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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 speaks the TRUTH!!... Nobody else on the web possesses the ability to speak the Truth, and 'TELL IT LIKE IT REALLY IS' the way she does!!-- 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 here at DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND... Diana's Blog gives you a daily does of TRUTH and REALITY with HEART... Diana's unique and refreshing perspective is unlike anything else on the 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...
Hundreds of miles of Montana waterways were polluted with oil after an Exxon Mobil pipeline ruptured beneath the Yellowstone River. The ruptured pipeline released 1,000 barrels of crude oil into the river, which flows north-east from the Yellowstone National Park. The areas that were hit most by the spill are around Laurel and Billings in Montana-- fears of explosions prompted mass evacuations. Approx 31,000 - 42,000 gallons were spilled from the ruptured pipeline before it was shut down. My thoughts and prayers for the area residents (and wildlife) who are suffering due to this latest oil spill debacle. It's a shame that this sort of story seems to be a more frequent occurrence over the last few years... Switching gears here-- Drag Racing Underground's very own "resident genius" and "cyber-geek", Rusty Ebberly, attended yesterday's "Geezers At The Grove" event. It's a nostalgia themed race at Maple Grove Raceway in Pennsylvania. Those of you who know Rusty are aware that his family owns acreage surrounding the strip (we had some bang-up parties there!). Rusty reports that unfortunately the event was marred by a "comedy of errors" that put a major damper on the race. Although Rusty claims that plenty of racer buddies of Drag Racing Underground were there and gave their best effort. I told Rusty to cut 'em some slack, because while nostalgia drag racing definitely has its share of problems (mainly "problem people", ha ha), I remain enthusiastic and optimistic of the nostalgia drag racing genre, because I know for a fact that there's a lot more good people than "problem people" involved with our scene. Oh, and be sure you keep in mind that Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS is just around the corner, on Sunday, July 24th-- My bet is that it's gonna be a blast....

Last night I thoroughly enjoyed the Fourth of July fireworks show that Woodbridge, NJ put on for thousands of patriotic people. You know, the proverbial "rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air" and all that-- Yeah, firework shows have become a staple of America's Independence Day celebrations. Unfortunately for Texans, due to an extremely "desertlike" dry weather pattern and drought that is blanketing much of their State, many Texas municipalities have outright canceled their Fourth of July firework shows. Evidently there's government officials in Texas who believe they can't take the chance of fireworks starting fires. And if that's not enough to put a damper on the holiday festivities, there's some government officials recommending that Texans don't barbecue-- That's right, y'all step away from that barbecue grill, walk real slow, with your hands up where we can see 'em, and grill them there burgers on the stove top inside yer house. Gee whiz, for some Texans there will be no Fourth of July fireworks AND no traditional barbeque grilling!!-- Wow, talk about "messin' with Texas"!! Well, I guess Texans can stay in the house, fry-up some burgers on the stove and watch the firework shows that are broadcast from other places on their flat screen TVs (do they get the Macys' NYC firework show on their TVs in Texas?)-- I'm sure lots of the firework broadcasts will be in High Definition (HD), ain't that supposed to be almost as good as the real thing??-- Yeah Right!!-- I dunno 'bout that. My heart goes out to all our many friends and loyal customers in Texas who are being forced to drastically scale back their Fourth of July celebrating. Aw heck, just pop some of your Drag Racing Underground DVDs into the player and experience the kind of flame throwin' fireworks and occasional nitrous explosions they can provide for you and your family-- And hope that next year at this time the climate in Texas will be more conducive to havin' the traditional Fourth of July fireworks and barbecuing activities. Hang in there, Texas. I feel your pain...

