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Proud Motorsports Purchases Didero Supermodified Operation for Full-Time Oswego Effort in 2022

Posted by proudmotorsports on December 13, 2021 at 4:30 PM

 

OSWEGO, NY (December 14, 2021) - Proud Motorsports and driver Camden Proud are excited to announce their new addition of Doug Didero’s complete Supermodified operation, and plans to campaign the potent John Colloca Chassis weekly at Oswego Speedway in 2022.

 

“My excitement is through the roof to be able to bring the 3 home to our shop,” Proud said. “I want to thank my parents and sponsors for their tremendous support in making this possible, along with Doug Didero and John Colloca who have already gone above and beyond to help us through this process.”

 

Piloting the team’s 2010 Hawk car for one full season in 2019, as well as a handful of events in 2021, Proud earned a heat race win, a pair of top 10 finishes; including in the 65th International Classic, as well as Rookie of the Year honors with the former Strong Racing machine.

 

The acquisition of the No. 3 means upgrading to a 2018 chassis, complete with new equipment from top to bottom, and assembled with independent front suspension.

 

“It's no secret that being able to purchase equipment of this caliber is a big improvement for our team,” Proud continued. “We’re pumped to get to work familiarizing ourselves with the car, and hopeful this opportunity brings the success that we are striving for in the Supermodified class.”

 

Oswego Speedway’s 2022 season begins with the return of the historic Port City 150 Saturday, May 28. Novelis Supermodifieds will headline with the 75-lap Jim Shampine Memorial serving as the first race for Proud in his new ride, which will again be sponsored by Ken’s Body Shop.

 

The full Oswego Speedway schedule is now available at OswegoSpeedway.com and shows nine events for the Oswego Supers as well as three Winged Challenge Series specials.

 

More information on Proud Motorsports can be found at ProudMotorsports.com. You can also keep up on social media by clicking LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/ProudMotorsports or FOLLOW on Twitter @ProudMtrsports.

 

Proud Motorsports Partners: Ken’s Body Shop, Ontario Accessibility Solutions, Oswego Quality Carpet, Step One Creative, Budget Signs, Pullen’s Plumbing & Heating Supply, and Compass Credit Union.

 

Ken's Body Shop Steps in as Primary Backer of Proud Motorsports Supermodified; Camden Set for Full Sophomore Season in 2020

Posted by proudmotorsports on December 9, 2021 at 6:35 AM


OSWEGO, NY (January 20, 2020) - In what will be the automotive repair shops’ 27th season with Proud Motorsports, Ken’s Body Shop of Oswego has stepped up to support 2019 Novelis Supermodified Rookie of the Year Camden Proud as the primary backer of the No. 54 in 2020.

 

The 21-year old, who begins his sophomore Super season in May, used a heat win, one top ten, and six top fifteen runs to clinch the rookie title by a narrow four-point margin last season. Proud now has the opportunity for further growth thanks to the support of Ken’s Body Shop.


“I’m honored that Ken’s Body Shop has come through to ensure our second full season in the Supermodified ranks is a possibility,” Proud said. “Ken’s has supported my Dad and I longer than anyone and we are thrilled to have them on the side of our car as primary sponsor of our Supermodified for the 2020 season.”


Ken’s Body Shop, located at 5753 NY-104 in Oswego, has been with Proud Motorsports since its early beginnings in 1994. Ken’s will now have been featured as primary sponsor on four different Proud Motorsports machines at the Oswego Speedway; Tim’s 1994 Limited Super, Tim's 1998 and 2002 Supermodified rides, Camden’s 2018 Supermodified throwback livery, and now his gold No. 54 Super in 2020.


“I can’t say enough about what Jeff Jones and his family have done for us over the past two decades,” Proud continued. “It is hard to find that kind of loyalty anywhere, let alone in motorsports. If it weren’t for Ken’s, Oswego Speedway would have one less weekly Super this year, so I hope our fans will return the favor by looking to them when in need of any automotive repair service.”

