Welcome to the official website of Proud Motorsports; a family-owned Small Block Supermodified race team!
About Proud Motorsports: Founded in 1994 by Tim Proud, Proud Motorsports is a family owned Supermodified race team based in Oswego, NY.
Beginning as one of Oswego Speedway's original Small Block Supermodified organizations in 1994, Tim was a Limited Supermodified campaigner throughout the 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997 seasons before making the jump to Oswego's headlining Supermodified class in 1998 and competing in that division part-time for five seasons.
Proud's tenure also included one full year as car owner in 1999 with Oswego Hall of Famer Mike Bond earning the 'Rookie of the Year' award for Proud as a car owner.
Throughout his competitive years, Tim managed several top five efforts in the Small Block Super class before a best finish of 11th in only a handful of full-blown Supermodified starts. In 2000, Proud qualified 17th for the Budweiser International Classic 200 in one only his second attempt at the most prestigious Supermodified race in the world.
During the peak of his Supermodified days, Tim partnered with brother Chris Proud to form what was the original homebuilt 'Proud Chassis' designed Small Block Super. As a result, Chris became one of the most prolific Small Block competitors in Oswego Speedway history.
Now living in Brewerton and married with three children, the namesake of 'Proud Racing' still competes every now and then with his original 2001 plant. Chris has eight career feature wins to his credit with the car built by the Proud brothers as well as over thirty preliminary victories, 36 top five finishes, a pole award for the Bud Light Classic 75, and also sits just outside the top ten in series 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 kicked off his racing career in the summer of 2003 practicing a quarter midget before racing them 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 at Oswego Speedway when Chris, who had not competed at the track since 2006 less a brief stent in 2010 for Tim Barbeau, re-acquired the 2001 Proud Chassis he had sold to a hill-climbing team in Northern Pennsylvania. It was then that Chris decided he wanted to return to action, and he 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 winning 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 a new race car. During the winter of 2012, Tim and Chris prepared the third Proud-designed chassis ahead of Oswego's 2013 campaign. Chris drove the car to a third place finish in one of the new car's very first races and it wasn't before the end of the season that 14 year-old Camden got his first shot at a lifelong dream; turning laps at Oswego. As it turned out, Camden was very successful and as part of the partnership, that brand new racer became his very own for the 2014 season and beyond while Chris returned the following season with 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 his fourth career Oswego event, winning two heat races, and finishing in the top ten on eight occasions with his family-owned racer sponsored by Step One Creative. Proud still holds the record as youngest Rookie of the Year, heat race winner, and podium finisher in the track's 69 year-history.
Putting together dozens more top fives and tens in 2015 and 2016, Camden's best year yet was 2017, finishing the season 'on the podium' with a third place effort in the championship standings while driving to six top five efforts including three second place finishes as part of the track's 'Road to the Championship.' In 64 career starts, Camden has finished in the top ten for 46 of them, bringing home an impressive total of eight career podium finishes which have included five second place efforts.
Tim has also returned to the driver's seat in recent years, winning a September 2016 Race of Champions Weekend heat race while also joining the Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series Tour for the past two seasons in events at the Evans Mills Speedway. The now 48 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 and finishing fourth in the main event.
Prior to the 2018 season, Tim and Camden partnered with Ken's Body Shop to put a Supermodified back in the Proud Motorsports stable for the first time in nearly three decades. While battling bad luck to all year long, Proud still managed a seventh place finish in the latest 'Road to the Championship' standings with the No. 54 Small Block Super while also making his Supermodified debut in a car that was completely re-worked to replicate the green No. 22 driven by Tim 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 finishing 4th with the Small Block car on the same evening. The teenager did double duty once again as part of Budweiser Classic Weekend, driving to a solid 8th place finish in the Bud Light Classic 75 as well as qualifying the Supermodified into his first career Budweiser International Classic 200.
In 2019, Proud will transition to full-time Supermodified competition at the speedway while select events are planned for the No. 54 at both the Oswego and Evans Mills Speedways. With Step One Creative returning to sponsor both cars in the Proud Motorsports stable next season, Camden has the opportunity to finally capture his long awaited SBS feature win, while also aiming to become only the fourth driver in speedway history to capture 'Rookie of the Year' honors in both divisions.
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