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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...
Friday September 23rd thru Sunday September 25th is the 35th Annual Fall Englishtown Swap Meet & Auto Shows at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. If you're looking for something interesting and fun to do this weekend, I strongly recommend that you consider attending this event. If you're looking for those hard to find parts for a build, or just looking for some unique and slightly off the wall items for your car or home, this is THE place to be!! There's soooo many vendors selling their unique stuff that you'll be intrigued, enticed, and genuinely amazed!! Saturday and Sunday are the famous auto shows, featuring all sorts of classics and vehicles of special interest. All kinds of mild to wild rides will be on display-- Antiques, Classic Muscle Cars, Street Rods, Hot Rods, Pro Street, Gassers, Rat Rods, Nostalgia Funny Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles, Bicycles, Race Cars and so much more! Lots of nifty awards will be given to the best cars of their genre, including the prestigious Vinnie & Richard Napp Memorial Cup. Family fun for everyone! I love strolling through the countless acres of interesting vendors and spectacular show cars. I have lots of great memories from this event. I remember shopping for parts for Johnny Kelly's (Type O Negative, Black Label Society) '70 SuperBee. Take your family out to this event this weekend and create some great memories that you'll all cherish for a lifetime. Gates open 7am each day and close at 6pm. Admission is only $10 per person each day with children under 12 free. For more information and details please visit www.racewaypark.com

Last night after a long session in the recording studio, I stopped for a bite at a local bar & grill establishment, a place that's always packed with lots of diehard NASCAR fans. Many of the folks who frequent the establishment know me and are well aware of my strong affiliation with NHRA Championship Drag Racing. As I was getting settled in and about to bite into a burger, a couple of NASCAR guys at the other end of the bar yell over to me, "Hey, Doc, look, isn't that one of your Pro Stock dudes on TV?!?"... I look up at one of the many TV monitors situated throughout the bar, and the popular ABC-TV show DANCING WITH THE STARS is on... I try to assess what's goin' on, and what those guys at the other end of the bar are talkin' about, I squint my eyes a little bit, and I focus in on the TV screen-- Then I'm thinkin', wow, is that Pro Stock living legend Larry Morgan performing on DANCING WITH THE STARS?!? Many of you know that I've admired Larry Morgan's ability to drive the "factory hot rods" for a long time. And it sure did look like Larry Morgan was dancing up quite a storm on the highly rated ABC-TV program, but after a minute of staring at the TV, it finally registered in my mind that it definitely WASN'T Larry Morgan. Then I said to those NASCAR guys, "Uh, no, that's not who you think it is (Larry Morgan), that's author and activist Chaz Bono, the daughter of 60's singing sensations Sonny & Cher, that's the Chaz Bono who is now in the midst of some sort of "gender reassignment" or sumpthin' like that"... The NASCAR guys looked at me completely dumbfounded, like I was crazy, and replied, "No Way!!". I then went on to explain to them that Chaz Bono and Larry Morgan share a very similar resemblance, but I assured them, that was not Larry Morgan kicking up his heels on DANCING WITH THE STARS, that was Chaz Bono... After that somewhat startling and "awkward" moment, we all shushed up, and I commenced to eating my late dinner, and the NASCAR guys continued to drink their draft beers... Hmm, I wonder what it would look like if DANCING WITH THE STARS producers paired Chaz Bono to dance with Larry Morgan??-- Think about that for a minute. That would most definitely be weird. Some viewers would probably think that the two of them are twins... Weird stuff...

