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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...

BREAKING BAD RETURNS TO PERPLEX YOUR TV-SET...

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Tonight at 10/9pm BREAKING BAD returns to kick off its fifth season on the AMC cable-TV network. As I've stated in my blog multiple times in the past, I'm sort of a big fan of the show. I find following the "financially lucrative" yet "loser lifestyle" of ex-chemistry teacher Walter White to be quite an interesting and entertaining yarn. Walter White played by actor Bryan Cranston is diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer and given a prognosis of two years left to live, so he decides to  "cook" meth in order to secure his family's financial future. The series explores how a fatal diagnosis such as White's releases a typical man from the daily concerns and constraints of normal society and follows his transformation from mild family man to a crudely corruptible drug kingpin. I find his wife and teenage son (who has cerebral palsy) to also be rather compelling characters-- Actually ALL the characters on the series have a way of activating your interest and imagination. When we (Big Stick) had our CRACK ATTACK hit several years back, I learned an awful lot about the dangerous world of illicit drugs, how it makes some people very rich, while ruining the lives of so many others and making them very dead-- There's more than enough drama in the underworld of dirty drug dealing to keep BREAKING BAD an emotionally accelerating and captivating TV series. It's not pretty, but as we all know, great art and entertainment often isn't-- It's disturbing, perplexing, heart wrenching and rough around the edges, like most good art usually is. The show is shot beautifully, all the casting is as close to perfect as you can imagine-- Even the music is good, there's not many shows on TV that I can actually say that I like the music too-- If you've never watched BREAKING BAD before, I suggest you give it a try-- If you have been watching it like I have, you know how darn refreshing it's gonna be for BREAKING BAD to return to your TV set tonight...

 

Walter White and his somewhat trusty sidekick Jesse, along with the rest of the captivating cast return to purposefully perplex your TV-set for the fifth season on BREAKING BAD.  The series earns an unprecedented "5 Doc Stars" for a television drama.

The season premier is tonight Sunday July 15th at 10/9pm on the AMC Network


ROCK THE RACEWAY FESTIVAL... BUZZARD WAGON AT STONE PONY...

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There's two musical events taking place today/tonight (July 14th) in New Jersey that I want to tell you about... First there's the ROCK THE RACEWAY MUSIC FESTIVAL at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. This is a "Summer Jam Festival" featuring no less than 10 bands, including Xero Gravity, Ixion Lux, Lower the Veil, Black Water Rising, Sleepy Hollow, Exxplorer, Prophet and Cycle of Pain featuring John Deservio of Black Label Society. As some of you know, we (Big Stick) have Johnny Kelly playing guest drums on our upcoming LP release, and Johnny's played with Black Label Society-- So I know for a fact that any musician with the Black Label Society stamp of approval has serious chops. You'll have the opportunity to see 10 bands for the low admission price of only $20. The event starts at 4pm and runs until midnight. There's a food court and beer garden to fulfill all your refreshment needs. Raceway Park is located at 230 Pension Rd in Englishtown NJ... At the Stone Pony club in Asbury Park, our friend Pete Powers'  band Buzzard Wagon will be performing live. Buzzard Wagon is a relatively heavy band with some sassy southern seasoning thrown into the mix. They'll be opening up for Gun N' Hoses, which is an all girl Guns N' Roses tribute band. This should certainly prove to make for an interesting evening of entertainment. The Stone Pony is located at 913 Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park, NJ. The show kicks off at 9pm. Somehow, someway, I'm going to try to make it to both of these Jersey servings of musical mayhem. So hopefully I'll be seeing some of you fine folks at these two phenomenal rock 'n' roll shindigs-- Summer is here, baby, and it's time for you to get out and support the music scene!!..

 

 


FEEDBACK FRIDAY... SODA AT THE DRAGS ISSUE RILES READERS!!...

