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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...
I just received word from our good friends at Raceway Park confirming some more of the racers scheduled to appear at this Saturday's 36th Annual NIGHT OF THRILLS. In the Pro Modified class look for such heavyweights as Andy Jensen, Tommy Grey, Matt Deitsch and Vinny Dimieri. The most feared names among the dastardly doorslammers are booked in to fight tough for the ETown fans. The competition is guaranteed to assault the clocks and put down serious rubber on the historic drag strip. Fuel Altereds are also now featured on the Night Of Thrills' bodacious bill!! You will absolutely love these wild 'n' wooly open-wheeled wonders of the sport. See Duane Beers and Jim Giffords strap into their hairy-canary Altereds and race each other, putting you, the spectator, in an "Altered State" of drag racing consciousness!! The Altereds are arguably the most rambunctious of all the drag racing classes. Yep, come on out and SEE IT ALL at RACEWAY PARK-- The Nitro Nostalgia Funny Cars, the Pro Mods, Fuel Altereds, Jet Cars, Nitro Harley Motorcycles, Wheelstanders, Benny "The Human Bomb"-- And the Absolute Best MONSTER TRUCKS in the Entire Nation!!-- They will all be towing-in to ETown THIS SATURDAY, June 18th for the 36th Annual NIGHT OF THRILLS!!... It's fast family fun for everyone. Big-Name Monster Trucks and Top-Shelf Drag Racers doing battle under the stars!! It's raucous night-time entertainment that will get your family's Summer off to a sizzling start! For more information visit www.racewaypark.com

I received a "confrontational" email regarding yesterday's blog, from someone asking why I didn't mention the Nostalgia Funny Cars that will be appearing at ETown's upcoming Night Of Thrills. The author of the email went as far to make the preposterous accusation that I no longer like the Nostalgia Funny Car scene. Give Me A Break!-- Nothing could be further from the truth. I've always loved the Nostalgia Flopper scene and I always will. While I'll admit that I believe there's some crusty 'n' creepy "parasitical hanger-ons" who occasionally infect the Nostalgia Funny Car scene (like the author of the referenced email, ha ha), you know, the kind of blowhards who slovenly stink up the scene, and are about as helpful to this genre as a wet blanket-- Truth Be Told, I do in fact love the Nostalgia Funny Car scene and all the "real" people who are a part of it. I was just guilty of an honest oversight when I went amiss in mentioning the Nostalgia Funny Cars-- Now that I've got that all cleared up... I am proud to announce that "Crazzzy Jake" Crimmins' 1972 Mustang and "Nitro" Nick Bonifante's 1977 "U.S. Male" 'Stang will be appearing at the show for some good old fashion Nitro Nostalgia Funny Car match racing. I strongly urge all my local readers to come on out to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park on Saturday June 18th for the 36th Annual Night Of Thrills!!... In other ETown related news, I'm glad to report that an additional "Big Tire Outlaws" event has been added to the track's schedule for Sunday July 3rd!!. The new heads-up doorslammer class that is somewhat reminiscent of ETown's former "Ultra Quick 8" will be blasting down the quartermile in brutal battle royale, assaulting the ETown clocks and all your human senses!! Make this date part of your 4th of July weekend celebration, I assure you the fireworks will be flyin' when the Big Tire Outlaws take to the historic ETown strip!! Mark Sunday July 3rd on your calendar now!!

For all my local readers (NJ. NY, CT, PA), if you have not already made plans to bring your family out to E'Town this Saturday Night, I strongly recommend that you do so right now. This Saturday Night, June 18th, Raceway Park will play host to its first of four Family Fun Thrill Shows, with the 36th Annual Night Of Thrills presented by PC Richard & Son. Of course the car-crushing, mud-slinging Monster Trucks will be there to entertain children of all ages (admit it, the adults love 'em too!). Reigning champ Tom Meents will be behind the wheel of the always unpredictable Maximum Destruction. Other trucks include Iron Warrior, Monster Mutt (my favorite with its cute floppy ears!), Black Stallion, and the E'Town debut of "Grave Digger Legend"!! The Jet Dragsters and Funny Cars including the "Queen of Diamonds" will be setting the night on fire! Top Fuel Harley Davidsons will be blitzing down the strip with cackling two-wheel wonderment. Potent and powerful Pro Modifieds will be beating the E-Town clocks into oblivion! Drag Racing's wildest Wheelstanders will be reaching for the sky and winning the hearts of young and old alike. Bob Motz and his "humongous among us" Jet Peterbilt Truck will rock the foundation and provide a perfect start for your sizzlin' summer vacation! The kiddies will see all their favorite Cartoon Characters up close and personal. And last, but certainly not least, Benny "The Human Bomb" will deliver a fiery Finale that will close out the night in spectacular fashion! This is a show that's genuinely fun for everyone. I've been attending Raceway Park's Night Of Thrills for as long as I can remember, and I assure you, it never fails to amaze, ignite and inspire my imagination. Grab the whole family and make it a night that will provide memories you will cherish for a lifetime! For more info and details please visit www.racewaypark.com

