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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...

OUR FRIENDS THE B-52's "WITH THE WILD CROWD" AIRING ON PBS-TV...

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As many of you folks who read this blog with regularity are already aware, we (Big Stick) are good friends with popular music group the B-52's. We even have Fred Schneider performing guest co-lead vocals with us on a track we plan to release in 2012-- The song titled "Hot Sauce" features Fred giving an outstanding soulful vocal performance with John Gill and yours truly-- Wait 'til ya hear it, it's a blast!!.... Anyways, this month, Public Broadcasting Stations (PBS-TV) will be airing a special presentation called "B-52's With The Wild Crowd"-- the program includes concert footage from the group's 35th Anniversary concert in Athens, GA, the place where the band first assembled. It's pretty amazing to think they've lasted all these years, and still remain a strong force in the music world. Their legions of fans are in great numbers and stretch all over the globe. The late John Lennon of Beatles fame was actually ready to give-up on music, until he heard "Rock Lobster" on the radio, and that inspired him to get off his butt, get back in the studio and start recording music again... Let's face it, the B-52's have a unique form of talent that not many other groups in the history of rock 'n' soul possess... I'm proud to call them friends, and to know that they're actually big fans of the music I make-- I believe they are the cat's pajamas of popular music... Here's a link that will provide you with a schedule of when the B-52's "With The Wild Crowd" airs on your local PBS-TV station-- http://www.b52sonpbs.com/


Since most of the drag racing media seems to be completely ignoring the fact that parts of the South and Midwest have been going through complete mayhem the last couple of days, I feel compelled to say something-- The severe storms that have generated devastating tornadoes has resulted in so much destruction and death, that it's difficult to comprehend. Not until after the mainstream news shows here in the Northeast get done telling us about how Kim Kardashian took off her makeup, or how Steven Tyler took off his pants, do they even touch upon the brutal story of how the weather is making life for our brothers and sisters in the Midwest and South unbearable. I'm sure that if Newt Gingrich and Al Sharpton decided to play "Twister" together, it would receive a lot more attention from the media people who control the news shows, than the actual "Twisters" that have destroyed entire communities from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes... Yes, I'm disappointed by the lack of concern that I'm seeing for all the poor folks who've been pummeled by "Mother Nature", simply because they live in "rural" America, as opposed to the "cosmopolitan" cities like New York and San Fransisco-- Just goes to show you where the mainstream media's priorities really stand... That said, I want to express my concern, sympathies, and sorrow for all the people who've had their lives turned upside down by this rash of brutal weather. When the news programs finally do get around to spending a brief minute showing the devastation, it weighs heavily on this gal's heart. I know that I have an awful lot of loyal readers from some of the places hit hardest by the tornadoes, those of you who are still fortunate enough to have computer access, I want you to know that there's lots of folks like myself who DO care about you and your families-- I want y'all to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers...

 

 


Today is "FEEDBACK FRIDAY", meaning I deal with emails that my assistant Stephanie and I receive from readers regarding my most recent blogs... Let's get to it.... My blog regarding the insane mainstream media giving the Ohio school shooter so much slack prompted a firestorm of emails from angry readers. Evidently I wasn't the only one who noticed the TV news "talking heads" slyly trying to justify the little creep killing and maiming his classmates because he was "fed up" with them-- Angie from Fontana, Calif wrote, "The killer should be charged as an adult and put away for life". Mark from Petersberg, Va wrote, "If any of my kids ever did something like that I would kill them myself!".  Casey from Boise, Idaho was among the minority of folks taking a more sympathetic stance, and she commented, "Bullying is a serious issue in schools, maybe this incident will finally wake up administrators to do something about it!". Casey was one of only five of my readers who took that position... My blog asking the question of whether on not politics and NHRA drag racing make for good bedfellows, in response to Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum's political campaigning being the biggest news story at the recent NASCAR Daytona 500 generated loads of reader mail. I would say that about 80% of y'all don't want to see politicians invading our space at NHRA events. Those of you who did say that you'd like to see politicians have a presence in drag racing, said that doing so would give you the sense that politicians care about the sport. One of the strongest opinions against the concept came from Ralph of Philly who said, "We're sick enough of seeing political phonies on TV every waking moment, I don't want to see them at the track!".  One of the more eloquent comments coming from someone who believes politicians DO have a place at the strip was Nathanial  from Tenn who wrote, "Government decisions could play a major role in the survival of drag racing, it would be wise to invite political leaders to the races so they know that we're voters and we demand respect."--- Frank from Cape May, NJ wrote that he believes he once saw Governor Chris Christie running in Heavy Eliminator at Atco Raceway??-- I don't know if you're just pulling my leg, Frank?-- I know of no history of NJ's current Governor ever racing at the Jersey drags... 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...


