Ken Bouchard

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Kenneth Bouchard
Born (1955-04-06) April 6, 1955 (age 59)
Fitchburg, Massachusetts, United States
Awards 1988 Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year
Named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Modified Drivers
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
33 races run over 5 years
Best finish 25th (1988)
First race 1987 Miller American 400 (Michigan)
Last race 1994 Hooters 500 (Atlanta)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
44 races run over 9 years
Best finish 26th (1986)
First race 1983 Goody's 300 (Daytona)
Last race 1991 NE Chevy 250 (Loudon)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 12 0
Statistics current as of December 10, 2012.

Ken Bouchard (pronounced BOO-shard, born April 6, 1955, in Fitchburg, Massachusetts) is an American former NASCAR driver. His brother Ron Bouchard was the 1981 Rookie of the Year and one-time Winston Cup Series race winner.

Modified career[edit]

Before he came to NASCAR, he was a successful modified racer in the Northeast. He won eleven NASCAR modified races in one season. He was voted one of NASCAR Modified’s 50 Greatest Drivers of All-Time. He then ran a part-time Busch Series schedule. Ken has one daughter, Olivia. Olivia is a phenomenal athlete who plays college lacrosse for Bentley University in Waltham, MA. He has driven for legendary car owners such as Sonny Koszela #15, and Len Boehler #3. Bouchard had much success driving the Ted Marsh #55 in which he won several races and championships.

Winston Cup career[edit]

He made his Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup) debut in 1987 at the Miller American 400 at Michigan, finishing 32nd after suffering oil pressure problems. The next year, he raced full-time in Winston Cup in an unsponsored car owned by Bob Whitcomb. Despite this, he finished 8th at North Carolina Speedway and defeated promising rivals Ernie Irvan and Brad Noffsinger to become the 1988 NASCAR Rookie of the Year. In 1989, however, he was released from his ride after just four races. He returned in 1993, running three races for Thee Dixon in his #85 Safety-Kleen/Burger King Ford. He ran his last Winston Cup race in 1994 at the Hooters 500, where his #67 Ford expired after 280 laps because of valve trouble, finishing 29th. Since then, Bouchard has competed in 5 Craftsman Truck Series races. He also attempted several Winston Cup events, but failed to qualify for each of them, the last of which was the 1999 Pepsi 400, in the #84 Chevy sponsored by Island Oasis.

Driving instructor career[edit]

Bouchard now operates the Drive to Victory Lane Racing School at Thompson International Speedway. He finished 13th in the "Icebreaker 2006" NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at the track.

Career results[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1987 1 0 0 0 0 35.0 32.0 $2,075 95th #91 Sullivan Racing
1988 24 0 0 1 0 30.0 21.4 $109,410 25th #10 Whitcomb Racing
1989 4 0 0 0 0 29.0 28.2 $33,930 48th #10 Whitcomb Racing
1993 3 0 0 0 0 37.3 31.3 $25,785 52nd #85 Mansion Motorsports
1994 1 0 0 0 0 40.0 29.0 $7,675 69th #67 Clayton Cunningham Racing

NASCAR Nationwide Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1983 2 0 0 1 0 19.0 11.0 $3,780 75th #08 Boehler's Racing
1984 3 0 0 0 0 28.0 24.7 $4,540 58th #65 Sullivan Racing
1985 6 0 0 3 0 22.5 14.7 $10,500 33rd #65 Sullivan Racing
1986 12 0 0 5 0 23.1 17.0 $17,695 26th #10 Whitcomb Racing
1987 7 0 0 3 0 23.0 15.6 $10,598 38th #10 Whitcomb Racing
1988 1 0 0 0 0 42.0 18.0 $5,920 78th #1 Whitcomb Racing
1989 3 0 0 0 0 32.7 28.3 $3,425 73rd #0/#10 Whitcomb Racing
#18 Ken Bouchard Racing
1990 5 0 0 0 0 24.4 28.2 $10,783 56th #72 Ken Bouchard Racing
1991 5 0 0 0 0 38.0 29.4 $14,843 56th #12/#72/#92 Ken Bouchard Racing

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1996 1 0 0 0 0 29.0 16.0 $4,250 98th #1 Brevak Racing
1997 2 0 0 1 0 28.0 16.5 $23,600 99th #42 Petty Enterprises
#77 Doran Racing
1998 6 0 0 0 0 24.0 16.5 $12,175 48th #11 Team Racing

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Preceded by
Davey Allison
NASCAR Rookie of the Year
1988
Succeeded by
Dick Trickle