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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 writes the truth... 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 right here at DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND... Diana's blog gives you a daily dose of truth and reality with heart... Diana's unique and refreshing perspective is unlike anything else on the drag racing 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...
Every day brings new revelations regarding the mental degradation among the drag racing web's deranged degenerates. So often on the drag racing internet you see old men emotionally flapping their jowls about their kids. So much "father & son" rhetoric, old geezers typing about how they shed tears and wept like a baby as they watched their sons and/or daughters taking their first pass down the drag strip at the wheel of a Junior Dragster, or how one of their kids once handed them a socket wrench in the garage as they were working on their race car, and it made them so proud that they fell to their knees in a state of emotional rapture, weeping tears of joy as they boisterously thanked the heavens above, etc, etc... Oh, but these exact same blowhards who preach the sacred sanctity of passing the family drag racing baton on to their kids, simply hate the idea that Kenny Bernstein did exactly that with his son Brandon. Is it because that Kenny Bernstein has a phatter wallet than they do? Is it a stupid "class warfare" kind of thing? Why is it holy hoopla when these ragging rejects pass the drag racing torch on to their kids, but it's frowned upon in the case of Kenny Bernstein and his son Brandon?! Everyone who REALLY knows anything about drag racing is well aware that Kenny made Brandon work awfully hard & pay his dues in the sport before ever handing him the keys to a Top Fuel Dragster. Brandon had to painfully prove to his dad that he really wanted it, and that he was willing to get his fingers dirty to earn the right to eventually drive a Top Fueler. It wasn't just handed to Brandon without him first demonstrating beyond any doubt that he was deserving and qualified for the job... I dunno, I just don't get it... I was there, in the thick of it all, at Englishtown back in 2003 at the K&N SuperNationals, when Brandon had his horrific T/F crash that took him over the wall. I watched father Kenny run from the starting line to his son's mangled wreckage, and I witnessed Kenny having to hear his son complain of lower back pain, and then I saw all the fatherly love coupled with simultaneous fear in Kenny's eyes. And later down the timeline, we've all seen Brandon pick himself up by the bootstraps with his dad's blessings and courageously return to the driver's seat. If you're one of those cyber blowhards who doesn't believe that's an example of genuine father and son love, drama, and drag racing true-grit, then I'm of the strong opinion that you clearly lack both a real heart and a sound mind... You're just another clueless drag racing internet blowhard...

With yesterday's blog, I discussed the way Kenny Bernstein's retirement announcement has generated so much trash talkin' negativity. Even though the guy has paid more dues in drag racing than most of his keyboard based critics could ever endure, it seems that the cyber bloodbath is continuing and will probably last for a long duration of time. And of course Kenny's son and driver Brandon is also being unmercifully tied to the cyber whipping post as well. It seems that some derogatory drag fans have a real problem with Brandon's appearance. Who knew that drag fans much rather talk like Joan Rivers covering the red carpet, than actually ever talk about, oh, I dunno, the actual "racing" itself. And speaking of appearances, now we're seeing the Joan Rivers-esque internet drag racing snerts revisiting the subject of Kenny Bernstein's alleged facial plastic surgery. Despite the fact that I've been told that Kenny claims that his face has never gone under a surgeon's knife, it seems that drag racing fans aren't buying it, and they simply refuse to let it go. It's kind of funny the way those same drag racing fans who flame Kenny for his tight facial features have no complaints when their favorite "Desperate Housewife" gets a nip and tuck, I guess that's what you call a "hypocritical double standard" or something like that. The only surgery that I'm aware of Kenny having was when he once had critical back surgery, to relieve his painful symptoms of "spinal stenosis", a narrowing of his spinal canal that was a result of his countless trips down the drag strip, while having to absorb the volatile vibrations that come with courageously piloting nitro powered Funny Cars and Dragsters over multiple years of grueling drag racing competition. Fortunately for all the blowhards on their keyboards who are relentlessly putting Kenny down, they don't have to endure the kind of volatile vibrations and negative g-forces at the seat of their comfy computer chairs in their mother's basement. Sure, they might temporarily pull a muscle in their back as they reach for their milk and cookies while typing their Kenny Bernstein cyber tirades, but they have no idea of the persistent kind of pain that comes from actually driving the cars that make the big noise and rattle their knees as they're sitting safely in the grandstands with soft drink and cheeseburger in hand-- It's a lot easier and SAFER being a Joan Rivers on your keyboard, than a Bernstein at the wheel of an 8000+ horsepower race car...