E'TOWN 1/4 MILE DRAG RACING SUNDAY MARCH 4TH... R.I.P. DAVY JONES...

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Last Sunday the opening day for E'Town's 1/4 mile racing was cancelled due to cold and breezy conditions. Providing that the weather behaves better this coming Sunday, March 4th, the 1/4 mile strip will be open for business. I know that a lot of you racers and fans from my neck of the woods are itching to get back out to the drags, so hopefully "Mother Nature" will be a bit more cooperative this weekend. Heck, there were parts of northern New Jersey that just experience some snowfall, if there's one thing that none of us can be completely sure about and guarantee, it's the weather. Hopefully we'll see warm conditions that will enable Old Bridge Township Raceway Park to open the gates and get some heated horsepower back on the drag strip. It's also worth noting that it's rumored that a healthy handful on "No Time" racers will be coming for battle... Switching gears... I want to mention Davy Jones of the Monkees passing away.  Evidently Davy died of a heart attack at 66 years of age. Before the Monkees, he was a child actor in the U.K.-- The Monkees were huge in the 60's and early 70's, much due to their popular TV show of the same name. I believe their TV show was a true slice of music marketing genius. While there's no denying that they were somewhat of a "smoke and mirrors" sort of group, created by producers and rock promoter Don Kirshner, they sure had great vocal sound, with a unique brand of charm and teen appeal. A few of their hits made a major impact on the rock/pop world. May Davy Jones Rest In Peace... Hey, hey, we’re the Monkees, and people say we monkey around. But we’re too busy singing to put anybody down...

 

Weather permitting, this Sunday March 4th, 1/4 mile drag racing starts up again for the 2012 season at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park... Rumors of "No Time" cars coming for battle are circulating... Y'all know that I love these type of race cars....

Drag Racing Underground is a longtime staunch supporter of "No Time" drag racing...

 



Antron Brown gets off on the right foot early in the season, with his second final round appearance in as many races, although this time he was victorious, winning Top Fuel at the NHRA Arizona Nationals. Brown pummeled his teammate  Tony "The Almighty Sarge" Schumacher in the final round, recording a blistering 3.793/319mph pass. "Mr. Brown" is now first in the T/F points standings-- Antron Brown is definitely living proof during this nation's highly publicized Black History Month, that the sport of drag racing is the most racially diverse of all professional motorsports... It was a "Totally Team Force" final in the Nitro Funny Car category. Robert Hight beat teammate Mike Neff with a 4.139/307mph fierce flopper assault. Neff is No#1 in the points standing, while Hight in No#2. Force fans were also happy as clams to see "whiz kid" Courtney Force make it to the semi finals-- Courtney is a positive role model for women and young folks, the kind of role model that the sport of drag racing is mighty darn thankful for having-- I believe Courtney is a bright beacon of hope for drag racing's future... You know, seeing how the racing went in Arizona, it's apparent that "team racing", an element of drag racing that some folks used to complain an awful lot about, has certainly become rather commonplace, and now widely accepted in the sport-- Of course it's too early in the season for folks to start pointing fingers and accusing team racers of taking "dives" for their teammates-- That doesn't come until later in the year... Anyways, defending Pro Stock world champ Jason Line beat KB Racing teammate Greg Anderson in the final with a dastardly doorslammin' 6.55/211mph timeslip. Anderson in No#1 in points with Line nipping at his heels at No#2... Here's the Arizona Nationals Sportsman winners-- Dan Flethcher in Super Stock, Leo Glassbrenner in Stock, Greg Boutte in Super Comp, Michael Miller in Super Gas, Ray Drew in Super Street, J. Wayne Silvia in Top Sportsman, and Tom Koenen in Top Dragster...

