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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...

TWO "OLD SCHOOL" DRAG EVENTS SCHEDULED AT RACEWAY PARK!!...

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Old Bridge Township Raceway Park will be an oasis for those seeking the "nostalgia feel" of "old school" drag racing! On Saturday Night, July 28th it's the DEAD MAN'S CURVE DRAGS at Raceway Park!! If you're looking for an authentic "old school" drag strip party, this IS IT!! 1/4 mile drag racing, Gassers, Greasers, Hot Rods, Straight Axles, Street Freaks, Music, Food & Drink and so much more is in store for those who make tracks to E'Town for this spectacular shindig. The party is from 5-10pm... Then on Sunday July 29th it's Raceway Park's NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS!! This is the longest running nostalgia drag racing event in the nation!!--- I've watched this event grow and grow over the years into an extremely successful celebration of old school style drag racing. This year's running of the event, its 39th edition, promises to pack a punch of time-traveling drag racing tenacity!! The East Coast Gasser Association will be in attendance. Also on the bill is the 11th Annual Funny Car Reunion. Plus Nostalgia Stockers, Dragsters, Altereds, Roadsters, and every variation of oldie drag racing machinery you can imagine!! The North East Timing Organization (N.E.T.O.) are also set to appear. Legendary display cars will be everywhere. This event is open to all 1972 and older automobiles. Vendors and memorabilia dealers will have all sorts of groovy merchandise. A giant Street Rod show in planned as well!!... The bottom line is that if you're into the "old school" style of drag racing, there's two terrific drag racing events scheduled for Raceway Park that you should plan on attending!! I strongly recommend both events to provide "FAST FAMILY FUN" for everyone!!...

 

There's two incredible "old school" drag racing events happening at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. Saturday July 28th is the DEAD MAN'S CURVE DRAGS, and then on Sunday July 29th it's the NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS!!...

Photo by yours truly from the Drag Racing Underground Raceway Park historical image archives.


MY HEART GOES OUT TO THOSE HURTING IN COLORADO...

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Every once in a while a news story breaks that's so horrific, it trumps any and all drag racing related content that I could possibly write about for this blog. What just recently took place at that movie theater in Aurora, Colorado is definitely that kind of news story. The midnight showing of the "Dark Knight Rises", the latest in a series of modern-day Batman films, turned into a bloodbath because of one "evil genius" sort of creep named James Holmes. This 24 year old neuroscience PhD candidate who recently dropped out of studies at the University of Colorado is said to be "one smart cookie", although in my eyes, he's nothing more than a cookie that's been going stale, rotting, and growing a putrid mold behind the devil's food dumpster-- James Holmes used his brain to plan and execute a plot that left plenty of movie goers dead and seriously injured. He wore lots of military grade body armor, had ample guns and firepower, and colored his hair to mimic the "Joker" character of the long running Batman series of comic books, TV shows and feature films. It's even reported that he booby-trapped his apartment so that investigators would get a fatal surprise upon entering his humble abode. Why did this sick creep do this? I dunno, maybe he was on some sort of misguided mission to get back at the world for some inane reason-- Quite frankly, I'm not as motivated to find out the details and inner workings of his sicko psyche, as I am in expressing my condolences for the family members and friends of all the victims of his reckless rampage. There's lots of people in Colorado who are hurting right now-- My heart goes out to them...


FEEDBACK FRIDAY... BRIAN MAY, BREAKING BAD, BENNY THE BOMB & MORE...

