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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...
The recent controversy over a video recording of a TSA security officer performing an extremely excessive "pat-down" of a 6 year old girl sent shockwaves throughout the media. Prompting Congress to have a House subcommitee hold a hearing on the federal government's screening at airports of children younger than 13. I know that terrorists could use kids to blow up airplanes, and I'm well aware of how drug dealers use kids to transport their illegal wares. However, all this patting down of our precious innocent children is definitely injuring their dignity. The screener's frisking of the back of the little girl's hair in the video was especially disturbing to this journalist. Yes, we have to remain vigilant at our airports, I get that, but this matter seems to have gone just a bit too far, at least where our kids are concerned. Remember the old WONDERAMA kids TV show? The show's theme song went something like, "Kids Are People Too, Wacka-Doo, Wacka -Doo, Wacka-Doo"-- well, I firmly believe that is the truth. Kids ARE people too and deserve a degree of respect. Go to the pits of any Jr. Dragster event, and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about. Those kids who race their Jr. Diggers under the watchful eyes of their loving parents are some of the best kids I know. I would certainly trust them to sit next to me on a plane, without having to endure an extensive and humiliating "pat down" prior to boarding. Look, I have the foremost reputation for "telling it like it is" on the drag racing internet, and that's exactly what I'm gonna do to close today's blog installment-- Here it goes-- We as adults have created a tainted world culture and society that's pretty gosh darn screwed up. My only hope is that we as elders can somehow fix it, or at least make things a little better, a little more safer, saner, tolerable and liveable, so that our children don't have to inherit and live their lives in this dreadful mess of a world we've created, especially when it comes time for our children to raise their children.

According to the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers, with members who claim to read my blog religiously, they are now reporting a steady boost in sales that began last year. New vehicle dealerships in NJ confirm last year's total sales were in excess of $25.8 billion, up $4.8 billion from 2009. Can this strength in sales remain on the upswing? Our economy, while certainly doing better than it was after the "big crash" of '08, is still on shaky ground, however, new car dealers are trying to remain hopeful for the remainder of this year. And we can't overlook the impact of Japan's tsunami in stalling manufacturing for some brands. What's this all got to do with drag racing? Well, I want to see the car manufacturers do better, so they'll be able to offer more financial support for our sport . I'm aware the support from "The Big Three" for drag racing has picked up a bit of late, but I'd like to see it improve substantially more. I'm going to remain optimistic... More Jersey news-- I was ecstatic to see "JERSEYLICIOUS" TV star Olivia Blois shopping at my friend Stacy "The Vintage Maven's" INCOGNEETO (yes, that's how it's spelled) vintage clothing store on last Sunday's episode of the popular MyStyle Network show. Stacy's store in Somerville, NJ is THE PLACE to go for vintage clothes, shoes, hats, jewelery, and accessories. I shop there all the time (for real). You can watch JERSEYLICIOUS Sunday nights on the MyStyle Cable Network at 8pm. It's a fun show. Yeah, it's kind of silly sometimes, but I get a kick out of it. I admit that I even like the cheesy theme song (which Olivia sings the vocals on). I apply my JERSEYLICIOUS smokey eye shadow makeup and proceed to rip down the Jersey Turnpike in my 300+ horsepower shadow mountain grey '03 Thunderbird convertible, uh, wearing a vintage tube top from Stacy's store-- Yeah, baby, that's all I need for my sexy 'n' sizzlin' New Jersey Summer...

This past Monday evening marked the One Year Anniversary of the RACIN & ROCKIN DRAGLIST RADIO SHOW. The program's special guests were Raymond Beadle (of Blue Max fame) and Gary Scelzi. The show airs every Monday night 8-10 pm eastern, 7-9 central, 6-8 mountain, 5-7 pacific. You can hear the program exclusively on the Zeus Radio Network (I included the cyber url address at the end of this blog). DragList web site founder and drag racing internet pioneer Bill Pratt hosts the show. Bill has been a good friend of Drag Racing Underground for a long time, and he sure knows how to keep the program interesting, by asking his guests the kind of questions that you the listener would want to ask if you were there in the radio studio. He's polite and to the point, respectful of his guests and it all makes for a fine evening of "audio nirvana" for the drag racing enthusiast. DragList's John Bockelman handles musical duties on the show, spinning records and talking music. John is an accomplished musician in his own right, he really knows music, his contribution to the show is the proverbial icing on the cake. When the new BIG STICK album is completed and mixed (hopefully during this millennium), you'll be able to hear it on the show. Bud De Boer and Barb Santucci book the talent. I give the whole crew props for all the work they do to keep the show on the air. Many of you know that I've worked in terrestrial radio, with WILDGIRL on WFMU, so I'm aware that it can be a hectic scene when trying to keep it all together. The RACIN & ROCKIN DRAGLIST gang sure do keep it together in spectacular fashion, delivering a weekly program that's both entertaining and informing. I want to wish DragList many more years of RACIN & ROCKIN on the cyber radio... Be sure to copy and paste the following url address to your bookmarks so you can listen to the RACIN & ROCKIN DRAGLIST RADIO SHOW on Monday nights, do it now!... http://zeusradio.com/station/RacersReunionRadio/

