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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...

IN CELEBRATION OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY...

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Today I'd like to acknowledge Martin Luther King Jr. Day... As most folks who follow drag racing are already aware, out of all the different forms of motorsports, it is drag racing that is the most inclusive and "color-blind" when it comes to both participants and fans. Our sport has a long history of competitive Afro-Americans making a name for themselves in various racing classes and categories. I believe that's something we should all be proud of. Here's just a partial list of racers that I can name off the top of my head--  Malcolm Durham, Antron Brown, Larry Edwards, Tim Wood, "Big Willie" Robinson, Levi Holmes, Rufus "Brooklyn Heavy" Boyd, and Ronald Lyles-- and there's many, many more than that... Here at Drag Racing Underground we collectively celebrate Dr. King's legacy and all the Afro-American racers who help make drag racing the most diverse of all motorsports...

 

We celebrate and acknowledge the fact that drag racing is the most color-blind of all the major motorsports.


THE "SUNDAY FUNNIES" THAT AREN'T NECESSARILY THAT FUNNY AT ALL...

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Today is the return of the "SUNDAY FUNNIES" feature here on the blog, though admittedly, the way blowhard Marvin conducts himself in life, and especially on the drag racing internet, the situation isn't necessarily that, ahem, funny at all-- As a matter of fact, Marv's type of behavior often has negative consequences for the drag racing scene... After the so-called "cackle debacle" at this past year's California Hot Rod Reunion, Marv was one of those snerts on the internet who tried so hard to rile up trouble, that we're all lucky the NHRA didn't just throw their hands up in the air and say "SCREW THIS!", and cancel the event for good... You see, when dopes like Marv get behind their computer keyboard, and just type negativity with their stubby fingers, it can result in some drag racing promoters and track owners just giving up entirely on an event, 'cause they don't need the blowhard brand of debbie-downer dingbat dissent that jerks like Marv dispense 24/7 on the internet. I do hope that some will take this lesson to heart, because it's a lesson that needs to be learned by those who pollute the drag racing internet with mindless negativity...

 

 


There's lots of talk of hazardous weather predictions for this weekend, for the Central United States, Central Plains, Oklahoma, Texas and adjacent areas. Evidently, "Winter Storm Jupiter" is set to unleash more freezing rain, wind and dangerous conditions. Many folks are already experiencing power outages due to this sinister storm. We all know that when roads get slick, it's smart to do everything in your power to stay off of them- And there's so many roads, and highways and byways that are going to be slick and treacherous over the next 48-72 hours. We hope that everyone affected by this wicked weather will stay safe and be able to withstand the impact of the wintry storm conditions. Try to hang in there and know that we're all thinking about you...

 

 

We hope our dear friends at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma stay safe through this wicked winter weather.

image courtesy of the Big Stick tour photo archives


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 bringing attention to the "Presidential Burndown" that's currently happening on the drag racing internet (especially on the new, hipster facebook format), that's causing heated hate-speech between drag fans who support Donald Trump and those who do not, prompted so many of you to write. Sal from Venice, CA said, "I refuse to sit by any yellow belly at the drag strip who doesn't support our new commander in chief. If you think that makes me a bigot and a bully. So be it! I don't give a ****!"-- On the other side of the opinion fence, Jane from Yakima, WA wrote, "I never knew that so many of my now former drag racing friends could be so nasty when it comes to politics. I just resigned from facebook. Doc's right. It is a disgraceful bloodbath for the entire drag racing internet community."... Wednesday's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Adrian from all the way in Birmingham, England said, "I understand the Heavenly Drag Racing Association's need to cover up the bribing incident, or else the risk of extortion from the darkside will become an ongoing problem."-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "I'm in agreement with Fred The Wrench. I want to see the team get back to competition!"-- Thanks to all of you Phantom Racer fans who wrote in this week... My blog encouraging people to make plans to attend the E'Town Summernationals scheduled for June 8-11 caused Louis from Clifton, NJ to chime in, "Thanks for the heads up. I'll be purchasing my family's tickets for the Summernationals very soon!"... My blog asking readers if they'd like to see Franky & Felicia return to do their NHRA predictions this season, or have them replaced by Mike & Barbara, brought on lots of mixed opinions. Tina from Narragansett, RI wrote, "Don't get rid of Franky & Felicia. They're like comic relief in the humdrum drag racing world!"-- On the other side of the opinion fence, Ethan from Leesborg, GA said, "Please give Mike & Barbara a chance. Anyone has to be better than Franky & Felicia!"... My blog recommending Camillo's Italian Restaurant in Sayreville, NJ, inspired Jerry from East Brunswick NJ to say, "I tried Camillo's for the first time. You bet I'll be going back! Thanks to Doc for the great tip!"... My blog expressing concern for the victims of the recent Fort Lauderdale terrorist attack caused Samantha from Cooper City, FL to write, "Bless the Doc for her sentiments."... 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.


