Ron Bouchard was considered a raw and natural talent behind the wheel of a race car. His first competitive race ended in victory at Brookline (NH) Speedway (now closed) in 1963 at the age of fourteen.
Once Bouchard started racing on a weekly basis he racked up wins and championships. “The Kid from Fitchburg” primarily raced Late Models at Seekonk (MA) Speedway where he won five consecutive titles (1967-1971). Soon he moved to race Modifieds at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway where his career would continue to flourish. Bouchard accumulated 35 victories and two championships at the famous Stafford half-mile. He would race for legendary Modified car owners like the Bob Judkins 2x, the Len Boehler 3, and the Dick Armstrong 1 with whom he won the 1980 Thompson 300 at Thompson (CT) Speedway.
Bouchard continued climbing the ladder to compete in the highest rank of NASCAR. He was the 1981 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year and in that year he won the Talladega 500 at Talladega (AL) Speedway which many considered to be the biggest upset in series history.
Ron Bouchard was inducted into the New England Antique Racers Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 1998. He passed away on December 10, 2015.
Bouchard wheeling the Modified in 1978. (Howie Hodge photo)
Bouchard in 1982. (Howie Hodge photo)
Bouchard’s Cup Series ride at Rockingham (NC) Speedway in 1984. (Howie Hodge photo)
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(Howie Hodge photo)