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Today is "FEEDBACK FRIDAY", meaning I deal with emails that my assistant Stephanie and I receive from readers regarding my most recent blogs... Yesterday's blog wishing Brian May of Queen a happy birthday prompted Adrian from all the way across the pond in Birmingham, England to write me, saying, "I remember when I first heard Big Stick's Freddie & Me song on the radio. I thought it was a brilliant tribute. The magazine photo of you with Brian May made my day!"-- Thanks, Adrian, I appreciate your kind words... My blog encouraging people to check out the season premier of Breaking Bad resulted in emails of mixed emotions. Scott from Forney, Texas wrote, "It's a demented show but I love it!". On the other hand, Mike from Dover, NJ chimed in, "I can't stand watching Breaking Bad because it's more fake than fact."... The photo that I recently posted of Benny "The Human Bomb" and I, caused Florence from Staten Island to write, "Benny was doing stunts when my dad took me to Raceway Park as a little girl. It's amazing that he's survived this long!"--- Well, Florence, the reason why Benny has survived this long is because he's a professional who carefully plans each stunt with cautious precision. What Benny does definitely qualifies as one of those "Kids, don't try this at home!" sort of things... Ray from Old Bridge, NJ wrote me about my blog promoting E'Town's ROCK THE RACEWAY concert event. Ray said, "Thanks for the promotion you did for ROCK THE RACEWAY. There were people at the concert who said the only reason they were there is because they heard about it from your blog."--- Hey Ray, I'm glad that I was able to inform folks about the show...  I know my readership is made up of an intelligent bunch of folks who are interested in all sorts of different forms of music and entertainment...  Keep those emails comin' (by using the "Contact Us" link atop the page), whether you agree or disagree with my opinions, I'm genuinely interested in your feedback... I just ask that you please keep your emails short and to the point, no rambling please, and please also include where you're from, I often find the location of where folks are writing me from to be sort of interesting... Thanks...

 

Hey kids, don't try this at home. A stunt like this requires lots of careful planning and expertise.

Benny "The Human Bomb" grilling another full-size sedan into oblivion. Drag Racing Underground image.


The old saying, "There's one thing we can't guarantee, and that's the weather" is the gosh darn honest truth. When "Mother Nature" decides to unleash her fury, there's really nothing we can do about it, and yesterday, she served up some pretty oppressive heat and severe storms 'round this neck of the woods-- It certainly wasn't good weather for a drag race... That said, Raceway Park has announced that last night's postponed Summer Motorsports & Monster Truck Spectacular is now rescheduled for Saturday, Sept 15th to be run in conjunction with the U.S. Diesel Truckin' Nationals & Motorsports Spectacular. All purchased tickets will be valid on Saturday, Sept 15th. E'Town officials will be bringing back all the exciting action including Bob Motz' Jet Truck, the Jet Funny Cars & Dragsters and much more. So I suggest you mark your calendar now for Sept 15th, so you'll be able to treat your family to this rescheduled rockin' show. Of course we're all kind of bummed out about "Mother Nature" dealing us such a bad hand yesterday, but at least we know that come Saturday, Sept 15th, we'll have an opportunity to see the top motorsports acts that were booked for last night's show combined with all the other incredible features of the U.S. Diesel Truckin' Nationals & Motorsports Spectacular!!--- It's gonna be double the fun and excitement!!...

 

Very best of Birthday Wishes to old friend Brian May (of Queen fame). Here's a photo of Brian with us (Big Stick) from several years back in CREEM magazine. We got together with him to commemorate our "Freddie & Me" release, a song we recorded to celebrate the life of the late Freddie Mercury. Fortunately we all had the opportunity to spend some quality time with each other after Freddie passed away. Helped make a rough time seem a little more comforting. Brian May is an awful swell bloke with an incredible talent for guitar duties...

Best of Birthday wishes are in order for Brian May. A great guitarist and a fine gentleman.


