Ron Bouchard

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Ronald Bouchard
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Born (1948-11-23) November 23, 1948 (age 66)
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Awards

1981 Rookie of the Year

voted into the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame (1988)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
160 races run over 7 years
Best finish 8th - 1982 Winston Cup Series season
First race 1981 Valleydale 500 (Bristol)
Last race 1987 Winston 500 (Talladega)
First win 1981 Talladega 500 (Talladega)
Last win 1981 Talladega 500 (Talladega)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 60 3
1983 racecar
1985 racecar

Ron Bouchard (born November 23, 1948 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, USA) is a former NASCAR driver who was the 1981 NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year. His brother Ken Bouchard was the 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year.

Local driving career[edit]

Ron began racing career at Brookline Speedway as a substitute driver in 1963 by replacing the ill driver for his father's car. After high school he began racing in his father's car, and he rapidly moved up the ranks to late models at Seekonk Speedway. He claimed five consecutive track championships from 1967 to 1971. He began racing at other local tracks in the Camaro, and he was noticed by Bob Johnson.

Johnson quickly put Bouchard in his Modified car at the famous Stafford Speedway, and he won his first of his 35 career victories at Stafford in April 1972. He won the 1973 and 1979 track Modified championships. Bouchard also drove for Legendary car owners Bob Judkins (#2x, grandfather of current Whelen Modified star Ryan Preece)and also Len Boehler (#3), where he won numerous races at Stafford Speedway, Thompson Speedway, Seekonk Speedway, Waterford Speedbowl and Westboro Speedway.One of Bouchard's biggest modified victories came at Thompson Speedway driving Dick Armstrong's #1 in the Thompson 300 in 1980.

NASCAR career[edit]

Ron began his NASCAR career in 1981 in the #47 J.D. Stacy Buick for owner Jack Beebe (Race Hill Farm team). He captured the 1981 NASCAR Rookie of the Year title even though he only raced in 22 of 31 events. He posted 12 Top 10 finishes in the 22 races, including his only career win in the Talladega 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Running third to Darrell Waltrip and Terry Labonte on the last lap, he swooped under both of them as they battled side-by-side out of the final turn. The three cars crossed the finish line nearly simultaneously, with Bouchard winning in a photo finish.[1] After the race, Waltrip, who had been watching Labonte and not seen Bouchard pass him, asked, "Where the hell did he come from?"

In 1982 Bouchard finished a career-high eighth in the final points standing with 15 Top 10 finishes in 30 races.

He ran full-time in 1983, 1984, and 1985. He finished between eleventh and sixteenth in the final points standing each of these years.

In 1986 he changed to the #98 Valvoline Pontiac for owner Mike Curb (Curb-Agajanian Motorsports). The team generally finished in the Top 20 when they completed a race, but they had 9 DNF's (did not finish) in their 17 events.

In 1987 he raced in the #1 Bull's Eye Barbecue Sauce Chevrolet for owner Hoss Ellington in five events. Their two finishes were eighth and twelfth. He has not raced in a NASCAR event since then.

Award[edit]

In 1998 he was inducted into the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame in its inaugural class.

After racing[edit]

After racing in Winston Cup, Bouchard returned home to Fitchburg, MA and opened up Ron Bouchard Auto Stores, where he sells cars for Honda, Dodge, Nissan and other manufacters.

Career results[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

NASCAR Winston Cup Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1981 22 1 5 12 1 14.5 14.6 $152,855 21st #47 Race Hill Farm Team
1982 30 0 3 15 1 15.4 15.7 $375,758 8th #47 Race Hill Farm Team
1983 28 0 1 7 1 12.9 17.9 $159,172 16th #47 Race Hill Farm Team
1984 30 0 5 11 0 12.6 15.4 $246,510 11th #47 Race Hill Farm Team
1985 28 0 5 12 0 13.9 16.6 $40,304 13th #47 Race Hill Farm Team
1986 17 0 0 2 0 23.1 24.1 $106,835 31st #98 Curb Racing
1987 5 0 0 1 0 23.6 25.2 $24,105 48th #1 Ellington Racing

NASCAR Busch Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1983 2 0 2 2 0 13.0 4.0 $12,350 61st #08 Boehler's Racing
#74 Race Hill Farm Team
1984 8 2 5 5 3 6.1 10.6 $35,360 31st #47 Race Hill Farm Team
#15 Hendrick Motorsports
1985 7 0 0 0 1 13.4 25.7 $13,368 42nd #47 Race Hill Farm Team
1986 1 0 1 1 0 16.0 4.0 $11,175 98th #28 Spencer Racing
1987 2 0 0 0 0 37.5 41.0 $2,878 67th #97 Shepherd Racing
#90 Shugart Racing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Caraviello, David (October 17, 2013). "Ranking the top 10 moments at Talladega". NASCAR. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 

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