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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...
There were several rumors circulating around the NHRA SuperNational's pits last week... One of them rumors concerns a popular TV show having interest in doing a one-event sponsorship deal (probably Indy) with a certain Pro Stock team... The rumored TV show is called "Sister Wives", and airs on the TLC cable network, exploiting the practice of "polygamy"-- meaning those guys who have lots of wives and kids-- Weird stuff in my opinion... Yeah, that's all this sport needs, is a polygamy powered Pro Stock... Whatever... Moving on, we've been receiving emails from folks who want to see a return of the Drag Racing Underground message board... I made it clear in an earlier blog that nobody 'round here really has the time to properly monitor a message board anymore, and while we appreciate those of you who've emailed and actually offered to "volunteer" yourselves as message board "monitors", I believe we're going to stick with this blog format, because it's actually generating a lot more traffic now than the message board did (which is kind of mind-blowing), and there's far less, uh, mess involved, if you know what I mean-- No snerts, stalkers and blowhards to rinse out my hair, ha ha... Anyways, please keep in mind that on Sunday June 12th, the "BIG TIRE OUTLAWS" return to ETown... This class is designed to give you heads-up outlaw doorslammer racers an opportunity to do battle on Raceway Park's premium pavement-- I strongly urge all fans of this kind of unpredictable, action-packed racing to be at ETown on June 12th to get your fix of fierce and ferocious doorslammer drama!!... ETown's "Big Tire Outlaws" are Absolutely Outrageous!!... Be There!!...

I received a full bag's worth of emails yesterday, from folks slightly soured by the fact that I didn't include ALL the SuperNationals' Sportsman winners in my blog yesterday. Although I did mention the Alky Funny Car and Dragster winners, there were some of you who wrote me, insisting that the Alcohol classes are no longer the "real" Sportsman classes due to the kind of "professional" budgets that are now necessary to be truly competitive in those classes... Yeah, Yeah, I can sort of see where you folks with that opinion are coming from... And to be honest, I did feel somewhat guilty after completing the writing of yesterday's blog minus some of the Sportsman class winners, but the blog was already running long, and, well, anyways, here's the remainder of the ETown NHRA SuperNationals Sportsman winners-- Dave Rampy proved what a dominating force he is by being victorious in both the Comp Eliminator AND Super Stock categories, wow, and it was no fluke, because this is the fourth time in his career that Rampy has taken home "Wallys" in two classes at an NHRA national event!! Joe Santangelo stepped through a tough field to wind up on top in Stock Eliminator. Mike Sawyer won top honors in Super Gas. And Eric Reiff was the guy nobody could beat in Super Street... Here at Drag Racing Underground we have a reputation for having equal respect for the "little guys" of the sport and the big-money pros, and many of you folks reminded me of that with yesterday's emails. I have been gettin' lots of emails as a result of my blog, and I really do try to read them all, and when I don't have the time to do so, I usually have my trusty assistant Stephanie give them a look on my behalf-- You're invited to keep those cards and letters, er, emails coming-- You can write me by clicking on the "Contact Us" link located towards the top of the page. All I ask is that you keep your emails precise to the point and polite, and I promise to do my best to stay on top of 'em...

WHAT THE FUDGE IS UP WITH THE RED LIGHTS?!?...

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Two of the final rounds at ETown's NHRA SuperNationals proved to produce some real upsets, and by saying that, I don't mean the common definition of the word "upset" that's usually used in sports reporting, I mean there were two final rounds that produced extremely UPSETTING EMOTIONS for spectators, mainly spectators like myself, spectators who are fans of Cruz Pedregon and Vincent Nobile. It was Cruz who blew the final round in Nitro Funny Car when he activated the dreaded red bulb against Mike Neff. And it was local fan favorite Vincent Nobile who red-lighted in Pro Stock, handing the final round victory over to Allen Johnson. I admit that I was hoping that Cruz Pedregon and Vincent Nobile would each take home a nice shiny "Wally" yesterday. When both racers made their side of the tree go red, I stood up and yelled, "OH FUDGE!!", yeah, I was THAT upset... Pedregon and Nobile's red lights immediately triggered a flashback in my head, taking me back to a time early in my drag racing journalist career, when I recall receiving a staging lesson from Sportsman Racing great, Sam Biondo, I remember Sam saying to me that NO MATTER HOW ANXIOUS YOU ARE AT THE TREE, YOU'VE GOT TO AVOID RED-LIGHTING LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!!-- I wish that Pedregon and Nobile would have had that exact same thought in their heads as they were staging their cars for yesterday's final rounds. That said, I still wish to congratulate Mike Neff (AA/FC) and Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) on their impressive SuperNationals wins. Congrats are also in order for Spencer Massey in Top Fuel, Danny Rowe in Pro Mod, Matt Smith in Pro Stock Bike (although I was rooting for Eddie Krawiec all weekend), Duane Shields in Top Alky Dragster, and our friend, Frank Manzo in Top Alky Funny Car... I was told that Pedregon and Nobile read my blog, so just remember guys, and all you other racers who are reading this, take Sam Biondo's expert advice to heart and avoid that red bulb like your life depends on it, because quite frankly, red lights really hurt, I mean, they really, really hurt, especially in final rounds at ETown's NHRA SuperNationals...

