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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...
Halloween is definitely upon us... Halloween has become the 2nd largest holiday in America... Kids of all ages dress up in costumes, go to parties, and live out the night as their favorite ghouls, or various other different "fantasy" characters-- This Halloween I'm looking forward to transforming myself into a somewhat sultry version of "Minnie Mouse"... That said, I thought some of you might appreciate seeing THE SUPERIONS brand new "BATBABY" video now available on YouTube. THE SUPERIONS are actually a side project of B-52s member Fred Schneider. As some of you might already be aware, my band, music thing, whatever you want to call it, BIG STICK, recently had Fred Schneider in the recording studio with us, Fred sang co-lead vocals with us on a song called "HOT SAUCE". Fred gave us one super soulful vocal performance on the track, he did the best that we could have ever possibly hoped for, he really nailed it and did a spectacular job. We love Fred-- And we sure look forward to getting the song mixed and released out to a much deserving public. And I just want to give a shout out to Fred and the B-52s because I had a blast being their guest when they played the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank NJ awhile back.. Anyways, just in time for Halloween, THE SUPERIONS brand new "BATBABY" video is up on YouTube and ready for mass consumption, in the tradition of Halloween fare, I recommend watching it while eating soft and chewy "candy corn" (those little orange candies that surface every year during Halloween), if you're diabetic, replace the "candy corn" with an apple and you'll be just fine... Be warned, this is a "comedy" music video, it's intended to scare you and make you laugh, or something like that... Here's the YouTube url address, copy it and paste it up on your browser... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnsPFi3-s1o

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whether you love him or hate him, the often controversial "plus size sex symbol??" of the political world, recently made a startling announcement that's been relatively ignored by the mainstream media (as well as much of the motorsport media too)-- Evidently Chris Christie just announced a deal with the folks from the London-based Formula 1 racing circuit to bring Grand Prix racing to New Jersey. Plans for a race to take place in June of 2013 have been set full speed ahead in motion. There's going to be a 3.2 mile road course in Weehawken NJ, along the edge of the Palisades, overlooking the Hudson River with the Manhattan skyline in the backround... Will it be nearly as "romantic" of a race as the yearly Formula 1 racing along the French Riviera in Monaco?-- I don't know about that, but from a financial perspective, it's believed the event will bring in 100,000 spectators and "several hundred million dollars" to the regional economy... Several years ago, New York City tried to make a similar sort of open-wheel racing event happen, as a matter of fact, the city held a glitzy press conference in hopes of selling the idea to the press and public, but it got shot down because New Yorkers were fearful of the "noise" that the roaring Formula 1 cars would make-- That's the press conference where I met Emerson Fittipaldi, as you regular readers of my blog are aware, I recently mentioned him in one of my blogs regarding the subject of mutual respect among drivers of different racing genres-- Anyways, no matter how you slice it, this is a pretty radical move for New Jersey. You think New Jersey and the town of Weehawken will be able to pull this off and make it a success?-- We'll see... Switching gears... To further celebrate the life of late rock 'n' roll radio personality John Peel (see yesterday's blog), here's the url address for Big Stick's "Drag Racing" video that was created especially for the "John Peel's Record Box" BBC Television Special... Copy it to your browser and enjoy... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bIYoQ42dBg

Seven years ago today legendary BBC Radio 1 disc jockey John Peel died at the age of 65. Today is being recognized by musicians and music fans throughout the world as International John Peel Day... John Peel revolutionized radio and is remembered as the man who broke EVERYTHING in England, which later spread to the world. He was up on everything and gave listeners a healthy earful with each and every nightly broadcast. He's credited with breaking Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Fall among others... Several years ago, we (Big Stick) sent our indie "Drag Racing" single across the pond to John Peel, fortunately he fell in love with it and played it with much frequency on his humongously popular radio program. The record charted, we signed with Blast First/Mute in the U.K., and we flew over to England to perform. I remember the first night in my London hotel room, listening to Peel's show and hearing him play Big Stick on the radio, and hearing his warm style of broadcasting, a style that seemed to speak personally to his droves of listeners. Throughout the years, until his death, he continued to play Big Stick, practically everything new that we'd send John over the years, he'd subsequently play on his show. One thing that really stands out, is that he actually played our "Broadcast Booth" single with regularity, a cut that's basically a "War of the Worlds-ish" narrative, with John Gill calling the action of a drag racing event, complete with roaring car sounds and such, however, there's no music whatsoever on the track, just talking and car sounds-- That definitely demonstrated to me John Peel's admiration and loyalty for Big Stick, and of course we admire, love and miss him so very much... And last but certainly not least, we're honored that he included Big Stick in his special "John Peel's Record Box", a box of a hundred or so records he kept in his home, and that he kept all together in a single box, so that in the event of a fire, after first gathering up his wife and kids, those particular records, out of the literally tens of thousands of records that he kept at his home, would be the ones that he would grab up and save... We're also happy that we received recognition on the BBC's "John Peel's Record Box" television program that runs yearly in conjunction with the U.K. Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame awards... We celebrate the memory of one of the most influential DJs who ever was. In closing, I'd like to say that for today, and forever, we're not all just musicians and music fans who believe in "Keepin' It Real", we're also musicians and music fans dedicated in our heart of hearts to "KEEPING IT PEEL"... We love and miss you John Peel...