I admit that I've been sort of trying to sidestep this story, but, I've been gettin' so many emails and stuff regarding it, that I figure I best write something here on the blog. Everyone is yakking over the Al-Anabi Racing Organization terminating their sponsorship of Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Matt Smith (P/S Bike winner at ETown's NHRA SuperNationals). And rumors are circulating that other Al-Anabi sponsored teams are on the chopping block. I have met Sheikh Khalid Al Thani at "Shakedown" and I genuinely like the guy. He's thrown tons of money into supporting the sport (and he still is throwing tons of money into supporting the sport). Folks love it when they see sponsor money rolling in, however, when sponsor money gets pulled away, it can get kinda nasty, especially on the drag racing internet. I recall several years ago when Miller Beer pulled their funding of drag racers. Snerts and blowhards on the internet were calling for a "boycott" of the beer brand (yeah, right, like they'd ever be able to muster up the courage and willpower to give up their Miller beer, ha ha). And now, with Al-Anabi reducing some of their sponsorship involvement, internet snerts and blowhards are gettin' all huffy and puffy on Al-Anabi Racing. This is just the way it is. If you're looking for the internet snerts and blowhards to show any class regarding this matter, it ain't gonna happen, this is the kind of fodder they live for. I say we should all be appreciative of what Al-Anabi has done for us, and all that they are continuing to do for us-- I sincerely do feel for those who are getting cut from Al-Anabi financing, but I must remind them, THAT'S drag racing-- That's all... Hey, don't forget that tonight June 21st (5-9pm) is a Cruise Night at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. Free admission, a free pass down the 1/4 mile strip for muffled cars, burnout contest, food, beer, music, rock climb... I cordially invite YOU to come on down to Englishtown for this evening's Cruise Night.

Before we get started here, I just wanted to reiterate what a blast everyone had at ETown's NIGHT OF THRILLS on Saturday. You can read some of the event's highlights and performances in yesterday's blog below... In other Raceway Park related news-- ETown's Cruise Nights have become a local phenom among hot rodders looking for a true "hassle free" alternative to the run-of-the-mill cruise nights often hosted by surrounding municipalities. The next one is tomorrow night Tuesday June 21st 5-9pm (other dates are July 12th & August 9th). Entry is FREE and you're also entitled to a FREE pass down Raceway Park's famous 1/4 mile dragstrip (as long as yer car is street-muffled)-- You can't beat that!! There's a burnout contest (with no fear of losing your license or a stiff ticket from a traffic cop like what happens at most other cruise nights). There's also music, food, beer, and even a rock climb!!-- It's about time someone does a cruise night RIGHT!!-- You may have read my opinion of the other local cruise nights over at the H.A.M.B., about how I think many of the towns that are now hopping on the cruise night bandwagon do such an awful job of it, with their hidden speed traps and restrictions that make it far more likely to send you home with a traffic ticket than a sense of satisfaction. That's not the case at ETown's Cruise Nights! Raceway Park does it the right way! Come on out to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park for a cruise night that finally makes good sense for the hot rod enthusiast!!... Switching gears here... I'd like to express our condolences to Clarence Clemons' family and musical colleagues. We (BIG STICK) recently did some recording with a horn player friend of ours, Tom Timko, who has done work with Bruce Springsteen (including his Madison Square Garden show). Tom told us that Bruce Springsteen and all his band, including Clarence Clemons are great people. Clarence Clemons was Bruce's soulful sidekick for decades, and a true fan favorite. Clarence "The Big Man" Clemons will certainly be missed...

