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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...

FEEDBACK FRIDAY-- THANKS FOR WELCOMING ME BACK WITH SO MUCH LOVE!!...

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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... Of course I'm going to use today's blog to acknowledge all of you who've written me over the last couple of days, thanking me for returning back to this blog-- I do believe that some of you, such as Jake from Valinda, CA were slightly over dramatic by insisting that their lives just weren't complete in the absence of my blog, ha ha-- but I get the idea... Like I told you all, John Gill sort of sold off some of the Drag Racing Underground business, so that put my blog duties on hiatus for about a month-- However, I assure you that with the new business deal, my blog will remain (partly because it seems to bring a whole lotta "traffic" to the web site), and because I couldn't leave you, my loyal and beloved readers in the dust-- I love you all too much for that to happen!!... I received a gift from an elderly drag journalist colleague who shall remain anonymous, this same colleague who has labeled me "The Almighty Mercenary of Modern Drag Racing Journalism" actually sent me a dozen roses to celebrate my return to the blog-- That was such a nice gesture and I greatly appreciate it... I also want to thank Randy from Snohomish, WA for writing me about how his young daughters missed my blog... And thanks to Bruce M, John K, Tommy C, Richie H, Bignutz Racing, and Chuck T from Facebook for showing support...  Thanks to ALL of you who've emailed me with positive vibes... I'm so genuinely thankful for all your positive comments... I promise to continue TELLING THE TRUTH-- AND TELLING IT IS LIKE IT IS-- THAT'S my commitment to drag racing and to my many loyal readers... I only received two bigoted emails saying a gal has no place talkin' drag racin', I'm sorry that some people have such hate corrupting their hearts-- I pray for them... 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...

 

Thanks to ALL of you good folks who took the time to show your appreciation for me returning to the blog!!

Yours truly doing my journalistic duty for Drag Racing Underground... Taking my notes as night falls on the E'Town strip, and the final rounds between racers commences... Yeah, it's gettin' a little chilly, and I admit to being somewhat tired from enduring a long day of conducting interviews and making notes, but hey, I'm a dedicated gal who takes my journalist responsibilities very seriously... I sincerely believe that my public deserves truth, honesty and the REAL story... THAT'S my commitment to you...

 


 

 

 


E'TOWN SWAP MEET & AUTO SHOWS THIS WEEKEND MAY 4-6!!...

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Those of you who read this blog with regularity are well aware of my affection for swap meets and auto shows. It stimulates the mind to peruse your way through countless car parts, knick knacks, and the many miscellaneous items you see on display and for sale at these sort of colorful events. And it's no secret that the 30th Annual Spring Englishtown Swap Meet & Auto Shows scheduled for THIS weekend May 4-6 is bound to be one of the best of the season. You'll see the spacious Raceway Park grounds (300 acres!!) converted into a huge swap meet supermarket, offering up items from the most practical to the most deliciously obscure, and y'all know those hard to find car parts are always a staple of what's up for sale as well. The car shows are also a major attraction to stimulate your senses-- There's classic cars, trucks, muscle cars, race cars, a wide and wonderful variety of automobile machinery always makes the car show competition a "must see" spectacular. One of my favorite features of the car show is the prestigious Vinnie & Richard Napp Memorial Cup competition... Come see the vendors, the cars, and all the many treasures of the Spring Englishtown Swap Meet & Auto Shows!!... THIS weekend May 4-6 at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park... For more details and scheduling please visit http://www.etownraceway.com

 

Come out to the Englishtown Swap Meet & Auto Shows THIS Weekend May 4-6!!

Shop the massive swap meet grounds and see beauties at the car shows like this sweet '61 'Vette. Photo by yours truly.


DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND RELAUNCHING!!...

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First of all, I want to apologize to all you folks for this blog being absent for awhile. We've sort of did a relaunching of the DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND web site. Some other people have sort of bought into the business and that has resulted in various changes and stuff. However, I assure you that I'm here to stay-- I'm in it for the duration... The DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND business has grown in leaps and bounds over the last year, and we're very appreciative for all your support-- You're the reason why we're the undisputed leaders in hardcore drag racing dvds-- And we love you for that-- We love you for your unwavering loyalty... I must also say that I've been pretty darn busy with my music thing, BIG STICK-- I've been working in the studio preparing for our 2012 release. We've got some great guest music celebs and stars helping out with the recording-- including Fred Schneider of the B-52s, Johnny Kelly of TYPE O NEGATIVE fame, our old pal Tom Timko and several others... It's good to be back here on the blog... I really do love you all for flooding me with emails expressing your concern!!... I'm back-- I'm fine-- And I'm ready to blog some genuine honesty and heart into your day. You're definitely the best darn friends a gal could ever ask for!!...

