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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...

We're all still kind of busy around here working on the packaging for the upcoming Big Stick LP release, so once again, we didn't really have any spare time to put a "normal" Drag Racing Underground sort of blog together for today's (Thursday's) installment-- not to mention the fact that substitute Stephanie is still having some rather pressing issues with her children (yes, the adorable twins that you probably saw last season at E'Town's NHRA Summernationals)... We hope to return to normalcy for tomorrow's or Saturday's blog... We apologize for any inconvenience... Thanks to all you swell folks for your loyal and unwavering support...

 

 

Big Stick related duties are keeping us pretty busy around here, we hope to be back to "normalcy" soon...


TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER SERIES POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT WEDNESDAY...

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Due to other pressing commitments, our weekly TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER paranormal drag racing series has been postponed for today's installment. We believe it will return next Wednesday. Sincere apologies to all our regular readers. Mike.

 


It does not compute, Will Robinson?!?... Well, actually, it does, kind of, sort of, I guess... We're temporarily suspending Drag Racing Underground blog operations for today and tomorrow, as the responsibilities of putting together the respective packages for the upcoming Big Stick CD and vinyl LP releases are keeping things waaaay busy 'round here of late. Even my usual trusty substitute Stephanie, who many of you met, while she was hanging out with yours truly at E'Town, Atco and Island Dragway,  is having some pressing issues with her two darling kids (the twins), making it impossible for her to handle the blog today or tomorrow-- In a nutshell, there is no real present danger, Will Robinson-- however, it appears that tomorrow's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER may possibly be postponed a week, and this page in general, over the next couple of days may be, uh,  somewhat inoperative... Please accept my apology for same, and be patient-- matters should be clearing up sooner than later once we get the artwork stuff completed for the Big Stick releases... Please permit me to suggest watching your Drag Racing Underground videos and dvds to keep yourself satisfied, and to get a handle on your need for a DRU type of drag racing related fix for the time being... Thanks... You're the best darn friends a gal could ever ask for... I'm humbled by all your emails of concern for me...

 

 

It does not compute?!?... Well it sort of does, Will Robinson... Hang in there, kids... Will be back soon...


For all you folks who wrote in, wondering why there wasn't a blog installment published here yesterday, I certainly am touched by your overwhelming concern for my welfare-- I am genuinely emotionally moved by your concern for me-- You are some beautiful people for sure... There wasn't a blog yesterday due to some pressing Big Stick music related business that came up last minute, and made it impossible for me to do any drag racing relating writing-- not to mention that the abrupt timing of everything also made it impossible to call in Stephanie, or any of our substitution people to fill in. I apologize for the interruption in service. However, the good news for Big Stick fans, is that the happenings of the last 42 hours definitely helped move us closer to releasing our new album... You folks are the best friends a gal could ever ask for... And special thanks to Drag Racing Underground's Mike Bennett for stepping up to the plate in this situation and handling some important business for me...

 

 

Yours truly standing next to Jim Slovak's circa '66 digger and thanking you folks for your appreciated support.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES GO OUT TO MICHAEL CASTELLANA...

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I'd like to take an opportunity to wish local Pro Modified stalwart Michael Castellana a happy and healthy 53rd birthday. Those of us in the northeast drag racing scene have watched Michael participate as one of the pioneers during the infancy of the Top Sportsman/Pro Modified movement, and over time develop into one of the most respected drivers among the dastardly doorslammer genre. Below is a video still image that serves as a proverbial "blast from the past", it's his "Western Beef" backed 1957 Chevrolet from several seasons ago, digging the raucous rubber into the Old Bridge Township Raceway Park asphalt....

 

 

Happy Birthday wishes go out today to local and legendary dastardly doorslammer stalwart Michael Castellana


