American racing driverDied when: 54 years 305 days (658 months)
Star Sign: Taurus
Joe Shear, Sr. (May 8, 1943 – March 6, 1998) was an American stock car racing driver from Clinton, Wisconsin.He won an estimated 350 races in his career, including four of his last five races.
Fred Nielsen, Shear's car owner from 1975 to 1984 and 1986 to 1994, said that his team won 250 races and he estimates that Shear won 600 races.
He won at least 30 track or touring series championships in his career.Even though he was known as a pavement driver, two of those championships were on the dirt at Freeport, Illinois.