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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...
Tomorrow night, Wednesday, August 17th is the First Annual P.C. Richard & Son MONSTER TRUCK MELTDOWN at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park... Let's face it, all the big stores are already running their "Back To School" TV commercials, to horrify your kids and remind them that soon Summer will be coming to an abrupt end, and before they know it, your kids will be trading in their bathing suits and Summertime frolicking fun, for the daily grind of getting up early and returning to the dull and dreary classroom-- So therefore, I strongly suggest that before your kids are forced back to school against their free will, that you let them enjoy a final taste of Summer Monster Truck Thrills!! Bring your kids to Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey, to the MONSTER TRUCK MELTDOWN and let them have a chance to enjoy an evening that you'll all remember for a lifetime. Round up the whole family and share together this final and last hurrah of Summertime unbridled fun!! The mammoth-sized Monster Trucks to be featured at tomorrow night's big show include GRAVE DIGGER, MAXIMUM DESTRUCTION, BIGFOOT, IRON MAN, MONSTER MUTT, VIPER, WAR WIZARD, MONSTER BUS, BLACK STALLION, and the IRON WARRIOR!!-- Nowhere else on the planet will you find a more rambunctious assembly of the world's most fierce and ferocious Monster Trucks performing their unique brand of four-wheeled wonderment!! Plus you'll see the extremely heroic HELL ON WHEELS BICYCLE STUNT TEAM, BENNY THE BOMB (America's All Time Favorite "Stunt Hunk"), CARTOON CHARACTERS, and FIREWORKS!! Gates open at 5:00pm, the feature show starts at 8:00pm. I urge you to not let this last chance for Summertime Fun slip through your fingers, be a proactive parent and make plans NOW to provide your kids with an incredible night of family Summertime Fun!! Make sure that you and your family are at Raceway Park tomorrow night for the First Annual MONSTER TRUCK MELTDOWN!! BE THERE!!...

Yesterday our old friend Lou flew in from Los Angeles, where he lives and works as an attorney, he called us up and invited us to join him, his brother, and his brother's wife for a benefit event being held at the Brick House Bar & Grill in Sayreville, New Jersey. It was a benefit called "Jammin' For The Animals", with a percentage of the bar's beverage and food sales to be donated to the Sayreville Pet Adoption Center. It sounded like a pretty darn good idea to me, and being that we haven't seen our friend Lou since Christmas, we decided to stuff our pockets with cash and go help some needy animals. The place was packed with kindhearted peeps who were doing their part (by partying) to help the critters from Sayreville's Pet Adoption Center. There were even a couple of local drag racers who I know from the Raceway Park scene in attendance. There were bands donating their talent and time to entertain the crowd. I admit that I usually have a tough time enduring lengthy music sets by New Jersey "cover bands", but fortunately, the bands booked for this shindig were rather entertaining and enjoyable. Y'all know that I love animals, all kinds of animals, so I was glad to spend some cash and help out, especially since the Sayreville Pet Adoption Center is a "no-kill" shelter, meaning that the animals are not euthanized for space. Pets remain there until a suitable home can be found for them. If you're in the Central New Jersey area and looking for a loving critter to add to your family, I strongly suggest you visit the Sayreville Pet Adoption Center at 1400 Main Street in Sayreville, NJ-- Or you can see their available pets on the web www.sayreville.petfinder.org

