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Welcome to Diana 'The Doc' Thomas' official Blog ... A radio interviewer once referred to Diana as being a 'Celebrity Drag Racing Authority & Visionary'... Diana has indeed filled the shoes (or fire boots) as truly being America's foremost 'Celebrity Drag Racing Authority & Visionary'... Diana is known for being somewhat controversial at times... She writes the truth... Diana tells it like it is about drag racing and other topical issues-- You've seen Diana 'The Doc' Thomas on our DVDs, with Bret Kepner on ESPN, and in all the major media... Don't miss your opportunity to read her daily blog right here at DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND... Diana's blog gives you a daily dose of truth and reality with heart... Diana's unique and refreshing perspective is unlike anything else on the drag racing web... We strongly recommend that you bookmark this page now... Be sure you check in daily to experience & enjoy Diana's unique insight, worldly wisdom and perspective...
Last night's "CYBERBULLY" movie on ABC-TV dealt with the teen world of online cyber bullying. I watched to see how the film's producers would handle the issue, and they did a decent job of it. Of course, we all know that on the drag racing internet, the cyberbullies are middle-aged, man-o-pausal, blowharded men who are far beyond their teenage years. They're guys still stuck in the "All Male Only San Francisco Bath House" era, desperately clinging on to a stale and moldy pseudo Village People "Macho Man-Woman Hater" mentality-- The kind of guys who are determined to convince us all that "Jungle Jim" was a jerk (like them) when he was alive, and that if he was still alive today, he'd be even a bigger jerk, and "THAT'S ALRIGHT", because THAT'S how men are "SUPPOSED" to act, bla bla bla (duh!)-- Sorry guys, I'm not buying that bogus brand of blowhard buffoonery for one minute, because there's no way "Jungle Jim" would have gotten as far as he did in life being the kind of jerk that the cyberbullies want us to so insistently believe he was-- Like I said, sorry, Charlie, I'm just not buyin' it-- I'm sure "Jungle" wasn't a jerk... The TV movie showed us that just like the aging cyberbullies of the drag racing world, teen cyberbullies are also pretty pathetic characters, and need to get a life and grow up... By the way, last night was the season premier of "BREAKING BAD" on the AMC network, I thoroughly enjoy the show and suggest watching it for those who crave ultra-intense TV... Switching gears here, please don't forget that THIS Wednesday Night, July 20th, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park will host their 41st Annual P.C. Richard & Son Summer Motorsports Spectacular presented by Modern Rental. ROBOSAURUS will come out of retirement to provide car-crushing, fire breathing top-shelf entertainment for kids of all ages. And you'll also see Monster Trucks, Jet Cars, Dragsters, Wicked Doorslammers, Funny Cars, Nitro Harleys, Cartoon Characters for the kiddies, and so much more. Gates open at 5pm-- The Thrill Show begins at 8pm. Every spectator ticket is a pit pass with full access to the evening's performers. I strongly recommend this event for everyone because it truly is "FAST FAMILY FUN"!!...