 

I'm glad to be back on the blog! Thanks for your loyal readership! Love ya for it...

A still from BIG STICK's "DRAG RACING" music video. The "DRAG RACING" song will now be featured in legendary BBC London DJ John Peel's online record collection. The song made the Top 100 among his 25,000+ record collection. And we are chuffed to be featured as part of the John Peel's Record Box BBC-TV program in conjunction with the U.K. Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame. We're very grateful for the honor.

 


GETTING NASCAR FANS TO GIVE NHRA DRAG RACING A SERIOUS LOOK...

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What are the chances of hardcore NASCAR fans getting a taste of NHRA drag racing, and then deciding to also become fans of straightline racing? In drag racing we don't make those sort of edge-of-your-seat torrid turns that you see in NASCAR roundy-round racing. Our format of competition only lasts for mere seconds, blink and it's practically over. While NASCAR fans are used to races that last long enough to go in the kitchen and grab a beverage, make a sandwich, feed the dog, etc, and when you get back to your seat there's still plenty of racing remaining for your viewing pleasure... The reason for me addressing this issue is because of the hype surrounding NHRA Funny Car racer Alexis DeJoria's trip to the Food City 500 NASCAR race to try to promote drag racing. Do you think Alexis' numerous personal appearances throughout the NASCAR weekend, including Q&A sessions, visits to sponsor suites, and autograph sessions was able to sway NASCAR nuts to develop any affection towards drag racing?-- I dunno, most diehard NASCAR guys who I overhear yakking at bars and other public places, seem to be pretty set in their ways, and not necessarily open to try anything new or different from their usual routine, and yes, I admit that we've got our own minority of blowhards in drag racing who are pretty much the same way. We are creatures of habit and familiarity, we find what we like in life, and most often stick with it-- like your brand of favorite breakfast cereal or your favorite living room chair... If the sport of drag racing could recruit even a tiny percentage of the NASCAR audience to become loyal fans of our form of motorsport, that would be a huge increase for us-- I get that-- And I also have to give credit to Alexis DeJoria and her team for making an effort to work towards that ambitious goal. We should see more NHRA stars like Alexis DeJoria attempt to promote NHRA racing on NASCAR soil, I believe it's at least worth a try to influence the massive NASCAR crowd into giving NHRA drag racing a look...

 

Our racers go in a straight line, it's all over in a matter of seconds, there's no torrid turns like you see in NASCAR racing-- That said, I address the question of whether or not NASCAR fans can be swayed into developing an affection for NHRA drag racing...

Photograph of the historic Englishtown Raceway Park starting line taken by yours truly.

 



SNAKE & MONGOOSE... FINALLY A NEW LEGIT DRAG STRIP FLICK...

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Movies about drag racers are few and far between. That's just the way it is. Evidently much of the "mainstream" entertainment industry doesn't believe that drag racing is quite "mainstream" enough to dump multiple millions of dollars on producing films related to our straightline sport. However, that said, it appears from what NHRA and other reliable sources are telling me, that legit film producers Robin Broidy and Stephen Nemith are going to make a drag flick about Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen.  Wayne Halloway will direct the film, which he wrote with Alan Paradise. The story will tell the tale of the friendship, rivalry, tragedies, triumphs and success of "The Snake" and "The Mongoose". Some of you might remember when these two racing personalities revolutionized the bu$ine$$ side of the sport by enticing toy giant Mattel to become the sport's first nonautomotive "corporate" sponsor, and to manufacture scaled-down toy replicas of "Snake" and "Mongoose" Funny Cars and Dragsters. Jesse Williams (Grey's Anatomy, Brooklyn's Finest, The Cabin in The Woods) has been cast to play Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and newcomer Richard Blake (Dragonball: Evolution) will take on the role of Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen. NHRA has partnered with the film makers as a "marketing ally" in this ambitious project. It all sounds good on paper, and hopefully this venture will give us a relatively accurate interpretation of the dramatic "Snake" and "Mongoose" drag strip saga... Let's face it, drag racing sure could use a movie like this to document the history of these two iconic quartermile rivals-- And we could sure use the potential publicity that a decent drag racing film could generate for the sport-- This could be the proverbial "win-win situation" that this sport is so in desperate need of, to generate interest, and to educate much of the "mainstream" public, who unfortunately still think of drag racing as nothing more than a place for "low lifes", "thugs" and "rebels without a cause"-- In my opinion, this could be just what the doctor ordered for the sport, this could be what drag racing needs to relight our fire with the mainstream population into this new millennium. Get the cameras rolling and let the colorful "Snake" and "Mongoose" story be told... I want to wish all the various different folks involved with this film project the very best of luck...

