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Pat Austin

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Pat Austin (born November 12, 1964) is a retired American drag racer. He competed in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). He won four NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car championships between 1987 and 1991. He was the first driver to win eliminator titles at the same event when he won the Top Fuel and Alcohol Funny Car classes at Topeka. His 62 wins between his start in 1985 and 1996, which were the most for any driver between the late 1970s and 1996. In 2002, the NHRA labeled him "the most successful drag racer born after the 1940s and the best driver of his generation". He had the first 250 mph (400 km/h) Alcohol Funny Car run and the first pass in the 5.5 second range. Tacoma, Washington native Austin went to high school at Franklin Pierce High School, where he won two state championships in the shot put. Austin was named an All-Star on his high school football team during his senior year. He began drag racing in the Northwestern United States, where he won approximately 90 percent of the races that he entered. He started racing on the national tour in 1995. Austin won his first national event title in 1986, when he won the Cajun Nationals. He won the next event, the Springnationals.  ( Wikipedia article )

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Date of birth
1964-11-12
Place of birth
Tacoma

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