 

Since opening in 1951, Ken's Body Shop has set the standard for quality auto body repair and customer service in Central New York. Family owned and operated by the Jones Family for nearly 70 years, much has changed since the 1950’s, but there is no question that Ken’s Body Shop’s uncompromising standards and continued commitment to excellence have remained consistent.

 

The team at Ken’s works passionately to provide customers with the highest quality automotive repair and service possible. Ken’s services all vehicle makes (even boats and RVs), offering the full range of automotive care and repair services including both detailing and mechanical.

 

Ken’s is particularly proud to be specially certified by General Motors (Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, GMC), Ford, FCA (Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram), Honda, Nissan, Kia and Hyundai to return their vehicles to factory standards. It’s this level of quality that sets Ken's apart from competitors, positioning them as Oswego County’s premier collision repair shop and one of the top auto repair facilities in New York State.

 

Proud will look to continue his Supermodified progression with the Ken's Body Shop No. 54 beginning with Oswego Speedway’s 70th Anniversary Season Opener on Saturday, May 23. The program will feature Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50 feature events for the Supermodifieds.


Camden and team will hold their annual Chicken BBQ Fundraiser on Sunday, March 29 at LaGraf’s Pub in the City of Oswego. Dinners will be sold beginning at noon. Further information will be made available this week.

 

To keep up with Proud Motorsports throughout the remainder of the offseason, please visit the team’s website at ProudMotorsports.com. You can also LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/ProudMotorsports or FOLLOW on Twitter @ProudMtrsports.

 

Further information on Ken’s Body Shop can be found online at KensBodyShop.com. Ken’s also has a strong social media presence with Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, and Google Plus outlets. You can stop in on location or phone (315)-343-6611 to schedule an appointment today.

 

Proud Motorsports Partners: Ken’s Body Shop, Step One Creative, Budget Signs, GJP Italian Eatery of Oswego, Oswego Quality Carpet, Compass Credit Union, Xpress Auto Care, and Pullen’s Plumbing & Heating Supply.

Step One Creative Partners with Camden Proud, Proud Motorsports for Full-Time Novelis Supermodified Campaign in 2019

Posted by proudmotorsports on November 27, 2018 at 10:10 PM


OSWEGO, NY (November 27, 2018) - Oswego based marketing firm Step One Creative has partnered with Camden Proud and Proud Motorsports to allow for a full-time effort in Oswego Speedway’s Novelis Supermodified division in 2019.


Proud, a former Pathfinder Bank SBS Rookie of the Year, makes the move to Supermodifieds following five straight seasons of weekly competition with the No. 54 Small Block Super.


Step One Creative served as the primary backer of Proud’s Small Block ride for all five years. During that time, the teenaged driver drove to nearly 50 top 10 finishes in 64 career SBS events, plus 14 top five runs which included an unimaginable five second place finishes.


Last year, the now 20 year-old competitor partnered with Ken’s Body Shop to acquire the former Strong Racing Supermodified while also continuing competition in the Small Block Supermodified class.


Following a complete transformation to sport a retro green color scheme paying tribute to his father Tim, Proud did double duty on two occasions in 2018. He made his Supermodified debut on Track Championship Night, bringing the No. 22 home in 15th place while also securing a 4th place run with the No. 54 SBS that same evening.


Two weeks later, Proud qualified for his first International Classic with the Supermodified, quickly finding lap times in the sub-17 second bracket. The Speedway public relations director will now attempt a run at Rookie of the Year in the Supermodified division throughout 2019 beginning with the Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s on Opening Day Saturday, May 25.


“We’re thrilled to work with Camden as he takes the next step in his career,” said Shane Stepien, president at Step One Creative. “Our staff at Step One Creative is very proud of the accomplishments Tim, Cam and Proud Motorsports were able to earn through five years of dedication to the Small Block Super class. It will be very exciting to see the team make this transition and aim for Supermodified Rookie of the Year. We look forward to continuing to watch Camden grow both on and off the race track.”


