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									                                                                                                With 17 NHRA national event victories and more
                                                                                                than three times as many divisional wins, former Top
                                                                                                Alcohol Funny Car standout Bucky Austin remains
                                                                                                one of Division 6’s most successful Sportsman
                                                                                                racers. Austin won eight Division 6 championships
                                                                                                and twice finished second nationally, in 1992 and
                                                                                                2003. More recently, Austin won the NHRA Hot Rod
                                                                                                Heritage Racing Series Nostalgia Funny Car
                                                                                                championship in 2008 and was runner-up last year
                                                                                                and currently is tuning two-time NHRA Funny Car
                                                                                                champion Cruz Pedregon’s nostalgia racer, a replica
                                                                                                of the late Joe Pisano’s ’78 Plymouth Arrow.

              With 75 national event victories, Pat Austin is the fifth-
              winningest NHRA driver of all time behind John Force
              (130), Warren Johnson (97), Frank Manzo (88), and Bob
              Glidden (85). With his father, Walt, tuning and his big
              brother, Mike, assisting, Austin won 68 national events
              in Top Alcohol Funny Car and seven in Top Fuel from                  Gary Beck, aka “the Quiet Canadian,” was actually born and
              1986 to 2002. Winner of four national championships                  raised in Seattle. In his NHRA Top Fuel debut at the 1972 U.S.
              and seven Division 6 titles in Top Alcohol Funny Car,                Nationals, Beck met Jerry “the King” Ruth, one of the greatest
              Austin made history in 1991 when he won in Top Fuel                  ever to drive a fuel car, in the final and won in a monumental
              and Top Alcohol Funny Car in Topeka, becoming the                    upset. By the time he left the NHRA tour in 1986, Beck had
              first driver to win in two classes at the same event.                won 19 Top Fuel titles and the 1974 and 1983 championships.

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