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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.

For updates throughout the weekend and more information on Proud Motorsports, be sure to visit online at ProudMotorsports.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @ProudMtrsports or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/ProudMotorsports.

 

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 Facebook.com/LighthouseLanesSBS. View the series official website at LighthouseLanesSBSSeries.com.

For more information on the Evans Mills event May 12 including time schedules, pricing, and other divisions, be sure to visit online at EvansMillsSpeedway.com.

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

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BRUNELLE POISED FOR REPEAT PERFORMANCE IN 2018 AT EVANS MILLS

EVANS MILLS, NY – Some racers live by the motto, “it doesn’t need to look pretty to go fast”. Other racers, like 2018 Evans Mills Speedway Mills Modified champion Randy Brunelle seem to find a way to field cars that do both – look pretty AND go fast.

This past Saturday, Brunelle took to the track at Evans Mills for the first scheduled preseason practice, tuning his car in for the impending season, which will kick off on Saturday, May 5 at the 3/8-mile paved oval.

Brunelle’s lap times during the practice sessions nearly mirrored his lap times from his last race the previous year, which one would expect if they didn’t take into consideration the fact that Brunelle was not, in fact, in his championship-winning car. During the offseason, Brunelle purchased another car, which was the car he brought on Saturday.

Brunelle, who makes the long trek from Malone to Evans Mills Speedway (more than two hours each way) each week, is no stranger to the track, having raced – and won in – many of the track’s divisions, including some that are no longer included on the weekly schedule at the facility. He has raced in the Junkyard class, Pro Stocks, and has even taken a ride or two in a Sprint car and midget at the facility. His other experience includes stints in a dirt Pro Stock, Late Model, and Super Late Model.

Most Evans Mills Speedway fans know Brunelle’s name and personality from his time in a Legends car. Having started in Legends cars in the mid-1990s, Brunelle raced in the class up and down the East Coast, and – most memorably to local race fans – was the Evans Mills track champion for five consecutive years in the division that still draws a considerable count at the track weekly.

In 2017, Brunelle took on a new adventure with the debut of the Mills Modified crate engine asphalt Modified class. With rules that are comparable to other tracks in the region running a similar class, the birth of the class at Evans Mills Speedway drew quite a bit of attention, and Brunelle was among those in the field when the gates swung open.

Brunelle, known for always being a contender, did not disappoint fans in the division’s first year. Week after week, Brunelle battled other veteran racers, such as Vern LaFave, as well as up-and-coming younger drivers like Mason Spencer. Fans were kept on the edges of their seats as Brunelle and LaFave both scored multiple wins, and wins were also collected by Mike Hall Jr., Jason Christman, and Spencer. When the smoke cleared at the end of the points season, Brunelle was named the first-ever champion in the class, collecting a total of six wins and 13 top five finishes in 14 starts. He edged out LaFave for the title by 34 points.

Now, with a new car underneath him, Brunelle is still humble – though hopeful – about the season ahead. “I want to make every race,” he commented, “and go for another championship.”

When asked about the similarity of his lap times from the previous year, in his familiar equipment, Brunelle chuckled. “I hope to get better,” he said.

Brunelle has had a busy offseason, between getting his new car together and helping facilitate the transition to the Mills Modified class for yet another driver, his close friend Corey Trombley. Trombley, who raced a Pro Stock out of Brunelle’s stable during 2017, will be a rookie in the Mills Modified class in 2018, piloting the car that Brunelle drove to the championship. Trombley actually competed in the car for the final non-points race of 2017, and was also on hand at practice this past Saturday.

According to Brunelle, it wasn’t a hard decision to put Trombley in the car. “He takes care of equipment, he has a racing background, and he respects it,” Brunelle stated. “I wanted to keep the car at the track to support Evans Mills Speedway.”

Trombley commented, “Randy is a great guy that gives me a great opportunity, and we have a lot of fun doing it.”

Brunelle’s team is not the only one going through a transition, either. Also present at practice was the #09, which was driven by Mike Hall Jr. during the 2017 season. Hall Jr. – who has also run in several different classes of cars in his racing career – finished fourth in the season standings during 2017, picking up one win and eight top five finishes in ten starts. Hall Jr. missed several weeks due to a non-racing related injury last season, opting to let his father drive the car.

Hall Sr. ended up eighth in points for the year, with three top five finishes in four starts. This upcoming season, Hall Sr. will be behind the wheel full-time. The elder Hall turned numerous laps in practice this past Saturday as well, with his son in the pit area turning wrenches and offering input.

The Mills Modified class itself is growing, with several rookie competitors expected this season, including Kyle Hafemann, who is making the jump from the Legends division. Hafemann had his car on display at the Syracuse Motorsports Expo last month, and plans to debut it this coming week at practice.

The second – and final – preseason practice at Evans Mills Speedway is slated for this coming Saturday, April 28. Gates open at 12 noon, with practice running from 1 pm until 5 pm. The cost is #30 per car. Spectators are free.

The first competition laps of the season at Evans Mills Speedway will occur on Saturday, May 5. On the schedule are the Mills Modified, Legends, Bandolero, Thunder Stock, 4 Cylinder Truck, and Sport Compact classes. Gates open at 3:30 pm, with practice beginning at 4:30 pm and racing set to go green at 6 pm. Grandstand admission is $10 for adults, with children 15 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. There is a $2 discount for military with valid ID. VIP booth upgrades are available. Pit entry fee is $30.

More information about Evans Mills Speedway, including a complete 2018 schedule, is available online at www.evansmillsspeedway.com, or by calling (315) 221-9180.

PHOTO CREDIT: Randy Brunelle