By AMANDA VINCENT
Former NASCAR driver Ron Bouchard passed away Thursday. He was 67.
Bouchard was the 1981 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year. That same year, he won a 500-mile race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in his 11th-career start in the series. It was his only career win in NASCAR’s premier series.
“Ron Bouchard’s passion for racing was evident from his very early years in NASCAR. Competition fueled by Ron, whether racing modifieds at short tracks across the Northeast or winning Rookie of the Year honors in NASCAR’s premier series,” a written statement from NASCAR read. “He loved this sport and made an indelible mark on it, one that won’t soon be forgotten. NASCAR extends its condolences to the friends and family of Ron Bouchard, a true racer.”
Bouchard competed in 160 races in NASCAR’s top series. His win at Talladega is among stats that also include 19 top-fives and 60 top-10 finish. He finished a career-best eighth in the championship points standings in 1982.
Bouchard, a native of Fitchburg, Mass., was a legendary modified racer who held track championships at Stafford Springs, Thompson and Seekonk speedways.
After his racing career, Bouchard owned and operated auto dealerships in New England.
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