With the return of Step One Creative as primary sponsor for what will mark a sixth consecutive season, this will also bring the return of the company’s brand to the Proud Motorsports Supermodified. Proud will pilot his Hawk Chassis as No. 54 in 2019, sporting the full Step One Creative color scheme on his ride.


“Step One Creative has been loyal to us for all five of my seasons in the small block class and for that we are forever grateful,” said Camden Proud. “As I make the jump to strive for Supermodified rookie of the year in 2019, I can’t begin to thank Shane Stepien, Mark Proud and the staff enough for continuing to believe in us. We have had their creative team come up with three different designs for our small block car over the years and are now really looking forward to see how the Super will turn out for the upcoming season.”


Thanks to the added support from Step One Creative, several upgrades are now planned for the No. 54 Supermodified over the offseason. Plans include a re-built engine from Finger Lakes Machine, plus the installation of inboard sway bars and all new mounts for 1-1 rocker assembly on the front end of the car which will take place at Hawk Jr. Chassis in Minetto.


“With Shane onboard, we will be able to make some added investments to help ensure the No. 54 is as competitive as possible in 2019,” Proud continued. “There is no question that making the move up to the track’s premiere division will bring several challenges and a steep learning curve, and it is an honor and privilege to represent Step One Creative throughout that process. I am very eager to put our best foot forward each week and continue to compile solid results for our family team. We’re all very excited.”


Step One Creative, located at 317 West First Street in the Stevedore Lofts in Oswego, NY, offers full-service advertising design, brand development, public relations, copy writing, web design, and media planning/placement to organizations and businesses throughout Central and Upstate New York.


Proud Motorsports is a Supermodified race team based in Oswego, NY owned by Tim and Debbie Proud. Camden, a 20 year-old driver, has grown into one of the top competitors in Oswego Speedway's Pathfinder Bank SBS division the past five seasons and will strive for Novelis Supermodified Rookie of the Year in 2019.


For more information on Proud Motorsports, you can visit the team’s website online at ProudMotorsports.com. You can also LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/ProudMotorsports or FOLLOW on Twitter @ProudMtrsports. 


For more information on Step One Creative, please phone (315) 342-2554 or visit their website located at www.StepOneCreative.com.

Proud Planning Double Duty for Track Championship Night at Oswego Saturday, August 18

Posted by proudmotorsports on August 17, 2018 at 5:00 PM


OSWEGO, NY (August 17, 2018) - Just over a week after turning his first ever laps behind the wheel of a Supermodified, Camden Proud is set for more testing today with the Ken’s Body Shop No. 22 machine before planning to take both the big block as well as the Step One Creative No. 54 SBS to the track for CNY CPR & Skip’s Fish Fry Track Championship Night tomorrow evening.


Proud’s first Supermodified laps were a success at ‘Fast Friday’ testing one week ago as after completing less than 50 laps up to speed, Camden quickly found the 17.3 second bracket with the green No. 22 machine retro-fitted to sport his father Tim’s 1998 Supermodified livery.


“It was a very good initial test with the Super last weekend,” Proud said. “Taking my first laps in a Super was unreal and certainly something I won’t soon forget. We were able to turn some respectable laps and I was pleased with the way I adapted to the difference in driving style. With that being said, we still have a steep learning curve and a huge deal of work ahead to get myself more comfortable in the car before Classic Weekend. ”


After unloading the Supermodified, Proud Motorsports then turned attention over to the Pathfinder Bank SBS ranks on Saturday, August 11. Camden again found himself time trialing second fast out of the 23 cars on hand last weekend with another lap of 18.6 seconds. Proud went on to grab third in his heat race and later finished eighth in each of the Twin 20’s for the Small Block Supers.


