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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...

ON MEMORIAL DAY WE REMEMBER CHARLIE & OTHERS WHO'VE DIED...

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On this Memorial Day 2017, I wish to express my respect and appreciation for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and died. Being that I'm one of drag racing's very few "tell it like it is" journalists, with the courage to speak the truth even when it makes some become, uh, "uncomfortable", I want to stress how we still have some jerks in the drag racing community who show complete disrespect for those who have died or lost their limbs fighting for liberty. We still have feeble fools on the drag racing internet who attack, bully and try to censor others because they "don't agree" (boo hoo) with someone's opinion, simply because of their own weakened spirit and shallow shortcomings. There's no excuse for trying to silence the thoughts and opinions of others, doing that is nothing short of spitting on the graves of all the brave men and women who have died and are buried in Arlington National Cemetery, or who are living in a wheelchair because they've had their legs blown off their body while defending our noble liberties, including our "freedom of speech". People who want to censor others are miserably pathetic creatures and totally Un-American (I don't care how many flags they hypocritically wave in our face-- They're nothin' but blowhard fake, phony frauds)... Don't ever take our nation's liberties or those who have lost their lives fighting for them for granted-- Am I understood??... And as a nation, it's high time for us to FINALLY step up and take care of war veterans who are in need of medical services-- Making veterans wait over a year to see a doctor is just so disturbingly WRONG... If you can't take care of your own, then you have no right sending people to war-- It's time for America to get its priorities straight and treat veterans with respect and provide 'em with decent medical care. Politicians and the people of this nation have a lot of work to do if we really want this country to be what it's supposed to be... I know that there's some folks out in cyberland who just want to read wishy-washy watered-down Memorial Day banter on this day, but that's not what I'm about-- That's just not my style--  I know my readers come to this page regularly for TRUTH, even if it ain't necessarily always pretty, and I know I have an awful lot of Marines and veterans who read this blog ('cause y'all write me all the time), it's especially for YOU that I'm voicing the brutal truth on this Memorial Day...  That said, I want to show this particular poster today, it was on display at the drag strip-- It's a poster created by friends of the late Charlie "Astoria-Chas" Snyder, a fallen Vietnam soldier, local drag racer, and overall great human being...

 

 

 

Memorial Day isn't about barbecues and box store mattress sales... It's REALLY about people like Charlie...

 

 


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

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Being that today is in fact Sunday, we present our regularly scheduled "THE SUNDAY FUNNIES THAT AREN'T NECESSARILY THAT FUNNY AT ALL" feature, to help in eliminating the sic and grotesque epidemic of drag racing internet trolling and bullying...

Today is the return of the "SUNDAY FUNNIES" feature here on the blog, though admittedly, the way in which 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, Marvin's brand of belligerent behavior often has negative consequences for the collective drag racing scene... Marvin aggressively seeks out internet postings by women and young folk who he deems to be 'pesky' (because they don't fit in to his preferred ornery oriented demographic), and tries desperately to pick apart and dissect each and every single word they typed, often claiming the facts are wrong, even if he knows that they are really right-- Anything to create a confrontation laced with lewd language and 'f bombs' is merry sport for Marvin (using 'f bombs' sure makes Marvin feel more 'macho' and more like he's a 'big man')... When dorks like Marvin get behind their computer keyboard, and just type negativity with their fingers, it never results in anything positive for the drag racing community, because we don't need the blowhard brand of 'debby-downer' dingbat dissent that fools like Marvin 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 constantly pollute the drag racing internet with endless oodles of mindless nagging negativity. Let's get smart in 2017. Let's work together to help make the drag racing internet a 'family friendly' place where more people can enjoy it and be enriched and enlightened by it. Let's put an end to Marvin's brand of blowhard bullying...

 

 

Marvin is a mess! The problem of blowhard bullies like him on the drag racing internet needs to be addressed!


IT'S OFFICIAL... MAY IS PROCLAIMED "MIGHTY MOPAR MUSCLE MONTH"!!!...

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It's official... Here at Drag Racing Underground we are officially proclaiming that May is "MIGHTY MOPAR MUSCLE MONTH"!!... For the entire month of May we pay heartfelt tribute and recognize the American muscle car power of the beefy cars that roll off the Chrysler/Plymouth/Dodge automobile manufacturing assembly line. Very often we hear the old expression "Mopar or No Car", and let's face it, there's a good number of folks among the gearhead population who still subscribe to that mopar-loving mantra from days gone by... And as we celebrate May being Mighty Mopar Muscle Month, please be reminded that the 31st annual Mopar Collectors Guide MOPARS @ ETOWN event takes place August 26-27, 2017 at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. This event is a "must see" for those who love the Mopar breed of high performance rides. It's one of my favorite shindigs of the racing season, and I highly recommend it for the whole family. Mark your calendar now for MOPARS @ ETOWN!!... For more detailed information you are cordially invited to visit racewaypark.com

 

 

Have a tendency to possess an appreciation for Mopar muscle? You best plan to attend MOPARS @ ETOWN!!


