Ron Bouchard
Class of 1998

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.