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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...

Sorry to report Dick Rosberg succumbed to cancer and passed away. Dick Rosberg has a long & colorful history in the sport. Way back in the 60s he drove dragsters, in the 70s he was known for piloting the "Fighting Irish" Funnies, in the 80s Dick became involved with Jet diggers and Funny Cars. Guys like Dick, with such a well-rounded career in drag racing certainly are a "dying breed" and he will definitely be missed... Ken Nelson was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. Ken is the builder and driver of the famed "Cool Bus School Bus" wheelstander. The "Cool Bus" is arguably the wildest wheelie exhibition vehicle in drag racing-- Ken and his "bus" have a history of packing the grandstands when booked at ETown's thrill shows. You can help Ken and his wife with medical bills by sending a check to: God Speed Ministry, 141 EA Bingham Rd., Kings MTN, NC 28086 (write 'Ken Nelson' in the check's memo). I've met and interviewed Ken, he's a really incredible man, I wish him the best in beating this... Oprah Winfrey hosted her final show yesterday, to end her long 25 year career on ABC-TV. Look, I know a lot of blowharded guys don't like her ('cause they're just plain stupid), but Oprah has really done so much to make this a better world. She's given her love, her time and her money to so many needy people. Oprah will now focus on running her "OWN" (Oprah Winfrey Network) from her Harpo Studios in Chi-Town. Being an avid Oprah fan, I'm gonna miss Oprah's show, but I know she'll continue to work her magic with the new TV network.

As many of you good folks already know, ETown's NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS & OLD TIME DRAGS & FUNNY CAR REUNION stands as one of my all time favorite yearly events. I've been attending this race from its very beginning, and I've witnessed it develop into the incredible nostalgia themed happening it's become today. Just about every possible and imaginable genre of nostalgia drag racing is seen on the Raceway Park property-- Fierce Front Engined Diggers, Amazing Altereds, Gassers, Super Stockers, Pristine Old School Hot Rods, Rat Rods, and of course the Fabulous Floppers, as part of the FUNNY CAR REUNION portion of the show! Car Clubs featured on the E'Town bill include the North East Timing Organization (N.E.T.O.) and the East Coast Gassers Association. There's also a Street Rod Show, Legendary Display Cars, Drag Racing Celebrities, Memorabilia, Vendors and so much more! This is a family friendly event that you don't want to miss. Mark your calendar NOW for Sunday, July 24th. And also, this year, Raceway Park will be including their "THE DIGS AT E'TOWN" shindig, at the 1/8th mile track on Saturday evening, July 23rd, to the weekend's nostalgia themed gathering-- Some way-cool rides and people will be part of Saturday Night's festivities, including a healthy handful of racers from the East Coast Gassers Association!!-- You can plan to be in on the action for both Saturday July 23rd AND Sunday July 24th!! Of course I'll be there with Drag Racing Underground-- And I strongly recommend that YOU be there too!!-- We'll all step into drag racing's "Way Back Time Machine" together and have the time of our life!!...