Today is "FEEDBACK FRIDAY", meaning I deal with emails that my assistant Stephanie and I receive from readers regarding our most recent blogs... Let's get right to your feedback... Yesterday's blog expressing love, concern and solidarity for our brothers & sisters of London prompted Lily from Chippenham, England to write, "We love Doc for her words of concern and compassion."... Wednesday's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Catja from all the way in Lahti, Finland said, "Clawhammer makes my blood boil over!"-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "Sebastian can't concentrate with a pinching crab on his face! How far will those seafood poachers go!?"-- Thanks to all of you Phantom Racer fans who wrote in this week... My blog congratulating local drag sensation Eddie Krawiec, a former manager at E'Town, on his Pro Stock Motorcycle win at the Gatornationals caused Luke from Trenton, NJ to say, "Jersey pride with our Harley ride! Go Eddie!"... The return of guest blogger Mary Murray stirred controversy. Otis from Gustine TX said, "I'm with your Mary lady. My wife and I are Force fans just like her. We completely understand her super Force fan enthusiasm."-- On the other side of the opinion fence, Chester from South Boston, MA wrote, "I thought Mary Murray was history? She hasn't done a blog in over a year. Please discharge her immediately from writing any further fangirl drivel!"... Our so-called "SUNDAY FUNNIES THAT AREN'T NECESSARILY THAT FUNNY AT ALL" managed to get Grace from Wilton CT in a bit of an angry frenzy, she typed, "Marvin's just like my jerky ex-husband. He believed in all those stupid conspiracy theories about women trying to take over the world too."... Substitute Stephanie's Snapshot of the Day, featuring yours truly keeling next to a green Gasser, expressing Happy Saint Patrick's Day wishes resulted in a flood of emails from you fine folks. Jill from Staten Island write, "I was there the day Doc was getting her picture taken with the sparkling green car. Seeing the picture made my St. Patrick's day extra special for me!"... Thanks to all of you who wrote in with comments. Even though there's no way we have room to print all your emails, we want you to know that all your comments and suggestions are taken into consideration... Keep those emails comin' (by using the "Contact Us" link atop the page), whether you agree or disagree with mine, or any of our substitute guest bloggers' opinions, we're genuinely interested in your feedback... We just ask that you please keep your emails short and to the point, no rambling please, and please also include where you're from, we often find the location of where folks are writing us from to be sort of interesting. If you want to remain anonymous you can do that too (just write that you want to remain anonymous in the body of your email, and we won't disclose your identity in the event we choose to make a reference to your particular opinion)... Thanks...

 

 

It's "FEEDBACK FRIDAY" here at DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND. That means I print excerpts from some of the emails that you readers write in with. I always appreciate you folks who sit down at your keyboard and type me your thoughts and opinions.


LOVE, CONCERN & SOLIDARITY FOR MY BROTHERS & SISTERS OF LONDON...

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Having spent a lot of my time in England over the years, including spending many months residing in central London's Averard Hotel (pictured), a place that became my home away from home, due to my Big Stick related music business affairs, I have grown a heartfelt love and compassion for the good people of London and my many English friends and associates. I wish to express my concern and solidarity for all those now suffering as a result of yesterday's terror attack on Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament. Try to stay strong London. And know that you are now and forever in my heart and spirit. Thoughts and prayers for all of you at this most unsettling time...

 

 


TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER... A MENACING CRAB IN THE COCKPIT?!?...

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Break the conventional chains which bind you to the belief that the only things in this world that exist are those we're able to touch and see in daylight. Ever heard of quantum physics?-- Many credible physicists and scientists from the world's most prestigious of learning institutions now believe that parallel universes exist all around us-- We are likely surrounded by spectacular space, time, energy, and matter anomalies that boggle the brain, proving that what was once thought to be fantasy and fiction, can now be believed as truth and fathomable fact ... We offer you a slice of hard science, combined with sporadic sprinklings of paranormal phenomena, as we here at Drag Racing Underground, proudly present to you... TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER... Step out of the narrow-minded mist that encircles those who wear their stagnate skepticism like an outdated peach-colored leisure suit, and allow yourself the freedom to follow the adventures of drag racing's infinite and most indestructible spirit... Pull up a chair, toss your inhibitions aside, and ride along with one Sebastian Conrad, strong spirited eternal speed freak extraordinaire.

Last week's episode told of how our favorite metaphysical/afterlife drag racing dream team were on a covert celestial assignment for the Heavenly Drag Racing Association. They teleported to a Super Stock event situated in a 1960s time warp, snooping to investigate and bust a drag strip in an alternative universe allegedly functioning as a corrupt front for a sinister seafood poaching operation. It's a twisted strip existing in a New England based wormhole, hovering in an obscure parallel portal of the drag racing afterlife. Our crew brought along a '64 aluminum hemi-powered Plymouth Belvedere during teleportation... "This place smells weird." said Sebastian, "There's a scent of burning rubber mixed with seafood smells."... "That's a clue there is indeed something 'fishy' going on here." responded leader Larry Lamb with his usual distinguished demeanor... "Let's get our car over to the staging lanes." blurted Fred The Wrench... "I'm glad I wore my double-stitch dungarees" interjected Maria, "I fit in just right with what all the other gals are wearing at this weird strip."...

Our gang are now in the Super Stock staging lanes. There's a couple Caddys in the street class lanes... "Will ya look at dat??" says Fred The Wrench "Dem Caddys are bursting with illegally poached sea life and salt water spilling out of their trunks!!"... "SUPER STOCK ROUND ONE IS NEXT!!!" blares an announcement out of the track's P.A. system... A fellow Super Stock racer approaches our team "My Cobra Jet Ford is gonna bury your Belvedere!"... "And who are you??" replies Maria... "I'm Clawhammer Curtis." says the lanky character with only one tooth and one lazy eye on his forehead... "That's some Cobra you have there." says Larry Lamb...  "Don't y'all bother being friendly with me!" Clawhammer responds, "You ain't going to wanna be friendly with me after I put all youse on the trailer, first crack I get at ya all."... Fred The Wrench rolls his eyes... "I saw that, old man!" says Clawhammer, "Are you here as a kiddie clown giving away taffy bars to the kids??"... "UH, NO!!!" replies a now perturbed Fred, "I'M HERE TO WRENCH THIS HERE HEMI TO BEAT THAT POWDER PUFF FORD YOU'RE DRIVING, CLAWHAMMER!!!"...