Yesterday "Mother Nature" was pretty darn cooperative here in our neck of the woods, providing those of us in the Englishtown area with the kind of weather where the rain stays in the sky, and doesn't fall on the drag strip, and temperatures maintain relatively mild and reasonable numbers... In the much hyped (and rightfully so) "BIG TIRE OUTLAW" class, John Schroeder got the best of Ray DeAngelis in the fierce 'n' feisty final round 4.72 to 5.73. The "BIG TIRE OUTLAWS" had themselves a special 1/8th mile "SHAKEDOWN TUNE-UP" edition of their racing series. With the Fall season ramping-up and changing the weather from Summer's hot 'n' sticky, to Fall's cool and occasionally tricky, the seasonal aromas of burning leaves and ultra-phat doorslammers burning rubber are in the air. Time for lots of racers from here in the northeast, as well as all the other regions of this great nation, to get prepared for October 7-9th's big SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN event. Now considered the premier outlaw doorcar race of the entire world, SHAKEDOWN promoter Dave Hance, E-Town's Michelle Marchese & the whole darn trusty Raceway Park crew are gonna pull out all the stops to make sure this year's edition of the event is a "MUST" for all serious racers and fans alike. I can't stress enough how important it is for you to mark October 7-9 in your datebook right now, be sure that you make the necessary plans and arrangements to be part of this year's SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN... Before I sign off on today's blog, just one more thing, I want y'all to know that Mike "Moneybags" O'Sullivan was victorious in yesterday's running of the 8.50 Class... Have yourself a great day, and if for some reason you haven't done so already, please make your plans NOW to attend SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN in October...

It's September, the temperatures are getting lower as the anticipation among racers and fans for October's "SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN" event gets higher and higher. If you'd like to experience & sample first hand, what I would call an enticing "SHAKEDOWN APPETIZER", I strongly recommend you make tracks to Raceway Park today. The "BIG TIRE OUTLAWS" return to ravage the drag strip and duke it out, trying their hardest to put each other on the trailer-- It's heads-up outlaw styled doorslammer racing at its absolute best!! Plus you'll enjoy a very special "1/8th Mile SHAKEDOWN TUNE UP" for race teams looking to "dial-in" and get their "combo" worked out for the upcoming Oct 7-9 SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN event. Today's temps and conditions should be relatively similar to what we'll be experiencing at SHAKEDOWN in the beginning of October, so it's definitely a good idea to bring your raucous ride to Raceway Park today and try to get a handle on all the subtle particulars and variables necessary to be competitive, so you'll have more of a clue as to how to set your car up come SHAKEDOWN. It's also worth noting that E-Town's exciting 8.50 class will be strutting their sassy stuff today as well-- The 8.50 racers provide grueling race entertainment that deserves your attention. Qualifying rounds start early in the day, around 10:00-10:30, and eliminations happen around 1:00-1:30 in the afternoon. There will be dastardly doorslammer racing and "SHAKEDOWN TUNING" going on all throughout the day. September doorcar racing sizzles TODAY at Raceway Park in scenic Englishtown, New Jersey!!...

If you read this blog early enough today (Saturday Sept 17th), there's still time to round up your family and take 'em to Raceway Park for the 35th Annual U.S. Diesel Truckin' Nationals. Gates open 9am. The big show starts at 7pm. There's going to be more beautiful big rigs to feast your peepers on than imaginable. Plus the best MONSTER TRUCKS in the nation will be fighting it out in spectacular fashion-- There's also going to be an incredible Jet Dragster and Funny Car show to heat things up. And Bob Motz with his awesome JET POWERED PETERBILT will be rocking the foundation and creating a fire-filled state of pandemonium under the stars. Chill with your fave ICE ROAD TRUCKER Maya Sieber and so much more!!... Tomorrow, Sunday, September, 18th, the BIG TIRE OUTLAWS return to Raceway Park!! This will serve as the "make up" race from August 21st. This is a doorslammer delight for certain. You'll experience a special "1/8th Mile SHAKEDOWN TUNE UP" that's going to be in full-effect!!-- See racers trying to get their groove on and combination dialed-in for the upcoming SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN race scheduled for Oct 7-9. Plus they'll be a special 8.50 class race to put a smile on yer face! Eliminations kick off around 1-1:30 in the early afternoon. Raceway Park is serving up a hot dish of outlaw doorslammer jammin' Tomorrow Sunday September 18th!!...