SORRY RAINED OUT... RAINED OUT... Tonight Wednesday July 18th is the P.C. Richard & Son SUMMER MOTORSPORTS & MONSTER TRUCK SPECTACULAR at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park!! I strongly recommend that you round up your family and attend this event. It is without doubt the biggest "Fast Family Fun Show of the Year"!! The thrilling line-up of Monster Trucks includes "Avenger", "Spike", "Bad Habit", "Bigfoot", "Black Stallion", "Storm Damage", "Iron Warrior", "Viper" and my favorite of them all, the "Higher Education" Monster Truck School Bus!!... Flame throwing Jet Dragsters and Funny Cars on the bill include "The Queen of Diamonds", "Beast From The East", "First Strike", "Top Secret" and Bob Motz with his huge Jet Powered Kenworth Truck!!... Plus there will be dastardly doorslammin' Pro Modifieds (Hardcore Pro Mod Mayhem!!) and Nitro Powered Harley Davidsons!!-- You'll also see High-Flying Freestyle Motocross riders and the H*ll On Wheels BMX Stunt Team!!-- All the kids' favorite Cartoon Characters will be on the grounds and fooling around-- There's even Free Cotton Candy for the kids in the Raceway Park Food Court!!... And the night will be complete with a grand finale BANG from superior stuntman superhero Benny "The Human Bomb"!! The pit party starts at 5pm-- The big show kicks off at 8pm... Every ticket to Raceway Park is an all access pit pass. Meet the drivers, see the cars and trucks up close, take pictures. get autographs, and have the time of your life!!... Adults $30, Kids age 6-11 just $10, Kids under 5 are Free, and there's Free Parking!!... It's a Thrilling Night of Fast Family Fun for All Ages!!... Don't miss the opportunity for your family to experience the SUMMER MOTORSPORTS & MONSTER TRUCK SPECTACULAR at RAAACEWAY PARK!!

 

See the "Higher Education" Monster Truck School Bus and a whole lot more TONIGHT Wednesday July 18th at the P.C. Richard & Son SUMMER MOTORSPORTS & MONSTER TRUCK SPECTACULAR at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park!! BE THERE!!...

Photo courtesy of the Drag Racing Underground Raceway Park image archive.


TOMORROW NITE E'TOWN SUMMER MOTORSPORTS & MONSTER TRUCK SPECTACULAR!!...

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Tomorrow night Wednesday July 18th is the P.C. Richard & Son SUMMER MOTORSPORTS & MONSTER TRUCK SPECTACULAR at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park!! I strongly suggest that you make plan to round up your family and attend this event, because it is without doubt the biggest "Fast Family Fun Show of the Year"!! The thrilling line-up of Monster Trucks includes "Avenger", "Spike", "Bad Habit", "Bigfoot", "Black Stallion", "Storm Damage", "Iron Warrior", "Viper" and my favorite of them all, the "Higher Education" Monster Truck School Bus!!... Flame throwing Jet Dragsters and Funny Cars on the bill include "The Queen of Diamonds", "Beast From The East", "First Strike", "Top Secret" and Bob Motz with his huge Jet Powered Kenworth Truck!!... Plus there will be dastardly doorslammin' Pro Modifieds (Pro Mods Rock!!) and Nitro Powered Harley Davidsons!!-- You'll also see High-Flying Freestyle Motocross riders and the H*ll On Wheels BMX Stunt Team!!-- All the kids' favorite Cartoon Characters will be on the grounds and fooling around-- There's even Free Cotton Candy for the kids in the Raceway Park Food Court!!... And the night will be complete with a grand finale BANG from superior stuntman superhero Benny "The Human Bomb"!! The pit party starts at 5pm-- The big show kicks off at 8pm... Every ticket to Raceway Park is an all access pit pass. Meet the drivers, see the cars and trucks up close, take pictures. get autographs, and have the time of your life!!... Adults $30, Kids age 6-11 just $10, Kids under 5 are Free, and there's Free Parking!!... It's a Thrilling Night of Fast Family Fun for All Ages!!... Don't miss the opportunity for your family to experience the SUMMER MOTORSPORTS & MONSTER TRUCK SPECTACULAR at RAAACEWAY PARK!!

 

See superior stuntman superhero Benny "The Human Bomb" (seen here with yours truly) and a whole lot more tomorrow night Wednesday July 18th at the P.C. Richard & Son SUMMER MOTORSPORTS & MONSTER TRUCK SPECTACULAR at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park!! BE THERE!!...

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THREE GREAT E'TOWN RACE DATES WITHIN TWO WEEKS!!...

