NORTHWEST

JOE EUGENE

FINN

2015 INDUCTEE

Joe was a true pioneer of Stock Car Racing. His real name was Eugene but when he started driving he was too young so he used his older brothers' name. He raced Super Modifieds and Coupes in the 6 cycle & V-8 divisions. He competed at Sterling, Soldier Field, Rockford and O'Hare. He considered Freeport Speedway his home track. He was the 1st Champion to win 5 Features in a row clinching the 1951 Championship. Uncle Sam borrowed him for the Korean War in 1952 & 1953. Upon his return to racing he won Championships in 1954, 1955, 1957 & 1961. He won the Championship in 6 cycle and V-8 in the same year.