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Today is "FEEDBACK FRIDAY", meaning I deal with emails that my assistant Stephanie and I receive from readers regarding my most recent blogs... There's no doubt that my blog about government officials wanting to regulate our soda consumption, whether it be at the drag strip or anywhere else, resulted in the most feedback of any other issue this week. Art from Tipton, Indiana wrote rather insightfully, "Government regulation of many things takes away from our rights, so I do not want regulation on sodas. Being a diabetic and a severe heart patient, I can tell you first hand that we should watch our lifestyles closely, or pay the consequences physically. But no government official wanting to strike up regulatory law that is prohibitive to personal freedom should be allowed to do so. A better answer would be to inform the masses of soft drink products that are less harmful. Diet Rite has no sugar, caffeine or sodium. I uses Splenda and it tastes really natural like it contains sugar. Splenda is yet in question of it's bio-neutrality. But so far it's caused very few physical problems in humans."  Doris from Chandler, Ariz says, "When my husband and I take our kids to the drag races, we have reduced our soda consumption, but not because big brother wants us to. Americans deserve freedom of choice. Don't tell me what I can and can't feed my family. I can make my own decisions of what's healthy for my own family." On the other side of the argument, Mary from Lake Charles, Louisiana writes, "When I see moms at the races filling their kids with gallons of soda I want to scream! What are they thinking? I believe there's too many stupid people in this country, so the government must step in and limit the amount of soda we drink because these irresponsible moms are killing their own kids with sugar!" The emails we received about this soda issue were probably among the longest and most thorough we've seen in recent memory. We didn't necessarily expect the soda issue to spark so much of a response, but we're glad it did, because it demonstrates how so many of you reading this blog are concerned with the health of your families... I've always known my readership is made up of an intelligent bunch of health conscientious folks...  Keep those emails comin' (by using the "Contact Us" link atop the page), whether you agree or disagree with my opinions, I'm genuinely interested in your feedback... I just ask that you please keep your emails short and to the point, no rambling please, and please also include where you're from, I often find the location of where folks are writing me from to be sort of interesting... Thanks...


FILMED AT E'TOWN-- "HOW A TOP FUEL DRAGSTER WORKS"...

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Earlier this year, the producers for Car and Driver TV, Car and Driver magazine’s new YouTube channel, asked Kalitta Motorsports to participate in a segment titled “How’d They Do That?” for the Popular Mechanics section of the channel about how an NHRA Top Fueler works and what it takes to cross the finish line in less than 3.9 seconds at more than 320 mph. At E'Town's 43rd annual Toyota NHRA SuperNationals in June, a video-production crew filmed Team Kalitta driver David Grubnic and the Optima Batteries Top Fuel dragster team putting their dragster through its paces both on and off the world class Old Bridge Township Raceway Park drag strip. The video crew spent all day Saturday, June 2, filming in the Team Kalitta pit area during qualifying for the event. This video breaks down a Top Fuel run and all of the critical components of the dragster used to make it happen. Grubnic not only drives the digger, but he is also relatively hands-on with all of its mechanical workings and advises team owner, crew chief Connie Kalitta on his race car’s tune-up. It’s Grubnic’s multifaceted nitro knowledge that helps him give in-depth analysis of all of the dragster’s systems throughout the video. It's my belief that many of you who regularly read this blog will find this video to be both educational and entertaining, I know that I sure did!!... Here's a direct link to the video on You Tube. Take a moment to check it out. Simply click on this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VF0JwxQqcA


E'TOWN SUMMER MOTORSPORTS & MONSTER TRUCK SPECTACULAR NEXT WED NITE!!

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Next Wednesday night July 18th is the P.C. Richard & Son SUMMER MOTORSPORTS & MONSTER TRUCK SPECTACULAR at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park!! I strongly suggest that you make plans NOW to round up your family and attend this event, because it is without any doubt the biggest "Fast Family Fun Show of the Year"!! The thrilling line-up of Monster Trucks includes "Avenger", "Spike", "Bad Habit", "Bigfoot", "Black Stallion", "Storm Damage", "Iron Warrior", "Viper" and my favorite of them all, the "Higher Education" Monster Truck School Bus!!... Flame throwing Jet Dragsters and Funny Cars on the bill include "The Queen of Diamonds", "Beast From The East", "First Strike", "Top Secret" and Bob Motz with his huge Jet Powered Kenworth Truck!!... Plus there will be dastardly doorslammin' Pro Modifieds (Pro Mods Rock!!) and Nitro Powered Harley Davidsons!!-- You'll also see High-Flying Freestyle Motocross riders and the H*ll On Wheels BMX Stunt Team!!-- All the kids' favorite Cartoon Characters will be on the grounds and fooling around-- And there's Free Cotton Candy for the kids in the Raceway Park Food Court!!... The night will be complete with a grand finale BANG from superior stuntman superhero Benny "The Human Bomb"!! The pit party starts at 5pm-- The big show kicks off at 8pm... Every ticket to Raceway Park is an all access pit pass. Meet the drivers, see the cars and trucks up close, take pictures. get autographs, and have the time of your life!!... Adults $30, Kids age 6-11 just $10, Kids under 5 are Free, and there's Free Parking!!... It's a Thrilling Night of Fast Family Fun for All Ages!!... Don't miss the opportunity for your family to experience the SUMMER MOTORSPORTS & MONSTER TRUCK SPECTACULAR at RAAACEWAY PARK!!