 

 


GRAY, LANGDON, EDWARDS TOP NHRA QUALIFIERS IN ARIZONA DESERT...

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Johnny Gray is your number one qualifier in the Nitro Funny Car class at NHRA's Arizona Nationals. Gray piloted his Service Central Dodge Charger to a blistering 4.074 pass at 298mph Friday night, that time slip stuck for the duration of the qualifying sessions. Gray will race Grant Downing in first round eliminations today. I'm glad to report that youthful fan favorite, rockin' rookie supreme Courtney Force managed to get in the program with the number 12 qualifier spot. We all know that Courtney's presence in NHRA drag racing is a major attraction for young folks who follow the sport... Friday night's qualifying session in Top Fuel also secured the number one qualifying position for Shawn Langdon of the Al-Anabi Racing camp. Langdon scorched the scoreboards with a 3.754 at 323mph- Yikes, that's moving!! Tony "The Almighty Sarge" Schumacher is the No#2 qualifier, the U.S. Army team certainly has the goods in their nitro arsenal to put a hurtin' on the field... In the "Factory Hot Rod" class a.k.a. Pro Stock, Mike Edwards made some history by setting the Firebird Raceway track record and securing the No#1 spot with a swift 6.536/210mph charge.  Edwards at the wheel of his Penhall/Interstate Batteries GXP has proven that he's a major threat among the dastardly doorslammer category. This makes for Edwards' 40th No#1 qualifying spot in NHRA competition. Jason Line is No#2 qualifier, so you can't count him out. In the first round today, you'll see Mike Edwards taking on Warren "The Professor" Johnson... As we get into the thick of the second NHRA national event of the season, it's pretty darn apparent that "stiff competition" is being served up for the fans in the grandstands-- And according to my reliable sources, the amount of those fans occupying those seats in the grandstands is surprisingly high considering the current financial health of the nation-- NHRA Championship Drag Racing is coming on strong, baby-- THAT sure as heck sounds like good news to this drag gal...


E'TOWN'S 33RD ANNUAL NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS SUN JULY 29TH!!...

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Hey folks... Time to get your calendar out and mark another race date that I strongly recommend for you and the whole family. It's Sunday, July 29th, 'cause E'Town will be presenting the 33rd Annual Nostalgia Summernationals & Old Time Drags & 10th Annual Funny Car Reunion. I've been going to and supporting this event for eternity, and for good reason, it's truly a memorable gathering year after year. This is a race that celebrates drag racing's colorful roots and history. No matter what your particular favorite genre of old school drag racing is, this event has it covered. You'll see Dragsters, Altereds, Gassers, Roadsters, Stock & Super Stocks, all sorts of variations of nostalgia themed rides-- And of course the Funny Car Reunion part of the event is a lot of fun too. The pits are packed with many precious classic rides on display. There's also lots of interesting vendors in the pits selling their neat stuff. If you're a geezer, this event will bring back lots of good memories for you-- If you're not a geezer, this event is an excellent opportunity to experience the best of drag racing's "old world" flavors and have a blast while doing so.... Every year Drag Racing Underground and I cover this event, we genuinely love it. Every year there's new surprises and people to see. Take a step back in drag racing's time tunnel, and get a taste of what made this sport so cool from the beginning... This event receives "5 Doc Stars", my highest rating, so you know it's the cat's meow!!-- Make sure that you make plans NOW to attend. Bring your family and friends, make a day of it-- A day of reliving drag racing memories that will create new treasured lifelong memories for you and your family to share together forever... BE THERE!!-- SUNDAY, JULY 29TH AT RACEWAY PARK!!...