“We were able to show great speed with the 54 last Saturday, but had a tough go of things in both features,” Proud commented. “It’s that time of year when the track changes considerably from day to night. It really slicked off, and there just wasn’t much passing in the SBS races. I think with a better starting position, we were a top five car in both main events. That was the key last week. Hopefully that will work in our favor for the last regular show of the season.”


With Championship Night on tap for Saturday, Proud sits in eighth in the points race for the Small Block. Preparing to test his Supermodified for a second time later this afternoon, Camden says there is no pressure on Saturday night with the No. 54, so this particular race also presents a great opportunity to enter his first Supermodified main event, which will serve as a shake down for the No. 22 prior to Budweiser Classic Weekend.


“We haven’t really had much to celebrate this year with the Small Block,” Proud noted. “After the season we’ve had, we’re out of the points race and just hoping to contend for a win. We also realize what a great opportunity Saturday provides to get some laps with the Supermodified. Should testing go well tonight, we are up for the challenge of bringing both cars to the track. Pulling double duty for the first time won’t be an easy task, but I’m very much looking forward to my first big block start and the chance to hopefully keep my nose clean, learn, and get some more seat time under my belt.”


Proud Motorsports has now filed registrations for both the Supermodified and the Small Block Supermodified ahead of the Budweiser International Classic 200 and Bud Light SBS Classic 75 events coming up in just two weeks. Both races will take place on Sunday, September 2.


‘Fast Friday’ testing at the speedway runs from 4 to 8pm with racing for the Speedway’s $5 admission Track Championship set to green the flag at 6:45pm on Saturday night. Tickets can be ordered by calling the Oswego Speedway box office at (315)-342-0646.


For continuous updates from the track throughout the weekend, be sure to visit online at ProudMotorsports.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @ProudMtrsports or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/ProudMotorsports.

Proud Ready to Debut Ken's Body Shop No. 22 Supermodified at August 10 'Fast Friday'

Posted by proudmotorsports on August 17, 2018 at 1:50 AM


OSWEGO, NY (August 10, 2018) - After purchasing the former Strong Racing No. 99 Supermodified this past March, Pathfinder Bank SBS veteran Camden Proud is ready to hit the track for his first ever laps with the renumbered No. 22 sponsored by Ken's Body Shop, Step One Creative, and Budget Signs later today at Oswego Speedway's 4 to 8pm 'Fast Friday' session.


Fans may recall Proud's intent to attempt a throwback scheme to his father Tim's 2002 No. 04 machine, but as the team began to assemble the Hawk Chassis racer a few weeks back, Proud found that this may proove difficult and decided to go with the alternative option of the green No. 22 ride which was sported by Tim for his rookie Supermodified effort in 1998.


"A lot of you may recall us planning a throwback scheme to my Dad's No. 04 car soon after we made our purchase from the Strongs. As we started assembling things a few weeks ago, it became apparent to us that painting a new color over the powder coat on our frame, bumpers, and nerf bars  to make that work would prove very time consuming, not to mention perhaps ruin the entire coat anyway," Proud explained. "Instead, I've done my best to keep it a secret, but I'm excited to share that we will be at the track with the green Ken's Body Shop No. 22 today."


The new scheme, which was made possible by the tireless efforts of Chris Proud at Integrated Marketing Services and in conjunction with Step One Creative and Budget Signs of Oswego, mimics Tim Proud's 1998 Supermodified livery. Proud also made his very first ever International Classic start in 2000 as No. 22 and Camden hopes to follow in his father's footsteps in just a few short weeks.


"The scheme is a close replica to my father's car from 1998," offered Proud. "He also started his first Classic with this number and both my sister and I raced it in quarter midgets so it means a lot to me. It was my idea to honor Dad with a throwback scheme to thank him for all his years of dedication and not to mention all of the hours and sacrifice that have gone in to making my ultimate dream in motorsports come true; to be the proud owners of a Supermodified together. Doing this would not have been possible if it weren't for the tremendous effort between Chris Proud, Step One Creative, and Budget Signs. Thank you to all involved."