Perhaps you remember a few months ago, when we were publishing the results of presidential election polling among members of the drag racing community right here on this page. We called it our "PRESIDENTIAL BURNDOWN" feature. It was the brainchild of my MIT genius grad associates, and it wound up generating more vicious hate mail than any of us would have ever imagined! So, I decided to terminate the feature, due to the degree of borderline threatening emails received from drag racing folks just for bringing up the issue of presidential politics. It was downright toxic!!!... Hence, I guess since having that ugly experience, I'm not really that surprised by the fact that now that the presidential election is over, it seems like the politics of it all is slicing a vicious wedge between those who are Donald Trump supporters and those who are not. I know that many of my regular readers are NOT participants on the hipster Facebook format, and don't particularly like when I bring up the subject of facebook here, but please bear with me-- You see, what's currently happening on facebook, is serious instability and unrest between drag racing folks with opposing political views and principles. Hate speech is heating up among members of the drag racing community who were once the best of friends, now, they're the worst of mortal enemies. And it's only getting worse with each passing day. As if the drag racing internet wasn't already enough of a mess with all the blowhard bullies and bigots who pollute it, now we've got politics turning it into a virtual explosive minefield. How long is this going to last? What will be the final result of all this hateful confrontation between drag fans of opposing political convictions?? How much damage is this going to do to the sport as a whole?? I'll try to keep an eye on the situation and offer an objective outlook on this page through the coming months... I'm really so sorry that politics are now hurting the unity of our drag racing community...  I hope it doesn't kill it... This sport has enough stupid problems already... We sure don't need this monkey wrench gettin' thrown into the mix... Oh well...

 

 


 

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 relaxing back home at their living compound and heavenly racing operations base... They recently returned from a crucial assignment that teleporting them to the future, to the distant year 3000. The Heavenly Drag Racing Association (H.D.R.A.) assigned our do-gooders the mission of saving the sport of Drag Racing from being wiped out of existence in the year 3000... A group of global zealots and corrupt politicians were headstrong on abolishing the sport of drag racing. Our crew posed as consultants from a prestigious think-tank, materializing in the final minutes of a Washington D.C. conference, where the world's superpowers, were deciding the eternal fate of our straightline motorsport... Leader Larry Lamb was unsuccessful in persuading the global bigwigs to spare drag racing from extinction during his brief time allotted to address them from the conference's podium.

This resulted in a "private meeting" with Druscula Fusscula, the conference's officiator, who demanded a bribe in order to save our sport from world extinction. Of course the idea of paying a bribe went against every fabric of Larry Lamb's upstanding moral and ethical character... HOWEVER, considering the dire consequences the sport would suffer if the matter wasn't corrected, Larry immediately telepathically contacted his executive superiors at the Heavenly Drag Racing Association, making it clear that he needed six trillion, eighteen zillion dollars in circa year 3000 international currency to present a bribe to Druscula Fusscula... In the blink of an eye, a mammoth mountain of money then materialized. Fusscula did a double take when seeing the ample amount of money sitting before him, "LOOK AT ALL THIS DOUGH!!!!" he shouted "YOU GET THE RECORD FOR PRODUCING THE BIGGEST MONEY BRIBE TO EVER COME MY WAY!!!"... "Yes, it is." Larry Lamb replied, in a stern tone, "Now you go instruct your corrupt cronies out there to vote in favor of saving drag racing, AND you must give me your word that you'll use half of this money to improve living conditions for all the working class and poor people, who I have learned are now occupying countless shantytowns all across your massive internationally held territories!!"... Fusscula, even with his extreme, grotesque greed, realizes that there's more than enough money from the bribe to quench his lust for luxury, as well as enough to distribute among the world's impoverished and oppressed working class and poor, and he enthusiastically agrees to the terms... Yes, our Christmas edition of this paranormal drag racing metaphysical saga did indeed have a happy ending, despite the questionable ethics exercised by Larry Lamb when paying the colossal sized bribe...