Fred's amplified outburst gets the attention of racers and fans... An uncomfortable vibe permeates throughout the stage lanes... "NOTHIN' TO SEE HERE, FOLKS!" Clawhammer shouts to everyone staring in the direction of him and our tense crew, "EVERYONE GET BACK TO WHAT YOU WERE DOIN' BEFORE YOU CAUGHT AN EARFUL FROM THIS HERE DIRECTION!!"... Clawhammer then gets in Fred's face and says "I saw you and your friends checking out the water spilling out from the trunks of my buddies' Caddys over there, you have quite a suspicious eye for being unverifiable strangers who ain't ever raced here before!!"... Larry Lamb attempts to break the tension "Oh, please don't think anything of that, Mr. Clawhammer, my dear friend."... "Don't be giving me your 'dear friend' schtick, you woolly-face intellectual type." replies an authoritative Clawhammer.

"I'm figuring you goody-two-shoes have an ulterior motive for being here today." Clawhammer spurts, then walks away back to his Cobra... "Whew," sighs Maria "There's definitely an element that substantiates illegal seafood poaching at this drag strip!"... "Clawhammer's downright hostile, and I'll bet he's the ringleader of the seafood poaching operation!" interjects Sebastian... "Larry Lamb chimes in "I believe that  Clawhammer possibly detects that we're agents for the Heavenly Drag Racing Association, looking to bust this sleazy operation. After first round we better bust this corrupted gang up!"... Sebastian then strolls over to the Cobra with Clawhammer seated in it, and says "How 'bout we race each other first round. You good with that?"... "YOU BET I AM, DO-GOODY GLAMOUR BOY!!!" replies a cocky Clawhammer  "AND AFTER I BEAT YOU STONE COLD SILLY, I WANT YOUSE ALL OUT OF HERE QUICK AND TO NEVER COME BACK, YA HEAR ME?!?!"...

A staging lane director motions for our crew and Clawhammer Curtis to roll into the burnout box and commence to racing. Sebastian secures his helmet strap and gets situated in the cockpit. Clawhammer gives a powerful abrupt stab of his Cobra Jet Ford and then smokes the tires. Sebastian kicks into 'Phantom' mode and makes his Belvedere blast through the burnout box with an aggressive display of torque and muscle. The starter indicates that both racers should stage their respective hot rods. As Sebastian lines up into the stage beams, he's suddenly distracted by an irritating pinching sensation on his shoulder. Sebastian takes a second to glance down at his shoulder, and sees a large crab fiercely pinching him with tenacity... "WHAT THE...?!?" Sebastian shouts out to himself in agony as he tries desperately to drive his Super Stocker competitively...

Clawhammer then looks over at Sebastian in the opposing lane and giggles with a sinister sounding gurgle, as he sees the big crab he sneakingly planted in Sebastian's car, performing its appointed duty, of dastardly distracting Sebastian from being able to focus his attention on the bulbs of the christmas tree. The lights flash green and Clawhammer gets a sizeable holeshot on Sebastian due to the covert crab breaking Sebastian's concentration... "OH NO, WE BETTER NOT LOSE TO THAT CLAWHAMMER JERK!!!" shouts Fred The Wrench, while watching from the starting line as Clawhammer gets the lead... "WHAT A DIRTY TRICK!!!" squawks Peter The Parrot "I SAW THAT CREEPY CRAB CRAWL UP ON SEBASTIAN'S SHOULDER AND DISTRACT HIM FROM CUTTING A GOOD LIGHT!!!"... Sebastian then gets what feels like a divine burst of additional horsepower, that must have been sent from the Heavenly Hemi Gods of the drag racing afterlife, and he manages to accelerate within striking distance of Clawhammer's Cobra... HOWEVER, the pesky crab then plants itself on Sebastian's nose and pinches with hellish agitation!... BOTH RACERS ARE RAPIDLY MOVING TOWARDS THE FINISHLINE!!!!-- THIS DRAG STRIP DUEL IS WAAAAAY TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT!!!-- IT'S A REAL NAIL BITER OF A CELESTIAL SUPER STOCK DRAG RACE!!!!!!...