With the completion of the 2011 NHRA championship drag racing season drawing to a close, the usual loose-lipped rumors are starting to fly regarding what's cooking up for 2012, circulating rumors about who will be driving which car, which crew chiefs will be going where, and which sponsorship deals are possibly on the horizon for next season are abound, both in the pits and in the press booth... One of the more tantalizing (or tasteless) rumors concerns the prospect of a certain popular "polygamist" television show stepping up to provide 2012 sponsorship support for a relatively successful NHRA Pro Stock team. I guess polygamists need lots of wives to be happy, and Pro Stock racers need lots of expensive parts to be competitive, so maybe it's a marriage made in heaven, or more likely a marriage made in Utah, (ha ha)-- But seriously, this is sort of strange stuff in my opinion, I mean, if you really think a household is supposed to look like "Grand Central Station", with multiple wives bustling about, and thirty or forty hungry kids seated at the breakfast table every morning, well, more power to ya, I'm of the opinion that it's got to be overwhelming, and I also have to wonder, with all those dozens of kids in your family, how do you manage to give each child the necessary amount of attention and nurturing??... Evidently the success of a certain polygamy promoting TV show featured on a popular cable network has indeed captured the imaginations and curiosity of much of the mainstream American public, because it's being reported from reliable sources that viewer ratings are through the roof-- Does this mean that the drag racing community is ready to accept and embrace a polygamy financially powered Pro Stock team?? I dunno? Some men who I know in the drag racing world can barely stand their one wife, ha ha, how do you expect them to relate to a racing team that's backed by a sponsor who believes men should have multiple wives?!?... Look, I know that competing on the grueling NHRA tour is no picnic, and it costs lots of money to give it a serious effort, I get that, still, I really have to wonder if Pro Stock and Polygamy can make for a compatible combination in NHRA drag racing...

It's no secret that out of all drag racing fans, it's the nostalgia geezers who have the hardest time conducting themselves on the internet in a civilized manner-- Although, for some reason, all the nostalgia geezers that you meet at the drags who DON'T frequent the internet, seem to be the most peachy warm, friendly folks that you could possibly imagine, hmm, I wonder why that is? Maybe some geezers have trouble adapting to this "new computer technology", ha ha, and it riles them up into a feeble geriatric fuss, I dunno... Anyways, this weekend is the 20th annual California Hot Rod Reunion, an event put on by the National Hot Rod Association (y'all know that the internet geezers hate them the most, go figure)-- Truth be told, the NHRA does a pretty darn good job of making this yearly nostalgia event a good time for all the peeps in attendance. And yes, I know, I know, I know what some of you skeptical readers are thinking, you're thinking, hey Doc, why don't you discuss the alleged "Valley Fever" epidemic that's been linked to the event?-- Well, I'm not discussing that because to be quite frank, I don't believe that I'm qualified to discuss it, you need to take that matter up with your family physician... I'm glad that Steve Gibbs has been named the grand marshal of this year's CHRR. Mr. Gibbs has a long history in the sport, he's definitely paid his dues in this drag racing stuff, it's my opinion that if anyone deserves the recognition that comes with being the grand marshal of this event, Steve is certainly the man for the job!... Switching gears... I'd like to give a shout out to The World Famous Gas House Gang for their performance at Rug's & Riffy's tavern last night. Their blended rock 'n' soul sound had the dance floor in a complete state of frenzy. They played the best cover of Wilson Picket's "Mustang Sally" that I've heard in recent memory. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I want to thank everyone who was so darn nice to me last night. Love you all!!...