The news that drag racing veteran Kenny Bernstein has decided to fire all his crew, put his entire operation up for sale, and graciously retire has brought out the sick and deranged side of drag racing fandom. This sport is a lot like that line from THE EAGLES' "Hotel California" song, "You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave". We all know that sick and twisted cults have the same kind of messed-up mentality as some drag racing fans do, basically speaking, things turn very ugly when a member of the cult (or the sport of drag racing) decides that they want to leave-- This whole Charlie Manson-esque mentality in drag racing is kind of grotesque. Evidently Kenny wasn't able to secure the kind of sponsorship dollars necessary to run the 2012 NHRA season. So, instead of drag racing's "cultish" fans wishing Kenny the very best and respecting him for all he's accomplished over his long and arduous career in the sport, they're all typing on their 'puters sick and deranged comments about the racing veteran, with no sense of respect for the guy. And geez, what those same dingbat fans are saying about Kenny's son Brandon, I can't even print on these pages. The fact is that both Kenny and his son Brandon have paid some pretty grueling dues in this often unforgiving drag racing business, sure, they made the "big time", but they've also experienced some pretty scary and painful incidents along the way-- It ain't no walk in the park working behind the wheel of a volatile nitro ride (even if you're fortunate enough to have a multi-zillion dollar budget). How come with other sports, when one of their own decides to retire it's handled with class and respect? Why is it that drag racing gets all filthy and crude when one of ours makes the decision to call it quits? I just don't get it.... I mean, if all these immature drag racing fans who are being so crude about Kenny's retirement REALLY want the outside world to stop stereotyping drag racing fans as "white trash", uh, maybe they should stop acting like it...

I know that lots of fans and folks in the media are happy that Del Worsham captured the Top Fuel championship. I'm among the many people who are chuffed over Del Worsham's success. It's my opinion that Del is about as hardcore of a drag racer as you'll ever know in these modern times. I was there, in the thick of it all, several years ago at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park when Del burnt his hands up really bad in a Funny Car fire. Del had to spend some serious hospital and rehab time as a result of that scorching ride. That's when Del was relatively new to the nitro scene. Many other "newbies" would have walked away from this sport after what Del went through, but Del sure didn't-- Del stuck it out and proved that he's a bona-fide member of drag racing's "True Grit Club" (and I tell ya, there ain't that many racers who really qualify to be a part of that club). I'm doin' the Del happy dance to see him wind up on top of the Top Fuel field... Cattle rancher Matt Hagan is the 2011 Funny Car champ. It's my opinion that Matt is one of the most personable fellows in the nitro flopper ranks. He's down to earth and one of the sport's "real people". Matt and his trusty team worked awful hard to nab the 2011 title and I'm glad as heck they succeeded ... Jason Line was the only racer of the "pro" categories who had his championship already wrapped up weeks before the Pomona Finals. Congrats are certainly in order for Jason and his crew in securing the 2011 Pro Stock Championship title. It's often argued that the "factory hot rod" class is the most competitive and unforgiving of all the pro categories-- So winning an NHRA championship at the wheel of a car with doors is a most admirable accomplishment for sure... Last but certainly not least, we have local hero Eddie Krawiec capturing his second World Championship in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class. Two-wheeling his way to fame while straddled aboard his Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley. The occasional E'Town track manager has proven beyond any doubt that he is indeed a force to be reckoned with among the bodacious Pro Stock bike contingent... Congrats to ALL the 2011 champion team members who worked so hard behind the scenes to help facilitate the above mentioned drivers' sterling successes-- I'm aware that there's lots of blood, sweat and tears en route to an NHRA world championship, it takes the hard work and unwavering dedication of the entire crew to make it happen...

Yesterday and today at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, the type of racing competition going on is quite different than what you'd usually expect at New Jersey's premier "world class" motorsports facility. It's the "TOUGH MUDDER" event. Instead of racers getting plenty of traction and bite on E'Town's incredibly well prepped drag strip, there's a whole bunch of folks attempting to slip and slide through the mud over grueling obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces. This is NOT your typical lame 5k or 10k run (Yawn!), this is the real deal of physical endurance. Simply being capable of completing the TOUGH MUDDER is a badge of courage. About 78% of the people who enter this competition actually have the stamina to complete it. If you want to see the world's toughest of mudders, I suggest you make tracks today to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park... Switching gears... Yesterday was Bruce Larson's "USA-1 DRAGFEST" at his Pennsylvania barn. One of Drag Racing Underground's own resident cyber geeks Gary "Bud" Luske managed to attend, and said it was a great day of waxing nostalgic. Of course I was obligated to the recording studio for Big Stick duties, and was unable to fire up my T-Bird roadster and make the drive to Larson's. As I told y'all in yesterday's blog, I admire Bruce Larson because he isn't your "stereotypical" 60s and 70s drag racing legend. Bruce Larson ain't a drunk, or a druggie, or a reckless womanizer, like the cantankerous geezers on the internet insist all our drag racing stars of years gone by once were-- No-Siree-Bob!-- Bruce Larson is a prime example that upstanding morals and ethics definitely DO have a place in drag racing-- It ain't all sleazeballs and creeps. There were many racers back in the day who were decent stock like Bruce Larson. Gary claimed that the vibe at the gathering was so much fun that he didn't mind Larson's strict no booze and no smoking policy. And of course Gary's health benefited from the policy...