 

DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND has been a huge supporter and promoter of this event for a long time-- And for good reason-- E'Town's NOSTALGIA SUMMERNATIONALS is a "MUST SEE" spectacular for drag racing fans of all ages. It's a truly great day at the drags that nobody should miss. It earns my highest and most coveting rating of "5 DOC STARS"!!-- BE THERE!!...

For more information visit E'Town's web site by clicking here http://www.etownraceway.com/ If you'd like a video preview of what kind of action you'll see at this event click here http://www.dragracingunderground.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage-ask.tpl&product_id=3&category_id=1&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=48&vmcchk=1&Itemid=48

 


Today is "FEEDBACK FRIDAY", meaning I deal with emails that my assistant Stephanie and I receive from readers regarding my most recent blogs... Let's get to it.... Yesterday's blog about Nathaniel, the guy on TLC's "STRANGE ADDICTIONS" TV show, who has, ahem "intimate sexual relations" with his '98 Monte Carlo completely grossed more than a few of you out. Mary from Buffalo, NY wrote, "Nathaniel is a nasty man!"... I received lots of thanks for my blog highlighting the recent Winternationals' Sportsman winners. Arnie from Pleasant Hill, Ohio wrote me an inspiring thumbs-up email!... My Valentine's Day blog about romancing the old skool drag racing respirator mask brought a lot of geezers out of the woodwork, many of you believe that NHRA should still permit its use. D.L. from Westport, CT wrote, "I still haven't got used to seeing dragster drivers wearing full face helmets. Bring back the masks!" I want to thank Rich Dana from OBSOLETE magazine for doing such a great layout of my respirator mask romance article in his magazine. I've just been told that Drag Racing Underground's John Gill will have a feature of his amazing artwork in an upcoming issue... My blog recalling my profound encounter with Whitney Houston's mom, Cissy, at a recording studio in East Orange, NJ sparked mixed responses. One of the more negative of them coming from Gerard of Monroe, Mich who angrily wrote, "How can you give any respect to a crack head?"-- Well, Gerard, it's no secret that a number of star drag racers from the our sport's "golden era" were either drunks, druggies, and/or wife beaters, I wonder if you'll be as critical and unforgiving of them when they pass away into the alleged afterlife? I'm not denying that Whitney made some bad mistakes, but I do respect her for what she accomplished, and for how hard she worked when she was at her prime... Altered enthusiasts thanked me for my blog promoting the World Fuel Altered Nationals broadcast on SPEED TV.  An email I received signed, "Bubba from Arkansas", said that he believes the Altereds deserve more ink and coverage from media folks like myself-- To that, I respectfully respond, I completely agree!!... 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...

 

Glad y'all appreciated my ROMANCING THE RESPIRATOR MASK feature in OBSOLETE magazine...

Yours truly wearing the mask for a BIG STICK music video shoot, for our "BURNING RUBBER" track set for 2012 release. Thanks to Rob "Zombie" Bruce for lending me the mask.


WHEN "I'M IN LOVE WITH MY CAR" GOES TOO FAR...

