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Oh well, after yesterday's blog, where I attempted to expose the heightened hypocrisy of some (a small minority) of middle-aged "manopausal" men, who believe it's just fine and dandy if a male racer carries on like a bipolar blowhard buffoon, but are of the hypocritical belief that if a living "female" legend such as Shirley Muldowney dares to speak her mind with a bit of nitty gritty reality thrown in the mix, THAT'S not kosher. Actually, I not only received additional emails from the guys who already emailed me after my blog a couple days ago, the one about Shirley being honored by NHRA at the upcoming Mopar Mile-High Nationals, but I also received a whole slew of emails from new guys who responded to yesterday's blog-- And they all seem to be firmly sticking to their "Early 1980s San Francisco All-Male-Only Bath House" mentality that motivated me to write about this disturbing issue in the first place. Apparently to these elder men who emailed me, if a gal drag racer speaks her mind and steps on a few toes in the process, that's not good, however, if a male racer cusses on camera for all the kiddies watching TV to see, or even worse, takes a wrench and pops a rival racer in the back of the head, hey, that's just the way drag racing in a man's world is supposed to be-- Duh!!-- There's no way in heck that you can convince yours truly, or the majority of my rationally thinking readers that's ok!!-- Ya know, there's something called "good sportsmanship", your grade school gym teachers were supposed to teach you 'bout that. And I believe that it's imperative that racers at the track do their best to conduct themselves in the spirit of good sportsmanship. Shirley Muldowney worked hard to carve out a place in this sport for women. Negative elements such as bigotry, prejudice and bad sportsmanship can only hurt drag racing's chances of enduring and growing as a popular motorsport through this new and enlightened millennium. Neanderthal, knuckle-dragging ninnies, you know, the kind of guys who simply refuse to step out of their early 1980s San Francisco All-Male-Only Bath House mentality are nothing but nails in the coffin for drag racing's future-- It's important that folks like us don't give up hope, and continue to try to show them the stupidity of their hypocritical ways, and lead them on to the light of rational clarity and truth...

After yesterday's blog about NHRA's plans to honor Shirley Muldowney at their upcoming Mopar Mile-High Nationals, I received emails from some middle-aged guys who claim to have been following drag racing for many years, and also claim they have issues with the way Shirley Muldowney has a habit of speaking her mind and occasionally appearing "moody" when expressing herself. Evidently when a gal like Shirley shows a little moxy, and lets off a little steam, that rubs some of the male "manopausal" contingent the wrong way. I can only attribute that to the fact that some of these elder gents are suffering from an acute case of heightened hypocrisy. These are often the same kind of guys who will drool all over themselves in silly delight, and do the "happy dance" if they see a male racer slip in a lewd four letter word during a top-end interview, or if they happen to witness a male racer having a temper-tantrum in the pits-- under those sort of circumstances, when they see a male racer getting a little hot under his fire suit collar, it becomes a real Village People-esque, early 1980's San Francisco All-Male-Only Bath House "turn-on" experience for them. I believe that when a woman enters the drag racing arena, she has just as much of a right to "tell it like it is" and get down to the real nitty-gritty as a man does. Look, I know that there's still an underlying blowhard bacteria of bigotry that does exist in our mostly male dominated sport, I get that, I mean, I've experienced it myself from old blowhards who still can't muster the courage, integrity and discipline to conduct themselves in a respectable manner, some of them have never really grown-up and become "real men", yeah, it's still the "Old South" in the minds of some blowhards (Although I thankfully do realize that those sort of blowhards are now in the minority of the male gender). And yeah, this is the same brand of prejudice that Shirley Muldowney has been enduring from the very first time she decided to sit in the cockpit and stage a digger at the drag strip, and I guess, Shirley being on the receiving end of that kind of prejudice for so long, is yet another heroic factor in her long and illustrious career, a factor that makes Shirley even more deserving of her pioneering and legendary status. I've spent lots of time with Shirley, and she's a classy gal who isn't afraid to speak her mind and express the truth-- Shirley is the kind of woman who should be admired and viewed as the true role model that she is, oh, that's right, that's exactly what the NHRA and tens of thousands of fans will be doing at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals July 22-24...

Fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Shirley Muldowney at NHRA's MOPAR MILE-HIGH NATIONALS July 22-24 at Bandimere Speedway. Shirley will be the featured NHRA 60th Anniversary legend at the Denver event. Shirley is a three-time world champion, drag racing pioneer, and all around modern day pedal-to-the-metal folk hero. She will be celebrating the 35th anniversary of her historic "First Win by a Woman in a Top Fuel Dragster" that happened in Columbus, Ohio back on June 13, 1976. There's going to be meet-and-greets, autograph sessions, and Sunday's "Track Walk with a Legend"-- You'll definitely be able to participate in the "Shirley Experience" if you attend. A few years ago I was assigned by "ROSIE" magazine to conduct an in-depth interview with Shirley for a major feature, but right after I completed the lengthy article the magazine went bust, however, I did get to spend an awful lot of time with Shirley and I had the opportunity to hear her tell her whole life story, in her own heartfelt words-- And I am thoroughly convinced that she is without doubt one of the most TRUE-GRIT stars of this sport (or ANY sport for that matter) to ever walk this earth. Shirley has my unwavering respect for all the dues she's paid in drag racing and in her drama drenched life-- If any racer is worthy of being called a "legend", Shirley Muldowney is absolutely THE racer who fits the bill. Just the other day I caught "HEART LIKE A WHEEL" on cable, and while Shirley did tell me that it's her opinion that the movie does have some very minor flaws, for the most part, I can assure you that it does genuinely illustrate what an incredible woman, racer, and human being Shirley really is-- For fans who want to see a REAL pioneering and legendary drag racer, I strongly recommend that you get a ticket for Bandimere to meet Shirley Muldowney...

Let's not kid ourselves, drag racing has a reputation among many naive and ignorant upper-crusters of our society as being nothing more than a toothless, classless form of "white trash" recreation. It ain't a fair stereotype by any means, but unfortunately it's the way many people who don't know any better perceive our beloved sport. That said, I commend NHRA for making the undeniably classy move of hiring famed tenor, Jim Cornelison, to sing the national anthem at today's Route 66 Nationals. Jim Cornelison is famous for the "dark color" of his voice and his ability to nail the tenor range in spectacular fashion, often for the "spectacle wearing elite", who make up Jim Cornelison's more common audience. Cornelison is a graduate of Indiana University's Master in Music Program. He's performed nationally and internationally with the biggest names in opera music, such as Placido Domingo and Zubin Mehta. And unlike Cristina Aguilera's performance at the most recent Super Bowl, I'm sure that Jim Cornelison will be capable of actually remembering the words to the national anthem at today's NHRA sanctioned event. Hey, adding a little class to drag racing certainly can't hurt, I mean, maybe this is a baby step in helping to change the poor perception that much of the Grey Poupon eating elite have of our kind-- Maybe this will eventually lead our nation's stuffy elite to realize what sort of people most of us drag racing folks REALLY are-- Most of us make decent money, we're family oriented, we buy lots of cool stuff with our disposable income, we're educated, we're not "racist", though some of us are "racers"-- We use a fork, spoon and knife when the occasion calls for it-- And believe it or not, some of us, like myself, even enjoy a dab of Grey Poupon spread over our hot dogs.

I've received emails regarding my recent blogs where I expressed my opinion on the outcome of the Casey Anthony case. Some of you wrote how dare I criticize our judicial system and the jury that turned in the non-guilty murder verdict. Folks emailed me claiming that prosecutors didn't provide jurors with rock solid proof that Casey killed her daughter Caylee. Well, the lack of the kind of proof that they're referring to is more due to Casey Anthony winning what I call the "Murderer's Lottery" than anything else. A big part of Casey winning the "Murderer's Lottery" has to do with the long period of time that elapsed before her daughter's weather-beaten, completely "skeletonized" remains were finally discovered by the meter reader. I believe the evidence prosecutors presented, though circumstantial at times, if carefully reviewed, considered, analyzed, and assembled all together, does point an undeniable finger of guilt at Casey-- I don't think the jury took the time and effort to do that (deliberating for only 11 hours on such a complicated murder case like this one demonstrates that this jury did NOT bother to review all the evidence thoroughly)-- I don't believe the jury really did their job. The "beyond a reasonable doubt" factor, while usually a most important and necessary element in our judicial system, was used as a cop-out by the jury, a jury who just couldn't bring themselves to put Casey on death row. Look, I never want to see anyone punished for a crime they didn't commit, especially when the death penalty is involved-- I'm aware that there's cases of defendants wrongfully accused and punished-- I believe it's a travesty of justice when the innocent are wrongfully prosecuted-- And yeah, I'm all for the Constitution, but I believe that in this particular case, our legal system provided Casey and her attorneys with nothing but loopholes that they were able jump through and "beat the system" with (back to the winning the "Murderer's Lottery")-- This was an instance of when "following all the rules" of the court resulted in a failure to produce justice (it does happen). Casey Anthony won the "Murderer's Lottery", and not because she's a genius, or a woman of amazingly shrewd and substantial intellect, but because she's a heartless, cold-blooded murderer who got incredibly LUCKY...

