Ron Bouchard

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Ronald Bouchard
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Born (1948-11-23)November 23, 1948
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Died December 10, 2015(2015-12-10) (aged 67)
Boston, Massachusetts
Cause of death Cancer
Awards

1981 NASCAR Rookie of the Year

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

Ronald R. "Ron" Bouchard[1] (November 23, 1948 – December 10, 2015) was an American 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. His father-in-law Ed Flemke, Sr, and brother-in-law Ed Flemke, Jr were also NASCAR Modified racers.

Local driving career[edit]

Ron Bouchard 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 car owners Bob Judkins (No. 2x, grandfather of current Joe Gibbs Racing Xfinity driver Ryan Preece) and also Len Boehler (No. 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 No. 1 in the Thompson 300 in 1980.

NASCAR career[edit]

1983 racecar

Bouchard began his NASCAR career in 1981 in the No. 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.[2] After the race, Waltrip, who had been watching Labonte and not seen Bouchard pass him, asked, "Where the hell did he come from?" Waltrip has stated in interviews over the race that part of the reason he lost was because he did not try to block Bouchard as he believed that Bouchard was a lap down.

Bouchard's victory is considered by many as the biggest upset in NASCAR history and the win essentially clinched the Cup Series rookie of the year award for Bouchard. 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 those years.

1984 racecar

In 1986 he changed to the No. 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 DNFs (did not finish) in their 17 events.

In 1987 he raced in the No. 1 Bull's Eye Barbecue Sauce Chevrolet for owner Hoss Ellington in five events. Their two finishes were eighth and twelfth.

Awards[edit]

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

In 2016, New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame began awarding the Ron Bouchard Award for lifetime service to motorsport in the area. [3]

After racing[edit]

After racing in Winston Cup, Bouchard returned home to Fitchburg, Massachusetts, opening Ron Bouchard's Auto Stores, which currently represents Honda, FCA, Kia, and Nissan.

Bouchard married Paula Flemke, daughter of New England Modified racer "Steady" Ed Flemke, Sr. and sister to Ed Flemke Jr, in June 1983. The couple had five children -- Eugene, Robert, Michelle, Tracey, and Chad.

In September 2015, Bouchard opened a museum at his FCA dealership celebrating his motorsport history, three months before his death to cancer on December 10, 2015.[4]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Winston Cup Series[edit]

NASCAR Winston Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 NWCC Pts Ref
1981 Race Hill Farm Team 47 Buick RSD DAY RCH CAR ATL BRI
24
NWS
8
DAR
27
TAL
20
NSV DOV
27
CLT
26
TWS RSD MCH
10
DAY
9
NSV POC
10
TAL
1
MCH
29
BRI
5
DAR
11
RCH
25
DOV
4
MAR
6
NWS
5
CLT
5
CAR
11
ATL
39
RSD
10
21st 2594 [5]
Pontiac MAR
9
1982 Buick DAY
6
RCH
9
BRI
8
ATL
36
CAR
16
DAR
34
NWS
13
MAR
19
TAL
36
NSV
3
DOV
6
CLT
10
POC
31
RSD
9
MCH
12
DAY
3
NSV
10
POC
4
TAL
34
MCH
10
DAR
26
NWS
7
MAR
14
CAR
8
ATL
32
RSD
6
8th 3545 [6]
Olds BRI
12
RCH
15
DOV
8
CLT
35
1983 Buick DAY
26
RCH
12
CAR
20
ATL
12
DAR
18
NWS
11
MAR
7
TAL
20
NSV
9
DOV
34
BRI
7
CLT
41
RSD POC
34
MCH
28
DAY
4
NSV
27
POC
13
TAL
12
MCH
12
BRI
7
DAR
32
RCH
25
DOV
16
MAR NWS
7
CLT
15
CAR
6
ATL
35
RSD
11
16th 3113 [7]
1984 DAY
27
RCH
29
CAR
21
ATL
12
BRI
3
NWS
7
DAR
17
MAR
2
TAL
10
NSV
5
DOV
9
CLT
3
RSD
19
POC
19
MCH
20
DAY
34
NSV
4
POC
7
TAL
16
MCH
10
BRI
14
DAR
33
RCH
13
DOV
8
MAR
19
CLT
11
NWS
28
CAR
14
ATL
12
RSD
35
11th 3609 [8]
1985 DAY
38
RCH
4
CAR
33
ATL
7
BRI
17
DAR
16
NWS
13
MAR
28
TAL
28
DOV
20
CLT
29
RSD
32
POC
29
MCH
13
DAY
4
POC
9
TAL
3
MCH
38
BRI
7
DAR
5
RCH
18
DOV
8
MAR
6
NWS
6
CLT
26
CAR
2
ATL
16
RSD
10
13th 3267 [9]
1986 Curb Racing 98 Pontiac DAY
6
RCH
18
ATL
40
BRI
25
DAR
37
NWS
17
MAR TAL
9
DOV
27
CLT
19
RSD POC
12
MCH
36
DAY
41
POC TAL
17
GLN MCH BRI DAR
30
RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT
21
CAR ATL
42
RSD 31st 1553 [10]
Buick CAR
13
1987 Ellington Racing 1 Chevy DAY
32
CAR
36
RCH ATL
12
DAR
8
NWS BRI MAR 48th 440 [11]
Buick TAL
38
CLT DOV POC RSD MCH DAY POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR RSD ATL
Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
1982 Race Hill Farm Team Buick 22 6
1983 23 26
1984 18 27
1985 15 38
1986 Curb Racing Pontiac 14 6
1987 Ellington Racing Chevy 17 32

