Proud’s new scheme, which is dominantly gold mixed with Step One Creative’s black, white and red livery, brings back shades of the Ronnie Wallace and Gary Allbritain machines raced at Oswego Speedway in the 1970’s.
“I am thrilled with how the car turned out and want to say a big thank you to everyone at Budget Signs for supporting my rookie year,” Proud said. “We knew we wanted a retro kind of feel with the Step One colors. Their design team, Budget Signs, and Chris Proud all killed it for us.”
Making his Supermodified debut with Oswego Speedway’s new rear wing configuration in last Friday’s testing, Proud’s weekend was immediately slowed due to a broken axle sustained on the No. 54. His team worked overnight to remedy the issues for Opening Day.
“It was a frustrating start to the year, to say the least,” Proud commented. “I was never able to get up to speed in testing due to all of the problems we had, so that put us way further behind the eight ball than we wanted come Saturday.”
After working around the clock to have the car prepared for competition, Supermodified teams were then forced to sit through four straight hours of rain before the track finally dried up enough to hold the first practice session of the day.
“Fortunately all of the bad weather gave us the extra time we needed to get things ready to race,” Proud added. “I can’t thank my Dad and the rest of the crew enough for putting in all of the extra hours. It wasn’t perfect, but we were able to get out there and grab some points.”
Following a battle with fellow rookie of the year contender Jack Patrick in heat race action, the remainder of Saturday’s racing was postponed to Sunday morning as the skies opened up just prior to the first Shampine Memorial Twin.
On Sunday, the bugs continued for Proud and his No. 54 when a busted fuel pump lead to several motor issues throughout the program. Camden was credited with a 22nd place finish in the first twin, and ran all 50 laps to finish 15th in the second main event.
“It was one of those weekends,” Proud continued. “We worked with Doug Holmes all morning to locate the issue, but never figured it out until things were torn apart in the shop. I’m glad we got fixed up enough to complete the second race. Finishing my first one felt good and I hope a lot of our bad luck is out of the way moving forward.”
With one full Supermodified main event under his belt, Proud’s rookie season continues with another ‘Twin 35’ double feature program presented by Burke’s Do It Best Home Centers and Bosco’s next Saturday, June 8.
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Sunday, May 26 Results - Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s (Camden Proud - No. 54 Supermodified):
- Time Trials - 17.517 - 20th
- Heat Start - 10th
- Heat Finish - 10th
- First Feature Start - 21st
- First Feature Finish - 22nd
- Second Feature Start - 22nd
- Second Feature Finish - 15th