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 featuring a "Throwback Thursday" moment, with a photo of yours truly, seated behind the mixing board at a New York City recording studio back in the 1980's, while working on an early Big Stick record release prompted a heck of a lot more responses than we ever expected. Asher from Paradise Valley, AZ said, "I'm a longtime Big Stick fan. Thanks for posting a classic photo of one of my favorite rock and roll women cuties!"-- On the other side of the opinion fence Carl from Wylie, TX wrote, "Please stop blogging about music things. In case you haven't noticed, drag racing has absolutely nothing to do with music!"... Wednesday's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Isak from all the way in Filpstad, Sweden said, "I am much like your Sebastian character, because I must spend more time using my practice tree to be a good bracket racer."-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "Fred cracked me up when he told Maria to give Sebastian a slap in the face each time he cuts a bad light with his practice tree!"-- Thanks to all of you Phantom Racer fans who wrote in this week... My blog paying respects to the victims and families of the recent Manchester concert terrorist attack prompted Alexandria from Cheetham Hill, England  to comment, "I appreciate the Doc making the time to recognize the pain we're going through. Her words are healing and needed in this time of sorrow."... My blog congratulating Ron Capps on scoring his fourth Funny Car win in a row at Topeka last weekend resulted in Brad from Dahlonega, GA writing, "Capps is finally having his days of reckoning. Good for him and his excellent NAPA crew!"-- On the other side of the opinion fence, Stanley from Brooklyn, NY wrote, "Matt Hagan should have won Topeka. He's the racer who set both ends of the national record. Not pretty boy Capps!"... Our so-called "SUNDAY FUNNIES THAT AREN'T NECESSARILY THAT FUNNY AT ALL" managed to get Kathy from West Covina, CA in a bit of an angry frenzy, she typed, "Pigs like Marvin think women are a jinx at the drag races because they're insecure jerks!"... My blog promoting the 2017 dates for THE DIGS AT E'TOWN old school & traditional drag racing series, caused Marty from Lakewood, NJ to say, "Kudos to Doc for spreading the word about nostalgia drag racing and THE DIGS. I'm going to try running all three dates this year." ... 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.


HERE'S A "THROWBACK THURSDAY" KIND OF THING...

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I admit to being pretty busy at this moment, readying for the first Big Stick LP music release in ages, therefore, I haven't really had much of a chance to put together a drag racing related blog for today, and, not to mention the fact that my trusty assistant Substitute Stephanie is kind of busy too, preparing to bring another beautiful baby into this world... That said, I decided to put together a "Throwback Thursday" vibe for today's blog installment. I recently came across the below posted candid photograph... It's none other than yours truly back in the early 1980's, working on Big Stick percussion tracking at a New York City recording studio. I'm seated behind the mixing board. I'm smiling and sporting short hair (I used to wear it short back in the old days)... Hope y'all appreciate this recently unearthed "Throwback Thursday" trip through the proverbial time tunnel...

 

 

Here's one for "Throwback Thursday". Yours truly at a recording studio in the early 1980's.


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 of the afterlife... 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 back at their home base. Fred The Wrench and Peter The Parrot finally settled their feud over whether the crew should take a shot at electronics-enhanced drag racing. Peter The Parrot was the one aggressively pushing the idea of installing one of their cars with wired-up, electronic blinking boxes and gadgets, while Fred The Wrench was vehemently dead set against the concept. Peter made his case by making the point that it's high time our gang make an effort to beat the big dollar bracket gambler ghouls from the darkside, who compete with the aid of sophisticated electronics wired in their race cars. Electronic boxes and gizmos are a substantial part of the gambler ghoul racing scene... Fred The Wrench acquiesced  to the idea of running electronics in one of their cars, saying "I guess I don't like to ever miss an opportunity to teach them darkside low-lifes a lesson on the drag strip, and if that means that an old fuddy-duddy like me has to accept a couple of blinking boxes stuffed in the cockpit of one of our cars then so be it!"... 

