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

OSWEGO, NY (November 28, 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 just over 60 career SBS events, plus 14 top 5 runs including 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’s public relations director will now attempt a run at rookie of the year in the division throughout 2019 beginning with the Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s set for 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 while 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’ve 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 throughout 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 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, New York, 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 You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @ProudMtrsports or LIKE on Facebook at

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


ALLENTOWN, PA November 24, 2018 . . . NASCAR Modified Touring Series ace Timmy Solomito has the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels clearly in his sights. The Islip, NY driver expects to be a contender for victory when the series opens on the concrete floor of Allentown, PA’s PPL Center on January 4-5, 2019 for the Ironton Telephone Indoor race

Solomito, who made his series debut last year, will field his own TQ Midget built by Mark Lafler. After the two feature events in Allentown, Solomito will focus on the NAPA Indoor Racing Weekend on January 25-26 inside historic Atlantic City, N.J.’s Boardwalk Hall.

Solomito may rely on 2018 Indoor Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified champion Justin Bonsignore for a few pointers. The two have a lifelong friendship growing up New York’s Long Island as well as a history of competing against one other.

“Justin (Bonsignore) and I grew up together racing karts and racing Modifieds,” Solomito shared. “He’s the best in the Indoor TQ Midgets and the NASCAR Modifieds right now. If I can run with him, I can win races.”

In addition to Bonsignore, three time Indoor Auto Racing Series champion Erick Rudolph will be among the men Solomito will have to contend with. Rudolph, who won the Series crown in 2012, 2015 and 2016, was second to Bonsignore in last year’s down-to-the-wire Indoor Series title chase. Rudolph also finished second in this year’s Super DIRTcar Series big-block Modified standings.

Other experienced Indoor TQ drivers filing entries for Allentown include Anthony Payne of Fairlawn, N.J., a first time winner on last year’s series. Other entries include Ryan Tidman, Holland, PA; Tyler Thompson, Fulton, NY; Matt Roselli, Brodheadsville, PA; Jon Reid, Lockport, NY; and the Catalano brothers, Tommy and Timmy from Ontario, NY.

Past Ironton Telephone Allentown TQ Midget feature race winners are Rudolph, who won the inaugural event in January of 2016 in front of a sold out crowd, and Ryan Flores of Cornelius, NC, who swept both nights of the December 2016 events. Bonsignore and Dirt 360 Sprint driver Scott Kreutter from Buffalo, NY had the hot hands indoors last January in the two Indoor TQ features.

The Slingshots will join the TQ Midgets on Saturday’s docket and the Champ Karts will be part of Friday’s double-header. The two divisions will run qualifying races and feature events both nights.

Information, including ticket and hotel links, is available at Other information and select tickets to all event are available by calling the series office during regular working hours at 609-888-3618.

Tickets for the Allentown races are also available by calling 610-347-TIXX, or stopping at the PPL Center box office at 7th & Hamilton Street in Allentown. Those wishing to avoid online fees may purchase directly at the Box Office, but are encouraged to do so in advance to avoid possible box office lines the day of the event.

The Allentown Indoor Auto Racing race will be preceded by the second annual East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 13-15, 2018 inside the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, NJ.

Following the Ironton Telephone Allentown Indoor weekend, racing shifts to Atlantic City for the 17th running of NAPA Auto Parts Weekend, highlighted by the running of the prestigious TQ Midget Gamblers Classic. Event dates are Friday and Saturday, January 25-26, 2019

The final event of the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels takes place at a new venue, the New York State Fairgrounds Exhibition Center in Syracuse, NY. on Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, 2019.



Five Race of Champions Series set to do battle on the High Banks at Hillside; Modifieds, Sportsman Modifieds, Late Models, Super Stocks and Four Cylinders on 2019 Schedule

Holland, New York – (November 19, 2018) – The Track @ Hillside, part of the Hillside Buffalo Entertainment Complex will be hosting seven Race of Champions events during the 2019 racing season.

The premiere of the Race of Champions will take place on Saturday, July 6 with an exciting 100-lap Asphalt Modified Series race. The Modifieds will be joined on this date by the Race of Champions Four Cylinder Dash Series for the Butch Palmer Tribute 32-lap tribute race.

The Race of Champions Asphalt Sportsman Modified Series will visit Hillside Buffalo for the first time on Saturday, August 10, for the running of the George Decker Memorial, commonly referred to as “The Decker”.

The Race of Champions Late Models will also return this season. On Saturday, July 20 and the running of the traditional “Bud 100” will take place on Saturday, September 7.

The Race of Champions Super Stock Series will have two opportunities to compete on the high-banks this season. As part of the season opening event on Saturday, May 25 and alongside the Sportsman Modified Series on Saturday, August 10.

For more information in regard to the The Track at Hillside, as well as the entire Hillside Buffalo Entertainment Complex, e-mail: Additional information in regard to these events will be released in the upcoming days.