Let's be real. Let's face the facts of the matter. If you ever bother to check out the "nostalgia" drag racing scene as it's portrayed by crusty and cantankerous geezers on the internet, the imagery of it all appears to be dank, dark and sorely sleazily depressing. Old timers who still have a gasp of breath left and the strength to type on their keyboard, very rarely (if ever!), talk about the actual racing from back in the day, oh no, instead, the web is polluted with sick stories of the many illicit and illegal drugs that the "Gooseface Gunzos" and "Jungle Jerrys" did, or how they used their racing rigs to transport illegal drugs from coast to coast-- and how many bottles of beer they drank while recklessly plowing down Rt. 66 en route to another match race, or how many under-age "chicks" they had anonymous, illicit, unprotected sex with, etc, etc, etc... It's just plain GROTESQUE!!... You'd think that drag racing of years gone by was ONLY for low-lifes and the most vile of vegabonds-- Well, thankfully, we have my personal drag racing hero, Bruce Larson's "USA-1 Dragfest" to prove that the cesspool induced image of what drag racing used to be is definitely NOT the complete story! Bruce Larson was successfully drag racing in the 60s and 70s, the era that internet geezers vehemently insist that drag racing was all about just being the biggest creep you could possibly be and not much else (sic). Fortunately, those of us in the know are aware that Bruce Larson was one of the many racers of the day who DID NOT subscribe to the low-life lifestyle, and Bruce won many races and gained lots of fame. Bruce is living proof that the nostalgia internet snerts are wrong. That said, today is Bruce's "USA-1 Dragfest" at his Stoney Creek Barn located at 600 Stoney Creek Drive in Dauphin, Pennsylvania. It's a family oriented gathering where there's nostalgia cars on display, bench racing, photo album sharing, movies, videos, and lots of wholesome activities to keep you and your family busy and entertained. It's a good time for all attending. And, uh, oh yeah, Bruce "USA-1" Larson doesn't permit any alcoholic beverages or smoking on the premises...

Today is "FEEDBACK FRIDAY", meaning I deal with emails that my assistant Stephanie and I receive from readers regarding my most recent blogs... Before I get to your feedback, I'd like to acknowledge today being Veterans Day. An awful lot of Marines (thousands) read my blog, largely because of all the work I do behind the scenes for the Semper Fi gang. I want y'all to know how much I appreciate those who've served in ALL branches of service... Today is 11/11/11 on the calendar, now deemed "National Metal Day". Inspired by the 80s SPINAL TAP movie, where the bass player claimed to turn his amp up to "11" for maximum volume. Some of you might remember BIG STICK's ode to metal music titled "The Devil's Jukebox"-- A song where we paid tribute to the metal music art form. The song inspired "The Devil's Jukebox", a nifty box set of records released by Blast First/Mute (that's now worth a whole lotta money), and it inspired NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS, the big British music publication to promote a huge contest to win a REAL "Devil's Jukebox", completely stocked with all the records from the box set of the same name-- It was a full-size functional jukebox modified to "Devil" trim, complete with horns, tail and other groovy cosmetic devilishly features. So nobody can ever say that BIG STICK hasn't given metal music its due props... Switching gears... Let's get to some feedback... Many of you responded to my blog about Kansas City International Raceway, claiming that there still might be hope to save the facility from getting bulldozed into the abyss-- I hope y'all are right... Some of you still didn't agree with my positive take on the "Countdown To The Championship" points race. Even though there's plenty of drama and close competition in the points series leading up to this weekend's finals at Pomona, there's those of you who still protest the points policy... And last but not least, I received a flood of emails congratulating me for once again being the most read female blogger on the drag racing internet-- I'm grateful for your support, and I promise to continue my duty of providing y'all with the most "colorful", "soulful", "interesting", and "unpredictable" blog in all of modern motorsports... I really do love y'all for being the best friends a gal could ever ask for... 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...