My trusty assistant Stephanie and I finally got through all your responses in Drag Racing Underground's official Evan Knoll Poll. Y'all know Evan Knoll, the former honcho of the now-defunct Knoll Gas/Torco Fuel Empire, with his ultra-flamboyant "South Park-ish Ghay Biker on Acid" appearance-- The fellow who used to generously throw tons of money into supporting and sponsoring various drag racing teams, events, media, etc-- The Evan Knoll who is now in deep trouble with the government, for allegedly collecting millions of dollars from the U.S. Treasury by illegally claiming a fraudulent refund for high-octane racing fuel-- The Evan Knoll who is facing bank fraud charges and now has the I.R.S. breathing down his back... ANYWAYS, we asked you whether or not you believe we in the drag racing community should rally to support Evan Knoll and also whether or not we should raise cash to assist Evan with his mounting legal defense expenses... Well, out of the 328 of you who responded by last Saturday night, it appears that 296 of you didn't find much room in your hearts to show any support for Evan Knoll, a small minority of you who wrote negatively about Evan even claimed that you actually suffered personal financial hardship as a result of Evan's alleged money mismanagement. 27 of you wrote us with varying degrees of mercy and forgiveness, however, only a few of you wrote that it was reasonable to actually offer any mass rallying of moral or financial support for the man. And 5 of you wrote that you couldn't care less and that my initiating this poll was a complete waste of time and bandwidth, and that I was an idiot for even doing this poll (Hey, I respect your brutal honesty)... I'd like to thank everyone who participated (about 1/3rd of you chose to voice your opinions anonymously)... I thinks it's interesting the way some of you, such as Zombie, David, Lauren K, and Barry from Nashville (among others) pointed out how Evan was a "hero" to everyone when he was throwing lots of money around, and didn't become perceived as a "zero" until the proverbial gravy train went dry. And thanks to you all who typed nice words about my blog with your responses. So, what's MY real opinion of all this Evan Knoll business??-- Uh, well, thankfully I didn't suffer any personal financial hardship from Evan's fall from grace, but I wish those who did could somehow be compensated. I do think that he did have his heart in the right place early in the game, and call me "too compassionate for my own good", but I do believe he warrants some forgiveness and support from us in the drag racing community. It's not too tasteful to see a sport that always eats its wounded...

The news of General Motors CEO Dan Akerson calling for consumers to pay an additional $1 per gallon gas tax sure proved to be a public relations blunder for the domestic car company, the same company that we all saved from ruin with our tax dollars. Dan Akerson claims that forcing Americans to pay another buck per gallon at the pump would help GM sell more of their fuel efficient cars (Dan Akerson must figure that jacking up gas prices by another dollar per gallon would force us all to buy one of GM's new peanut sized rides whether we like it or not). Hey, if gas prices go up another buck per gallon, I'm still holding on to my 2000 Lincoln Continental, I'm not going to "cross over" to a "wimpmobile", and I'm sure there's lots of folks like me who also won't be running to the GM showroom either if gas goes up another buck at the pump. And what about all the working schlubs in this nation who still find themselves financially crippled, barely capable of making ends meet for their families, because they're still struggling in the remnants of our latest economic recession?-- Imposing a big jump in gasoline prices sure won't improve their quality of life, it would only result in more financial hardship for them-- Although, I guess Dan Akerson believes his quality of life, and General Motors' bankroll would get phatter with way-higher gas prices. And what about all our nation's drag racing schlubs who will no longer be able to afford to fill their tow vehicles' gas tanks to haul their race cars to the strip? We already hear many drag racers complaining about gas prices as they stand now, add another dollar a gallon and you can bet your sweet bippy that a lot of race cars will be spending far more time parked at home in the garage, than being towed to the race track. GM CEO Dan Akerson's approach of "strong-arming" Americans at the gas pump into buying "greener" and more "fuel efficient" cars is unequivocally unethical-- I'm just tellin' it like it is... To all my local readers, don't y'all forget that today (June 12th) is the 6th ANNUAL AMERICAN MUSCLECAR MADDNESS & BIG TIRE OUTLAWS event at E-Town!!...