Last night's 36th edition of Raceway Park's NIGHT OF THRILLS filled the grandstands with more enthused fans than I've seen in recent memory. Let's go right to the video tape and review some of the night's top highlights-- FUEL ALTEREDS: THE PUNISHER went 6.42/210mph to defeat FUELISH BEHAVIOR. The Altereds did the best darn burnouts of all the booked-in talent!!... NOSTALGIA FUNNY CARS: Dave Sano's "SCREAMING INSANITY" Pontiac clocked an impressive 6.70/201mph. Al Hanna's EASTERN RAIDER was gettin' the bugs out with a 8.33/163mph check-out pass. "CRAZZZY JAKE" CRIMMINS Mustang went 5.94/240mph in 1st rd to beat "NITRO NICK'S" Vega 6.20/201mph. In 2nd rd "CRAZZZY JAKE" went 5.85/242mph to beat "NITRO NICK'S 6.09/232mph (I want to see a rematch at the ETOWN NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATS on July 24th!!)... PRO MOD: Vinny Demieri's Camaro 6.28/216mph. Tommy Gray's UNDERTAKER goes 6.09/239mph to defeat Andy Jensen's 6.15/231mph. The doorslammers were certainly assaulting the historic ETown drag strip... Nitro Harleys were performing in the mid 6's at over 200mph... The JET CARS did their usual wowing of the crowd. Al Hanna's got GOJO aboard sponsoring one of his Jet Funny Cars. Ernie Bogue's "Beast of the East" and the "Queen of Diamonds" did the "Wall of Fire" spectacle. Bob Motz and his Jet Truck put on a command performance at over 200mph... Tom Meents was voted King of the MONSTER TRUCKS in his popular Maximum Destruction entry. The "Grave Digger Legend" tribute truck was amazing. The best "donuts" and "cyclones" in the history of ETown's Monster Truck events were whipping the crowd into a complete frenzy!! The new "Higher Education" Monster School Bus is quite a sight!... Benny "The Human Bomb" ended the evening by "blowing up real good" in a late model sedan. The fans really do love Benny!!... I appreciate ALL of you who stopped by the Drag Racing Underground tent to say hello. I took a lot of pics with folks, that's always fun for me. Thanks to PC RICHARD & SON for sponsoring this shindig. And thanks to all the race teams, Raceway Park staff, sponsors, and most importantly, thank YOU, the fans in the grandstands, who made it a most memorable evening...

It's finally here, baby, Saturday, June 18th, the 36th Annual Snap-On NIGHT OF THRILLS presented by PC Richard & Son. It all happens at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. Here's a general summary of the event's lineup-- Monster Trucks include Maximum Destruction, Grave Digger Legend, Monster Mutt, Viper, Iron Warrior, Black Stallion, Captain's Curse-- Jet Dragsters and Funny Cars include the Queen of Diamonds, Beast from the East, First Strike, Top Secret-- Pro Modifieds include Andy Jensen, Tommy Grey, Matt Deitsch, Vinny Dimieri-- Fuel Altereds include Duane Beers & Jim Giffords-- Nostalgia Funny Cars include "Crazzzy Jake" Crimmins & "Nitro" Nick Bonifante-- Wheelstanders will be reaching for the stars in spectacular fashion-- Nitro Harley Motorcycles will be cackling their way into the hearts of thousands of spectators-- The Hell on Wheels BMX Stunt Show will be in the house for your entertainment pleasure-- Cartoon Characters will be out and about to meet and greet the kiddies-- And last but certainly not least, the legendary Benny "The Human Bomb" will provide a fiery finale to rock your world!! Round up the entire family and come on down to ETown!! Get your family's Summer off to a sizzlin' start at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park!! BE THERE!! For additional information please visit www.racewaypark.com... Switching gears... Our friend, veteran Pro Modified racer "Trickie" Rickie Smith suffered a high speed crash during qualifying at NHRA's Ford Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn. Rickie Smith's '68 Camaro crossed the centerline down track and hit Pete Farber's '69 Daytona. Rickie Smith was taken to Bristol Regional Medical Center with a fractured left knee. Fortunately Pete Farber was unhurt. We all wish Rickie Smith a speedy recovery and return to the drag strip...

