About Proud Motorsports: Founded in Spring 1994 by Tim Proud, Proud Motorsports is a family owned and operated Supermodified race team based in Oswego, NY, led by car owners Tim and Debbie Proud and driver Camden Proud.
Beginning as one of Oswego Speedway's original Small Block Supermodified organizations in 1994, Tim put together a homebuilt Limited Supermodified, which he raced from 1995 to 1997, before making the big jump to Oswego's headlining Supermodified class in 1998 and competing in that division part-time for five seasons.
Proud's Supermodified tenure also included one full year as car owner in 1999 with Speedway Hall of Famer Mike Bond earning the 'Rookie of the Year' award for Proud as a car owner.
Through his driving years, Tim managed several top five efforts in the Small Block / Limited Super class, and a best finish of 11th in only a handful of big block starts. In 2000, Proud qualified 19th out of nearly 50 cars for the International Classic, in only his second attempt at the most prestigious Supermodified race in the world.
Mid-Supermodified career, Tim would eventually partner with brother Chris Proud in 2001 to design what was then the second homebuilt 'Proud Chassis' Small Block Super. With this car, Chris became one of the most prolific Small Block competitors in Oswego Speedway history.
The namesake of "Proud Racing;" Chris, who has eight Oswego Speedway feature wins to his credit and was recently selected as one of the top 25 all-time drivers in Small Block Super history, still competes every now and then with his original 2001 plant. His stats boast 36 top five finishes, a pole award for the Bud Light Classic 75, and he sits just outside the top ten in all-time point standings.
Tim, who hung up the helmet for the birth of his daughter Cassidy in 2003 as well as the beginning of his son Camden's quarter midget career, has not stopped working on cars since. Camden began his racing career in the summer of 2003 practicing a quarter midget, which he raced through 2012. During his time at the Oswego County and Syracuse Quarter Midget Clubs, Camden won 40-plus A-Main races, over fifty preliminary events, and four track championships put together between the ages of 5 to 12.
In 2012, the brotherly bond was re-kindled when Chris re-acquired the 2001 Proud Chassis, which he had sold to a hill-climbing team in Northern Pennsylvania after calling it a career in 2006. It was then that Chris decided he wanted to return to action, and did so part-time in 2012 with Tim serving as crew chief. Going out on top, Camden called it quits in the quarter midget class that same season after sweeping the Sodus Shootout Championship at the Microd Club located in Wayne County, NY.
That winter, Proud Racing and Proud Motorsports came together to form a new partnership; and build a new race car. During the winter of 2012, Tim and Chris built the third Proud-designed chassis ahead of Oswego's 2013 campaign.
Debuting the car in June of 2013, Chris set fast time the first night it hit the track, and drove to a third place effort in one of its first events. Before season's end, it became 14 year-old Camden's turn for an opportunity at his lifelong dream; turning laps at Oswego Speedway. As it turned out, Camden got up to speed in short order, and as part of the partnership, that brand new race car became his very own for the 2014 season and beyond, with Chris returning in the following season piloting his own ride.
In his first year of competition, Camden came away with the coveted 2014 Pathfinder Bank SBS Rookie of the Year award after nabbing a podium finish in only his fourth Oswego start, while also winning two heat races, and finishing top ten eight occasions with his family-owned racer sponsored by Step One Creative. Proud still holds the record as the youngest ever driver, rookie of the year, and podium finisher in the track's 71 year-history.
Racing against each other in 2014, Camden and Chris together marked the first time that two Proud cars competed alongside one another, and it brought further success for Tim as a car builder, with both cars finishing on the podium at different points throughout the season. In a unique twist, Chris and Camden would also sweep Oswego's Bud Light Classic 75 Qualifiers in September of that year, establishing themselves as the first uncle / nephew pair to win races on the same evening in Speedway history.
Although he put together dozens more top fives and tens in 2015 and 2016, Camden's best SBS season was by far 2017, when he finished the year with a third place effort in the championship standings, driving to six top fives including three second place finishes in the track's 'Road to the Championship.' In a total of 64 career starts, Camden has finished in the top ten for 45 of them (70%), bringing home an impressive total of seven podium finishes, which have included an unfathomable FIVE second place runs.
Throughout the latest days of SBS success, Tim has returned to the driver's seat sparingly as well, winning a September of 2016 Race of Champions Weekend qualifier at Oswego, while also joining the Small Block Super Championship Series in 2017 and 2018 for events at Evans Mills Raceway Park.
The 52 year-old hopped back behind the wheel for the first time in more than a decade to flawlessly battle for the win in the 50-lap 'Fall Brawl' back in September 2017 before being spun out midway through the race. He returned to the event a year later, winning another qualifying heat race and finishing fourth in the feature.
After a five-year long stint, Camden's final year of full-time SBS action would come in 2018, and it was prior to that season that he partnered with Ken's Body Shop to put a Supermodified back in the Proud Motorsports stable for the first time in nearly three decades. The car was debuted in late-2018 and retro-fitted to sport his father's original green No. 22 livery which was used by Tim for his first Supermodified start in 1998.
In his initial track time with the Supermodified, Proud showed speed right away by turning laps at 17.3 seconds before returning a week later to finish 15th in his first ever big block main event, while placing in 4th with the small block car on the same evening. The teenager did double duty once again as part of Budweiser Classic Week, driving to a solid 8th place finish in the Bud Light Classic 75 as well as qualifying the Supermodified into his first Budweiser International Classic 200 after only one week of seat time.
In 2019, Proud transitioned to full-time Supermodified competition at the Speedway, and became only the fourth driver in 30 years to win Rookie of the Year honors in both the Supermodified and SBS divisions. Camden also captured a heat race win, a top 10 finish, and several top 15 runs including in the 63rd Budweiser International Classic 200, for which he just missed the time trial cutoff with a lap of 16.289 seconds; the fastest time trial circuit by a Supermodified rookie in Speedway history.
Camden and Proud Motorsports campaigned their Supermodified sparingly in 2021 and battled mechanical woes much of the season, but in a last minute decision to bring the Ken's Body Shop backed No. 54 to the track for the Classic, Proud managed to go the distance in the 65th running of the 200-lap crown jewel, joining rare company with a top 10 finish in the famed event.
For 2022, Proud will return to full-time Supermodified action, doing so with new equipment and primary sponsorship from Ken's Body Shop for a third straight season. The exciting upgrade is sure to provide the now 23 year-old driver with a tremendous opportunity to draw more success in the big block Super division.
In parallel to big block racing, an engine has also been purchased for the No. 54 Small Block Super, which has sat in storage since 2018, but will return to the track with Tim at the controls for several events at the Oswego Speedway, plus on tour across New York State with the Small Block Super Championship Series.
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