"I can help wire those gadgets up." proclaims Sebastian, "Back during my mortal life on earth, I was a ham radio hobbyist, and I dabbled a little in electronics."... "Electronics racing can be complicated" says the wise and whimsical Larry Lamb "There's 'dial-ins', 'breakouts', 'handicap starts', 'sandbagging', it's not easy by any stretch of the imagination."... Fred The Wrench blurts "We're going to have to work mighty hard to beat those ghouls who've been bracket racing with electronics for most of their drag racing afterlife!"...  "I'll spend some time with my practice tree and get my reaction times sharper" chimes in Sebastian ...  Maria interjects and asks the question "Shouldn't we get busy selecting the car from our inventory that we'll choose to install electronics in?"...  "Yes, that's exactly what we should be doing now, Maria." replies Larry Lamb...

"I say we pick a car that's already pretty consistent even without electronics." Fred says while making his wrinkly thinkin' face, "We've got our unusually fast six-cylinder, black, red-flamed Ford '32 roadster, the one with the trick Ford incline motor, she's usually fiercely consistent on the strip in all kinds of weather and metaphysical conditions."...  "Hey, Fred!" squawks Peter The Parrot with a slightly confrontational tone, "Ain't gas rear engine dragsters the most consistent cars to use for electronics bracket racing?!?"... "Yeah, yeah, I know, I know, lot's of ghouls run rear engine gas diggers in the gambler bracket classes, but I think our roadster will be able to do the job." replies Fred "And besides, I'd like to run something a little different than what all those ghouls are driving, that way beatin' 'em and teachin' 'em a lesson will be even sweeter."...

Peter The Parrot opens a box that was just delivered from one of the celestial mail order speed shops and squawks "Wow! Look at all these weird delay boxes, throttle stops, christmas tree radar bulb readers, look at all this cool stuff!"... Fred peers into the box "Ah, I still don't thinks they look very cool to me, but, let's go to the shop and try installing some of these gizmos on our '32 Ford."... The whole gang walks through a small heavenly hallway and arrive in the shop... "There it is!" exclaims Maria as she points to the black roadster "I love the fabulous flame job!"... "Me too." adds Larry Lamb... Sebastian and Peter The Parrot pull out all the gizmos from the box and try to decipher what's what...

"I believe I'll go to my office and try to research where the next big gambling ghouls drag racing event is, and try to submit an entry form. I'll tweak the submission so that we appear as a darkside racing team, because you know they won't take kindly to having us compete if they suspect we're upstanding do-gooders working for the Heavenly Drag Racing Association."... "Listen, Sebastian," blurts Fred The Wrench, "I thinks Peter and  I can handle installing this electronics stuff. I suggest you go to your room and get cracking on your practice tree. You're gonna need your reflexes sharp as a knife!"... "I guess you're right about that, Fred." replies Sebastian, as he puts a delay box that he was tinkering with into Fred's grimy hands "I'll go spend my time sharpening my chops with my practice tree."... Sebastian leaves the shop... "And how can I help?" says Maria... "Uh, you can go with Sebastian and yell at him when he cuts a bad light with his practice tree, Maria!" replies Fred The Wrench... "Are you serious?!?" responds Maria... "Darn right!" says Fred The Wrench "And you might wanna give Sebastian a brisk slap to his baby face when he scores a bad light!"... "Why's that?!?" Maria quips... "THAT'S WHAT US OLD TIMERS LIKE TO CALL SHOCK THERAPY!! HA HA!!" jokes Fred The Wrench as he gives Maria a joshing wink of his eye... Maria chuckles "Oh, Fred! Sometimes you're such a corny cornball of a cut-up!!!"...

 

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, it appears that our crew are preparing to go electronics bracket racing. They'll be competing against some of most seasoned ghoulish gambler racers in all the universes. It's not going to be an easy walk in the park.  Fred The Wrench who was originally vehemently opposed to the idea of electronics racing has picked out a '32 black flamed roadster with a trick incline six-cylinder, and is now busy installing it with blinking boxes and wired gearhead gizmos. When our team hits the strip, will they be able to teach the darkside gambler ghouls a lesson?? OR will it be the other way around?!? Will Sebastian get his reaction times sharp enough to compete with the creepy consistent gambling ghouls?!? 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 would like to express my condolences and concern for all the people affected by last evening's suicide bomber attack outside a concert venue in Manchester, England. Unless you've been completely out of the loop for the last several hours, you're probably well aware of the news that a terrorist blew themselves up with a bomb in their backpack at the conclusion of an Ariana Grande concert.  22 people were killed and 59 others wounded. Out of respect, I figured that I'd put the usual drag racing related gab aside today, and show our solidarity for the victims and their families. I've spent a lot of time over the years in England due to my music biz related life, and I can't even imagine the pain that my brothers and sisters in the U.K. must be going through now. I hope England can muster up the strength to get through this atrocity. These are sick and cockeyed times in which we're living.