Hey folks, for all my local readers, I just wanted to tell you that I've been told there's going to be some feisty "No Time" action tomorrow at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. As many of you already know, it's the "No Time" cars that have become a favorite form of dastardly doorslammin' pleasure for lots of fans. This class features the best in "anti-hero" drag racing on earth. The cars aren't sporting million dollar paint jobs, quite the contrary, they often appear in primer paint and rather ragged trim, however, they are a lot of fun to watch. So shut off the big clocks, so nobody can see what kind of times they're running, place a friendly wager with your buddies as they stage into the beams, and let the good times roll!!... What's the deal with Lindsay Lohan??-- Why are the courts being so brutally cruel to this young woman?? Since when do Hollywood stars get punished so severely for showing us their "inner party animal"? Of course I don't want to see her abuse herself with drugs and alcohol to the point where she's rendered a vegetable, but do you really think the way the Los Angeles court system appears to be going out of their way to humiliate the poor girl is a good thing?? I sure don't. I had the opportunity to meet Lindsay at a film festival in the Hamptons, where a film that I (and John Gill from Big Stick) recorded the music score for was playing, and I gotta tell ya, she's a really sweet kid. She's now doing community service at the L.A. County morgue-- Is this really the right place for her to be??-- I dunno-- It's my opinion that the judicial system is going out of their way to push Lindsay over the edge-- Yeah, maybe she does need help fighting her alleged "demons", I get that, but hey, the courts shouldn't be trying to push her past the brink of sanity....

Today is "FEEDBACK FRIDAY", meaning I deal with emails that my assistant Stephanie and I receive from readers regarding my most recent blogs... The feedback that I've received regarding the death of two time Indy champ Dan Wheldon has been an admittedly mixed bag... My call for drivers of different genres of motorsport to show a mutual respect for each other hit a nerve with some of you-- My email box was full with readers voicing the opinion that the whole respect issue should be a two-way street, it seems that many of you are of the opinion that most racers (and fans) of NASCAR, INDY RACING, and other forms of motorsport are the ones guilty of not having any respect for DRAG RACING-- Well, to be honest, I kinda know where y'all are coming from, yeah, drag racing has always suffered from a lack of respect from the other forms of motorsport, much due to the fact that we just travel in a straight line for a matter of seconds, and some folks have a hard time interpreting drag racing as having the level of difficulty that the other forms of motorsport are interpreted as having, naive people figure how hard can drag racing be??-- We don't even make turns, or stay racing on the strip for a time duration that exceeds seconds-- I get that, and maybe we can change that by inviting more of our NASCAR and INDY friends out to the drags, so they can see for themselves that this drag racing stuff is tougher than tiddlywinks... A few of you agreed with me that Emerson Fittipaldi is a world-class racing personality... My story of meeting John Force and Darrell Waltrip on Wall Street resulted in a some of you reminding me of how those two racing greats appear together on Drag Racing Underground's FLOPPERS DIGGERS & DOORSLAMMERS dvd-- However, the majority of you still claim that you can't stand Darrell Waltrip's "Boogity, Boogity, Boogity" routine... In closing, I'd like to once again express my condolences to the INDY crowd for their loss of Dan Wheldon. Several of you INDY racing fans emailed me saying that you appreciate me giving Dan Wheldon the respect that I did, and that you occasionally read my blog, even despite the fact that I talk DRAG RACING all the time, because you think I'm kinda "funny" and "profound", uh, I guess I'll take that as a compliment... 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...

In my Big Stick music life, we recently did some recording with a longtime friend and exceptional sax player named Tom Timko, and in Tom's long resume of legendary recording artists that he's played with, is soul music singing great Aretha Franklin, and as most of you probably already know, one of Aretha's most memorable hits is a song called "RESPECT"-- Yeah the one where she spells it out, R-E-S-P-E-C-T... Well, the concept of RESPECT has been the theme of this blog over the last few days, much due to the recent tragic passing of Indy 500 champ Dan Wheldon. I've been talking about how racers from different genres of motorsports should have respect for each other, even though they're not necessarily involved in the same type of racing. Yeah, I know, I know, I know what you might be thinking, from what you see rampant on the drag racing internet, that people involved with drag racing don't have much respect for anything or anybody-- Well, I assure you, that's NOT true, it's just that the small minority of blowhards who constantly post on the drag racing sites don't have respect for much of anything, but I can guarantee you, that the "Silent Majority" of drag racing folks who probably never post on the drag sites are darn good and respectful folks... Anyways, back to the drivers of different motorsports genres having respect for each other-- Several years ago I was a guest at some big Wall Street press shindig, at the New York Stock Exchange. One of those dreadful diecast car companies was "going public", you know what I'm talkin' 'bout, those diecast race cars that you thought (or were promised) would appreciate in value over the years, HA!-- That sure didn't happen, much like many of Wall Street's other hollow promises, well, anyways, I digress... The point I'd like to make is that it was at this particular press gathering where I spent some quality time with NHRA drag racing's John Force and NASCAR racer turned TV personality Darrell "Boogity, Boogity, Boogity" Waltrip. And I gotta tell ya, those two guys, though coming from much different sides of the motorsports spectrum, showed each other (and yours truly) an incredible amount of genuine respect-- And both of those men made an impression on me to last a lifetime-- John Force and Darrell "Boogity, Boogity, Boogity" Waltrip are both classy guys, they're good for a laugh, and they know the importance of mutual R-E-S-P-E-C-T among racers of different genres of motorsports. John Force and Darrell Waltrip's mutual respect for each other stands tall as a shining example of the way it's supposed to be...

