732-750-0536

Doc's Blog

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...

CONCERN & SWIFT RECOVERY WISHES FOR BRITTANY FORCE...

Posted by: lovely

Tagged in: Untagged 

Just want to acknowledge the fact that our dear friend Brittany Force escaped serious injury after a first round incident of yesterday's NHRA Winternationals' Top Fuel eliminations at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, California. Brittany's Monster Energy dragster went out of control during the pass, made abrupt contact with the concrete guard wall and came to rest past the finish line. She was responsive, speaking with medical personnel, and was transported to a local hospital for evaluation. Brittany suffered no major internal injuries, but does have some bruising of the lungs. A CT Scan was negative and an MRI showed subtle findings, most likely from previous injuries. She was admitted overnight for observation simply as a precaution. Of course I know that I speak for countless drag racing fans when expressing my concern and hope that Brittany has a speedy and successful recovery. She's a tough cookie and a stellar competitor. We look forward to Brittany Force's return to the cockpit...

 

 


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 bigots 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 2018. 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!


FOR 2018 LET'S SHOW MORE SUPPORT FOR OUR LOCAL DRAG SCENE...

Posted by: lovely

Tagged in: Untagged 

With my "home away from home" (Old Bridge Township Raceway Park) drag strip now discontinuing straightline racing operations, I believe it's my duty like never before, to get the word out on the imperative importance of folks to make the concerted effort to go to their local drag strip(s) with far more frequency to provide much needed support. Over the last several seasons or so, car counts and casual spectators were in a somewhat steady decline at Raceway Park, much due to socioeconomic reasons and other variable factors (and constantly complaining neighbors forcing "curfews" and limited "noise days" sure didn't help the situation at all, etc, etc), subsequently, the drag strip business became far less sustainable than it was in the past, and unfortunately resulted in drag racing no longer existing at E'Town... That said, once again, I strongly encourage my readers to please try to show a little more support for your local drag scene in 2018-- Show that you REALLY care about the survival of drag racing by getting out to the drag strip. I also ask that you try exposing your children and grandchildren, or even your coworkers to the accelerating wonder of drag racing, take 'em out to the strip with you sometime, this way, maybe we'll have some more solid security for the sport in the future. Bringing younger generations and potential new fans to the track is a smart way to ensure there's a more possible secure future for drag racing... Below is a groovy photo I shot at E'Town's OLD TIME DRAGS event of the late, great Jim Shores' "Fireball Monza" Funny Car, that's now campaigned in tribute by Jon Wall...

 

 


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, listing the upcoming 2018 NHRA division 1 dates and places (excluding Canada)  for chassis certification resulted in Dennis from Sparta, NJ writing, "Every year when Doc  would post the NHRA certification dates there was always Englishtown's. I'm still shocked that there will never be a certification date there again. Major bummer!"--  Cory from East Hempfield, PA wrote, "Thanks so much for the heads up about chassis certification. I'm bringing the new car out to Maple Grove."...  Wednesday's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Bianka from all the way in Eger, Hungary said, "It is very interesting to me that losing a drag race has become an advantage in the new mission." -- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "I'm still having my doubts that there's going to be a way to divert the comet from colliding with earth."... My blog (which was done in the spirit of political parody) announcing the notion of me releasing a so-called "memo" to expose drag racing's most guarded secrets caused a huge number of responses from readers, especially from readers who DID NOT catch on and realize that it was all done in fun. Amy from Dilley, TX said "Please release the memo to give transparency to drag racing's problems. If anyone can do it, I bet that Doc can!"-- David from Pasadena, CA wrote, "I'm a leg man, and I liked Doc's picture. I couldn't care less about some stupid memo. LOL!"-- On the other side of the opinion fence, an extremely nasty and ignorant Raymond from Beckley, WV said, "Doc best keep her mouth shut or I'll shut it for her! There's no need for some busybody memo about drag racing to ever see the light of day. You got to keep that stupid ***** quiet!"... Our so-called "SUNDAY FUNNIES THAT AREN'T NECESSARILY THAT FUNNY AT ALL" managed to get Christine from Belcher, LA in a bit of an angry frenzy, she typed, "Marvin reminds me a lot of my ex husband. He blew our kids college fund by gambling on many football games like the Super Bowl. He was such a stupid fool of a man to me and my children."... 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.