 



HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY... NHRA CHASSIS CERTIFICATION AT E'TOWN...

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Happy Saint Patrick's Day to all my Irish readers. Saint Patrick is the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland. Today is all about celebrating Irish people and culture. Having lived in New York for so long, I've seen the Irish bars serve "green beer", and I've also seen my share of parades. I'd just like to dispense some friendly advice to those of you planning on "celebrating" today's holiday. First of all, if you're going to consume alcoholic beverages, try to stay within your reasonable limits. Don't be drinking more than you can handle on Saint Patrick's account-- I'm sure that if St. Patty is in fact watching over you today, he doesn't want to see you with your head stuck in the porcelain throne, gettin' severely sick from drinking too much. Just as I'm sure he doesn't want to see you get drunk, and then get behind the wheel and wrap your car around a telephone pole-- Please exercise some discretion if you're gonna celebrate the day with alcohol, because the patron saint can't possibly be looking out for ALL the drunks today-- That's too tall an order even for a saint!! Enjoy Saint Patrick's Day and party responsibly... Switching gears... Today is NHRA Chassis Certification at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey. It's a rain or shine affair. For those of my northeastern racer readers in need of chassis certification, today is your day at E'Town. As I look out my window this morning, it appears that "Mother Nature" is being rather kind, so it's certainly a nice day to bring your ride to Raceway Park and get this necessary deed done if you are required to. For more information visit E'Town's web site by clicking on this link... http://www.etownraceway.com/

 

Being that today is officially Saint Patrick's Day, I figured that I'd post a pic of my late mother-in-law. She had plenty of Irish heart. We all miss her dearly 'round here... I encourage all my Irish friends and readers to please enjoy St. Patty's Day responsibly...

Photo courtesy of John Gill

 


Today is "FEEDBACK FRIDAY", meaning I deal with emails that my assistant Stephanie and I receive from readers regarding my most recent blogs... First of all, I'd like to discuss an email I received from an elderly colleague from California who shall remain anonymous, this same colleague has a long history in drag racing journalism and broadcasting-- In response to my recent blog about a certain legendary Greek drag racer, who is no less than 82 years old, and is still driving Top Fuel, I said some rather strong, non flattering, though completely truthful remarks about other less noble drag racers from the 1960's-1970's era of the sport, this resulted in the elderly and retired west coast broadcaster to call me, "The Almighty Mercenary of Modern Drag Racing Journalism"-- Wow!! A new title for me to add to my resume... ha ha... I'm also thankful for the positive comments that fellow female drag journalist Susan Wade wrote about me in her Comp Plus blog a couple months ago-- And this new tip of the hat from a male broadcasting legend has me very thankful that my peers in this business have such respect for my work-- THANKS!! Yep, I tell THE TRUTH-- I TELL IS LIKE IT IS-- THAT'S my commitment to this sport and to my many loyal readers... Switching gears... My blog about "No Time" Street Racers at E'Town caused Bubba from Newark, NJ to write, "Thanks for supporting us urban racers!"... My blog singing the praises of local heroes Eddie Krawiec and Mike Castellana received lots of positive responses from friends at Raceway Park and others. However, Sean from Vancouver, Washington wrote, "Your bias towards local racers gets on my nerves."-- Well, okay, you're certainly entitled to your opinion, Sean, and I appreciate you voicing it... I heard from a few of you thanking me for my Gatornationals Sportsman coverage. Chris from Owosso, Mich wrote, "Please keep giving the little guys of the sport some recognition in your blog"-- Will do, Chris!!... Keep those emails comin', 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...

