camden went out with a bang, sweeping the season's events at the Sodus Microd Club and being declared "Sodus Shootout Champion." Proud finished third in the standings that same year as part of the "Northeast Shootout Series" USAC tour which included events in New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.
The real fun began in the summer of 2013 when Proud, then 14 years old, became the youngest driver to ever tour the famed Oswego Speedway and take up to speed laps at that age. After just a few sessions, Camden came across the line with an average speed of 114mph at 19.7 seconds around the fast 5/8ths mile in just his first time on the track; achieving his childhood dream of taking up to speed laps at the "Indy of the East".
It's all gone uphill from there for Proud, taking the Rookie of the Year Award in 2014 after nabbing a podium finish in his third career Oswego event, winning two heat races including one on Classic Weekend, and even cracking the 18 second bracket to close out his Rookie Year which saw eight top ten finishes for his No. 54 machine sponsored by Step One Creative.
This success in his homebuilt "Proud Chassis" racer, put together by his father and former driver Tim, has been backed up continuously these past three years at the Big O.
In 43 career events, Proud has finished in the top twelve an astounding THIRTY FOUR of them and in the top ten for 23 of them.
These top tens and twelves have included a total of seven top fives and five podium finishes along with nine heat race victories and eleven "Up and Comer" Awards for various events heading into July 2017.
Finishing just five notches out of the top five in the SBS Road to the Championship in 2016 and qualifying for the Bud Light SBS Classic 75 at fourth fastest with a blistering 18.780 second lap., Proud will look to build on what he has started as this now young man turned Oswego Speedway veteran hunts his first Oswego feature win and track championship with his family team throughout the rest of the season.