For trackside updates this weekend both during the race on Saturday as well as throughout Proud's Supermodified debut this afternoon, you can visit ProudMotorsports.com, LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/ProudMotorsports or FOLLOW on Twitter @ProudMtrsports. The team will unveil the No. 22 machine at the track around 4pm on Friday.

Proud Motorsports Acquires Strong Racing Supermodified; Camden Sets Sights on First Career Budweiser International Classic

Posted by proudmotorsports on March 29, 2018 at 9:20 AM


OSWEGO, NY (March 17, 2018) - Yet another Small Block Supermodified veteran is set to make the move up to Oswego Speedway’s premier division as Proud Motorsports and driver Camden Proud have acquired the Strong Racing No. 99 Supermodified which was last in competition on Classic Weekend in 2016.


The 2010 Hawk Chassis has been driven to two Oswego victories by Michael Barnes in 2012 and has more recently been piloted by Dave Cliff and Joey Payne with Payne notably bringing the orange and purple racer home on the podium in the 2015 Budweiser International Classic 200.


Proud, the 19 year-old former SBS Rookie of the Year who finsihed third in last season's point standings with seven top five finishes, explained how his family came to the big decision.


“Over the winter my Dad and I have talked an awful lot about the next steps we wanted to take in my career and this is the conclusion we came up with,” Proud said. “It started off with some interest in running Super DIRT Week and maybe getting a dirt Sportsman. Then we went to Pat and Terry (Strong's) to look at their West 4-Bar for a 350 Super and that was when the big block caught our eye. 


Since December, the Proud family have been involved in discussions to purchase the car and after months worth of careful deliberation, the deal was finalized this past week and the No. 99 was rolled into Proud Motorsports’ shop in the City of Oswego.


“We’ve been trying to get a deal done for a while now," mentioned Proud. “We are a very low buck team and the ultimate goal has always been to move up to the Supermodified class for the right price. With the SBS division in transition to crate motors, our engine has to go up for sale after this year and we figured it was the perfect time to make our move."


It has been a lifelong dream of Camden's to be able to move up to the Supermodified ranks, and now a dream that will at long last become a reality in 2018 as the teenaged pilot looks forward to attempting his first Budweiser Internatonal Classic this September. 


"I'm on cloud nine right now," offered Proud. "Fielding our own Supermodified was something I never thought to be possible, let alone with a car that has been a proven winner in the past. We have had a lot of encouraging input and I think this will be a great starter piece for us. I am beyond grateful for my family and sponsors who have stepped up tremendously to make this happen and so excited to shoot for the Classic this Fall."


Although the No. 54 Small Block Super will have to take the backseat for Proud's first full-time crack at Supermodified action in 2019, plans call for both the Supermodified and the SBS to see track time this season. Following several track testing sessions, Camden intends to pull ‘double duty’ on an occasion or two leading up to the 62nd running of Budweiser International Classic Weekend.


“We did not just buy the car to let it sit in the shop, so we will definitely be bringing it to the track a few times in 2018 to see what we’ve got,” Proud said. “It’s going to take time. Pat (Strong) is planning to help us out, we’ll have Joey Hawksby and all the right people take a look at it. Everything will be gone through meticulously to ensure its good to go. It’s really just a week to week operation at this point and we'll take it from there.”


Proud’s goals this season with the Supermodified are to log laps, get lots of seat time, and more importantly than anything else, get acclimated and adjusted behind the wheel of what is an entirely different race car compared to anything he has driven in his career.


“It’s a totally different ballgame,” Proud explained. “My Oswego experience is there, but it is going to be an immense learning curve for us and to be honest, if I can just keep the car in one piece, earn respect of my fellow competitors, and learn every time we're on the track this season, then I would say that is certainly a success. I grew up idolizing these guys that I’m going to run side by side with. It's just a really special deal for me.”