Now our crew are back home at their heavenly racing and living compound. It's New Year's Day, and they've all made their annual new year's resolutions. Then after a warm group hug, Larry Lamb gets a telepathic message over his hybrid-micro-vision presentation anatomy-installed screen, and announces, "Listen to this, it seems that our superiors at the Heavenly Drag Racing Association, are now insisting that we create a cover-up scenario, in order to cast serious doubt on the notion that we paid a bribe to alleviate the threat of drag racing's possible extinction!!!"... "You're kidding, boss?!?" squawks Peter The Parrot... "No, Peter." replies Larry Lamb, "The HDRA brass are absolutely serious about this!!!"... "Why is it so important that we cover up the fact that a bribe was paid??" Sebastian asks... "You see, dear boy," says Larry, "The HDRA believes that the fact we paid a bribe, has somehow leaked out through a time-traveling news cycle virus, that's widely distributed among the drag racing afterlife's darkside, and this could open the floodgates for threats of extortion against us in the coming weeks and months ahead. Everyone from the darkside will be looking for a big, fat bribe!!! Therefore, it is imperative that the darkside be tricked into believing that the bribe incident DID NOT happen, and that it was simply what's commonly called 'fake news'!!!"... "Fake news???" interjects Maria, "What the darn, gosh dandelion is that?!?... "Evidently, Maria." replies Larry Lamb, "During the beginning of the millennial 2000, world political operatives created what is now known as 'fake news', basically, they were able to lie to large numbers of the mortal population, essentially fooling them into believing things that simply did not really happen."...

"Let me get this straight," Fred The Wrench blurts, "Are we now supposed to postpone our getting back on the drag strip, the job we're REALLY supposed to be doing, so that's we can make up some kind of phony baloney story, to discredit the truth of what really DID happen, of paying that blasted bribe?!?"... "I'm afraid so, my dear Fred," replies Larry Lamb, "What we must do right now, does mean that we will indeed be delayed in embarking on any actual drag racing assignments."... "HECK WITH THIS CRUMB-BUM-BILLY-BOB COVER UP!!! ENOUGH OF ALL THE AFTERLIFE POLITICAL HEAVENLY DEFENSE DIRECTED COVERT OPERATIONS WE GET SENT ON ALL THE TIME LATELY!!!" protests Fred, "I WANTS TO GET BACK TO THE STRIP!!! I WANTS TO BE TURNIN' WRENCHES, NOT HAVING TO BE SOME KIND OF SECRET AGENT MAN OPERATIVE!!! THAT AIN'TS MY LINE OF WORK!!!"...  "Hmmm" comes back Larry Lamb, "You haven't gotten this downright loud and boisterous in protest about anything since you left us for a couple weeks in the summer, for your morale-boosting, anger-management therapy, Fred!!"...  "THAT'S RIGHT, BOSS!! I CAN'TS HOLD BACK MY AGITATION FROM THE DIRECTION OUR WORK IS TAKING US!!!" shouts back Fred, "I GOTS TO GET BACK TO THE DRAGS, OR I'M GONNA HAVE AN EVENTUAL RELAPSE BACK TO BEING OLD ORNERY FRED!!!! AND I SWEAR ON MY BEST SET OF TOOLS THAT I DO NOT WANT THAT TO EVER HAPPEN!!! WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH ALL THIS BRIBERY BUFFOONERY, AND NOW HAVING TO CREATE SOME KIND OF COCKEYED COVER-UP NONSENSE?!? YA SEE, I JUST WANTS TO GO DRAG RACING, THAT'S ALL I WANTS TO DO WITH MY TIME IN THE AFTERLIFE!!!" THE HEAVENLY DRAG RACING ASSOCIATION ARE MAKING US DO WHAT'S I DON'T WANT TO DO!!! I JUST WANNA DRAG!!! IF I DON'T GET BACK TO THE DRAGS I'M GONNA BLOW MY TOP-- I'M FEELIN' LIKES I'M GONNA RELAPSE BACK TO OLD ORNERY FRED!!!!"

 

 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... Well, we certainly don't want to see Fred The Wrench have a relapse, that would put him at risk of digressing back to his old, overly ornery personality and character traits. But you must admit, Fred does make a point, his job assignment is far more designated as being a metaphysically masterful mechanic, than constantly always having to drop his tools, and then play a part in some heavenly covert afterlife operation?? Do you think it's important to bury the bribe incident with a contrived cover-up?? Is that the only way to avoid an onslaught of possible extortion threats coming from drag racing's darkside of the afterlife??? Could there be a backlash from the bribe incident, that sets off a firestorm of fierce attempts to extort from the HDRA, with risks that are even more ethically controversial than the original Christmas bribe episode?!?  WHERE IS THIS ALL GOING?!?!? WHAT'S 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 want to give all you folks a handy heads-up regarding one of my favorite drag racing events on the entire planet... The dates for the upcoming 2017 48th running of the NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey, are June 8th to June 11th... I suggest you mark the dates on your calendar at your earliest convenience... I believe that tickets may already be available from NHRA.com... The Summernationals stands as one of the most exciting and competitive battles on the grueling NHRA national event tour. I make a point of trying to attend each and every single year. I love this race! You see the best in both the professional and sportsman classes slugging it out on the historic E'Town strip. Racers take this gearhead gathering very seriously. And we all know that Old Bridge Township Raceway Park is a world-class, family oriented facility, a place where watching the drags is a comfortable, pleasurable experience... In closing, I've also been asked to remind you that our TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER paranormal drag racing serial series will return for tomorrow's blog installment...