Despite being the victim of frequent flaming by many of the drag racing internet's so-called "keyboard crewchiefs", Nitro Funny Car pilot Cruz Pedregon nabbed the No#1 qualifying spot of the class with a 4.048/302mph assault on the ETown strip. Cruz doesn't have quite the budget of some of the other more amply-funded teams, but he's sure got somethin' up his sleeve that's enabling him to rock the clocks so spectacularly... Del Worsham managed to hold on to his No#1 qualifying position from Friday, when he went 3.785/322mph in his Al-Anabi Top Fueler. With Al-Anabi top cookie Sheik Khalid in attendance this weekend, Del Worsham would love nothing more than to be victorious today in front of his team's boss... ETown has a reputation for producing "history-making" Pro Stock fields, this weekend the NJ facility is once again home to the quickest factory hot rod field in NHRA history. Jason Line took away the No#1 qualifying spot from Shane Gray. Line stopped the clocks with a blazing 6.508/212mph charge... Local hero Eddie Krawiec definitely had those Full Throttle Energy Drink ultra-energizing electrolytes flowing through his circulatory system in Pro Stock Bike. Eddie took away the No#1 qualifying spot from Jerry Savoie. Krawiec wheeled his Screamin' Vance & Hines Harley to an earth-shattering 6.819/195mph... Even though Melanie Trokel rocked Pro Mod with world-record performances at ETown on Friday, come Saturday, she was put on the trailer, and sent to the root cellar with tattered babushka in hand (ya gotta read yesterday's blog to get the joke) by Dennis Radford's first round holeshot. Melanie said she needs to get a better handle on "starting line procedures" with her ProCare Rx '53 'Vette. Local fave Mike Castellana scored a 1st round win over Khalid Balooshi. Today's ETown SuperNationals final elimination rounds should make for exceptional drag racing. Ain't no doubt about it...

Dastardly doorslammer damsel Melanie Troxel set the NHRA Pro Modified national record book afire at ETown on Friday. Melanie drove her ProCare Rx '53 Corvette to a record setting blast of 5.800 at 258.71 mph to set both ends of the national record. Troxel brought the crowd to their feet as she successfully clinched the E.T. and speed record on the historic Old Bridge Township Raceway Park drag strip. Of course she also nabbed the No#1 qualifying spot in the Pro Mod class. Tuner extraordinaire Steve Petty had Melanie's 'Vette dialed-in perfectly. Troxel insists that the car, which her team has recently nicknamed "The Silver Bullet", has the supernatural ability to just fly down the track all on its own in spite of anything she might be doing behind the wheel. Is Melanie trying to imply that her car has a mind and soul of its very own, somewhat like Stephen King's "Christine"??-- Uh, I believe Melanie Troxel is just attempting to be humble by downplaying her incredible driving talents and skill. For all the blowharded guys out there who still think a woman's place is only supposed to be down in a cold and clammy root cellar, wearing a weathered babushka, and pickling endless bushels of tomatoes into mason jars, Melanie Troxel's record setting ETown performance definitely proves them dead wrong...

Yesterday I blogged 'bout Pro Stock bike rider Eddie Krawiec's homecoming at ETown's NHRA SuperNationals. Today let's focus a bit on 2nd generation Pro Stock car racer Vincent Nobile. Anybody who has followed fast northeastern doorslammer racing over the last several years is probably familiar with Vincent's dad, John Nobile, a pretty darn accomplished Pro Stock driver in his own right. The Nobile family hail from Melville NY, and consider ETown to be their home track-- So naturally, father and son would love for the Nobile namesake to come out on top in this year's NHRA SuperNational's Pro Stock competition. Vincent Nobile has become quite a threat on the tree, known for usually getting that all important holeshot at the wheel of his Nick Mitsos-owned Mountain View Tire Avenger. The old drag racing cliche', "if you snooze you lose", sure holds true in Pro Stock, arguably the most nitty-gritty competitive class among the pro categories-- The younger Nobile has razor-sharp reaction skills on his side, and in drag racing that's half the battle-- There's gonna be lots of folks at ETown (including yours truly) rooting for the Nobile family to have a heroic homecoming this weekend... In other news, Castrol has agreed to extend their major sponsorship agreement with John Force Racing. Just a few more years with Castrol, and John Force will catch up to the "30 consecutive years of sponsorship" record held by Kenny Bernstein-- Kenny's long Budweiser beer run still stands as the record in NHRA drag racing. It's no secret that maintaining a solid and secure sponsorship deal for even one season has become a tough challenge these days. Force has been cashing Castrol's checks for 26 years, Bernstein was gettin' Bud beer money for 30 years-- In this fickle business of modern motorsports, both Force and Bernstein have done what many other race teams would surely deem as the impossible dream...