Busch Series[edit]

NASCAR Busch Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NBGNC Pts Ref
1983 Boehler's Racing 08 Pontiac DAY RCH CAR HCY MAR NWS SBO GPS LGY DOV BRI CLT SBO HCY ROU SBO ROU CRW ROU SBO HCY LGY IRP GPS BRI HCY DAR
5
RCH NWS SBO MAR ROU 61st 320 [12]
Race Hill Farm Team 74 Pontiac CLT
3
HCY MAR
1984 DuBee Racing 47 DAY
26
RCH CAR
3
HCY MAR DAR
1
ROU NSV LGY MLW CLT
22*
SBO HCY ROU SBO ROU HCY IRP LGY SBO BRI DAR
1*
RCH NWS CLT
28
HCY CAR
2
MAR 31st 956 [13]
All-Star Racing 15 Pontiac DOV
2
1985 Race Hill Farm Team 47 Buick DAY
28
CAR HCY BRI MAR DAR
25
SBO LGY DOV CLT
40
SBO HCY ROU IRP SBO LGY HCY MLW BRI
24
DAR
29
RCH NWS ROU CLT
11
HCY CAR MAR
23
42nd 507 [14]
1986 Spencer Racing 28 Pontiac DAY
4
CAR HCY MAR BRI DAR SBO LGY JFC DOV CLT SBO HCY ROU IRP SBO RAL OXF SBO HCY LGY ROU BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR ROU CLT CAR MAR 98th 0 [15]
1987 Shepherd Racing 97 Buick DAY
40
HCY MAR DAR BRI LGY SBO 67th 80 [16]
Shugart Racing 90 Buick CLT
42
DOV IRP ROU JFC OXF SBO HCY RAL LGY ROU BRI JFC DAR RCH DOV MAR CLT CAR MAR

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/fitchburg/obituary.aspx?n=ronald-r-bouchard-ron&pid=176853025
  2. ^ Caraviello, David (October 17, 2013). "Ranking the top 10 moments at Talladega". NASCAR. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ Speed Sport: New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame 2016
  4. ^ Courchesne, Shawn (December 10, 2015). "New England Auto Racers Hall Of Fame Member Ron Bouchard Dies". RaceDay CT. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Ron Bouchard − 1981 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Ron Bouchard − 1982 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ron Bouchard − 1983 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Ron Bouchard − 1984 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Ron Bouchard − 1985 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Ron Bouchard − 1986 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Ron Bouchard − 1987 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Ron Bouchard − 1983 NASCAR Budweiser Late Model Sportsman Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Ron Bouchard − 1984 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Ron Bouchard − 1985 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Ron Bouchard − 1986 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Ron Bouchard − 1987 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 

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