On today's blog I'm switching gears, I'm not going to discuss the verdict in Florida that has America choking on its own vomit, or why the rumors circulating about "Jungle" Randy Liberman were complete hogwash-- Let's put all that grotesque drama behind us and focus our attention on finding your family the very best possible Summertime Entertainment... That said, I am happy as all heck to announce that ROBOSAURUS triumphantly returns to Raceway Park for one night only on Wednesday July 20th!! That's right, this is not a misprint!! The towering mechanical, hydraulic, electronic dinosaur, who breaths fire, picks up cars, breaks them in half, and then ignites them into charred rubble, returns to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park for the 41ST ANNUAL PC RICHARD & SON SUMMER MOTORSPORTS SPECTACULAR!! Look, I'm no kid, I'm a "mature adult" (at least on paper), but I gotta tell ya, when it comes to ROBOSAURUS, I always get thrills and chills from watching him work his incredible brand of pyrotechnic terror! No matter how old you are, ROBOSAURUS brings out the childlike wonderment in each and every one of us. I'm glad that ROBOSAURUS is coming out of retirement to appear at ETown. If for some reason you don't know who ROBOSAURUS is, check the Photo Gallery here on the site (we've got some great pics), or go to the Video Catalog and click on our THRILL SHOW dvd (you'll get to see a sample of "ROBO" video for free!)-- Both the Photo Gallery and Video Catalog have easy accessible links on the top of this page. Make plans NOW to take your family to see and experience ROBOSAURUS, America's Favorite Car Crushing Dinosaur-- Wednesday Night, July 20th, at Raceway Park's 41ST ANNUAL SUMMER MOTORSPORTS SPECTACULAR!!...

In regards to the rumor a couple people emailed me, and I then wrote about in yesterday's blog, the same rumor that I was told was started by an individual working the "GEEZERS" event, the rumor that "Jungle" Randy Liberman and Army Armstrong of "Texas Jungle" fame are no longer welcome at Maple Grove Raceway-- Well, as it turns out, it's been revealed to be a blowhard lie. My trusty assistant, Stephanie, thoroughly investigated the matter, phoning the track and the sanctioning organization. Evidently, it was just a lie created to spite those two guys, or something really juvenile like that. I don't get it. Stephanie was told by those in command that we shouldn't believe "ANYTHING" the source of that rumor says or drivels-- Oh well-- Stephanie discovered who the rumor originated from, and I'm going to spare that individual any further embarrassment by not revealing his name here on my blog (I know, I know, you're probably saying to yourself, "Hey Doc, you're way too kind") Whatever, whatever, that's just my nature. When I was informed of who the source was, I kinda really wasn't that surprised-- So please, folks, enough with your "GEEZER" emails, please put this debacle to rest. Those who've been emailing me with your rabid complaints about the race should take a breather and chill out-- I have learned that there were actually some positive moments during the event-- And I believe the Maple Grove gang will do better next time-- Cut 'em some slack... Switching gears now... Did you happen to hear the latest terrorist related news story?-- It's been discovered that doctors are being recruited by groups like al-Qaeda to "surgically implant" explosive bombs into the bodies of human suicide terrorists, making them what you'd call a "human bomb". Airport security is definitely going to get even tougher with this latest fiendish development. Remember the good old days?-- When the only "human bomb" we knew of was Benny "The Human Bomb" Koske? And we all know that Benny would never hurt a fly, yeah, sure, he blows up cars, but he's a good "human bomb". Gee, How I long for those good old days, before 9/11...

