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Every year I get an invite to cover the WORLD STREET NATIONALS at Orlando Speed World Dragway. However, this year I won't be getting an invite, as a matter of fact, nobody will be going to the WORLD STREET NATIONALS this year because the event has been "postponed" until 2012!!-- G-G-Golly Gee Willikers!!... Carl Weisinger, the popular promoter of the prestigious heads-up doorslammer event blames the lame economy for his difficult decision to pull the plug on this year's edition of his radically rambunctious race. Weisberger says, "I have talked to several racers and some of them candidly tell me the economy and general business environment right now makes committing the money to prepare their car and travel to Florida a luxury they really have to consider. Travel costs have escalated tremendously in the last year and their disposable income has taken a hit."... So there you have it, folks, fear of a financially strapped for cash racing population, coupled with the possibility of a thin and stripped down car count means no WORLD STREET NATIONALS for 2011. Mr. Weisinger believes that with the current economic unrest, he best not risk the chance of putting on a 2011 show that might fall short of what he believes race fans have come to expect from the WORLD STREET NATIONALS. It appears to me that Carl Weisinger is taking an extremely pessimistic posture, although I guess he does have optimistic hopes that the economy will get back on its feet for the event to return in 2012. Well, I too hope that the nation's economy can get off the critical list, and somehow get stabilized enough in 2012 for Carl to regain confidence and feel "comfortable" about hosting the WORLD STREET NATIONALS again... I sincerely wish Carl and his crew in Orlando the very best in bringing the event back next year... Wall Street crushes the World Street Nationals-- What a bummer!!...

MTV reports that their controversial JERSEY SHORE "reality" television series snagged a record 8.8. million viewers in its recent season Four premier. A whopping increase over the show's season Three premier. I see some drag racing folks getting their proverbial panties in a bunch on the internet over this news. Some of these folks are complaining because they believe the show is a false representation of what young people living in New Jersey are really like, and that it's also a gross misrepresentation of Italian-American youth as well. Quite frankly, those complainers make valid points and are correct on both counts. Yes, most of the young folks I know who come from the Jersey coastline definitely don't mimic the manic "Snookie" styled misbehavior you see on the popular TV program, and practically all the young NJ based Italian-Americans I know sure don't carry on like the so-called "guidos" and "guidettes" starring on the show either. Making matters even more despicable for some of the show's harshest of haters, is the fact that the cast have left Seaside Heights, New Jersey, and are now residing in Florence, Italy, supposedly making Italian-Americans appear even worse on a grander international scale. I don't believe there's anything to worry about. Most intelligent life forms, dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and even human beings, are capable of comprehending the lack of "reality" in today's rampant and rabid genre of "Reality Television". Having some Italian blood running through my own veins, I'm certainly not worried that the show is somehow ruining the reputation of my ethnicity. I mean, y'all remember when THE SOPRANOS first showed up on HBO?? Italian-American activist groups were up in arms, complaining that the show would forever destroy the reputations of all Italian-Americans, and that sure didn't happen. Most normal people are relatively smart and know to take much of what they see on TV with a grain of salt. To all you folks reading this, who are freakin' out over the JERSEY SHORE show, I simply say to you, FUGGEDABOUTIT!!...

As I told you in my August 6th installment of this blog, I recently attended the Middlesex County Fair in East Brunswick, New Jersey. While at the fair I checked out all the cute guinea pigs on display in the big 4-H Club's display tent, because I absolutely adore guinea pigs, like my own little piggie at home, my darling Selky a.k.a. "Bucky Buck". I also enjoyed the Rosaire's Bear Show, it was my first time ever seeing a big bear show like that in person. And I ordered a sizzling hot "Greek Gyro" from one of the many superb food vendors at the fair. I held my Greek Gyro up in the air, and I said out loud, for all to hear, "This one's for THE GOLDEN GREEK!!", meaning I was using my Greek Gyro to salute legendary drag racer Chris "The Golden Greek" Karamesines!!... Evidently Luca Oil founder Forrest Lucas also believes that saluting Chris "The Golden Greek" Karamesines is the right thing to do. Forrest Lucas has just announced a title-sponsorship deal with the iconic Top Fuel driver in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Starting with the 30th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd Internatonal Raceway (Aug 18-21), Chris "The Golden Greek" Karamesines will drive a special-edition Lucas Oil dragster designed by renowned artist Kenny Youngblood. Forrest Lucas acknowledges that "The Golden Greek" is a true legend of this sport, and that he can't wait to see him in a Lucas Oil dragster in Brainerd. Chris "The Golden Greek" Karamesines is 79 years young, and has been racing since the 1950s and was recognized as one of NHRA's 50 Greatest Drivers in 2001. Maybe they'll be serving Greek Gyros at the upcoming Brainerd, Minnesota event? I don't know 'bout that, but I do know that Lucas Oil having the class to salute and honor Chris "The Golden Greek" Karamesines is a great thing for the sport. OPA! OPA! is what I say!! ("OPA" is the Greek word for "hooray", and to initiate jubilant celebration!!)...