 

 


Wow, the guy who just a couple of seasons ago could hardly buy a break, and then went on last season to win the 2016 NHRA Funny Car championship, and has now racked up no less than four consecutive wins in a row during this 2017 racing season, is most definitely on a roll!!... Yep, I'm definitely talking about the man known as RON CAPPS!!... It appears that with Capps & company scoring their fourth win in a row this past weekend at the Heartland Nationals in Topeka, Kansas, that they're on a winning streak for the ages. Heck, Capps even beat teammate Matt Hagan in the final round, (yep, the same Matt Hagan who set both ends of the Funny Car national record the day before!!)... One thing I've always admired about Ron Capps, is that he's one of those racers who doesn't spend the whole race weekend locked up in a "climate controlled" trailer, he actually spends a whole lot of time outside the trailer (often in the heat and humidity), graciously interacting with droves of fans, signing autographs, shaking hands, kissing babies, etc, etc-- I really do admire that quality in a racer... So I'd like to express my congratulatory wishes to Ron Capps and his entire NAPA Auto Parts Charger R/T Funny Car team... Congrats also go out to New Jersey native Antron Brown and his crew for their impressive Topeka Top Fuel win, and also to Tanner Gray for reaching the winner's circle in the ultra-competitive Pro Stock category... Congratulations to all the pro and sportsman winners at the NHRA Heartland Nationals...

 

 

Ron Capps wins 4 in a row with this past weekend's Topeka victory. A racer who always makes time for the fans. 


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

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Being that today is in fact Sunday, we present our regularly scheduled "THE SUNDAY FUNNIES THAT AREN'T NECESSARILY THAT FUNNY AT ALL" feature, to help in eliminating the sic and grotesque epidemic of drag racing internet trolling and bullying...

Today is the return of the "SUNDAY FUNNIES" feature here on the blog, though admittedly, the way in which 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, Marvin's brand of belligerent behavior often has negative consequences for the collective drag racing scene... Marvin aggressively seeks out internet postings by women and young folk who he deems to be 'pesky' (because they don't fit in to his preferred ornery oriented demographic), and tries desperately to pick apart and dissect each and every single word they typed, often claiming the facts are wrong, even if he knows that they are really right-- Anything to create a confrontation laced with lewd language and 'f bombs' is merry sport for Marvin (using 'f bombs' sure makes Marvin feel more 'macho' and more like he's a 'big man')... When dorks like Marvin get behind their computer keyboard, and just type negativity with their fingers, it never results in anything positive for the drag racing community, because we don't need the blowhard brand of 'debby-downer' dingbat dissent that fools like Marvin 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 constantly pollute the drag racing internet with endless oodles of mindless nagging negativity. Let's get smart in 2017. Let's work together to help make the drag racing internet a 'family friendly' place where more people can enjoy it and be enriched and enlightened by it. Let's put an end to Marvin's brand of blowhard bullying...

 

 

Marvin is a mess! The problem of blowhard bullies like him on the drag racing internet needs to be addressed!


Today I want to remind those who reside in the northeastern neck of the woods that THE DIGS AT E'TOWN old school & traditional drag racing series returns to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's 1/8th mile strip for another year this 2017 season... The nostalgia oriented series had a banner year last season, with record breaking car counts and spectator attendance, and I look forward to it becoming even more popular for this season. Here's the 2017  "DIGS" dates-- Sunday July 2nd is the SUPER SURFING BLASTOFF, Sunday August 27th is HOT FUN SUNDAY, and Sunday October 29th is the DEAD MAN'S CURVE MONSTER BASH-- please take a brief moment to mark your calendar now with one or more of these dates and make plans to "BE THERE"!!... The gates open for each event at 9am in the morning and the action goes on until around 4pm in the afternoon... Being that it all happens at the 1/8th mile strip, use the airport gate#4 entrance... Free tech card with paid adult admission for all pre-1965 hot rods, customs and U.S. bikes, Detroit muscle cars & street freaks thru 1979. Adult admission is $12, Kids 6-12 $6, Kids 5 years of age and under are FREE... For more details and further information please visit www.racewaypark.com

 

 

This is happy hardcore nostalgia nirvana. It's THE DIGS AT E'TOWN old school & traditional drag racing series...