In yesterday's blog, I discussed some of what I believe to be the profound parallels and similarities I've observed between the sport of DRAG RACING, and the ultra-competitive LITTLE-GIRL BEAUTY PAGEANTS that are currently seen (and successfully exploited) on the popular TODDLERS & TIARAS television program... I asked my readers (YOU) to email me your opinions about how you view the similarities and differences, and I also promised y'all that Stephanie, and yours truly, would read your emails (provided they're relatively brief and to the point), and I'd share your take on my observations here on the blog... An overwhelming number of you wound up expressing your opinion that the success of our sport's JUNIOR DRAG RACING phenom shows that there's actually much more of a divide, as opposed to a parallel, between DRAG RACING, and KIDDIE BEAUTY PAGEANTS-- It seems that your opinion of the mild manner in the way most parents who put their little kids in JR. DRAGSTERS behave, is way-different, and way more beneficial for the kids, than the way the often "overbearing stage moms" on the TODDLERS & TIARAS show handle their respective offspring competing in the KIDDIE BEAUTY PAGEANT SCENE-- I must say, I have to agree 100%-- And to be honest, this is a profound take on the issue that I didn't really go into, but hey, you did, so let's discuss-- It is certainly true that most parents I see at the drag strip who have kids competing in the JR. DRAGSTER classes handle their little ones with far more grace, restraint, and respect, than the "manic" moms you see on TODDLERS & TIARAS handling their kids. On the TODDLERS & TIARAS show, you usually see moms yelling in their kid's faces to perform beyond reasonable expectations, and encouraging their young ones in a way that definitely doesn't teach them the sort of proper "life lessons" that JR. DRAGSTER parents try to instill in their children. While "good sportsmanship" and "fair play" are often the lessons taught by parents to their helmet-wearing kids competing in JR. DRAGSTERS, there's much more of a "dog eat dog" and "by any means necessary" attitude drummed into the young developing brains of the little tiara wearing pageant girls by their moms. Like I said, this wasn't a side of the story that I focused on, but you folks sure did with your responses, and quite frankly, Stephanie and I found your take on this issue to be more compelling than mine! HA!-- So, that said, I guess DRAG RACING wins over TODDLERS & TIARAS as being the more morally sound and ethical choice of competition for our kids to participate. Thanks to all of you who took the time to respond-- Your opinions were most enlightening-- I certainly realize that I've got plenty of "smart cookies" who read this blog with regularity...

TODDLERS & TIARAS VS. DRAG RACING...

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Have you ever watched TODDLERS & TIARAS? It's a popular TV show on The Learning Channel. The program showcases the competitive world of child pageants. These are competitions, often between little girls who are barely old enough to walk, and they're judged on beauty, personality and the elaborate dresses they wear. It's one of those kind of TV shows, sort of like HOARDERS, and INTERVENTION, where you might be somewhat repulsed by what you're seeing, but you still find yourself compelled to watch. I mean, yeah, the little girls are cute, but it's weird to see how their parents (uh, mostly always the MOMS) dote over their daughters to a point of ad nauseum (and beyond). Sometimes it's just plain sick. That said, when you really get down to it, I've come to the realization that the kiddie beauty pageant circuit does share some parallels and similarities with drag racing-- This might upset some of the "Village People-esque" pseudo "macho man" overly-sensitive types who read this blog (Uh, like, what DOESN'T upset those type of bogus blowhards?!?, Ha Ha), just kidding, but in all seriousness, I'm the gal who is well known for "Telling It Like It Is", so here I go... In many of the pageants on TODDLERS & TIARAS, contestants (well, their parents) pay a substantial entry fee, sometimes as high as $300.00-- And even if you win the top "Grand Supreme" title of the pageant, the most the little girls win is usually a fraction of that, and a gaudy looking "tiara" that probably cost the pageant promoter a couple bucks (I'm sure the promoters buy them in bulk)-- Yeah, it's kind of like drag racing, you can pay a relatively hefty entry fee, and if you're lucky enough to win, your return and total earnings might be a bit on the thin side. Lots of the families of the little girls cross the country in large and expensive RVs, spending lots of money on gas and tolls, uh, much the same way that some drag racers travel from race to race, sinking plenty of budget into transportation. The parents of the little girls spend endless bucks on over-priced dresses, hairdos, hair pieces, make-up, spray tanning, dancing lessons, personality coaching, and false teeth for the little ones who still lack a full mouth of chompers-- Kind of like the way drag racers have to spend loads of money on so many different items, like motors, chassis, spray paint jobs, trans, aftermarket parts, fire suits, etc-- So, what's the difference between three year old girls parading around in puffy little dresses on beauty pageant runways, and adult men and women campaigning race cars on the drag strip? Well, for now, you tell me-- You can email me your thoughts (please keep it brief) by using the "Contact Us" link at the top of this page-- My assistant Stephanie, and I will read your emails, and I'll write some of your feedback here on the blog-- And then I'll offer up my opinion...