Today is "FEEDBACK FRIDAY", meaning I deal with some of the emails I've received from readers regarding my most recent blogs... I received the most reaction to my "Drag Racing Internet Should Take Lead From NJ Anti-Bully Laws" blog. Evidently there's lots of you, surprisingly many other "elderly" members of the drag racing community, who believe their elderly "peers" who bully and carry-on like certifiable creeps should "grow up" and try behaving like decent people for a change... It's agreed that just because some old geezers with computers claim that they once smoked a "joint" (a marijuana cigarette) with late 60's digger driver "Moosefaced Gunzo", or bought "Jungle Jim" a beer, that doesn't entitle them to act-out like temper tantrum toddlers going through their "terrible twos" when online. Veterans like Jack Redd (of "Jack Approved" fame) and many of you other "seasoned" drag racing folks gave me praise for being practically the only voice on the internet with enough might and muscle to speak-up about this issue-- Hey, just doin' my job, just doin' my job-- And to the one disagreeing individual claiming to be a Nostalgia F/C hanger-on, who clearly "crossed the line" with the angry blowharded email he sent, complete with plenty of cuss words and threatening tone, uh, your email has been forwarded to my attorney and law enforcement... Of course my blogs addressing 9/11 caused some of you to send me rather emotional emails describing your own personal hardships. One email from Cindy of Long Island, NY, who lost family in the attack really tore at my heart. I'll admit that some of you came down hard and aggressively on the "terrorist" side of the matter. We all seemed to agree that the NYC memorial space was constructed with class... I received positive feedback from a couple folks, including a dear friend of mine who works at Raceway Park, about the way I told y'all that bringing your kids to the U.S. DIESEL TRUCKIN' NATIONALS this Saturday (tomorrow) September 17th, can be an educating and mind stimulating experience for them. That said, if you haven't yet made plans to bring your kids out to this event, I sincerely do recommend you do so. Maybe your kids will be inspired enough by all the big beautiful trucks to want to become a skilled and in-demand diesel mechanic, or mechanical engineer, or custom painter, or one of many careers open to those who have an appreciation for the big rigs rolling through America's highways and byways... "BE THERE" tomorrow, Saturday, September 17th, at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park for the 35th Annual U.S. DIESEL TRUCKIN' NATIONALS!!...

Let's face it, you're always looking for ways to inspire, educate, and intellectually stimulate your kids. I strongly recommend that you seriously consider bringing them to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park this Saturday, September 17th, for the 35th Annual Truck Buyers Guide U.S. DIESEL TRUCKIN' NATIONALS presented by Elizabeth Truck Center. Imagine the wide-eyed looks of wonderment on your childrens' faces as they gaze at countless numbers of beautiful big rigs and trucking machinery, and how their minds will race with thoughts of all the possible career opportunities that could await them in the future-- Yeah, the U.S. DIESEL TRUCKIN' NATIONALS definitely provides a "mind stimulating" environment-- Kids can imagine themselves becoming skilled diesel mechanics (there's always a demand for those who can fix these big rigs), or maybe seeing all the machinery at this event will spark their desire to become a mechanical engineer, or a custom painter, or any one of the many careers related to the gigantic genre of diesel truckin'!!... And of course besides all the "educational" benefits of bringing your kids to this enormous event, it's also a genuine RECREATIONAL BLAST that they will never forget, featuring the best MONSTER TRUCKS in the whole world-- Including GRAVE DIGGER, WAR WIZARD, SPIDERMAN, MONSTER SCHOOL BUS, BLACK STALLION, VIPER, MAXIMUM DESTRUCTION, and GRAVE DIGGER LEGEND. There will also be Jet Funny Cars and Dragsters like the QUEEN OF DIAMONDS, BEAST OF THE EAST, CANNONBALL, CHATTANOOGA EXPRESS, FIRST STRIKE, and TOP SECRET. And last but certainly not least, BOB MOTZ and his JET POWERED PETERBILT will be rocking the foundation and creating a ferocious fire show!! Be sure that you make plans RIGHT NOW to bring your entire family to Raceway Park THIS Saturday, September 17th!!...

DRAG RACING INTERNET SHOULD TAKE LEAD FROM NJ ANTI-BULLY LAWS...

