Austin's debut came in 1959, when he competed at Daytona. Starting 36th in the field of thirty-seven, Austin had a water pump issue early and finished a disappointing 33rd. But he made up for that in the next three races, recording a career-best 12th place run at Pittsburgh and then a 15th at Charlotte and 14th at Myrtle Beach. He also tacked on a 22nd place finish at Nashville to end the event.
Austin's other two races came in the 1960 season. He started off well enough, matching his career-best finish with a 12th place run at Richmond. But Austin was unable to end his career on a high note, struggling to a 50th place finish in the inaugural World 600.