Pro Stock Bike sensation and our hometown hero Eddie Krawiec will be making a promotional appearance today (Thurs June 2) at the Quick Chek store located at 1 Wilson Avenue in Englishtown, NJ from 4-5 pm. Eddie Krawiec will be meeting fans and signing autographs on behalf of the NHRA series sponsor Full Throttle Energy Drink-- I've been informed from an inside source that bottles of Full Throttle will be given away at Eddie's appearance, so get on over to the ETown Quick Check today and get yourself some of those energizing and replenishing liquid "electrolytes" on the house. Eddie won the 2008 NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock Motorcycle world championship aboard his "Screamin' Eagle" Vance & Hines Harley Davidson... Eddie is a former track manager at ETown Raceway Park and a really nice fellow-- Wish him the best for a homecoming victory this weekend at Raceway Park's NHRA SuperNationals. In the summer I wear my tube top and hopefully Eddie will be taking win lights... In other news, radio evangelist Harold Camping, the blowhard who told us that this past May 21st was gonna be the end of the world, has rescheduled the Rapture for October 21st. And he claims that the world will be completely destroyed and that it will happen very quickly. If Harold's right this time around, at least we'll be able to get Dave Hance's SHAKEDOWN AT ETOWN event in, since it's scheduled for October 7th-9th... I know I'd sure like to experience some hot damn doorslammin' action before doomsday arrives...

"Big Daddy" Don Garlits and Darrell "The Kid" Gwynn certainly are doing darn good things at E-Town's NHRA SuperNationals (June 2-5). Some elder readers might remember Don Garlits' bizarre blowover at E-Town back in '86 (when the race was called the "SummerNationals"). Garlits is gonna be NHRA's "Legend on-site" for this this week's 2011 running of the event. "Big Daddy" will be doing "meet-and-greets" and autograph sessions for his legions of fans. Folks can ask Don about his strong belief in UFOs and extraterrestrials, like I did during my now historic E-Town interview with him for Drag Racing Underground's FLOPPERS, DIGGERS & DOORSLAMMERS dvd-- My interview proved beyond any doubt that "Big Daddy's" feelings about UFOs are just as much a part of who the man is as his feelings are about the monostrut wing... Don Garlits will also be participating in a special match race with Darrell Gwynn to benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. They will compete against each other in specially-built battery-powered dragsters, in a best of three round bout, with a round being run each of the three days of the race weekend. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation's mission is to provide awareness, prevention, support and ultimately a cure for paralysis-- A good race for a darn good cause!!-- And I know that Garlits and Gwynn will have a great time racing each other-- Once a racer always a racer, I say-- I'm sure both men are still seduced by speed and possess the competitive spirit that made them great racers to begin with. I certainly commend both Don Garlits and Darrell Gwynn for making this happen.

Thanks to all of you for making this the most read and popular blog written by a woman on the drag racing internet, even though it took the unfortunate crashing of our site on Saturday for us to finally realize it and do something about it! Last week I sent a bulletin to my 19,000+ friends on our Big Stick myspace page informing them that I'm doing this blog here at Drag Racing Underground, I also informed readers on the Yellow Bullet and H.A.M.B. message boards, and I even sent out the word about my blog on YouTube. Well, according to my tech boys, that resulted in the site here crashing hard this past Saturday. After doing this blog thing for only about a month or two, and my hyping it up a bit (and some of you loyal readers hyping it up for me too), we now have about fourteen to fifteen thousand of you checking in here daily to read my little 'ole blog!! Yikes!! Needless to say, I'm very happy about that-- And also needless to say, we've had to buy another hundred bucks worth of bandwidth or somethin' like that every month, but hey, a small price to pay to keep you, my loyal and trusty readers supplied with this blog (and keep it from crashin' the site, ha ha)... To be honest, when one of our tech boys originally suggested I do a daily blog, I hardly even knew what a blog was, and I even resisted the idea a bit (silly me), but now I know this is definitely the way to go in order to reach lots of you dragnuts on a daily basis. Isn't internet technology amazing?! Thanks to all of you who now have my blog bookmarked and part of your daily cyber routine. Like I've said to you many times before, you truly are the wings beneath my wings!! I love you all for the support and "cyber traffic"!! I look forward to seeing lots of you at ETown for the NHRA SuperNationals this week!

Memorial Day Weekend is finally upon us. Unfortunately, I know that for some folks these days, it means little more than a big mattress and contemporary bedding sale at the local mall, yeah, lots of people aren't necessarily concerned with what the holiday is really supposed to be about. Memorial Day is supposed to be about commemorating all the soldiers who died while serving in the U.S. military-- in all our wars... That said, here on the drag racing internet, we've got our share of so-called "bipolar bully blowhards" who believe the drag strip and drag racing internet are no place for a woman to be-- Currently our soldiers are fighting and risking their lives every single day to defend the very principles and liberties that these backwards blowhards wish to eliminate-- That just ain't right. Blowhards who don't like women at the drags or on the drag racing internet are a disgrace to the memory of our soldiers who've paid the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our liberties and freedoms. This is America. Our America. For all of us. Respect what America is REALLY supposed to represent-- Equality... Be careful this Memorial Day Weekend, please don't drink and drive-- Exercise caution on the roads, it can get especially dangerous this particular weekend-- And don't let our precious little ones get too close to an unattended barbeque grill or pool. And please take the time to remember the brave men and women we've lost...