I admit that I'm still kinda wired over the death of two time Indy 500 champ Dan Wheldon. Adding to that wired feeling is the perturbing fashion of how Wheldon's on-track tragedy is being handled (uh, make that "mishandled") by the mainstream media. Yesterday I ranted over the way an ESPN talking head said something like, "Even NASCAR drivers have some respect for the fallen Indy Racer Dan Wheldon"-- as if we're supposed to be surprised that NASCAR racers would care about a fallen racer from a genre of motorsport that isn't NASCAR??-- What's up with that?!... I know a few NASCAR drivers who respect NHRA racers... Several years ago I attended a press conference at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, it was there where I met another "two time Indy 500 champion" named Emerson Fittipaldi. I must say, that out of all the many racing drivers I've met doing this job, over two decades, it was Mr. Fittipaldi who probably impressed me the most-- His grace, confidence, humbleness, and fierce competitive spirit was beyond reproach. He appeared to me as the "motorsport professional personified"... There were other Indy racers at the NYC press conference, and they all struck me as being men who live, breath, and sleep racing-- Just as much as all the pro NASCAR racers I've met over the years. And it's my opinion, that in their heart of hearts, NASCAR racers know darn well that Indy Racers are just as "hardcore' about their chosen form of professional motorsport as they are... Losing Dan Wheldon was a major blow to motorsports, I'm not going to deny that-- When motorsports loses a star racer, it does cause people to reflect on it all, and sometimes it leaves you feeling a bit uneasy inside (just being honest, folks), however, when it's all said and done, some racers wouldn't have it any other way... Drivers like Dan Wheldon are not the common breed of racer, they are the kind of racers who constantly strive for unwavering excellence in their personal performance, they are the kind of drivers who have racing running vigorously through their blood-- I believe that drivers from all forms of motorsport, who really have a "racing 6th sense", and are "True Grit" in their racing conviction, know that the loss of Dan Wheldon is a major loss for all motorsports... Maybe tomorrow, in keeping with the theme of professional racers from different types of motorsports, having respect for each other, I'll discuss when I had the opportunity to spend some quality time with NHRA's John Force and NASCAR's Darrell "Boogity, Boogity, Boogity" Waltrip at the New York Stock Exchange...

Yesterday I was watching ESPN-TV... There was a taking head sitting pompously at at one of the network's "news desk" wannabee sets, briefly babbling about the loss of esteemed and accomplished Indy 500 driver Dan Wheldon... Same talking head said something like, "Even NASCAR drivers have some respect for fallen Indy racer Dan Wheldon"... I'm thinkin' as I'm hearing this, wait a minute, what to you mean by saying that?!-- Are we supposed to assume that NASCAR racers are soooo far superior to INDY racers?!-- I mean, what do mean by saying,"Even" NASCAR racers have some respect for deceased INDY great Dan Wheldon?!?-- Don't get me wrong, I know that NASCAR racing is tough, very tough, and you've got to be extremely skilled to be competitive, however, that's not to say that NASCAR is necessarily tougher than INDY racing, or that NASCAR racers are superior human beings compared to INDY racers-- I don't believe that for one minute... So please don't act like NASCAR racers are throwing INDY racers and fans a bone by acknowledging the death of an INDY racer, gee whiz, sorry if we wasted your precious and valuable time (gimme a break, roll eyes)... Yes, I know that NASCAR reigns supreme in this nation as the No#1 form of motorsport, I get that, but that still doesn't mean they're so much more superior than all other forms of motorsport... Which brings me back to the couple of blowhard NASCAR drunks I've told you about from "The Race Zone" bar in Old Bridge, NJ-- You know what I'm talkin' 'bout, those two fools who've bothered me repeatedly over the way "Dancing With The Stars" celebrity Chaz Bono shares a strong resemblance to NHRA pro stock superstar Larry Morgan-- I guess they think that NASCAR stands so far above us "third rate citizen" NHRA drag racing folks, that they can make their Chaz Bono/Larry Morgan jokes until the cows come home. After all, NASCAR makes us simple, hickoid, NHRA drag racing folks look like farm league, right?-- Whatever!! (rolls eyes)... In closing this rant, I just want to say, next time you NASCAR campers want to try showing some respect for a fallen racer from a different form of motorsport, could you at least try to make it appear as if you really do mean it?!?-- Or as if you really do have RESPECT for them?!?-- Is that too much to ask of you?!?... Try showing us "little people" who come from what you'd consider to be the "inferior" forms of motorsports a little class for a change, even though we know you're "faking it"...