I guess it's kind of ironic the way the usual cast of drag racing internet whiners, the many members of drag racing's "Get a Life" club, are now so chuffed to see Whit Bazemore temporarily manning the microphone for ESPN's NHRA television coverage. These are the same people who from behind the anonymous darkness of their computer keyboards, were endlessly flaming and ragging on Whit Bazemore's every move back when he was driving Nitro Floppers on the NHRA tour-- You know what I'm talking about, the internet whiners who were always crying, claiming that they thought Whit was a whiner (hmm, kinda funny the way whiners have a way of getting upset by others who they suspect of being whiners... whatever)... All these hypocrites are now acting so glad to see the guy known as the "Anti-Force" handling some temporary television duties for ESPN. (Once when Whit Bazemore did an on-camera video I.D. for Drag Racing Underground, he called himself the "Anti-Force", I always thought that was rather clever of him-- If you want to see a video featuring this, simply copy and paste the following YouTube link to your browser http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mJ1IP9_nkc&feature=channel_video_title ). Truth be told, I always admired Whit Bazemore for his, uh, for lack of a better word, "wit" and ability to cleverly express himself with "witty" remarks-- Yes, my friends, it's Whit's "wit" that makes him such a natural for television work. Nowadays, Ron Capps is the new "whipping boy" among many members of the drag racing internet's "Get a Life" club. These days, for reasons I don't quite understand, lots of keyboard "experts" like to rag about Ron Capps-- They always need somebody to take out their inner frustrations on, now it's Ron Capps-- And of course Paul Page also gets a lion's share of folks ragging 'bout him too... But hey, that's human nature, as human-beings, that's just what some people like to do, I guess-- There's always room for lots of whiners to stand in the long line at your local Walmart store's "complaint department" window... In the case of Whit Bazemore, I guess the old adage, "absence makes the heart grow fonder" is definitely the gospel truth, especially in regards to all the internet whiners who are now going gaga over the temporary return of Whit's uncanny wit to their television sets...

Final arrangements for Mike Conway have been formerly announced. As some of you already know, Mike was a well respected and much liked racer, who was an active participant in Raceway Park's Corvette Challenge and Friday Night Index Series. He was admired by many of E-Town's racers & staff and will be long remembered for his strong spirit and uplifting demeanor among friends. If you would like to know more about the kind of man Mike Conway was, you can do so by reading my blog dated August 3rd. Calling hours at Freeman Funeral Home, 47 East Main Street, Freehold, NJ, are on Tuesday, August 9 from 4 to 8pm. A funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Church, Freehold, NJ, on Wednesday, August 10 at a time to be announced. Interment will be at St. Joseph's Cemetary located in Pekin, IL. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Mike's memory to the charity of your choice. Also, please take note that during E-Town's Friday, August 12th, Index Race Series event, there will be a moment of silence in remembrance of Mike...

You know, I very rarely talk business here on my blog, because quite frankly, for the novice drag racing cyber-surfer, I believe there's other topics they'd probably enjoy reading about more. However, this particular Sunday, I want to briefly talk business because I want to express my gratitude to all our loyal customers. Usually around this time of year, the thick of Summer, the drag racing dvd business slows down substantially, much due to the fact that most racers & fans are keeping themselves busy at the track, by either racing or spectating, they're racing and/or watching drag racing and getting their drag racing "fix" live and in "real time". For some reason, maybe it's because of our new and immensely improved web site, we're gettin' a heck of a lot of orders for this Summertime season. I'm really not quite sure what the reason is, maybe since this particular Summer has produced some pretty painful and oppressive heat, folks are staying home in the air conditioning and wanting to watch drag racing dvds on their TV, or like I said before, maybe just the "new look" and easy access of our vastly improved Drag Racing Underground web site is responsible for the spike in Summertime orders-- I dunno... No matter what the case, I sincerely appreciate the plethora of orders and all your continued support. We work hard to bring you the very best in drag racing dvds. We didn't get to be number one by being lazy, we reached this pinnacle by giving the hardcore drag racin' public what they REALLY WANT in videos and dvds. You folks are unequivocally the best friends that a gal and her drag racing dvd business could ever ask for... I love y'all for being trusty, true and just plain you... Don't ever change...

Lots of you are aware that we recently lost E-Town friend and racer Mike Conway. He was a regular at the track's Corvette Challenge and Friday Night Index Series. I want folks to know that during E-Town's Friday, August 12th, Index Race Series event, there will be a moment of silence in Mike's honor. There are so many people who are going to sincerely miss having Mike Conway around at the drag strip... Switching gears here... Please keep in mind that today, Saturday, August 6th is Raceway Park's ROCK SOLID MUD RUN obstacle race. Be prepared for "Military grade" 5 and 10 mile obstacle courses, expertly designed to test your physical and mental endurance. Rumors are that yours truly will be there in some sort of judging capacity-- hmmm. This event is one where participants will be using the rubber of their running shoes to get traction, as opposed to the phat sticky racing slicks we usually see being used by participants for grabbing traction at E-Town. There's going to be running, swimming, crawling, jumping, and of course lots of negotiating through the mud today at Raceway Park. If this is your kind of thing, and you're somewhat of a glutton for physical punishment, I strongly suggest you get down to E-Town today... Yesterday I attended the Middlesex County Fair in East Brunswick, New Jersey. I had the opportunity to see all the pretty animals on display by the local area 4-H Club. I'm always a fan of the guinea pigs that are shown in the 4-H tent. Y'all know about my beloved guinea pig, her name is Selky a.k.a. "Bucky Buck". I bought myself a hot Greek gyro from one of the many great food vendors at the Fair. While eating my gyro, I found myself thinking about drag racing legend Chris "The Golden Greek" Karamesines. So much so, that I held my fresh, sizzling gyro up in the air, and I said out loud for all to hear, "This one's for THE GOLDEN GREEK!!"...