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is now enforcing a "lock out" of their extremely spoiled thug-culture baby players. It seems that many of the overgrown degenerate mutants who get paid zillions of dollars to bounce a ball just aren't satisfied with the zillions of dollars they're being overpaid for their, ahem, "skills" (cough). Negotiations between the NBA brass and their players has gone bust. Look, I know there's some decent guys who play for the NBA, I once even interviewed former NBA star turned Pro Stock drag racer Tom Hammonds, and I was impressed with his poise, upstanding moral values, and gentlemanly manner. However, I'm afraid that many players in the NBA don't mimic Hammonds' moral code. Aren't we all tired of turning on the news, only to hear about yet another "NBA star" being arrested for beating up their wife, illegal gun possession, illicit drugs, etc, etc. Look, I know that back in the 70's drag racing had its share of low-brow blowhard degenerates masquerading as professional racers, guys who figured it was alright to beat and rape women, molest kids, and transport illegal drugs in their rigs 'cause the sport at the time was supposed to be "far out" (duh)-- Fortunately drag racing has grown up, and is currently a sport where most all the racers involved are genuinely good upstanding moral and ethical human beings. Unfortunately the NBA has NOT grown up-- Too many of the players still carry on like mental midgets despite their towering physical stature. Lots of today's NBA players don't have the moral fiber or discipline to last one day in the NHRA... Switching gears here... Don't y'all forget that Sunday, July 3rd, ETown's feisty BIG TIRE OUTLAWS will be competing. That's right, heads-up, outlaw racers will be at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park to help you celebrate the Fourth of July weekend in grand-slam doorslammin' fashion. Qualifying is scheduled for 10:45 and 12:00. First round kicks off at 1:30. Be There!!...

Well, it's almost here, Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July. It's the federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence way back on July 4th, 1776. Our feisty ancestors declared their independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Over the next few days there's going to be parades, picnics, concerts, political blowhards giving insincere speeches, barbecues, and of course lots and lots of FIREWORKS-- and we all know that a lot of those fireworks won't necessarily be the kind your local municipality shoots off into the night sky in a safely controlled environment, in actuality, the majority of firework activity will be our kids playing with their own personal stash of scaled down explosives (firecrackers, bottle rockets, etc). While we certainly want our kids to celebrate our nation's independence, we sure don't want them to spend their 4th of July in the local hospital emergency room. It's unfortunate that so many children do in fact wind up in the emergency room this time of year, severely injured, burned, maimed, and left with lifelong disabilities as a result of "playing" with fireworks. So much horrible heartbreak endured by so many families. I ask at this time that all parents and grown-ups keep an especially watchful eye on our precious kids over the next few days. We don't want to see our kids burned, maimed, permanently disfigured, or even dead from a foolish Fourth of July mishap. We folks in the drag racing community often have a heightened sense of safety and responsibility, now is the time to employ those positive character traits and keep our kids safe. This Independence Day holiday, let's make an effort to keep our kids independent of emergency room grief and turmoil. Try to celebrate our nation's glorious independence in a safe manner that would make our Founding Fathers proud...

I just have to take the time to thank all you loyal readers of my blog again. The so-called "cyber traffic" that comes through here daily continues to soar through the stratosphere. Thousands of you drag racin' folks, and automotive manufacturers, media personnel, and "aftermarket" people have bookmarked this page, making it part of your daily cyber routine. For that I am extremely thankful. And my resident Drag Racing Underground cyber geeks have also brought the fact to my attention that our Photo Gallery has recently surpassed 100,000+ views!! That's pretty cool. Our staff put a lot of work into creating one of the most unique (NOT BORING!) drag racing oriented Photo Galleries on the internet. The various galleries included feature: About Drag Racing Underground, Nitro Cars, Pro Mod/Outlaw Doorslammers, Nostalgia Drags, Jet & Exhibition Cars, Robosaurus, yours truly's Doc's Personal Photo Gallery (there's plenty of pics of me for you to see!), and last but certainly not least, my special Doc's Glamour Photography for Your Drag, Hot Rod & Custom Car Gallery-- Since I started doing my Hot Rod "Glamour" photography, this venture has really taken off, I've photographed so many incredibly beautiful cars over the last couple of years-- And the good news for you is that if you live in the NJ/NY/PA/CT area, I can shoot your car too, for only $475.00 (and that price pretty much includes everything when this honest, straight-shootin' gal photographs your ride!). For those of you who still haven't checked out the Photo Galleries here at Drag Racing Underground, simply go to the top of this page and click on "PHOTO GALLERY", then you'll be taken to a page where all the different galleries can be accessed. There's so much to see, complete with interesting liner notes too, there's even some BIG STICK stuff in my "PERSONAL PHOTO GALLERY"-- Heck, there's enough groovy pics to keep you occupied for hours. Thanks again to YOU for making this blog the most downloaded drag racing gal's blog on the internet--- And hey, go check out the PHOTO GALLERY-- It's a blast too!!... You folks truly are the best friends a gal could ever ask for...