I have talked about SUGARLAND in this blog before-- The clever and creative country/pop music duo made up of key members Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush. I don't know them personally, but, our dear friend, Fred Schneider of the B-52s, who recorded vocals with us (BIG STICK) this year on one of our new songs for an upcoming release, has told us what great people the SUGARLAND folks are-- Fred should know, he and the B-52s performed "LOVE SHACK" with SUGARLAND at the Country Music Awards a couple years ago, being that SUGARLAND had a huge hit single covering the B-52s' classic... Well, anyways, this latest news certainly qualifies as a prime example of "When Bad Things Happen to Good People". Yesterday at the Indiana State Fair, just prior to when SUGARLAND was scheduled to go on stage and perform their headlining set, severe weather with high winds knocked over the stage framework and lighting rig, killing a reported four concert attendees and injuring another 40 people. While the high winds caused the collapse, SUGARLAND's Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush along with their five band members were safely contained in a concrete bunker beneath the ground, holding their traditional pre-show prayer circle. Witnesses claim it was a perfectly blue sunny day just until the wicked weather arrived and caused the tragedy. This is very sad. SUGARLAND's Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush are heartbroken over this. I wish to express my sincere condolences for the families and friends of the SUGARLAND fans who died at the Indiana State Fair. Our thoughts and prayers are with you...

In yesterday's blog, I told you how longtime Orlando World Street Nationals promoter, Carl Weisinger, decided NOT to host his big outlaw doorcar spectacular this year, but instead, chose to "postpone" the event until next year (2012), blaming the weak economy for his decision. After posting yesterday's blog, I received emails from some of you, claiming that you're of the opinion that Weisinger's version of the story isn't the entire story. Some of you aren't buying Weisinger's reported reasons for pulling the plug on the 2011 World Street Nationals. After my trusty assistant Stephanie did some additional research on the topic, she brought to my attention that there are rumors that Weisinger has some potential buyers, wanting to purchase his interest in the Orlando Speed World track-- And there's also word floating around that putting on the huge doorcar race isn't as "fun" for Weisinger as it used to be-- If that's so, that's completely understandable, I know for a fact that there's more hassles involved with putting on a big drag race than most folks could ever imagine-- It's "Migraine City" when you're trying to put together a mammoth-sized drag racing event-- I definitely get that, and I have lots of respect for Carl Weisinger for his ability to make the Orlando event such a successful independent drag racing phenom... So hey, maybe it's not all just about the failing economy, maybe there are some other reasons why Weisinger decided to "postpone" the race until next year. I try to keep an open mind and consider all possibilities. Stephanie and I also found it kind of interesting that In an interview with DRAG RACING ONLINE, Weisinger brought up the fact that he believes short-sighted promoters with little to lose are driving heads-up doorslammer racing off a cliff-- I guess that's sort of like the same thing we've seen happen with Nostalgia Funny Car racing. There is certainly some truth to Weisinger's claim, sometimes half wit race promoters can do far more bad for a scene than good by not using their noggin. Whatever the case, the bottom line is that there ain't a WORLD STREET NATIONALS in Orlando this year. And like I said in yesterday's blog, that's a bummer-- I think we can all at least agree on that...

Every year I get an invite to cover the WORLD STREET NATIONALS at Orlando Speed World Dragway. However, this year I won't be getting an invite, as a matter of fact, nobody will be going to the WORLD STREET NATIONALS this year because the event has been "postponed" until 2012!!-- G-G-Golly Gee Willikers!!... Carl Weisinger, the popular promoter of the prestigious heads-up doorslammer event blames the lame economy for his difficult decision to pull the plug on this year's edition of his radically rambunctious race. Weisberger says, "I have talked to several racers and some of them candidly tell me the economy and general business environment right now makes committing the money to prepare their car and travel to Florida a luxury they really have to consider. Travel costs have escalated tremendously in the last year and their disposable income has taken a hit."... So there you have it, folks, fear of a financially strapped for cash racing population, coupled with the possibility of a thin and stripped down car count means no WORLD STREET NATIONALS for 2011. Mr. Weisinger believes that with the current economic unrest, he best not risk the chance of putting on a 2011 show that might fall short of what he believes race fans have come to expect from the WORLD STREET NATIONALS. It appears to me that Carl Weisinger is taking an extremely pessimistic posture, although I guess he does have optimistic hopes that the economy will get back on its feet for the event to return in 2012. Well, I too hope that the nation's economy can get off the critical list, and somehow get stabilized enough in 2012 for Carl to regain confidence and feel "comfortable" about hosting the WORLD STREET NATIONALS again... I sincerely wish Carl and his crew in Orlando the very best in bringing the event back next year... Wall Street crushes the World Street Nationals-- What a bummer!!...