Don't y'all forget that THIS Saturday June 18th is ETown's 36th Annual NIGHT OF THRILLS!! Come on out to Raceway Park and see Monster Trucks, Jet Cars, Pro Mods, Fuel Altereds, Nostalgia Funnies, Nitro Harleys, Cartoon Characters, and the always explosive Benny "The Human Bomb"!! For more details on all the wild acts booked on the bill, read my blogs from the last couple days. It's truly going to be an "Under The Stars Spectacular". Get your family's Summer off to a sizzlin' start at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park... Switching gears here... It seems that U.S. law enforcement wants to know if the man behind the ultra-flamboyant "South Park-ish Ghay Biker On Acid" appearance has all his marbles, and whether or not he's actually competent to stand trial. Evan Knoll will receive a thorough competency evaluation to see if his 2004 Dodge Viper crash really did result in the kind of brain damage that Evan claims it did. When Evan Knoll crashed his Viper it was quite a mess, I saw the photos and they were scary, however, there's lots of drag racing folks (and members of U.S. law enforcement) who remain skeptical as to whether or not Knoll's position that his "car crash" caused him "brain damage", and therefore stands as a valid excuse for his extreme lapse in judgement when he allegedly defrauded the government out of millions of dollars. If you just fell off a turnip truck and have no idea of what this debacle is about, page down on this blog page. Can the man with the exaggerated thick mustache and goatee ("1980s San Francisco Bath House" fashion sense) get the gov to believe he lost his marbles in a car crash? I know that there's going to be some people reading this who are going to vehemently disagree with me, but I do in fact believe it's possible. Stranger things have happened in our court system, and like I said, I actually do believe that Even Knoll DID lose some of his marbles, I mean, how else do you explain his reckless fiscal behavior and ultra-flamboyant Village People fashion sense?? I firmly believe Evan Knoll's brain injury will provide him some valuable legal defense in this matter.

I just received word from our good friends at Raceway Park confirming some more of the racers scheduled to appear at this Saturday's 36th Annual NIGHT OF THRILLS. In the Pro Modified class look for such heavyweights as Andy Jensen, Tommy Grey, Matt Deitsch and Vinny Dimieri. The most feared names among the dastardly doorslammers are booked in to fight tough for the ETown fans. The competition is guaranteed to assault the clocks and put down serious rubber on the historic drag strip. Fuel Altereds are also now featured on the Night Of Thrills' bodacious bill!! You will absolutely love these wild 'n' wooly open-wheeled wonders of the sport. See Duane Beers and Jim Giffords strap into their hairy-canary Altereds and race each other, putting you, the spectator, in an "Altered State" of drag racing consciousness!! The Altereds are arguably the most rambunctious of all the drag racing classes. Yep, come on out and SEE IT ALL at RACEWAY PARK-- The Nitro Nostalgia Funny Cars, the Pro Mods, Fuel Altereds, Jet Cars, Nitro Harley Motorcycles, Wheelstanders, Benny "The Human Bomb"-- And the Absolute Best MONSTER TRUCKS in the Entire Nation!!-- They will all be towing-in to ETown THIS SATURDAY, June 18th for the 36th Annual NIGHT OF THRILLS!!... It's fast family fun for everyone. Big-Name Monster Trucks and Top-Shelf Drag Racers doing battle under the stars!! It's raucous night-time entertainment that will get your family's Summer off to a sizzling start! For more information visit www.racewaypark.com

I received a "confrontational" email regarding yesterday's blog, from someone asking why I didn't mention the Nostalgia Funny Cars that will be appearing at ETown's upcoming Night Of Thrills. The author of the email went as far to make the preposterous accusation that I no longer like the Nostalgia Funny Car scene. Give Me A Break!-- Nothing could be further from the truth. I've always loved the Nostalgia Flopper scene and I always will. While I'll admit that I believe there's some crusty 'n' creepy "parasitical hanger-ons" who occasionally infect the Nostalgia Funny Car scene (like the author of the referenced email, ha ha), you know, the kind of blowhards who slovenly stink up the scene, and are about as helpful to this genre as a wet blanket-- Truth Be Told, I do in fact love the Nostalgia Funny Car scene and all the "real" people who are a part of it. I was just guilty of an honest oversight when I went amiss in mentioning the Nostalgia Funny Cars-- Now that I've got that all cleared up... I am proud to announce that "Crazzzy Jake" Crimmins' 1972 Mustang and "Nitro" Nick Bonifante's 1977 "U.S. Male" 'Stang will be appearing at the show for some good old fashion Nitro Nostalgia Funny Car match racing. I strongly urge all my local readers to come on out to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park on Saturday June 18th for the 36th Annual Night Of Thrills!!... In other ETown related news, I'm glad to report that an additional "Big Tire Outlaws" event has been added to the track's schedule for Sunday July 3rd!!. The new heads-up doorslammer class that is somewhat reminiscent of ETown's former "Ultra Quick 8" will be blasting down the quartermile in brutal battle royale, assaulting the ETown clocks and all your human senses!! Make this date part of your 4th of July weekend celebration, I assure you the fireworks will be flyin' when the Big Tire Outlaws take to the historic ETown strip!! Mark Sunday July 3rd on your calendar now!!