It's been a somewhat troubling last couple of days. Yesterday I took my 2000 Lincoln "Black Beauty" Continental to Steve's shop (our friendly family mechanic) to get a new battery installed. Steve told me that a close relative stiffed him and hasn't paid his bill. That was kind of depressing, especially since Steve is such an honest and reliable mechanic who has been treating our family fairly for so many years. Y'all know that stiffing the family mechanic is highly immoral, unethical and shameful... Anyways, moving ahead to what's going on across America... The Dow Jones took a 500+ point plunge. It appears that the Stock Market demonstrated that we as a nation are about as confident as a severely stressed out Mother of a stumbling, crying, hissy fitting, nose picking two year old contestant on TODDLERS & TIARAS. And how 'bout that latex Casey Anthony mask that recently sold for almost a million bucks on Ebay?!?-- What's up with that?!?-- Kill your TODDLER daughter and somebody creates a mask of your mug that sells for a fortune??-- The creator of the mask certainly invested their time and resources into the making of that mask with financial strategy and savvy far superior to all the schlubs with their money bound, gagged, hogtied and whipped to a pulp on Wall Street... And I tell you, like I've told you before, let me make one thing perfectly clear, I'm not selling APATHY on this here blog of mine, I'm just serving-up the harsh REALITY that we're all living through during these whacky times... I think I'll make myself feel better by going to Raceway Park on Saturday and giving myself a mud bath-- Yeah, don't forget that THIS Saturday, August 6th is the "ROCK SOLID MUD RUN" obstacle race at E-Town. Join me in the cleansing mud and let's shake off the troublesome and consuming YUCK of our modern world, even if only for a fleeting moment-- Good Lord, we need an "exit strategy" from all the rancid trash that our nation's pompous purveyors of high-finance and pop culture are continually and unmercifully shoving down our collective throats...

Saturday August 6th is an event at Raceway Park that's of a somewhat different nature than what you'd usually expect from the New Jersey based motorsports mecca. It's the ROCK SOLID MUD RUN obstacle race. This is a form of racing that you do with your feet (wow, to think there's actually a form of racing that isn't done on tires?!-- Go figure??). Are you ready to take your endurance to its limits on a course designed by U.S. Marines?!? I know that I have a lot of longtime loyal Semper Fi folks who read my blog religiously every single day, and y'all can definitely appreciate that particular fact. The obstacles are like those used to train the world's best talent from all branches of the United States Military. There's going to be an ultra-tough 10 mile course, and also a 5 mile course that is still tough, just not quite as rigorous, so everyone can come out to Raceway Park and be challenged. These are not some cheap lame obstacles used by other "Mud Runs", the obstacles used at this event are definitely "Doc Approved" (ha ha) for optimum levels of endurance. The ROCK SOLID MUD RUN will cover many tasks to push your physical and mental limits. You'll be running, swimming, crawling, climbing, jumping and of course negotiating mud... LOTS OF MUD!!.... And being that it is August, we're all aware that it's gonna be HOT, really HOT, so there will be water obstacles to provide a refreshing break in the courses. There's a rumor circulating that yours truly might be there judging-- hmmm... Anyways, I hope to see you, if you're into this sort of scene, at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park on Saturday August 6th. Be prepared to get DOWN 'N' DIRTY in the MUD!!...

Every now and then this blog space is a place where we can pay respect to those in the drag racing community who have passed on. That is the case today. We recently lost Mike Conway... Mike Conway, 42, was found in his Freehold, NJ home last Sunday. Evidently Conway's house caught fire, and at this time, it's believed there's a strong possibility that he lost his life in the blaze. Mike was a member of BAC Local 7, Tile, Marble and Terrazzo Workers of New York and New Jersey. Those who are part of the Old Bridge Township Raceway Park family know Mike as a successful racer with his '86 Corvette, and for serving as an integral part of both the track's Corvette Challenge and Friday Night Index Race Series. Raceway Park veteran employee Michelle Marchese reports that at the next Corvette Challenge/EFI Race Series event on Sunday, August 20th, there will be a moment of silence and a solo pass down the track in honor and remembrance of Mike. And Raceway's Jeannie Linke claims that Mike was the kind of guy who would stay at the track even if he lost in an earlier round to root on other racers. It's agreed among lots of folks involved in the E-Town scene that Mike Conway was a stand-up guy who will be missed and affectionately remembered. Our thoughts and prayers for Mike's family and friends.