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Lots of folks are into cars. Heck, this is a drag racing site, so y'all know that it's not unusual for automobile enthusiasts to dote over a car, spend excessive amounts of time and money on a car, whether it be a race car, hot rod, custom, etc... We get that... As a matter of fact, we all probably know somebody who has gone through a divorce as a result of them or their spouse giving more attention to a car than their marriage-- It's sort of an addiction-- I mean, let's admit it, I'm known for "telling it like it is", not mincing my words, we all know that with some people, their love for cars can be considered to be an addiction of sorts. Several years ago a major U.K. music publication featured a big two page color spread about yours truly and BIG STICK, titling the piece "DRAG ADDICTION"-- So yeah, I guess you can call this sort of love for the automobile an addiction... HOWEVER, I recently caught an episode of THE LEARNING CHANNEL'S (TLC's) show "MY STRANGE ADDICTION", that takes this love of cars affliction to a whole 'nother level, and a pretty unsettling one at that. The popular TLC-TV program featured a 27-year old guy named Nathaniel who has been in an "intimate" relationship with "Chase", his 1998 Chevy Monte Carlo, for nearly five years. Nathaniel goes on "dates" with his car, buys it "birthday gifts", and weirdest of all, he even has, ahem, "sexual relations" with it!!... I kid you not, Nathaniel, uh, "makes love" to his car. This is the first time I ever heard of this kind of thing. Many of us are aware of QUEEN's big hit in the 70's, "I'M IN LOVE WITH MY CAR", the song sung and penned by the band's drummer, Roger Taylor, that cleverly hints at loving a car in that sort of way, although I doubt that Taylor or anyone in QUEEN ever had "sexual relations" with a car... I must admit, I'm a pretty open minded woman, I usually subscribe to the "live and let live" mantra, but when I was watching TLC's "MY STRANGE ADDITION", and I saw Nathaniel "making a move" of a "sexual nature" on his '98 Monte Carlo, it lead me to believe that he's one feller who takes "loving his car" just a bit too far...

 

Photo from CREEM magazine of yours truly and BIG STICK with Brian May of QUEEN. Many of us know QUEEN's popular "I'M IN LOVE WITH MY CAR" song from their "NIGHT AT THE OPERA" LP, however, can some folks take loving their car too far?!?...

This press clip highlights the release of BIG STICK'S "FREDDIE & ME" track that we recorded in memory of the late Freddie Mercury. Spending some quality time with Brian May after Freddie just recently passed away was comforting for all of us...


NHRA WINTERNATIONALS SPORTSMAN WINNERS PLEASE STAND UP...

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The other day after I posted the winners of the "Pro" categories for NHRA's debut Winternationals event, I received an uproar of emails "strongly suggesting" that I best cover the Sportsman winners too. Well, as you know, Drag Racing Underground and I have always been championing the cause of giving props to the so-called "littler guys" of the sport-- So here we go... In the Top Alcohol Dragster final Chris Demke defeated Larry Miersh by running the quickest pass of the event, a blistering 5.28 270mph. One heck of a performance for Demke... Daniel Oliver captured the Top Alcohol Funny Car win in a very close contest with Jay Payne, winning by only 7ft on the finish line. Oliver put the pain to Payne in the Alky Flopper class... Randy Jones activated the dreaded red light in Comp Eliminator, handing the win over to Dan Fletcher. There's no denying that seeing the blaring red bulb appear on the NHRA christmas tree puts a quick end to the contest... In a tight squeeze of a win, Mike Cotten managed to get the best of Jody Lang in Super Stock. It was a win that was practically "too close for comfort", but a win nonetheless... Brad Burton pulled a holeshot on Don Keen to win in the Stock class by a total of 19 inches. Whew! Another close one in the Sportsman ranks... Tommy Phillips left the line too soon for sanity, redlighted, allowing Kevin Wright a sweet victory final round lap in Super Comp. Once again, another final round decided on the starting line... Winner Greg Venture nabbed the holeshot and ran closer to the index to cause Jimmy Lewis to settle for the runner-up spot in Super Gas. Venture had all his ducks in a row and it paid off by being victorious in the first NHRA event of the 2012 season... After seeing the ultra tight and tough Sportsman racing at NHRA's debut event, it most certainly does appear that we're in for an extremely nail biting year of drag racing from all the Sportsman categories. Hang on tight, folks, it's gonna be a spectacular season for NHRA Sportsman drag racing...