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Under recently added state laws in New Jersey, kids can report low-life bullies to police through the Crimestoppers hot line. Kids are also being told that there's no such thing as an innocent bystander when it comes to bullying: if they see it, they have a responsibility to try to stop it. The law known as the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights calls for schools to adopt comprehensive antibullying policies. Of course half-wit bullies don't like the law, and I admit that even at first, I was sort of skeptical, but after further investigative research reported to me by my trusty assistant Stephanie, it does actually make some sense to me... I have also come to the conclusion that I believe it's high time that "message boards" and "chat rooms" on the drag racing internet attempt to clean up their act and finally put an end to the low-life-scum bully problem that's been plaguing them for years. I know what some of you are thinking, hey, we gotta put up with the drag racing internet old crusty bullies, because maybe they once smoked a joint with late front engine digger driver "Goosefaced Grunzo" in the late 60's, or maybe they even once did a beer run to the liquor store for "Jungle Jim" back in the 70's.-- Well, those trivial little trifles from drag racing's underbelly low-brow history doesn't give these crusty creeps the right to conduct themselves like temper tantrum toddlers acting out their "terrible twos" while online. Sure, I respect some of drag racing's old timers who've paid their dues and made the sport proud, folks like Dave McClelland and "Animal" Jim Feurer immediately come to mind-- There's two people who were there "back in the day", but when you see them appear on the message boards, they handle themselves with dignity and respect-- And I consider their actual REAL accomplishments and contributions to the sport far more significant than the elderly low-lifes who regularly grandstand as "experts" and "Know It Alls" on the internet, while constantly bullying and berating those who are intelligent enough to NOT buy into their bogus brand of lies, buffoonery and bullcrap... Let's work to make the drag racing internet the kind of place where if young folks happen to visit our message boards and chat rooms, they're not immediately turned-off by our sport, due to a few old putrid punks who are OBVIOUSLY out to ruin it for everyone else...

BELATED OBITUARY FOR BERT JACKSON...

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With all the attention I've been giving 9/11 and its ramped-up remembrance, I'm coming in late on this, and for that I sincerely apologize... Extreme ADRL Pro Stock racer and all around warm-hearted guy, Bert Jackson, died as a result of a racing accident at this past Friday night's Dragstock Vlll event in Rockingham, NC. Jackson got out of the groove with his Pontiac GXP around the eighth-mile finish line and hit the guard wall. Officials report that they believe the car's throttle got stuck, driving the car further off the end of the track. Bert Jackson had been the driver for Enoch Love's racing team since 2004. Jackson was sixth-ranked in the ADRL's Extreme Pro Stock class. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Bert Jackson's family, team mates, and friends... Bert will be fondly remembered by all of us in the doorslammer drag racing community... Godspeed to Mr. Jackson...

MIXED EMOTIONS OVER 9/11 TENTH ANNIVERSARY COMMOTION...

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I watched a good portion of the 10th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony from New York City's "ground zero". The memorial waterfalls placed in the "footprints" of where the World Trade Center towers used to be are beautiful. The names of all the victims etched into stone is also a beautiful and proper remembrance of those who died in the attack. The reading of all the names of the victims seemed more personal than years past. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and all the musicians did a fine job of providing a musical backdrop for the event. When Paul Simon performed "The Sound of Silence" I lost it and broke down in tears. Even the politicians who spoke maintained a level of class and political restraint that I found to be genuine... It was also good to see coverage of memorial ceremonies being held at the other locations of the attacks... What wasn't so nice was seeing a former FBI agent appear on CBS 60 Minutes, claiming that if the CIA shared their intelligence with him and the FBI, there's a good chance this whole miserable debacle could have been avoided (it was a very believable and hurtful interview to watch)... Then CBS ran a special "9/11 Ten Years Later" featuring stunningly scary footage from filmakers Jules and Gedeon Naudet. These fellows were making a film about a rookie fireman stationed at a Firehouse near the World Trade Center, at the same time that all hell broke loose on 9/11. These guys actually shot footage from inside the World Trade Center during the attacks as they tagged along with firemen-- A very gripping and occasionally ghastly piece of reality from the disaster... Today in New York City, there's still an official "State of High Alert". Lots of check points, combined with an extremely heavy Police and Military presence. It appears that authorities are still scared of the "credible" threat of a "dirty bomb" (nuke) being brought into the city aboard a car or truck... When will this "war" be over with? I don't know... Once again, I'd like to express my sincere and heartfelt condolences for all the victims of 9/11/01 and their families... All you heroic "first responders" and others who are now suffering severe medical complications as a result of working the "ground zero" site, you are in my thoughts and prayers...