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In regards to the rumor a couple people emailed me, and I then wrote about in yesterday's blog, the same rumor that I was told was started by an individual working the "GEEZERS" event, the rumor that "Jungle" Randy Liberman and Army Armstrong of "Texas Jungle" fame are no longer welcome at Maple Grove Raceway-- Well, as it turns out, it's been revealed to be a blowhard lie. My trusty assistant, Stephanie, thoroughly investigated the matter, phoning the track and the sanctioning organization. Evidently, it was just a lie created to spite those two guys, or something really juvenile like that. I don't get it. Stephanie was told by those in command that we shouldn't believe "ANYTHING" the source of that rumor says or drivels-- Oh well-- Stephanie discovered who the rumor originated from, and I'm going to spare that individual any further embarrassment by not revealing his name here on my blog (I know, I know, you're probably saying to yourself, "Hey Doc, you're way too kind") Whatever, whatever, that's just my nature. When I was informed of who the source was, I kinda really wasn't that surprised-- So please, folks, enough with your "GEEZER" emails, please put this debacle to rest. Those who've been emailing me with your rabid complaints about the race should take a breather and chill out-- I have learned that there were actually some positive moments during the event-- And I believe the Maple Grove gang will do better next time-- Cut 'em some slack... Switching gears now... Did you happen to hear the latest terrorist related news story?-- It's been discovered that doctors are being recruited by groups like al-Qaeda to "surgically implant" explosive bombs into the bodies of human suicide terrorists, making them what you'd call a "human bomb". Airport security is definitely going to get even tougher with this latest fiendish development. Remember the good old days?-- When the only "human bomb" we knew of was Benny "The Human Bomb" Koske? And we all know that Benny would never hurt a fly, yeah, sure, he blows up cars, but he's a good "human bomb". Gee, How I long for those good old days, before 9/11...

I've been receiving more twisted feedback and emails regarding Maple Grove's recent "Geezers At The Grove" event. Someone emailed saying that one of the people who worked the event is now spreading a rumor that "Jungle" Randy Liberman (the late "Jungle Jim" Liberman's son) and Army Armstrong (of "Texas Jungle" tribute car fame) are no longer welcome at "The Grove". Evidently, the two guys were sitting on a truck's tailgate that gave way, resulting in them falling to the ground and hurting themselves. I really don't get it, I mean, banning these two fine fellers seems pretty gosh, darn unethical to me, "Jungle" Randy is the only surviving member of the "Jungle Jim" gene pool, Randy was at the Funny Car Reunion one year, and he seemed to me like a really nice young man, a real gentleman-- And Army Armstrong of the "Texas Jungle" tribute car fame is also a pretty fine feller, and a valued contributor to the nostalgia drag racing scene--- Just 'cause these guys hurt themselves in a freak accident, doesn't seem reason to ban 'em from the track??-- Although we do know that the "blowhards" of the nostalgia scene are really into the whole cowardly "banning" people thing (duh)-- Like I've told you folks in the past, it's kind of disgraceful the way drag racing (especially nostalgia drag racing) has developed the awful habit and bad table manners of eating its wounded (almost literally in this case)--- I hope the rumor isn't right. I'm gonna have my trusty assistant Stephanie contact the track, NHRA, or someone of authority to look deeper into this matter. I don't like it and I want answers... And it appears that nostalgia drag racing isn't the only purveyor of blowharded justice, the jury in Florida decided to hand down "Not Guilty" verdicts on ALL murder charges in the Casey Anthony case. I guess this is our nation's "new generation" of "O.J. Simpson" styled justice-- You can kill people, as long as you can play the legal system for a fool. Poor little girl, Caylee Anthony, was killed at 2 years old, left dead in a garbage bag, and her murderer will skate back to a free life of partying and million dollar book deals-- and probably a lucrative made-for-TV movie deal too. How pathetic is that?!?...

I admit that I've been watching America's sweetheart, Nancy Grace's coverage of the Casey Anthony murder case. The jury is now out deliberating on whether on not the Florida mother murdered her 2-year old daughter Caylee. I know that some boneheads in the drag racing community disagree with my longtime, strong stance that there is in fact good and evil in this world, for some reason, it's become the "politically correct" opinion that such thinking is complete nonsense. Well, I'm convinced that Casey Anthony is evil incarnate. I know there's some people who believe her "party hardy" approach to life makes her a "wild" and "rad chick", however, I just think she's dirt and I hope justice is served... Switching gears here, I've received lots of irate emails from nostalgia drag racing fans regarding the position I took on my blog the other day, when I suggested "cutting some slack" for the folks allegedly responsible for Maple Grove's "Geezers At The Grove" debacle. As you probably know, Drag Racing Underground's Rusty Ebberly was there, and reported that the race was a bust, calling it a "comedy of errors"-- And now lots of folks are echoing his sentiment-- Look, I've covered the "Geezers" event in the past, and I don't think you can blame the lack of spectators on the racers. Those who emailed me with their verdict that "Nostalgia Funny Car racing s*cks" have deliberated in what I believe to be a rush to judgement, without thinking things through rationally. While it does seem that some of the people involved with that race have a persistent and consistent habit of attracting the absolute worst karma humanly possible, I was recently informed that the major problem that REALLY plagued the race was oil downs and the like. So those of you who emailed me, please don't be so quick to write Nostalgia drag racing off as a flop. I know many of the Nostalgia Funny Car folks personally, I've known them for years, they're hard working racers, who do their best to deliver a good show. My verdict in the Casey Anthony case is that she's guilty as sin-- And as far as the Nostalgia Funny Car racers are concerned, my verdict is that they're innocent, but are simply "victims of circumstance" in the Maple Grove case...

Well, it's finally here, Independence Day, July 4th, 2011. I'm known as being the "most thought provoking blogger on the entire drag racing internet", so I ask that you please allow me to live up to that billing and stimulate your remaining brain cells with the following question-- On this Independence Day 2011, where does the "independent" drag racer stand in today's high finance professional categories?? There was a time in the pro classes when there were a healthy handful of racers who could make a go of it on their own dime, or at least without a multi-zillion dollar major sponsorship deal to fund their operation. And yes, I'm not going to play dumb, I know exactly what some of you are thinking, you're saying to yourself, "Hey Doc, give us a friggin' break, we all know that the self-funded teams of days gone by were usually degenerate dirtbags who financed their racing running illegal drugs or by other underhanded activities."-- Uh, yeah, I know there was some of that garbage going on, however, I believe those sort of low-life racers were NOT in the majority, they were in the minute minority. There really were racers back in the day who ran relatively successfully with just the help of some "minor" sponsorship bucks, and maybe some discount parts & services provided by a local speed shop (and yes, I certainly do realize that many of my younger readers probably don't even know what the heck a "speed shop" even is, because in today's world it's all about mailorder). These days it's really become necessary to land a major sponsor if you have any realistic ambition of going rounds in the professional categories. John Force has no problem with that, he seems to have Castrol more than happy to write him the mammoth-sized checks necessary to keep his multi-team operation in action. Yes, the times sure have changed from a financial perspective in professional drag racing. Whether you're of the opinion that it's good, bad, or you really couldn't care less is your decision, because after all, this is America, and that's one of your inalienable and constitutional rights. Happy Independence Day to ALL my readers...

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...