Every few months our resident geeks who we employ here at Drag Racing Underground do a thorough evaluation of our web site's "traffic". For those of you over the age of thirty, "traffic" is the number of people who visit the site, it's a matter of evaluating how many people read which particular web pages and when they do so-- Basically, it's what older generations used to refer to as "statistics" or "ratings". That said, I am once again very flattered to announce that the number of people checking in daily to read this blog is going through the proverbial roof!! Hits on this page continue to escalate up to the high heavens. Once again, you wonderful folks have made me the most read female blogger on the entire drag racing internet. I love you all for your incredible loyalty. I know there's lots of choices on the drag racing internet, many web sites vying for your attention, and the fact that so many of you from the drag racing community AND from the so-called "rock/alternative music community" choose to make reading my blog as part of your daily cyber routine makes me happy as a clam at high tide. And yes, I know there's still some "haters" out there, bigoted, crusty, cantankerous elderly men who don't believe a woman has any place at the drag strip, I get that, I realize that there's a small minority of ghastly guys these days who are still stuck in the stone age, and just can't fathom the idea of females doing the kind of journalistic work that I do-- I'm aware there's still some cavemen among us in desperate need of "sensitivity training" and "anger management classes", but hey, thankfully the numbers of those sort of dinosaurs is rapidly declining, as the younger and more "open-minded" generations are becoming the "new majority" of the drag racing community... Here at Drag Racing Underground we're thankful that more folks are reading my blog, and that more folks are buying our DVDs, even in this troubled economy-- The Drag Racing Underground now stands as the most popular and successful independent form of alternative drag racing media bar none. Thanks again. It's all because of YOU. And I genuinely love y'all for your continued support...

Many of us remember when NHRA introduced their "Countdown to the Championship" points policy. Internet based keyboard equipped naysayers were wrapped around the block wielding protest signs and forming angry "drum circles", claiming their hate for the revised approach to NHRA's yearly points race policy. All of a sudden there's silence on the protest line (uh, the internet cable lines), as NHRA's 2011 season nears an end. There's nothing to really complain about because there's plenty of last minute points drama building for the 2011 finale. Going into this weekend's Pomona finals, the points race in Funny Car is extremely close and unsettled, Top Fuel still has a total of five drivers who could possibly become the champion, Pro Stock Motorcycle is still up for grabs (although y'all know that I'm rooting for local hero Eddie Krawiec). Admittedly, the Pro Stock Car championship was clinched a couple of weeks ago in Vegas by Jason Line, but keep in mind, the P/S class has a long history of racers claiming the "factory hot rod" category before the final event of the season, this has been a pattern in NHRA drag racing that certainly predates the revised "Countdown" format. I want to see Pedregon pummel the Pomono Flopper field and walk away with the championship. In Top Fuel I'd like to see Del Worsham get the title, for no other reason than I've always admired Worsham's purist drive for drag racing, there just seems to be something so pure about the way he approaches the sport... Switching gears... George Clinton and his Parliment Funkadelic band are coming to the Starland Ballroom on Saturday, Feb 11th. An old friend of Big Stick's, Ted Currier, co-produced Clinton's "Atomic Dog" hit. Ted Currier is the fellow who provided us (Big Stick) with the hypnotizing drum track we used on our "Crack Attack" hit. Anyways, all that trivia aside, nobody quite brings on the funk the way George Clinton does. Those of you within reasonable driving distance of Sayreville, NJ, that's where the Starland Ballroom is located, are wisely advised to buy your tickets now before they sell out...

The huge quartermile long asteroid that's coming our way today, towards planet earth, fortunately will not be crashing into our beloved piece of prime astral real estate. We lucked out this time. Scientist claim the big rock from Space is going to come within 202,000 miles of our humble abode. While 202,000 miles sounds like a heck of a long distance, truth is, in the realm of our Universe, it's considered just a block or two shy of our neighborhood, we're missing "impending doom" by not much outer-space distance at all. This means that we'll be able to conclude NHRA's 2011 season this weekend at Pomona. If the asteroid were to hit us today, naturally we'd all be upset (and most likely deceased), and there sure wouldn't be any chance of the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals taking place Nov 10-13. If earth was indeed the asteroid's target, we'd never get to see if it would be Matt Hagen, Jack Beckman, Cruz Pedregon, Mike Neff, Robert Hight, or even possibly Ron Capps taking the 2011 NHRA Funny Car championship. In Top Fuel we'd be left hanging as to whether Spencer Massey, Del Worsham, or Antron Brown would take top honors for the 2011 season. Those class championships among others would not be able to be properly played out if the asteroid, that just happens to be ironically and coincidentally as long as a drag strip was to make tragic contact with us mortal earthlings. See, sometimes you do get a break in this world of ours. Be thankful for that... Switching gears... I'd like to express my condolences regarding the recent death of GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot aka "Flattus Maximus". He was found dead on the band's tour bus just before they were going to cross over to Canada for some tour dates. This sort of reminds me of when we (Big Stick) were touring the U.S., and we played a club in Houston, Texas, where the night before, Shannon Hoon, the singer from the group Blind Melon was found dead in the bunk of their tour bus. Hoon's death was a result of drugs. It's still not clear what took the life of GWAR's Cory Smoot. You've got to try to keep your head on straight while on tour. My sympathy for the members of GWAR and Cory Smoot's family...