 

See the "QUEEN OF DIAMONDS" Jet Dragster and a whole lot more at the P.C. Richard & Son SUMMER MOTORSPORTS & MONSTER TRUCK SPECTACULAR on Wednesday July 18th at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park!! BE THERE!!...

Still Frame image courtesy of Drag Racing Underground's massive Raceway Park historic video archives.


DO YOU LIKE SIPPING SODA AT THE STRIP??...

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Do you like sipping on a cold and refreshing soda during a hot day the drag strip? Around this part of the nation, there's a politician named Michael Bloomberg, he's the mayor of New York City. Mayor Bloomberg has declared war on soda drinks. He's trying to pass a law limiting the size of soda cups that can be sold in his city. Evidently the idea of a "super sized" cup of soda is something Mayor Bloomberg wants to see eliminated. The reason for Bloomberg's aggressive war on soda is because he believes the large amount of sugar in sodas is the reason why so many folks are overweight--- He also blames soda on lots of folks coming down with diabetes.... Now look, I believe if you drink too much soda, that's not a good thing for your health-- Yes, the soda manufacturers do go overboard with the amount of sugar they put in some of their products... HOWEVER, I don't know if government regulation of soda is necessarily the right thing to do-- Can't we rely on folks using their own brains, common sense and discretion to curtail their excessive soda consumption?-- What do you think??--- Do you like to enjoy a cold soda during a hot day at the drag strip? Do you think the government needs to regulate you and your family's soda consumption?? You can email me your opinion (by using the "Contact Us" link atop the page), I'm genuinely interested in your thoughts on this matter... I just ask that you please keep your email short and to the point, no rambling please, and please also include where you're from, I often find the location of where folks are writing me from to be sort of interesting... Thanks...

 

Is soda really "The Real Thing"??-- Or is it such an "Unhealthy Thing" that its consumption needs to be regulated by our government?? Sipping a cold soda while enduring a hot day at the drags has become a common practice for many of us (including yours truly). This old school advertisement from drag racing's days gone by is a classic, don't cha think??....

 

Under that hot respirator mask the thought of drinking a cold soda must seem refreshing to this digger pilot...


PAT COOPER BRINGS HIS BRASH SENSE OF HUMOR TO RED BANK...

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I've been asked by my friends in Red Bank NJ to please give a mention about an upcoming show at the comfortable and cozy Count Basie Theatre. Comedian extraordinaire Pat Cooper is booked to perform at the venue on Saturday night August 18th at 8pm. Pat Cooper has been in show biz for a long, long time, he's certainly someone who I would consider to be a seasoned veteran, yet his searing brand of brash comedy is as fresh (well, actually much fresher) than that of most comedians young enough to be his great grandchildren. Pat's big break was in 1963 when he appeared on the Jackie Gleason Show, and he later went on to share the stage with Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Sammy Davis Jr. and more heavyweight stars. He's a regular on Letterman and lots of TV and radio programs. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to see Pat perform several years ago for a special benefit show at the Reo Diner in Woodbridge NJ-- He really made an impression on me, his rapid-fire delivery of skeptical and searing comedic observations are like no one else. There's no other entertainer I know of who can do what Pat Cooper can. He cracked me up!!-- And I don't necessarily consider myself that easy to entertain-- But Pat definitely tickled my funny bone and made me a fan of his torridly temperamental talent for life!!... Tickets are only $45, $35 and $25, that's a mighty good deal in my opinion. The Count Basie Theatre is located in Red Bank, NJ... Also on the bill is comedian Robert Klein...


E'TOWN "NO TIME" DRAG RACING IS THE REAL DEAL...