MTV reports that their controversial JERSEY SHORE "reality" television series snagged a record 8.8. million viewers in its recent season Four premier. A whopping increase over the show's season Three premier. I see some drag racing folks getting their proverbial panties in a bunch on the internet over this news. Some of these folks are complaining because they believe the show is a false representation of what young people living in New Jersey are really like, and that it's also a gross misrepresentation of Italian-American youth as well. Quite frankly, those complainers make valid points and are correct on both counts. Yes, most of the young folks I know who come from the Jersey coastline definitely don't mimic the manic "Snookie" styled misbehavior you see on the popular TV program, and practically all the young NJ based Italian-Americans I know sure don't carry on like the so-called "guidos" and "guidettes" starring on the show either. Making matters even more despicable for some of the show's harshest of haters, is the fact that the cast have left Seaside Heights, New Jersey, and are now residing in Florence, Italy, supposedly making Italian-Americans appear even worse on a grander international scale. I don't believe there's anything to worry about. Most intelligent life forms, dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and even human beings, are capable of comprehending the lack of "reality" in today's rampant and rabid genre of "Reality Television". Having some Italian blood running through my own veins, I'm certainly not worried that the show is somehow ruining the reputation of my ethnicity. I mean, y'all remember when THE SOPRANOS first showed up on HBO?? Italian-American activist groups were up in arms, complaining that the show would forever destroy the reputations of all Italian-Americans, and that sure didn't happen. Most normal people are relatively smart and know to take much of what they see on TV with a grain of salt. To all you folks reading this, who are freakin' out over the JERSEY SHORE show, I simply say to you, FUGGEDABOUTIT!!...

As I told you in my August 6th installment of this blog, I recently attended the Middlesex County Fair in East Brunswick, New Jersey. While at the fair I checked out all the cute guinea pigs on display in the big 4-H Club's display tent, because I absolutely adore guinea pigs, like my own little piggie at home, my darling Selky a.k.a. "Bucky Buck". I also enjoyed the Rosaire's Bear Show, it was my first time ever seeing a big bear show like that in person. And I ordered a sizzling hot "Greek Gyro" from one of the many superb food vendors at the fair. I held my Greek Gyro up in the air, and I said out loud, for all to hear, "This one's for THE GOLDEN GREEK!!", meaning I was using my Greek Gyro to salute legendary drag racer Chris "The Golden Greek" Karamesines!!... Evidently Luca Oil founder Forrest Lucas also believes that saluting Chris "The Golden Greek" Karamesines is the right thing to do. Forrest Lucas has just announced a title-sponsorship deal with the iconic Top Fuel driver in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Starting with the 30th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd Internatonal Raceway (Aug 18-21), Chris "The Golden Greek" Karamesines will drive a special-edition Lucas Oil dragster designed by renowned artist Kenny Youngblood. Forrest Lucas acknowledges that "The Golden Greek" is a true legend of this sport, and that he can't wait to see him in a Lucas Oil dragster in Brainerd. Chris "The Golden Greek" Karamesines is 79 years young, and has been racing since the 1950s and was recognized as one of NHRA's 50 Greatest Drivers in 2001. Maybe they'll be serving Greek Gyros at the upcoming Brainerd, Minnesota event? I don't know 'bout that, but I do know that Lucas Oil having the class to salute and honor Chris "The Golden Greek" Karamesines is a great thing for the sport. OPA! OPA! is what I say!! ("OPA" is the Greek word for "hooray", and to initiate jubilant celebration!!)...