Yesterday, June 27th, marked the two year anniversary of Michael Jackson's untimely death. For a good portion of the 1980's and beyond, the over-saturation and exploitation of Michael Jackson's image, music and dynasty made me puke. You couldn't go anywhere without hearing those Michael Jackson songs blaring out of radios, or having his videos assaulting your senses at an "exaggerated level", that even far exceeded that of the usual brand of showbiz induced ad nausea. I recall record executives telling me that we couldn't release any BIG STICK "product" when Michael Jackson was releasing his stuff, because the music stores needed all their available stock room space to have the necessary amount of Michael Jackson inventory to service his zillions of followers. Yes, I do believe there is such a thing as too much hype. That said, yesterday I watched Michael Jackson's final "THIS IS IT" theatrical concert film, a video release compiled from over 100 hours of rehearsal footage for the shows he was scheduled to perform in London at the time of his death. "THIS IS IT" aired on one of the cable networks. Anyways, now that all the hype and dust has finally settled, and you don't hear and see Michael Jackson 24/7 on your radio or television, the "THIS IS IT" documentary does indeed show us what incredible talent and soul the "gloved one" truly possessed. Sure, for the most part, during Michael's adult life, on the overly glitzed surface of it all, Michael Jackson seemed to no longer appear like the cute little kid singing "Rockin' Robin" or "Dancin' Machine" on the Ed Sullivan show. As an adult man, Michael morphed his appearance with numerous surgeries, went to Hell and back with abuse allegations and lawsuits, and took it on the chin regularly for his often unconventional behavior. After watching "THIS IS IT", it became clear to me, that the "REAL" Michael Jackson wasn't really that guy that the mass media and his Hollywood press agents were stuffing down our throats, and choking us with all those years-- The "REAL" Michael Jackson was really much more like that cute, and extremely talented soulful kid we remember from days gone by. It's a shame that the "Fame Monster" got the best of Michael in the end, it really is sad...

I would like to congratulate our hometown hero, Raceway Park man about town, Eddie Krawiec, on his Pro Stock Motorcycle win. Eddie two-wheeled his way to victory on board his Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines bike, in Norwalk, Ohio, at the 5th Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Krawiec beat Matt Smith in the final and elevated himself to the number one points spot. Congrats are also in order for another local racer done gosh, darn good-- Hot shot rookie Vincent Nobile put that red-light final at ETown behind him, and won the final round in Pro Stock (four wheels) at Norwalk against veteran racer Larry Morgan. (Rumors of Chaz Bono playing the lead role of Larry Morgan in an upcoming made-for-TV movie are greatly exaggerated). Nobile proudly piloted his Mountain View Tires Dodge Avenger to collect his second win of the season, and advance to third place in NHRA points. The other local boy to shine at Norwalk is Mike Castellana who picked up his second win of the season during the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. Castellana beat No. 1 qualifier Mike Rowe in the final. Local talent really cleaned up in Norwalk this past weekend.... I'd like to thank my good friend Stacy for hosting an incredible "JERSEYLICIOUS" style barbeque this past Saturday. I told you about Stacy "The Vintage Maven" and her incredible "INCOGNEETO" (yes, that's how it's spelled) vintage clothing store on my blog last Thursday, the same store in Somerville NJ where "JERSEYLICIOUS" TV star Olivia Blois and "yours truly" shop for the absolute very best in vintage fashions. Stacy sure knows how to have a party. I definitely enjoyed myself at her barbeque. I drove my 300+ horsepower shadow mountain grey '03 Thunderbird convertible, wearing a vintage tube top from Stacy's store to her swingin' Somerville NJ shindig. It was also sort of a family reunion for Stacy, with lots of her relatives showing up for the party. It's all about FAMILY 'round these parts, as it darn well should be...

