Joe Albert

Class of 2012

INDUCTED in the MARITIME MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME

Date: November 17, 2012

Category: Competitor

Division: Stock Car Racing

PERSONAL

Hometown: Minto, New Brunswick

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

It's hard to say whether 'Smokin Joe' is better known for his driving, his orange No. 04, or his long grey beard...

Notable achievements:

  • Won his first championship in 1966 at New Maryland

  • Won more than 70 trophies; and 12 special awards, including: Nine-time Speedway 660/NBIS Most Popular Driver; Most Dedicated to Profession Award; Riverview Ford Lincoln Hero of the Sport Award

  • Inducted to the Minto Sports Wall of Fame in 2007
  • Of special interest:

  • Started racing in 1964 at Barker's Point Speedway near Fredericton, driving a 1953 Ford flat head

  • Besides Barker's Point, in the next four decades he raced at: New Maryland, NB; Thebeau's, Minto, NB; Old Home Race Week, Woodstock, NB; Keswick Speedway, NB; Brookside Speedway, Nashwaaksis, NB; Speedway 660 (formerly New Brunswick International Speedway, Geary, NB

  • He retired from racing in 2011 (at 69) at Speedway 660 after a top-five finish in his No. 04 street stock
  • Joe Albert passed away January 23, 2014.