I've been receiving more twisted feedback and emails regarding Maple Grove's recent "Geezers At The Grove" event. Someone emailed saying that one of the people who worked the event is now spreading a rumor that "Jungle" Randy Liberman (the late "Jungle Jim" Liberman's son) and Army Armstrong (of "Texas Jungle" tribute car fame) are no longer welcome at "The Grove". Evidently, the two guys were sitting on a truck's tailgate that gave way, resulting in them falling to the ground and hurting themselves. I really don't get it, I mean, banning these two fine fellers seems pretty gosh, darn unethical to me, "Jungle" Randy is the only surviving member of the "Jungle Jim" gene pool, Randy was at the Funny Car Reunion one year, and he seemed to me like a really nice young man, a real gentleman-- And Army Armstrong of the "Texas Jungle" tribute car fame is also a pretty fine feller, and a valued contributor to the nostalgia drag racing scene--- Just 'cause these guys hurt themselves in a freak accident, doesn't seem reason to ban 'em from the track??-- Although we do know that the "blowhards" of the nostalgia scene are really into the whole cowardly "banning" people thing (duh)-- Like I've told you folks in the past, it's kind of disgraceful the way drag racing (especially nostalgia drag racing) has developed the awful habit and bad table manners of eating its wounded (almost literally in this case)--- I hope the rumor isn't right. I'm gonna have my trusty assistant Stephanie contact the track, NHRA, or someone of authority to look deeper into this matter. I don't like it and I want answers... And it appears that nostalgia drag racing isn't the only purveyor of blowharded justice, the jury in Florida decided to hand down "Not Guilty" verdicts on ALL murder charges in the Casey Anthony case. I guess this is our nation's "new generation" of "O.J. Simpson" styled justice-- You can kill people, as long as you can play the legal system for a fool. Poor little girl, Caylee Anthony, was killed at 2 years old, left dead in a garbage bag, and her murderer will skate back to a free life of partying and million dollar book deals-- and probably a lucrative made-for-TV movie deal too. How pathetic is that?!?...

I admit that I've been watching America's sweetheart, Nancy Grace's coverage of the Casey Anthony murder case. The jury is now out deliberating on whether on not the Florida mother murdered her 2-year old daughter Caylee. I know that some boneheads in the drag racing community disagree with my longtime, strong stance that there is in fact good and evil in this world, for some reason, it's become the "politically correct" opinion that such thinking is complete nonsense. Well, I'm convinced that Casey Anthony is evil incarnate. I know there's some people who believe her "party hardy" approach to life makes her a "wild" and "rad chick", however, I just think she's dirt and I hope justice is served... Switching gears here, I've received lots of irate emails from nostalgia drag racing fans regarding the position I took on my blog the other day, when I suggested "cutting some slack" for the folks allegedly responsible for Maple Grove's "Geezers At The Grove" debacle. As you probably know, Drag Racing Underground's Rusty Ebberly was there, and reported that the race was a bust, calling it a "comedy of errors"-- And now lots of folks are echoing his sentiment-- Look, I've covered the "Geezers" event in the past, and I don't think you can blame the lack of spectators on the racers. Those who emailed me with their verdict that "Nostalgia Funny Car racing s*cks" have deliberated in what I believe to be a rush to judgement, without thinking things through rationally. While it does seem that some of the people involved with that race have a persistent and consistent habit of attracting the absolute worst karma humanly possible, I was recently informed that the major problem that REALLY plagued the race was oil downs and the like. So those of you who emailed me, please don't be so quick to write Nostalgia drag racing off as a flop. I know many of the Nostalgia Funny Car folks personally, I've known them for years, they're hard working racers, who do their best to deliver a good show. My verdict in the Casey Anthony case is that she's guilty as sin-- And as far as the Nostalgia Funny Car racers are concerned, my verdict is that they're innocent, but are simply "victims of circumstance" in the Maple Grove case...

Well, it's finally here, Independence Day, July 4th, 2011. I'm known as being the "most thought provoking blogger on the entire drag racing internet", so I ask that you please allow me to live up to that billing and stimulate your remaining brain cells with the following question-- On this Independence Day 2011, where does the "independent" drag racer stand in today's high finance professional categories?? There was a time in the pro classes when there were a healthy handful of racers who could make a go of it on their own dime, or at least without a multi-zillion dollar major sponsorship deal to fund their operation. And yes, I'm not going to play dumb, I know exactly what some of you are thinking, you're saying to yourself, "Hey Doc, give us a friggin' break, we all know that the self-funded teams of days gone by were usually degenerate dirtbags who financed their racing running illegal drugs or by other underhanded activities."-- Uh, yeah, I know there was some of that garbage going on, however, I believe those sort of low-life racers were NOT in the majority, they were in the minute minority. There really were racers back in the day who ran relatively successfully with just the help of some "minor" sponsorship bucks, and maybe some discount parts & services provided by a local speed shop (and yes, I certainly do realize that many of my younger readers probably don't even know what the heck a "speed shop" even is, because in today's world it's all about mailorder). These days it's really become necessary to land a major sponsor if you have any realistic ambition of going rounds in the professional categories. John Force has no problem with that, he seems to have Castrol more than happy to write him the mammoth-sized checks necessary to keep his multi-team operation in action. Yes, the times sure have changed from a financial perspective in professional drag racing. Whether you're of the opinion that it's good, bad, or you really couldn't care less is your decision, because after all, this is America, and that's one of your inalienable and constitutional rights. Happy Independence Day to ALL my readers...