 

 


With all the negative emails we've been receiving regarding our NHRA racing predictors Franky & Felicia, we decided to consider the possibility of bringing some new blood aboard to handle the 2017 drag racing prognosticating duties on this page. So many people complain about how Franky & Felicia tend to go on babbling tangents over off-topic subjects, such as the NY Mets, Billy Joel karaoke, bar fights, relatives, food, etc, while not necessarily staying focused on the actual drag racing and diligently predicting the winners. While we haven't made a final decision on who is going to handle the drag racing prognosticating spot for this brand new year, we are engaged in talks with a new couple, who are a lot different in their approach to drag racing than Franky & Felicia... Please allow us to introduce Mike and Barbara. They claim that if they get to do the predictions on this page, they'll base their picks on rock-solid research and reason. Mike and Barb pledge that unlike Franky & Felicia, they'll keep their personal lives out of the conversation, and just stick to talking drag racing. What do YOU think? Are you tired of Franky's & Felicia's brand of New Yorker street talkin' swagger, or do you believe that they're a brash, though refreshing approach to predicting drag races, and they deserve to stay around on this page for another year?? Or would you rather have a more straight to the point couple like Mike & Barbara taking over the reins of Drag Racing Underground's NHRA predictions feature?? What's your take on the situation?? You can use the "Contact Us" link at the top of the page to voice your opinion on this matter. We'll take all your thoughts and opinions into consideration when deciding who will handle the task for the 2017 racing season. Thanks...





People often ask me what are my favorite restaurants and places to eat... And admittedly, I usually don't write much about food related subjects here on this drag racing based blog... However, I thought that today I'd make an exception. I'd like to fill you in about Camillo's Restaurant located at 31 MacArthur Avenue in Sayreville, New Jersey (about 10 miles north of Old Bridge Township Raceway Park). Camillo's specialty is Italian cuisine. It's a family friendly eatery with relatively reasonable pricing. Some of their dishes that I recommend include their Almond-Crusted Boston Scrod, baked in a scampi sauce, served over escarole, roasted butternut squash and zucchini. Camillo's Mediterranean Salad is a healthy heaping of goodness, eating this might help you live a long and healthy life, much like legendary drag racer Chris "The Golden Greek" Karamesines. Other delectable dishes are the Blackened Salmon Over Mixed Green Salad, Eggplant Lasagna, and the Fried Calamari is simply done but spectacular. If pizza is your craving, Camillo's Sicilian styled is the best I've ever sampled in New Jersey. Lunch and dinner are served. Reservations and walk-ins are welcome. They also do take-out and catering. Coffee and alcohol drinks are available on the beverage menu. The place is good for kids and the service is cordial and prompt. I give Camillo's a lot of credit for bouncing back strong after Superstorm Sandy severely soaked Sayreville several years ago. I dine at Camillo's at least once a week. After coming out of long Big Stick recording sessions, it's always a pleasure to enjoy a delicious meal there. I graciously rate Camillo's restaurant at four and a half "Doc Stars"... If you're in the area I do suggest making an effort to give 'em a try... And with the tail-end of the holiday season now winding down, a visit to Camillo's can be a nice treat for Mom, giving her a break from the kitchen, and an opportunity to sit down with the family and appreciate a meal without her having to do all the grueling pots n' pans grunt work...

 

 

Camillo's restaurant in Sayreville, New Jersey is one of my favorite places to dine. I highly recommend it...


CONDOLENCES FOR VICTIMS OF THE FORT LAUDERDALE AIRPORT SHOOTING...

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I don't really have much to say today, other than I'd like to express my deep condolences to all the victims and their families of yesterday's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport shooting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida... It's so sad how Army veteran gunman Esteban Santiago caused such a horrific incident at the popular transportation hub, killing five innocent people and injuring eight. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the many people affected by this tragedy. Let's hope for a future where the mental health of this ailing world can somehow find peace and sanity. We can't continue in this downward spiral of menacing stupidity and such frequent mass murder. The world we're leaving for future generations is one of ghastly, globalized terror, we have to do better than this-- we MUST do better than this... It's time for the people of this planet to stop screwing it all up...