This weekend July 16th & 17th is WATERFEST at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. WATERFEST is the largest VW/Audi Car Show and Motorsport event in North America, and the second largest of its kind in the entire world. WATERFEST is now in its 17th strong year, and it's a two-day event that continues to grow and get better with each new yearly edition. It's a water-cooled Volkswagen and Audi enthusiast's heaven on earth. I know that for an absolute fact, because I've attended this event several times, and while it's somewhat of an "alternative" sort of drag racing shindig, I dare say that as a racing event, it's got more vibrancy and gusto than some other, uh, more "conventional" events I've covered as a professional drag racing journalist. I have a blast at this race because the people who bring their cars, and the folks who come to spectate are charged with such a positive aura that it's outright contagious!!-- I kid you not!!... It's drag racing, it's a car show, heck, it's so many things going on, with so many genuinely enthused people. If you're naive and don't think these cars are cool, you're wrong, there's so many amazing rides that show up for this "water-cooled" weekend-- Hey, even on a recent edition of the often stuffy and slightly stagnant smelling Barrett-Jackson TV auction show, the vehicle that fetched the highest bid wasn't a Cobra or a 'Vette, or even an old-school 'Cuda with "matching numbers"-- No Sir-ee Bob!!-- It was a classic 1963 Volkswagen Bus!!-- HA!!-- Anyways, for all you stuffy, grumpy, and crusty generational drag fans who wanna see how the more "lively" crowd gets their drag racing jollies, I recommend you lift yourself up from that creaking rocking chair situated behind your moldy 'puter keyboard, and come on down to ETown for WATERFEST this weekend, you'll have the opportunity to experience a scene where folks don't spend endless hours complainin' and whinin', but instead, spend their time living a life of farfegnugen inspired fun and water-cooled hot rodding happiness...

Next Wednesday night, July 20th, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park is proud to host the longest running thrill show of the season, the 41st Annual P.C. Richard & Son Summer Motorsports Spectacular presented by Modern Rental. Treat your family to lots of fire, noise and warp-speed machines blasting down the quartermile, as Raceway Park showcases the very best in straightline motorsports talent. There's going to be a whole lot of "Fast Family Fun" on the bill for sure. You'll see Monster Trucks, Jet Cars, Dragsters, Wicked Doorslammers, Funny Cars, Nitro Harleys, Cartoon Characters for the kiddies-- AND in his ONLY appearance of the 2011 season, ROBOSAURUS returns to Raceway Park!!-- "ROBO" returns to Englishtown to knock your proverbial socks off!! We all know that he's the towering fire-breathing dinosaur with a terrible temper!!... Admission for adults - $30, kids age 6-11 - $10, kids under 6 - Free, parking is Free... Gates open at 5pm-- The Thrill Show begins at 8pm. Get adult discount coupons at P.C. Richard & Son electronic stores while supplies last. Every spectator ticket for the NIGHT OF THRILLS is DEFINITELY a pit pass, with FULL ACCESS to all the evening's performers (that's right, no "pit pass bait and switch" like we've recently seen at the "All Male Only Bath House" event in PA, ha ha)... Everyone gets the opportunity to get up-close and personal with the cars and racing teams. I'll be there with bells on and so should you. This event always proves to provide top-shelf, captivating and compelling motorsports entertainment for everyone. Imagine the joy on all your family member's faces when they're completely enthralled in the ultimate drag strip "THRILL SHOW" experience!! Make plans NOW to attend. This is one event you definitely don't want to miss!! Don't Forget!!-- Next Wednesday Night Raceway Park is THE PLACE to be!! IT'S GOING TO ROCK THE EARTH'S ROTATION!!...

