AMERICAN HOT ROD ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS PAT AUSTIN'S U.S. NATIONALS REDEMPTION
Pat Austin is known for being one of the greatest natural drivers in drag racing history. With four NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car championships to his credit, Austin, along with his dad, Walt, would try their hands in the premier level of drag racing, Top Fuel, making their debut at the biggest and most prestigious race of the year, the U.S. Nationals in 1991.
Taking over the operation of the late, great Gary Orsmby, who lost his life just before the running of that year's U.S. Nationals, Austin marched his way into the final round in his first-ever race behind the wheel of a Top Fuel car, looking to make history.
Austin was trying to win in his debut in a Top Fuel and become the first in history to pull off the "double," meaning winning in two different classes on the same weekend after having already captured the trophy in Alcohol Funny Car earlier in the day.
Unfortunately, the inexperienced Austin would bang the blower on the burnout in the final round against Kenny Bernstein, ending his chances of doing just that. However, Austin would learn from his mistakes, pulling off the double a few races later in Topeka, Kansas, and the following year in Phoenix, Arizona.
But two years after his heartbreaking and embarrassing loss at the U.S. Nationals, the young Austin would find vindication, executing his burnout to perfection in the final round of the U.S. Nationals in 1993 and out-driving Doug Herbert in the final round to find redemption.