 

 Yes, my dear friends, this is the mysterious mind-bending-hereafter rebirth, and puzzling parallel universe relocation of the bewildering being, energy, and entity we call THE PHANTOM RACER... Looks like Clawhammer Curtis must have discreetly sneaked a nasty crab into the cockpit of our crew's Belvedere when he was hanging around them in the staging lanes, with the nefarious intent of having the sea creature distract Sebastian from being able to fully focus on his driving duties once the race started. Now it's questionable whether or not our team can defeat Clawhammer, not to mention the fact of their desire to then go on to bust him and his cronies who are running an illegal seafood poaching operation, using this drag strip as a front for their crooked buisness!!! WILL OUR DO-GOODERS BE ABLE TO BEAT CLAWHAMMER AND THEN PUT AN END TO THE SHADY SEAFOOD POACHING OPERATION?!?  WHAT THE HECK IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT?!?!?... What's in store for our drag racing paranormal dream team as they continue to embark on unpredictable drag racing adventures throughout the parallel universes??... Can they all hold it together and successfully champion the powers of good??... Or will they fall victim to evil entities they cannot control???... These are just a few of the mind-twisting questions to be answered in future action-packed episodes of TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER!!... There's more paranormal mystical and maniacal drag race mayhem coming your way!!... You definitely do not want to miss it...

Stay tuned next Wednesday for a new chapter of the serial paranormal drama series we call TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER... Be sure that YOU follow the story of Sebastian Conrad... Bookmark this page and BE HERE every Wednesday!!... You can read prior episodes of TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER by simply clicking on the 'DOC'S BLOG' link that's conveniently located atop this page, and then scrolling to her Wednesday blog installments (because this series is published here each and every Wednesday). All characters appearing in this series are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead is purely coincidental. TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER story and imagery are copyright 2017 DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND.


I just wanted to use today's blog installment to offer my congratulations to former Old Bridge Township Raceway Park manager and local hero, Eddie Krawiec, on his Pro Stock Motorcycle victory at this past weekend's NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida... All of us 'round my neck of the woods hope that the three-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion and his trusty team can keep their strong momentum going. The Gatornationals' victory marked Eddie's 37th career win aboard his "Screamin' Eagle" Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson bike. We're all proud 'round here when we see hometown hero Eddie Krawiec whoop the ultra-competitive Pro Stock Motorcycle field on the tough National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) tour...

 

 

Congratulations to former Old Bridge Township Raceway Park manager Eddie Krawiec on his Gatornationals win.


The management of Drag Racing Underground presents guest blogger Mary Murray. She's an opinionated woman from the northwest. Truth is that Doc is mighty busy of late with her Big Stick music duties and her sculpture pursuits, so we figure giving Mary a crack as a substitute blogger might be a good idea. Being that Drag Racing Underground is known as the strongest advocate of free speech among drag racing web sites, we're willing to give this outspoken lady a guest spot when Doc is too busy to blog. Please keep in mind that the thoughts and opinions expressed by Mary Murray with her MARY'S MOUTHPIECE blog submissions do not necessarily reflect those of Drag Racing Underground. Without further ado, we give you Mary Murray...


HEY YOU GUYS!!! Wake up and smell the coffee! Drink the coffee and then have another cup on me. I'm Mary. I going to put my cards right on the table. I am happy as a kitty in a yarn warehouse to be able to communicate with you once again on the drag racing web page best known for insightful thought and unrestricted freedom of expression. My last appearance here caused what I've been told to be an "unprecedented amount of negative emails" sent to the Drag Racing Underground bosses. And I was told that many of the emails were of an "extremely severely angry nature"... Yes, I understand that when I express my opinions, they don't always jive with everyone else, but that's just how this bold lady rolls-- Anyways-- Today I want to share with you all my unbridled joy for my hunk of a hero John Force. So many millennials write in to Drag Racing Underground mocking me, and telling me how they believe John Force is "all washed up" and should retire from drag racing and be "put out to pasture"-- HA!! I say!! That's phooey dooey huey balderdash!! 'Cause it just so happens that John "Brute" Force scored his 2,500th round win, and 148th Funny Car career victory at yesterday's NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida! Not too shabby, all you snooty smartypants naysayers! That sure doesn't sound like a "washed up" racer to me! John "Brute" Force, the winningest Funny Car racer in NHRA history, and sixteen-time world champion, defeated hotshots Del Worsham, "Fast" Jack Beckman, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Jonnie Lindberg to reach the pinnacle of the incredibly tough Gatornationals' flopper field. After John won the final round, it gave me so much pleasure to see his wife and lovely racing daughters jumping for joy on the Gainesville starting line, especially because me and my seven cats were also jumping for joy on my living room couch right with them! John Force still has the proverbial "right stuff" to go rounds and make it to the winner's circle!!... I want to end this here blog with a very special message for everyone. We all love cheap clothes and electronics bargains, but can we all please join the fight against overseas child slavery, and do our part to eliminate child slave labor in our lifetime. Thank you...

 

 


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