Oh well, after yesterday's blog, where I attempted to expose the heightened hypocrisy of some (a small minority) of middle-aged "manopausal" men, who believe it's just fine and dandy if a male racer carries on like a bipolar blowhard buffoon, but are of the hypocritical belief that if a living "female" legend such as Shirley Muldowney dares to speak her mind with a bit of nitty gritty reality thrown in the mix, THAT'S not kosher. Actually, I not only received additional emails from the guys who already emailed me after my blog a couple days ago, the one about Shirley being honored by NHRA at the upcoming Mopar Mile-High Nationals, but I also received a whole slew of emails from new guys who responded to yesterday's blog-- And they all seem to be firmly sticking to their "Early 1980s San Francisco All-Male-Only Bath House" mentality that motivated me to write about this disturbing issue in the first place. Apparently to these elder men who emailed me, if a gal drag racer speaks her mind and steps on a few toes in the process, that's not good, however, if a male racer cusses on camera for all the kiddies watching TV to see, or even worse, takes a wrench and pops a rival racer in the back of the head, hey, that's just the way drag racing in a man's world is supposed to be-- Duh!!-- There's no way in heck that you can convince yours truly, or the majority of my rationally thinking readers that's ok!!-- Ya know, there's something called "good sportsmanship", your grade school gym teachers were supposed to teach you 'bout that. And I believe that it's imperative that racers at the track do their best to conduct themselves in the spirit of good sportsmanship. Shirley Muldowney worked hard to carve out a place in this sport for women. Negative elements such as bigotry, prejudice and bad sportsmanship can only hurt drag racing's chances of enduring and growing as a popular motorsport through this new and enlightened millennium. Neanderthal, knuckle-dragging ninnies, you know, the kind of guys who simply refuse to step out of their early 1980s San Francisco All-Male-Only Bath House mentality are nothing but nails in the coffin for drag racing's future-- It's important that folks like us don't give up hope, and continue to try to show them the stupidity of their hypocritical ways, and lead them on to the light of rational clarity and truth...

After yesterday's blog about NHRA's plans to honor Shirley Muldowney at their upcoming Mopar Mile-High Nationals, I received emails from some middle-aged guys who claim to have been following drag racing for many years, and also claim they have issues with the way Shirley Muldowney has a habit of speaking her mind and occasionally appearing "moody" when expressing herself. Evidently when a gal like Shirley shows a little moxy, and lets off a little steam, that rubs some of the male "manopausal" contingent the wrong way. I can only attribute that to the fact that some of these elder gents are suffering from an acute case of heightened hypocrisy. These are often the same kind of guys who will drool all over themselves in silly delight, and do the "happy dance" if they see a male racer slip in a lewd four letter word during a top-end interview, or if they happen to witness a male racer having a temper-tantrum in the pits-- under those sort of circumstances, when they see a male racer getting a little hot under his fire suit collar, it becomes a real Village People-esque, early 1980's San Francisco All-Male-Only Bath House "turn-on" experience for them. I believe that when a woman enters the drag racing arena, she has just as much of a right to "tell it like it is" and get down to the real nitty-gritty as a man does. Look, I know that there's still an underlying blowhard bacteria of bigotry that does exist in our mostly male dominated sport, I get that, I mean, I've experienced it myself from old blowhards who still can't muster the courage, integrity and discipline to conduct themselves in a respectable manner, some of them have never really grown-up and become "real men", yeah, it's still the "Old South" in the minds of some blowhards (Although I thankfully do realize that those sort of blowhards are now in the minority of the male gender). And yeah, this is the same brand of prejudice that Shirley Muldowney has been enduring from the very first time she decided to sit in the cockpit and stage a digger at the drag strip, and I guess, Shirley being on the receiving end of that kind of prejudice for so long, is yet another heroic factor in her long and illustrious career, a factor that makes Shirley even more deserving of her pioneering and legendary status. I've spent lots of time with Shirley, and she's a classy gal who isn't afraid to speak her mind and express the truth-- Shirley is the kind of woman who should be admired and viewed as the true role model that she is, oh, that's right, that's exactly what the NHRA and tens of thousands of fans will be doing at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals July 22-24...

Fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Shirley Muldowney at NHRA's MOPAR MILE-HIGH NATIONALS July 22-24 at Bandimere Speedway. Shirley will be the featured NHRA 60th Anniversary legend at the Denver event. Shirley is a three-time world champion, drag racing pioneer, and all around modern day pedal-to-the-metal folk hero. She will be celebrating the 35th anniversary of her historic "First Win by a Woman in a Top Fuel Dragster" that happened in Columbus, Ohio back on June 13, 1976. There's going to be meet-and-greets, autograph sessions, and Sunday's "Track Walk with a Legend"-- You'll definitely be able to participate in the "Shirley Experience" if you attend. A few years ago I was assigned by "ROSIE" magazine to conduct an in-depth interview with Shirley for a major feature, but right after I completed the lengthy article the magazine went bust, however, I did get to spend an awful lot of time with Shirley and I had the opportunity to hear her tell her whole life story, in her own heartfelt words-- And I am thoroughly convinced that she is without doubt one of the most TRUE-GRIT stars of this sport (or ANY sport for that matter) to ever walk this earth. Shirley has my unwavering respect for all the dues she's paid in drag racing and in her drama drenched life-- If any racer is worthy of being called a "legend", Shirley Muldowney is absolutely THE racer who fits the bill. Just the other day I caught "HEART LIKE A WHEEL" on cable, and while Shirley did tell me that it's her opinion that the movie does have some very minor flaws, for the most part, I can assure you that it does genuinely illustrate what an incredible woman, racer, and human being Shirley really is-- For fans who want to see a REAL pioneering and legendary drag racer, I strongly recommend that you get a ticket for Bandimere to meet Shirley Muldowney...