 

Is this sweet, innocent, unassuming gal "The Almighty Mercenary of Modern Drag Racing Journalism"?!?--- 'Guess so... Hey, I'll take that as a compliment... I firmly believe that it's my job and responsibility to "tell it like it is" to the drag racing community...

Yours truly hanging out in the grandstands at my favorite drag strip, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey.


Old Bridge Township Raceway Park is hitting the streets this 2012 season with seven remaining giant days that will feature No-Time Street Racers. These guys and gals will have a chance to get off the highway (and back streets of Newark) and legally head down to the 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. Further special attractions will be announced. 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 clocks and prepares 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!!...

From the Drag Racing Underground media archives.


FINAL ROUND NHRA GATOR NATLS SPORTSMAN RECOGNITION...

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Let's get down to giving some final-round recognition to the Sportsman winners at the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals presented by NAPAFilters.com... In the Alcohol Dragster class, Chris Demko got a holeshot on Bill Reichert off the line, Demko beating Reichert fair and square with a 5.30 271 mph time slip, to Reichert's trailing 5.31 265mph... In the Top Alcohol Funny Car category, Mickey Ferro nabbed the holeshot with his Monte Carlo, defeating Paul Gill in his Mustang. Ferro recorded a winning 5.55 258 mph to Gill's losing 5.60 250 mph runner up effort... In Super Stock, Joe Tueton Jr. broke out, handing David Rampy the win. Rampy ran 10.25 and Teuton went quicker than his dial with a 8.49... In Stock Eliminator, Charles Fitzsimmons wins his first national event of his driving career by beating Chris Stephenson in the final... In Super Comp, Todd Ewing pulled off an incredible 0.002 reaction time, making it possible for his slower 8.93 to beat Frank Altilio's quicker 8.91. The NHRA calculating experts believe that Ewing won the battle by no more than approximately 21 inches at the finish line. Super close drag racing in the Super Comp class!!... In Super Gas, Jim Perry earned his very first national event "Wally" by defeating Rich Price. Winning a national event in the "9.90" class is no easy task. Congratulations to Jim Perry, and to ALL the winners of their respective categories at the Gatornationals... It's my authoritative and educated opinion that Sportsman racers who make it all the way to the winner's circle at NHRA national events are among the toughest cookies in the sport of drag racing... There's no "free lunch" in NHRA Sportsman racing, you've got to earn every round...


"Mother Nature" decided to play relatively nice  for the Monday rain-delayed Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals presented by NAPAFilters.com... Number #1 qualifier Morgan Lucas took Top Fuel, running the second-quickest run in NHRA history with a 3.743 326.87 mph to defeat a traction starved Tony Schumacher in the final... Robert Hight and Johnny Gray were "traction starved" as well in the Funny Car final. However, Hight got the best of a ground pounding pedalfest, recording a 4.866 236.05 mph to Gray's 6.074 116.09 mph. Fans always love a Funny Car pedalfest-- I know that I sure as heck do!!... In the Pro Stock final Mike Edwards got a holeshot advantage over Greg Anderson. Edwards went 6.566 211.30 mph to Anderson's quicker but no cigar 6.538 211.69 performance-- This was definitely an example of a "factory hot rod" racer winning a duel as a result of a superior reaction time at the christmas tree... Pro Stock Motorcycle was all about our local hero Eddie Krawiec. He beat teammate Andrew Hines in the final round with a 6.822 194.94 mph charge to Hines' trailing 6.861 194.55 mph effort. Krawiec was the number one qualifier at Gainesville, setting the e.t. record at 6.750 seconds. This was also Krawiec's third consecutive Gator's victory. At this point, it appears that Eddie Krawiec is starting to embark on a two-wheel rampage of 2012 Pro Stock Bike domination... Veteran racer "Tricky" Rickie Smith won his first ever NHRA Pro Modified victory. Smith beat my local buddy, No#1 qualifier Mike Castellana in the final round. Smith ran 5.913 240.29 mph to beat an "out of the groove" Castellana's 6.435 189.79 mph. Even though Castellana recorded an incredible .006 reaction time, once his car got loose, it was "Tricky" Rickie who would reach the finish line first... Congrats to ALL the race teams who made the NHRA Gatornationals a truly Gator-Tastic event...