For up to date information about the Proud Motorsports No. 54 SBS and the new addition of the Supermodified, you can check out the team's website at ProudMotorsports.com. Proud Motorsports also has a healthy social media presence which you can FOLLOW on Twitter @ProudMtrsports or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/ProudMotorsports.


Oswego Speedway kicks off its 2018 campaign on Saturday, May 26 which will see the track’s 68th annual Opening Day set to include Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s for the Novelis Supermodified division plus the Tony White Memorial 35 for the Pathfinder Bank SBS. To purchase tickets, please call (315)-342-0646.

Proud Motorsports Collects Special Awards at Oswego Speedway Banquet

Posted by proudmotorsports on November 6, 2017 at 9:15 PM


OSWEGO, NY (November 7, 2017) - 18 year-old Camden Proud and family celebrated what was his best Oswego Speedway season yet this past weekend at the track's year-end banquet held at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center in Oswego.


The former SBS Rookie of the Year drove to a total of eleven top ten finishes, seven top five finishes and an astounding three second place efforts in 2017, good enough for a third place effort in the overall Road to the Championship for the Pathfinder Bank SBS division. Taking part in a dual role as driver and the track's PR director, Proud was elated to pick up his third place plaque surrounded my his supportive family, friends, and crew.


"It meant a lot to achieve one of the big goals we had prior to 2017 which was a top three in the Road to the Championship," Proud said. "Between coming in with a new powerplant from Finger Lakes Machine, my Dad's constant fine tuning in the shop, and a little luck, it was a great year for us and I'm proud to have the success we do with a homebuilt race car. The next step is getting that first championship and feature win. I really need to thank my sponsors, crew, family, friends, and fans who support me week in and week out."


During the banquet; the Proud team, specifically owner and chief wrench Tim Proud, received several special awards which are distributed annually by the Speedway. For their efforts this year, Proud Motorsports was declared SBS 'Crew of the Year,' something that means so much to Tim.


"We are a small team," said Proud, a former Supermodified pilot who came out of retirerment to race this season. "It's just me, Camden, my wife Debbie, Alex Borland, Doug Zupan, and Scott Lord. The Bowman family helped us a lot, my parents, Jack and Allie Proud. We have a lot of great individuals who support us and lend a hand. This is very unexpected and its things like this that make the hard work pay off."


Camden shared in his father's excitement, noting, "My crew really had to step up this year. With me doing little to nothing at all on the car, traveling to dirt races for my website, plus practically living in the speedway office for my PR job, this is for my Dad and all the people who work on the 54. This is about so much more than me. It's for everyone who has helped me out the past four years and of course my Dad. Thanks to all those guys."


To cap off the night, Tim was awarded one more special honor and it was one that paid tribute to a longtime friend and former Oswego Speedway racer Tony White, who tragically passed away following a Small Block Supermodified event in 2005. This award, the Tony White Memorial Award, is given to a random individual each year by Wayne and Debbie White, Tony's brother and sister in law.


Very emotional, Tim was unable to discuss what winning this award meant to him on stage at the banquet. However, the White family noted he was chosen as the award recipient for his "dedication to the sport and willingness to help others."


Reflecting, he said "The White Family has done a lot for us. They've supported our team with fundraising and cheered Cam on. They are great people. It is my honor to have been chosen for this award. Tony was a great friend and a great person. My brother and I shared a lot of laughs with him in the pits and he was just a fun guy to be around. To accept this in his honor means the world to me. I was speechless at the banquet and just want to extend a huge thanks to the White family and all they do for the Oswego Speedway."


With the banquet in the books, attention now shifts to preparing the new body and color scheme on the Step One Creative No. 54 Small Block Super ahead of 2018, something Tim and Camden are already hard at work on. 


Oswego Speedway's 2018 season begins with Open Practice on Saturday, May 19th followed by the 68th annual Opening Day on Saturday, May 26.


