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Proud Motorsports Opens 2018 Season this Saturday at Evans Mills Speedway

OSWEGO, NY (May 8, 2018) – Following a lengthy, but also rather busy offseason, Proud Motorsports will open their 2018 Small Block Supermodified campaign in the 30-lap Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series ‘May Meltdown’ at the Evans Mills Speedway this Saturday, May 12.

For the second race in a row, team owner Tim Proud will pilot the Step One Creative No. 54 machine at Evans Mills with the 2017 graphics package on the car before regular pilot Camden Proud gets back behind the wheel with a brand new look at Oswego Speedway’s Open Practice next Saturday, May 19.

Proud is looking forward to again piloting the car at the North Country oval located just outside of the city of Watertown. The former Supermodified driver contended for the lead for several laps in the ‘Fall Brawl’ 50 event for the Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series last September.

“Things went really well last Fall at Evans Mills,” Proud said. “We were fast all day long, got 2nd in the heat, and battled for the lead in the feature for awhile before getting into a jingle on one of the restarts. The Step One Creative car has been fast there so far, so it’s been fun. Hopefully we can stay out of trouble this weekend and contend for the win.”

In September 2016 Proud got back behind the wheel of a race car for the first time since 2004 as part of a Race of Champions event at the Oswego Speedway. Tim’s return to competition was rather successful, turning laps consistently at 18.9 seconds and also bringing home a heat race win that afternoon. The longtime Oswego car owner gathered a handful of top fives in SBS competition at the ‘Steel Palace’ in the early stages of his career.

Following a rainout at Oswego just minutes after the preliminary victory, Proud then turned to the Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series for more action in 2017, but was bitten by the rain twice; first at Evans Mills Speedway on Father’s Day and then again at the Spencer Speedway just a few weeks later. He finally was able to compete in the ‘Fall Brawl,’ charging through the field to a ninth place finish after the aforementioned restart stack up.

For the 2018 season, Proud again will be the full-time crew chief and mechanic on the No. 54 Small Block Super at Oswego Speedway as Camden continues to knock on the door for his first career feature win. The car owner / driver pair scored three second place finishes in 2017, which allowed Proud Motorsports to gather a third place effort in the overall point standings last season.

Following the addition of a Supermodified to Proud Motorsports this past March, Tim will also pilot the soon to be No. 04 in select testing sessions before Camden aims to qualify for this September’s 62nd running of the Budweiser International Classic 200. The scheme on the car will resemble the final family owned Supermodified Proud piloted back in 2002.

Action at Evans Mills Speedway gets underway at 4:30pm this Saturday afternoon with the start of hot laps before heat racing will see the green flag promptly at 6:00pm. Pit gates open at 3:30pm with passes available for $30. General admission seating is ONLY $10 and all kids 15 and under are FREE.

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Purse Breakdown Revealed for Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series ‘May Meltdown’ 30 at Evans Mills Speedway

OSWEGO, NY (April 26, 2018) – The purse breakdown for the Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series season opening 30-lap ‘May Meltdown’ event set to take place Saturday, May 12 at the Evans Mills Speedway has been revealed.

The purse rundown is decided by Evans Mills Speedway track owner Vern LaFave and is based on the appearance of a twelve car count for the Small Block Supers on raceday along with a $500 sponsor provided by the tour. This will allow Evans Mills to pay the purse in its entirety depending on car count.

Should twelve cars not appear at the track on May 12, the tour itself will need to pay a portion of the purse.

“We are really counting on twelve cars on the 12th of May, that’s the goal,” said series president Mike Bruce. “I appreciate everyone’s continued interest and support in this event prior to the start of Oswego’s point season. We know everyone is scrambling to get things finished this time of year, but I think it will all pay off with a great show under the lights next month.”

Unlike last year’s ‘Fall Brawl’ 50, which will again return as a $1,000 to win event this September, the ‘May Meltdown’ show at the Mills will be $600 to win for 30-laps. The remaining funds from last year’s Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series fundraiser will be put towards paying the entire purse for the series’ Spencer Speedway show in June along with expenses for the 2nd annual Fall Brawl.

“We have the entire amount from last year’s fundraiser remaining less $100 used to put together the series website,” Bruce stated. “However, in order for us to appear at Spencer Speedway this June, we have been asked to pay the entire purse, which the track is currently finalizing for us. With interest in the Spencer event continuing to be pretty high and barring in mind the goal of making the Fall Brawl even bigger this year, $600 to win is the number Vern and I came up with for the May show. If we bump this up and don’t have enough to pay the purse at Spencer than we are in a bit of a pinch. The plan is to use the fundraising cash for the Spencer purse and then put whatever is left into making the September event at Evans Mills as big as possible. If anyone has any questions or suggestions about this topic, I would greatly appreciate them and welcome texts and calls to my cell at (315)-591-6674.”

As always, the series most important goal is searching for sponsors ahead of what is currently a three race schedule that includes Evans Mills Speedway May 12, Spencer Speedway June 29, and Evans Mills Speedway again on September 16. More events at the conclusion of Oswego’s season could be added in the future, but are not confirmed at this point in time.

“We are always looking for sponsors for the series,” Bruce added. “We have a website and active presence on social media which allows us to promote your brand and also gives businesses, individuals, or even some of the race fans the opportunity to support one of the newest pavement touring series in the area. Getting sponsors is the key. We do not want to have any more fundraisers as we don’t want the money coming out of our own pockets. The Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series has been fortunate enough to work closely with Bob Hoefer and have Lighthouse Lanes onboard as our title sponsor. Last year we had great support from Cam’s Pizzeria for our heat race winners and Route 37 Building Supply to sponsor the event at Evans Mills as well. We hope to renew those contingencies for this year and are always looking for more sponsors to get us off and running. Any suggestions are welcomed.”