I guess it's kind of ironic the way the usual cast of drag racing internet whiners, the many members of drag racing's "Get a Life" club, are now so chuffed to see Whit Bazemore temporarily manning the microphone for ESPN's NHRA television coverage. These are the same people who from behind the anonymous darkness of their computer keyboards, were endlessly flaming and ragging on Whit Bazemore's every move back when he was driving Nitro Floppers on the NHRA tour-- You know what I'm talking about, the internet whiners who were always crying, claiming that they thought Whit was a whiner (hmm, kinda funny the way whiners have a way of getting upset by others who they suspect of being whiners... whatever)... All these hypocrites are now acting so glad to see the guy known as the "Anti-Force" handling some temporary television duties for ESPN. (Once when Whit Bazemore did an on-camera video I.D. for Drag Racing Underground, he called himself the "Anti-Force", I always thought that was rather clever of him-- If you want to see a video featuring this, simply copy and paste the following YouTube link to your browser http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mJ1IP9_nkc&feature=channel_video_title ). Truth be told, I always admired Whit Bazemore for his, uh, for lack of a better word, "wit" and ability to cleverly express himself with "witty" remarks-- Yes, my friends, it's Whit's "wit" that makes him such a natural for television work. Nowadays, Ron Capps is the new "whipping boy" among many members of the drag racing internet's "Get a Life" club. These days, for reasons I don't quite understand, lots of keyboard "experts" like to rag about Ron Capps-- They always need somebody to take out their inner frustrations on, now it's Ron Capps-- And of course Paul Page also gets a lion's share of folks ragging 'bout him too... But hey, that's human nature, as human-beings, that's just what some people like to do, I guess-- There's always room for lots of whiners to stand in the long line at your local Walmart store's "complaint department" window... In the case of Whit Bazemore, I guess the old adage, "absence makes the heart grow fonder" is definitely the gospel truth, especially in regards to all the internet whiners who are now going gaga over the temporary return of Whit's uncanny wit to their television sets...

Final arrangements for Mike Conway have been formerly announced. As some of you already know, Mike was a well respected and much liked racer, who was an active participant in Raceway Park's Corvette Challenge and Friday Night Index Series. He was admired by many of E-Town's racers & staff and will be long remembered for his strong spirit and uplifting demeanor among friends. If you would like to know more about the kind of man Mike Conway was, you can do so by reading my blog dated August 3rd. Calling hours at Freeman Funeral Home, 47 East Main Street, Freehold, NJ, are on Tuesday, August 9 from 4 to 8pm. A funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Church, Freehold, NJ, on Wednesday, August 10 at a time to be announced. Interment will be at St. Joseph's Cemetary located in Pekin, IL. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Mike's memory to the charity of your choice. Also, please take note that during E-Town's Friday, August 12th, Index Race Series event, there will be a moment of silence in remembrance of Mike...

You know, I very rarely talk business here on my blog, because quite frankly, for the novice drag racing cyber-surfer, I believe there's other topics they'd probably enjoy reading about more. However, this particular Sunday, I want to briefly talk business because I want to express my gratitude to all our loyal customers. Usually around this time of year, the thick of Summer, the drag racing dvd business slows down substantially, much due to the fact that most racers & fans are keeping themselves busy at the track, by either racing or spectating, they're racing and/or watching drag racing and getting their drag racing "fix" live and in "real time". For some reason, maybe it's because of our new and immensely improved web site, we're gettin' a heck of a lot of orders for this Summertime season. I'm really not quite sure what the reason is, maybe since this particular Summer has produced some pretty painful and oppressive heat, folks are staying home in the air conditioning and wanting to watch drag racing dvds on their TV, or like I said before, maybe just the "new look" and easy access of our vastly improved Drag Racing Underground web site is responsible for the spike in Summertime orders-- I dunno... No matter what the case, I sincerely appreciate the plethora of orders and all your continued support. We work hard to bring you the very best in drag racing dvds. We didn't get to be number one by being lazy, we reached this pinnacle by giving the hardcore drag racin' public what they REALLY WANT in videos and dvds. You folks are unequivocally the best friends that a gal and her drag racing dvd business could ever ask for... I love y'all for being trusty, true and just plain you... Don't ever change...