For more information on Proud Motorsports, be sure to visit online at www.ProudMotorsports.com, LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/ProudMotorsports, or FOLLOW on Twitter @ProudMtrsports.

Brothers Tim, Chris Proud to Race Together For First Time in Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series 'Fall Brawl' at Evans Mills

Posted by proudmotorsports on September 12, 2017 at 5:20 PM


OSWEGO, NY (September 7, 2017) - With a successful 2017 Oswego Speedway SBS campaign in the books that saw three second place finishes, seven top five finishes, eleven top ten finishes and a third place effort in the championship standings for fourth year driver Camden Proud, the team's attention now shifts to next Sunday, September 17th's Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series event at the Evans Mills Speedway.


Once again, car builder Tim Proud will see action for just the third time in the past twelve years, attempting to bring home his first career Small Block Supermodified feature win behind the wheel of the Step One Creative No. 54 normally driven by his son.


Tim's return to the driver's seat on Sunday will also come with a special twist, as his brother Chris will be back in action for the first time since Classic Weekend of 2015 with the Martin's Contracting No. 3 Proud Chassis, which is the older car also built by Tim and campaigned by Chris from 2001 to 2006 and once again from 2012 to 2015. 


Between the two cars, Chris and Camden have gathered nearly ninety top ten finishes for Tim as a car builder while Proud himself, both a former Limited Supermodified and Supermodified competitor, has garnered nine Oswego top ten finishes, multiple heat race wins, and second place finishes in his own SBS career between 1994 and 1997. 


Tim is looking forward to the weekend, attempting his first feature event since 2004 after nabbng a heat race win in his first Oswego Speedway start in over a decade last Fall. Both the September 2016 Race of Champions event at Oswego and the May Meltdown at Evans Mills, also attemped by Proud earlier this season, rained out prior to the feature events. 


"It's been fun going racing again. We had a really good car at Evans Mills this year before the rains came and I believe that we can be a threat to win the feature next Sunday," Proud offered. We've made a few changes to get me more comfortable in the car, so I hope that helps us out this time and we have a good run. It's been a really long time, but the most important thing is to take all of this in and have fun with Camden and my brother."'


Chris is also looking forward to his return to racing action, as the eight-time Oswego Speedway feature winner; who was recently voted amongst the top 25 all-time drivers in Small Block Super history, will be making a rare start at Evans Mills, a track both he and Tim competed at in the early stages of their careers.


"It's been quite awhile since I ran at Evans Mills. The last time was to get experience when I got my first Limited," Chris recalled "This weekend, I'm just going to try to have fun and hopefully we can still be competitive. I've spent a lot of years at the track with Tim and racing against him for bragging rights should be a good time. My kids would really like to see me win one more race, so maybe I can get it done for them."


Chris, who was the Limited Supermodified Rookie of the Year in 2000, pitted alongside Tim in his Supermodified days at Oswego, before Tim got out of full-time racing in early 2002, but later returned to pilot Chris's No. 3 to a fifth place finish on Race of Champions Weekend thirteen years ago - his most recent feature event to date. Both of the Proud brothers are in search of their first top five effort at Evans Mills next weekend.


Joining the Small Block Supermodifieds on the Sunday, September 17 Evans Mills schedule will be the Mills Modified, Legends, Bandolero, Thunder Stock, 4-Cylinder and 4-Cylinder truck divisions. 


Pits open at 11:30am, heat racing is set to begin at 3pm, with hot laps at 1pm. Feature action will follow the preliminary races. General admission tickets are just $10 and can be purchased at the gate. Kids 15 and under are FREE at the Evans Mills Speedway. Pit passes are $25. For more information, log on to EvansMillsSpeedway.com.


For more information, be sure to visit online at ProudMotorsports.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @ProudMtrsports on LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/ProudMotorsports. To discuss sponsorship opportunities, email a team representative at proudmotorsports@gmail.com.


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