Let's not kid ourselves, drag racing has a reputation among many naive and ignorant upper-crusters of our society as being nothing more than a toothless, classless form of "white trash" recreation. It ain't a fair stereotype by any means, but unfortunately it's the way many people who don't know any better perceive our beloved sport. That said, I commend NHRA for making the undeniably classy move of hiring famed tenor, Jim Cornelison, to sing the national anthem at today's Route 66 Nationals. Jim Cornelison is famous for the "dark color" of his voice and his ability to nail the tenor range in spectacular fashion, often for the "spectacle wearing elite", who make up Jim Cornelison's more common audience. Cornelison is a graduate of Indiana University's Master in Music Program. He's performed nationally and internationally with the biggest names in opera music, such as Placido Domingo and Zubin Mehta. And unlike Cristina Aguilera's performance at the most recent Super Bowl, I'm sure that Jim Cornelison will be capable of actually remembering the words to the national anthem at today's NHRA sanctioned event. Hey, adding a little class to drag racing certainly can't hurt, I mean, maybe this is a baby step in helping to change the poor perception that much of the Grey Poupon eating elite have of our kind-- Maybe this will eventually lead our nation's stuffy elite to realize what sort of people most of us drag racing folks REALLY are-- Most of us make decent money, we're family oriented, we buy lots of cool stuff with our disposable income, we're educated, we're not "racist", though some of us are "racers"-- We use a fork, spoon and knife when the occasion calls for it-- And believe it or not, some of us, like myself, even enjoy a dab of Grey Poupon spread over our hot dogs.

I've received emails regarding my recent blogs where I expressed my opinion on the outcome of the Casey Anthony case. Some of you wrote how dare I criticize our judicial system and the jury that turned in the non-guilty murder verdict. Folks emailed me claiming that prosecutors didn't provide jurors with rock solid proof that Casey killed her daughter Caylee. Well, the lack of the kind of proof that they're referring to is more due to Casey Anthony winning what I call the "Murderer's Lottery" than anything else. A big part of Casey winning the "Murderer's Lottery" has to do with the long period of time that elapsed before her daughter's weather-beaten, completely "skeletonized" remains were finally discovered by the meter reader. I believe the evidence prosecutors presented, though circumstantial at times, if carefully reviewed, considered, analyzed, and assembled all together, does point an undeniable finger of guilt at Casey-- I don't think the jury took the time and effort to do that (deliberating for only 11 hours on such a complicated murder case like this one demonstrates that this jury did NOT bother to review all the evidence thoroughly)-- I don't believe the jury really did their job. The "beyond a reasonable doubt" factor, while usually a most important and necessary element in our judicial system, was used as a cop-out by the jury, a jury who just couldn't bring themselves to put Casey on death row. Look, I never want to see anyone punished for a crime they didn't commit, especially when the death penalty is involved-- I'm aware that there's cases of defendants wrongfully accused and punished-- I believe it's a travesty of justice when the innocent are wrongfully prosecuted-- And yeah, I'm all for the Constitution, but I believe that in this particular case, our legal system provided Casey and her attorneys with nothing but loopholes that they were able jump through and "beat the system" with (back to the winning the "Murderer's Lottery")-- This was an instance of when "following all the rules" of the court resulted in a failure to produce justice (it does happen). Casey Anthony won the "Murderer's Lottery", and not because she's a genius, or a woman of amazingly shrewd and substantial intellect, but because she's a heartless, cold-blooded murderer who got incredibly LUCKY...