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Within a period of two weeks there are no less than three great race dates at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park... The first being Wednesday night July 18th. It's the P.C. Richard & Son SUMMER MOTORSPORTS & MONSTER TRUCK SPECTACULAR!! This is the biggest "Fast Family Fun Show of the Year"!! The bill is filled with the wildest Monster Trucks on the planet, Jet Dragsters and Funny Cars, Powerful Pro Mods, Nitro Harley Davidson Motorcycles, High Flying Motocross riders, BMX Stunt riders, Cartoon Characters & Free Cotton Candy for the kids, and a Grand Finale from Benny "The Human Bomb"!!  The pit party starts at 5pm, the big show kicks off at 8pm... Then on Saturday Night, July 28th it's the DEAD MAN'S CURVE DRAGS at Raceway Park!! If you're looking for an authentic "old school" drag strip party, this IS IT!! 1/4 mile drag racing, Gassers, Greasers, Hot Rods, Straight Axles, Street Freaks, Music, Food & Drink and so much more is in store for those who make tracks to E'Town for this spectacular shindig. The party is from 5-10pm... Then on Sunday July 29th it's Raceway Park's NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS!! This is the longest running nostalgia drag racing event in the nation!!--- I've watched this event grow over the years into a successful celebration of old school style drag racing. This year's running of the event, its 39th edition, promises to pack a punch of time-traveling drag racing tenacity!! The East Coast Gasser Association will be in attendance. Also on the bill is the 11th Annual Funny Car Reunion. Plus Nostalgia Stockers, Dragsters, Altereds, Roadsters, and every variation of oldie drag racing machinery you can imagine!! The North East Timing Organization (N.E.T.O.) are also set to appear. Legendary display cars will be everywhere. This event is open to all 1972 and older automobiles. Vendors and memorabilia dealers will have all sorts of groovy merchandise. A giant Street Rod show in planned as well!!... The bottom line is that there's THREE drag racing events at Raceway Park within a two week period that you should be marking on your calendar right now!! I strongly recommend ALL THREE events to provide "FAST FAMILY FUN" for everyone!!...

 

Within two weeks there's no less than THREE incredible drag racing events happening at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. Wednesday July 18 is the SUMMER MOTORSPORTS & MONSTER TRUCK SPECTACULAR, Saturday July 28 is the DEAD MAN'S CURVE DRAGS, and Sunday July 29 is the NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS!!... All three dates are designed to invigorate your soul with the very best of drag strip sensations imaginable!! Put on your drag mask and goggles to read all the details in my blog today...

Photograph courtesy of the Drag Racing Underground Raceway Park historic image archives.

 


BREAKING BAD RETURNS TO PERPLEX YOUR TV-SET...

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Tonight at 10/9pm BREAKING BAD returns to kick off its fifth season on the AMC cable-TV network. As I've stated in my blog multiple times in the past, I'm sort of a big fan of the show. I find following the "financially lucrative" yet "loser lifestyle" of ex-chemistry teacher Walter White to be quite an interesting and entertaining yarn. Walter White played by actor Bryan Cranston is diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer and given a prognosis of two years left to live, so he decides to  "cook" meth in order to secure his family's financial future. The series explores how a fatal diagnosis such as White's releases a typical man from the daily concerns and constraints of normal society and follows his transformation from mild family man to a crudely corruptible drug kingpin. I find his wife and teenage son (who has cerebral palsy) to also be rather compelling characters-- Actually ALL the characters on the series have a way of activating your interest and imagination. When we (Big Stick) had our CRACK ATTACK hit several years back, I learned an awful lot about the dangerous world of illicit drugs, how it makes some people very rich, while ruining the lives of so many others and making them very dead-- There's more than enough drama in the underworld of dirty drug dealing to keep BREAKING BAD an emotionally accelerating and captivating TV series. It's not pretty, but as we all know, great art and entertainment often isn't-- It's disturbing, perplexing, heart wrenching and rough around the edges, like most good art usually is. The show is shot beautifully, all the casting is as close to perfect as you can imagine-- Even the music is good, there's not many shows on TV that I can actually say that I like the music too-- If you've never watched BREAKING BAD before, I suggest you give it a try-- If you have been watching it like I have, you know how darn refreshing it's gonna be for BREAKING BAD to return to your TV set tonight...