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Old Bridge Township Raceway Park is presenting  seven remaining dates that will feature "No-Time" Street Racers. These guys and gals will have a chance to get off the highways (and back streets of Newark) and legally race down to the world famous E'Town 1/4 mile.  Street racers and their fans better write the following dates on their calendars-- August 5th, August 19th, September 16th, November 4th, November 18th, November 25th, and December 2nd... All seven dates will be a bargain for "NO TIME" race fans, with all-out heads-up "NO TIME" racing being the headlining feature. So place your bets and come out and experience the best street racers in the Tri-State area doing it the right way. Just remember, kids, don't try this #$% at home!!-- Racing belongs on the drag strip. You all know that I've been a huge fan and supporter of Raceway Park's "NO TIME" racing scene for several years, and for very good reason-- It's my authoritative and expert opinion that "NO TIME" racing is one of the last remaining genres of the this sport that I consider to be REAL DRAG RACING!!... Write down the dates and plan on being at E'Town to get yourself a taste of "REAL" and "AUTHENTIC" drag racing, "NO TIME" style!!... Old Bridge Township Raceway Park shuts down their big clocks and tweaks their well-prepped drag strip to ROCK!!... BE THERE!!...

 

"NO TIME" cars are a blast. With their unassuming appearance, ditching glossy florescent paint schemes in favor of flat primer, and hiding their performance by having the track shut off the big clocks. These racers shoe polish a "N/T" on their windows and allegedly race for big bucks. I simply adore this form of hardcore drag racing and highly recommend that every true-grit drag racing fan experience it at least once in their lifetime... This is REAL drag racing, baby!!..

Photo by yours truly for the Drag Racing Underground massive image archives.


E'TOWN DEAD MAN'S CURVE DRAGS SAT JULY28TH!!-- BE THERE!!...

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Hey folks... I put this poster up in order to entice you to come out on Saturday Night, July 28th for the DEAD MAN'S CURVE DRAGS at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ... Yes, this happens Saturday the 28th, the night before the NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS (which happens on Sunday the 29th)... Both events have an authentic "old school" drag racing vibe and would make for a great "DOUBLE DOSE OF FUN" for your weekend!!... Make plans NOW to spend the last weekend of July taking a joyous ride down drag racing's memory lane at RAAACEWAY PARK!!... BE THERE!!...


Today is "FEEDBACK FRIDAY", meaning I deal with emails that my assistant Stephanie and I receive from readers regarding my most recent blogs... Yesterday's blog stressing the importance of drivers practicing an "emergency exit" strategy to get out of their race cars in the event of a fire or catastrophic mishap resulted in loads of positive responses from readers. Todd from Fallon, Nevada wrote, "Thanks for thinking about safety. You probably saved a racer's life by writing your blog!". Sal from Bkyln NY said, "Practicing a quick exit from a race car is sound advice that can save your life!"...  My blog congratulating Erica Enders and her team on producing the first female racer EVER to stand in the Pro Stock winner's circle at an NHRA national event sparked an email celebration! Jody from Omaha, Nebraska wrote, "Thanks for giving us girls our proper gender props!". Roger from Alberta, Canada said, "If Erica can beat Greg Anderson, the boys club better watch out!."... My blog telling adults to exercise caution for their kids on the 4th of July, in order to protect them from firework dangers prompted Barry from Arlington, Washington to write, "I lost my right hand as a kid playing with fireworks. I wouldn't want to see that happen to anyone else. Thank you for acknowledging the real danger of fireworks."... My blog recognizing race car custom painting of the 1960s and 1970s caused Rosco from Morganville, NJ to passionately write me, "I wish custom painting would come back in style. All the generic looking vinyl wraps are boring crap!"-- Wow, tell us what you REALLY think, Rosco!! LOL... I received several emails thanking me for my birthday wishes for guest BIG STICK vocalist Fred Schneider of B-52s fame. Anne from Atlanta, GA simply wrote, "The B-52s rule!"... In closing, I once again want to thank those of you wrote me about my bronze bunny sculpture work, and although only a handful of you came out to the JuneBug Art Fest to see me and my bronze bunnies, that meant an awful lot to me-- I love you folks!!...  Keep those emails comin' (by using the "Contact Us" link atop the page), whether you agree or disagree with my opinions, I'm genuinely interested in your feedback... I just ask that you please keep your emails short and to the point, no rambling please, and please also include where you're from, I often find the location of where folks are writing me from to be sort of interesting... Thanks...

 

My blog recognizing old school styled custom painting on race cars resulted in lots of you writing me with your thoughts. This is Rocky Pirrone's beautiful "Boss Hydro" Gasser all dressed up in cool custom paint.  And speaking of Gassers, come see the East Coast Gassers at E'Town's NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS on Sunday, July 29th... BE THERE!!...

Photo by yours truly. From the Drag Racing Underground massive E'Town image archives.