Based on the $500 series sponsor and a twelve car minimum, the Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series ‘May Meltdown’ purse will be as follows; 1. $600, 2. $400, 3. $200, 4. $175, 5. $145, 6. $135, 7. $125, 8. $110, 9. $105, 10-24. $100.

Ahead of the seconds series’ appearance at Evans Mills, fifteen cars have already confirmed their intent to compete in the 30-lap Spring Championship event which will get underway with preliminary action at 6pm before the first ever Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series event under the lights.

“It’s exciting to get to compete under the lights there for the first time,” Bruce commented. “I hope we can bring another solid field of cars up to Evans Mills and put on a good, clean show for their fans. We hope to showcase what Small Block Super racing at Oswego Speedway is all about and already look forward to returning in September for a huge event as well.”

Driver entries for the May Meltdown are being announced daily on Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series social media. You can  FOLLOW the tour @LHLSBSupers on Twitter or LIKE on Facebook at View the series official website at

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The Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series can be contacted for sponsorship inquiries by phoning Bruce at (315)-591-6674 or emailing tour officials at

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‘May Meltdown’ Gets the Green Flag Saturday, May 12

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OSWEGO, NY (April 23, 2018) – The weather has taken a turn for the better and the northeast Small Block Supermodified lid lifter is on as scheduled as the Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series 30-lap ‘May Meltdown’ Spring Championship event is set to take the green flag at the Evans Mills Speedway on Saturday, May 12.

Several Oswego Speedway regulars have already confirmed as entries into the $600 to win contest which will mark the first event under the lights in the history of the tour as the Evans Mills Speedway moves to Saturday night racing in 2018.

“We are looking forward to a strong field of cars to help kickoff the new era of Saturday night racing at the Evans Mills Speedway,” commented series promoter Camden Proud. “We expect about fifteen to seventeen cars for the event which is a number both Vern (LaFave), Mike (Bruce), and myself are very happy about. That’s pretty much a full field at Evans Mills. We appreciate everyone getting their cars together early to support this event.”

The Oswego Speedway season doesn’t begin until two weeks later when the Small Blocks will contest in a 35-lap Tony White Memorial main event on Saturday, May 26, but several drivers are already set to go in support of the Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series.

Competitors that have already verified their intent to compete with the tour in its Evans Mills Opener include returning campaigner Anthony Losurdo in the debut of his brand new No. 1 FFB Chassis. Losurdo will drive for Missile Motorsports this season and is the youngest feature winner in Oswego Speedway’s rich history.

Veteran James Babcock will return to driving duties at Evans Mills this year after putting series president Mike Bruce in his No. 15 for last September’s Fall Brawl while Bruce, a former Evans Mills winner, will be back in his own No. 22 machine.

Oswego Rookie of the Year contenders Joshua Sokolic and Stephen Flack have each expressed interest in the Evans Mills event, as has another returning driver; 2011 Oswego SBS Rookie of the Year David LaTulip.

North Country campaigners Cameron Black in the No. 23 and Jesse Bearup in the Route 37 Building Supply car are each expected to join the fray as these two drivers will each make the short trip to one of their hometown tracks.

Tim Proud will again hop behind the wheel of the Step One Creative No. 54 Small Block driven on a regular basis by his son as Proud aims to be a threat for victory once again at Evans Mills.

Back to back Oswego champion and winner of last year’s 50-lap event at Evans Mills, Dave Cliff has confirmed that he intends to be in the field once again with the Barbeau Racing No. 50 come May 12.

Brad Haynes will be back in his family owned No. 86 Hedger Chassis for the May Meltdown after a promising fifth place run last fall while Ron Pratt will drive his No. 88 which was purchased from Haynes Racing just two seasons ago.

A bit of a driving shakeup has occurred at G.O. Premiere Motorsports as Flack will move to the No. 32, which is the former Alex McRae 14, while the No. 90 driven regularly by Greg O’Connor will remain in the shop prior to the Oswego Opener. O’Connor will instead pilot the No. 89 machine driven last season by ‘17 Oswego Rookie of the Year Tony Pisa.

Barry Kingsley won a heat race last September at Evans Mills and is always quick at the Jefferson County oval. The Oswego Speedway veteran and former feature winner will be back with his beautiful No. 91 Hedger Chassis.

Track owner and promoter Vern LaFave is a former Supermodified driver and he will once again bring out his older style No. 97 Small Block Super to compete with the field as well. LaFave also runs in the Modified and Legend divisions weekly at the ‘Mills’ while also fulfilling his commitments as promoter.

There are several other teams that have expressed interest in the May Meltdown, but those drivers have yet to confirm their plans to race with series management.

All 2018 Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series teams are reminded that the 2018-2019 Oswego Speedway rulebook will be strictly enforced on the tour for all events with an exception being made regarding the tire rule on May 12.

Teams may use any leftover Pathfinder Bank SBS legal tire from last year’s Oswego rulebook during the ‘May Meltdown’ event at Evans Mills, but following the series opener, all tires used on cars in the Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series must be the 2018-2019 10” 1057 compound. The Oswego Speedway rulebook will be strictly enforced in its entirety at all series events and Oswego tech, officials, and safety personnel will be present.

Evans Mills Speedway gates are set to open on 3:30pm on Saturday, May 12 before hot laps take to the track at 4:30pm. Racing will get the green promptly at 6pm. Joining the Small Block Supers on the race card will be the Mills Modifieds, Legends, Bandoleros, Thunder Stocks, and the Sport Compact division. More information is posted at or you can call the track at (315)-221-9180.

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