 

Walter White and his somewhat trusty sidekick Jesse, along with the rest of the captivating cast return to purposefully perplex your TV-set for the fifth season on BREAKING BAD.  The series earns an unprecedented "5 Doc Stars" for a television drama.

The season premier is tonight Sunday July 15th at 10/9pm on the AMC Network


ROCK THE RACEWAY FESTIVAL... BUZZARD WAGON AT STONE PONY...

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There's two musical events taking place today/tonight (July 14th) in New Jersey that I want to tell you about... First there's the ROCK THE RACEWAY MUSIC FESTIVAL at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. This is a "Summer Jam Festival" featuring no less than 10 bands, including Xero Gravity, Ixion Lux, Lower the Veil, Black Water Rising, Sleepy Hollow, Exxplorer, Prophet and Cycle of Pain featuring John Deservio of Black Label Society. As some of you know, we (Big Stick) have Johnny Kelly playing guest drums on our upcoming LP release, and Johnny's played with Black Label Society-- So I know for a fact that any musician with the Black Label Society stamp of approval has serious chops. You'll have the opportunity to see 10 bands for the low admission price of only $20. The event starts at 4pm and runs until midnight. There's a food court and beer garden to fulfill all your refreshment needs. Raceway Park is located at 230 Pension Rd in Englishtown NJ... At the Stone Pony club in Asbury Park, our friend Pete Powers'  band Buzzard Wagon will be performing live. Buzzard Wagon is a relatively heavy band with some sassy southern seasoning thrown into the mix. They'll be opening up for Gun N' Hoses, which is an all girl Guns N' Roses tribute band. This should certainly prove to make for an interesting evening of entertainment. The Stone Pony is located at 913 Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park, NJ. The show kicks off at 9pm. Somehow, someway, I'm going to try to make it to both of these Jersey servings of musical mayhem. So hopefully I'll be seeing some of you fine folks at these two phenomenal rock 'n' roll shindigs-- Summer is here, baby, and it's time for you to get out and support the music scene!!..

 

 


FEEDBACK FRIDAY... SODA AT THE DRAGS ISSUE RILES READERS!!...

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Today is "FEEDBACK FRIDAY", meaning I deal with emails that my assistant Stephanie and I receive from readers regarding my most recent blogs... There's no doubt that my blog about government officials wanting to regulate our soda consumption, whether it be at the drag strip or anywhere else, resulted in the most feedback of any other issue this week. Art from Tipton, Indiana wrote rather insightfully, "Government regulation of many things takes away from our rights, so I do not want regulation on sodas. Being a diabetic and a severe heart patient, I can tell you first hand that we should watch our lifestyles closely, or pay the consequences physically. But no government official wanting to strike up regulatory law that is prohibitive to personal freedom should be allowed to do so. A better answer would be to inform the masses of soft drink products that are less harmful. Diet Rite has no sugar, caffeine or sodium. I uses Splenda and it tastes really natural like it contains sugar. Splenda is yet in question of it's bio-neutrality. But so far it's caused very few physical problems in humans."  Doris from Chandler, Ariz says, "When my husband and I take our kids to the drag races, we have reduced our soda consumption, but not because big brother wants us to. Americans deserve freedom of choice. Don't tell me what I can and can't feed my family. I can make my own decisions of what's healthy for my own family." On the other side of the argument, Mary from Lake Charles, Louisiana writes, "When I see moms at the races filling their kids with gallons of soda I want to scream! What are they thinking? I believe there's too many stupid people in this country, so the government must step in and limit the amount of soda we drink because these irresponsible moms are killing their own kids with sugar!" The emails we received about this soda issue were probably among the longest and most thorough we've seen in recent memory. We didn't necessarily expect the soda issue to spark so much of a response, but we're glad it did, because it demonstrates how so many of you reading this blog are concerned with the health of your families... I've always known my readership is made up of an intelligent bunch of health conscientious folks...  Keep those emails comin' (by using the "Contact Us" link atop the page), whether you agree or disagree with my opinions, I'm genuinely interested in your feedback... I just ask that you please keep your emails short and to the point, no rambling please, and please also include where you're from, I often find the location of where folks are writing me from to be sort of interesting... Thanks...