Ron Bouchard entered his first race as a
fourteen year old teenager in 1963 in Brookline, New Hampshire. He
went on to win his first race the same year at the challenging
Norwood Arena. He went on to be a dominant driver at New England
race tracks. He won over 200 modified races. He often drove cars for
Marvin Rifchin and Bob Johnson.
At Stafford he scored 34 modified
features while winning championships in 1973 and 79. He was a very
dominant force at the Seekonk Speedway. He was also the World Series
of stock Car Racing champion at New Smyrna, Florida in 1978. He also
won the Thompson 300 in 1980.
But Ronnie is best known for his
achievements when he moved down south with Jack Beebee in the Race
Hill Farms #47 with long time local crew chief Bob Johnson. In only
his eleventh race in Winston Cup, he won the Talladega 500 in 1981.
That victory helped him win Winston Cup Rookie of the Year in 1981.
Bouchard had 160 career Winston
Cup starts with 3 poles, 1 win, and 60 top ten finishes to his
credit, driving a total of 49,840 Cup miles. He lead a total of 224
Winston Cup laps and became only the 23rd driver in NASCAR history
to win a million dollars in career prize money. He also won several
Busch Grand National races including both Darlington 200 lap races
in 1984. Bouchard quietly retired back to New England in 1987.