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Medford driver Austin records drag racing victory

KENT, Wash. — Medford's Mike Austin raced to victory this weekend at Pacific Raceways and the NHRA Northwest Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

It was his third win of the season.

Austin advanced to his second final in two days on Saturday, facing off against Shawn Cowie, of Delta, B.C., in both and getting the better of Cowie in Saturday night's final in Top Alcohol Dragster.

Austin, who is battling Cowie for the division championship, outran his rival Cowie with a 5.499-second pass at 259.86 mph to Cowie's 5.575 and 240.25.

On Friday, Cowie got the best of Austin in the completion of the rain delayed Lucas Oil event from Mission Raceway Park.