We all know that there's nothing in our culture that quite says "AMERICAN" like Detroit's Muscle Cars. Sure, maybe baseball comes in a close 2nd, and hot dogs and apple pie probably rank 3rd and 4th in representing the spirit of our nation. But let's be real, it's the American Muscle Cars that always makes us gearheads stand at attention with heartfelt patriotism and jaw-dropping awe.Tomorrow Sunday June 12th is E-Town's 6TH ANNUAL AMERICAN MUSCLECAR MADNESS event. Classic and modern American muscle cars will be battling it out on the 1/4 mile. And there will also be a huge car show featuring the "Top 100 Peoples Choice Awards". If dastardly domestic vehicles are your thing, this is one event you don't want to miss... PLUS E-Town's "BIG TIRE OUTLAWS" are gonna be in the house racing for big dollars and bodacious bragging rights!! This class is not for the meek, it's all heads-up outlaw doorslammer racing in the fine and fabulous tradition of E-Town's former Ultra Quick 8-- It's cars that are super-hip with scorching 7 second time slips!! Come on out to the park and be a part of this truly "muscled up" day of motorsport mayhem!!... We've been receiving lots of email responses to our Evan Knoll poll-- we're gonna keep it open for the remainder of today (Saturday). And like I said in yesterday's blog, you can participate anonymously in the poll if you wish, simply write "anonymous" on the line for your name. Please keep your responses short and to the point, we've received a few that are way-too long, please keep 'em short 'n' sweet so we can read through them relatively quickly to make for an easier tally. Stephanie and I will try to assemble the results and get them posted on Monday's blog...

I've received emails of all sorts regarding yesterday's Evan Knoll blog... One of you went as far to refer to Evan Knoll as the "Jungle Jim" of your generation. My guess is that Knoll's "radical" and "rebellious" nature (much like "Jungle Jim") is a turn-on for those of you who believe "rules are made to be broken". And I guess Knoll's ultra-flamboyant "South Park-ish Ghay Biker On Acid" appearance is a plus for those of you who like "Village People-esque" extra-thick mustaches accompanied with additional freaky facial hair. Yeah, I get it, well, sort of, uh, I think, I dunno-- BUT ANYWAYS, I'm taking a poll. Click on the "Contact Us" link located on the upper right corner of this page. Then tell me whether or not you think we in the drag racing community should show support for Evan Knoll with his latest onslaught of legal problems-- also tell me whether or not you think we should raise cash for his legal defense? Please do so with as minimum words as possible (no rambling please!). You can write "anonymous" for your name if you are not comfortable disclosing your identity. I understand lots of my blog readers are employed in the motorsport industry and would probably prefer writing their opinions for this poll anonymously, I'm respectful of those who desire privacy. So tell what you think. I'm curious to see how this plays out... Congrats are in order to SUGARLAND's Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush on their recent CMT award. They picked up honors for Best Duo Video for their "Stuck On You" track. Some of you might remember when SUGARLAND released a remarkable remake of the B-52s classic "Love Shack". When we (BIG STICK) had our friend Fred Schneider of the B-52s in the recording studio with us, singing guest vocals on our "Hot Sauce" song, Fred told us how groovy the SUGARLAND folks are. Fred and the B-52s did some cameo performances with them. It's kinda nice when you see good people in the music biz like SUGARLAND get the recognition they deserve...

Former Chrysler mechanical engineer Lucille Milne recently passed away of Alzheimer's disease. During the 1950s Lucille Milne was one of the first female mechanical engineers employed by Chrysler. She was known as the automaker's "most beautiful engineer", with her stunning good looks and awesome brain power to match. Lucille Milne wound up appearing in TV commercials for Chrysler, and touring the U.S.A. doing promotional lectures spotlighting the auto manufacturer's new line of cars. She had quite an impact on 1950s automotive culture. For all the bigoted, blowhard knuckle-dragging men who insist that a woman's place isn't tinkering with cars, Lucille Milne proves them wrong. Lucille Milne's life and career is certainly an inspiration to women, especially those who possess a desire to pursue a career in engineering. My condolences to Lucille's family and friends... Now switching gears to the man you all know as Evan Knoll, the former honcho of the now-defunct Knoll Gas/Torco Fuel Empire, with his ultra-flamboyant "South Park-ish Ghay Biker on Acid" appearance-- The fellow who used to generously throw millions of dollars into supporting and sponsoring various drag racing teams, events, media, etc-- Well, it seems that he's now being accused of collecting tens of millions of dollars from the U.S. Treasury by illegally claiming a refund for high-octane racing fuel. Knoll has the I.R.S. on his back, serious charges of bank fraud are looming-- Evan Knoll is in deep doo doo-- Maybe the "Drag Racing Gods", the same group of Gods who supposedly determine the weather, track conditions and outcome for all drag racing events, will grace Evan with their divine intervention, blessing him with a "stay out of jail" legal loophole miracle or sumpthin' like that, although, I guess at this point, that's quite a long shot...

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...