Flooding seems to be in the news an awful lot of late. The Mississippi River has sure taken its financial and emotional toll on countless victims. Now we see flooding of the Souris River in North Dakota forcing over 11,000 people to be evacuated from their homes. While the National Weather Service predicted the river's crest later in the weekend would be two feet lower than earlier projected, there's still plenty of people watching their homes being destroyed by the wet 'n' wild wrath of unruly water. It must be pretty heartbreaking and gut wrenching for these poor people to see the homes that they've worked so hard to obtain and maintain become a wet mess. Fortunately the sewer system and the electric are still functioning. Though health officials report that some contaminated water seeped into the municipal water system, and have ordered residents to boil drinking and cooking water for the next 24-48 hours. I'm going to be blunt here, 'cause that's just the way I am-- When others lack the courage to write the hard facts of a matter, I take the lead and serve up the real nitty gritty-- Here I go again-- Look, America, it's certainly no secret that much of our nation's mainstream media (especially New York City and Hollywood California ) pay little to no attention to a midwest locale like North Dakota. The Hollywood elite believe that folks who live in North Dakota aren't quite "hip" enough to qualify for their liking. Well, listen up-- Here at Drag Racing Underground, we sell a lot of our videos/dvds to the good people of North Dakota. I would even go as far to guess that there's more drag racing fans in North Dakota than there are in NYC and Hollywood combined. North Dakota folk are hardcore. At this time, I want to express my concern for all my readers of this blog who hail from the "Roughrider" State of North Dakota. Try to hang in there and make it through this trying ordeal. My thoughts and prayers are definitely with you all...

If heads-up raucous outlaw doorslammers are your cup of tea, please be advised that ETown will be serving up their unique brand of tantalizing, tasty, testosterone-laden "BIG TIRE OUTLAWS" on Sunday July 3rd!! Remember ETown's notorious, all glorious "ULTRA QUICK 8" class?-- Well, the "BIG TIRE OUTLAWS" are sort of keeping that style of heads-up outlaw, somewhat stock-appearing drag racing tradition alive. This is the kind of unpredictable, occasionally volatile doorcar competition that always delivers plenty of on-track action. You'll see some of the stars of the former Ultra Quick 8 trying their hand at the new BIG TIRE OUTLAW class-- Plus, there's some new kids on the block (nothing to do with the "boy band" of the same name, I promise!) who will be out to knock down the seasoned veterans. It's a recipe for dastardly doorslammer nirvana!! Qualifying is scheduled for 10:45 and 12:00. First rounds kicks off at 1:30. What a great way to help celebrate the 4th of July holiday-- Come on out for the doorslammer fireworks Sunday July 3rd at Raceway Park!!... Peter Falk, 83, who played the role of TV detective "Columbo" passed away. Falk suffered from Alzheimer's disease for several years. I don't know about you, but, I always enjoyed watching the Columbo television mysteries. Peter Falk sort of played the part of a detective who came off to many of his snooty villains as a boob, however, in the end, Columbo always managed to outsmart them and close the case. Wearing his trademark rumpled raincoat and baggy brown suit, Columbo didn't put that much stock into his appearance, but he worked diligently in catching the bad guys (and girls). "Oh, and just one more thing", as he used to say, I know that lots of folks reading this, as well as yours truly, are going to miss Peter Falk very much... Thankfully Peter Falk left us with such a great body of dramatic work to enjoy for many years to come... Rest In Peace...

The recent controversy over a video recording of a TSA security officer performing an extremely excessive "pat-down" of a 6 year old girl sent shockwaves throughout the media. Prompting Congress to have a House subcommitee hold a hearing on the federal government's screening at airports of children younger than 13. I know that terrorists could use kids to blow up airplanes, and I'm well aware of how drug dealers use kids to transport their illegal wares. However, all this patting down of our precious innocent children is definitely injuring their dignity. The screener's frisking of the back of the little girl's hair in the video was especially disturbing to this journalist. Yes, we have to remain vigilant at our airports, I get that, but this matter seems to have gone just a bit too far, at least where our kids are concerned. Remember the old WONDERAMA kids TV show? The show's theme song went something like, "Kids Are People Too, Wacka-Doo, Wacka -Doo, Wacka-Doo"-- well, I firmly believe that is the truth. Kids ARE people too and deserve a degree of respect. Go to the pits of any Jr. Dragster event, and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about. Those kids who race their Jr. Diggers under the watchful eyes of their loving parents are some of the best kids I know. I would certainly trust them to sit next to me on a plane, without having to endure an extensive and humiliating "pat down" prior to boarding. Look, I have the foremost reputation for "telling it like it is" on the drag racing internet, and that's exactly what I'm gonna do to close today's blog installment-- Here it goes-- We as adults have created a tainted world culture and society that's pretty gosh darn screwed up. My only hope is that we as elders can somehow fix it, or at least make things a little better, a little more safer, saner, tolerable and liveable, so that our children don't have to inherit and live their lives in this dreadful mess of a world we've created, especially when it comes time for our children to raise their children.