NHRA DIVISION 1 REGIONAL CHASSIS CERTIFICATION DATES AND LOCATIONS...

Posted by: lovely

Tagged in: Untagged 

In response to what many of you have been requesting of late... Here's a listing of regional Division 1 NHRA chassis certification dates and places for my racing readers... 2/25- Ken Keir Race Cars, Contact 301 855 4988 to reserve your spot. Space is limited. * 3/3 and 3/10-Atco Raceway- Atco, NJ, Contact track for more information * 3/23-25- Mason Dixon Dragway- Contact the track for more information * 3/24-25- Berlin Walmart, 11416 Ocean Gateway, Berlin. MD 21811- Contact Bunky Truitt 410 726 7078 for more information. * 3/24- Virginia Motorsports Park- Petersburg, VA- Contact the track for more information 804 862 3174. Space is limited * 3/31- Island Dragway- Great Meadows, NJ -Contact the track for more information * 4/6-7- Cecil County Dragway- Rising Sun, MD- Contact the track for more information. * 4/7-8- New England Dragway- Epping, NH by appointment only, Call 603 679 8001 for more information * 4/7- Maple Grove Raceway- Mohnton, PA- Contact the track for more information * 4/14- Numedia Dragway- Numedia, PA- Contact the track for more information * 4/14- Lebanon Dragway- West Lebanon, NY- By appointment only contact track for details * 5/12- South Mountain Raceway- Boiling Springs, PA Contact track for information... I strongly recommend (make that DEMAND) that you contact the track/venue you plan on getting your certification at in advance, in order to solidly confirm a spot and all the necessary logistics of the process... For Canadian dates I ask that you please make contact with the NHRA Division One office... Thanks and very best of luck to all with your NHRA chassis certification...

 

 


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 are engaged in their first mission of the New Year. The superiors of the Heavenly Drag Racing Association gave our crew an incredibly challenging assignment, teleporting them to a comet being directed through space by fiends from the Darkside Drag Racing Association. It's a corrupted comet being navigated to eventually collide with planet earth and cause cataclysmic destruction. Our gang are currently competing in a front-engined Top Fuel matchrace being held at the cold, creepy and dastardly deranged drag strip facility, located smack in the middle of the volatile comet. And when the race is completed, they're then to initiate a plan to overcome the demented 'snow creature' darkside drag racing inhabitants, and THEN, somehow redirect the comet's projection so that it DOESN'T hit and destroy the earth! It's a time-traveling, circa 1960 drag racing scene, in a twisted time-warped extraterrestrial environment of maniacal mayhem. Maria has a theory that they can possibly and eventually get the comet to change its fatal course by using an ancient Mesopotamian chant to implement a form of metaphysical telekinesis generated planetary projection diversion...

The ghastly snow creatures who populate this comet and its drag strip are hideous low-lifes with no sense of morals or ethics. Comets are fundamentally icy combinations of rock, dust and space debris, hence the wicked snow creatures abound. Our team's running their blown, trick, lightweight, 108-inch wheelbase digger.  Event director, Rosco, paired our team against 'Freaky Frostbite' and his 'Below-Zero Boys' crew. Sebastian aka The Phantom Racer and Freaky Frostbite in his icy white digger fire-up and do their burnouts. Both dragsters get marginal traction while smoking the tires. The somewhat icy drag strip is tricky at best. Maria runs out to the track to perform her back-up girl duties, wearing a parka jacket and hot pants... "My legs are cold." Maria says to herself as she shivers and directs Sebastian into the groove... 'Frigid Fug' of Freaky Frostbite's 'Below Zero Boys' gang is handling back-up duties for Freaky in the opposing lane, and he crassly yells over to Maria, "Hey Baby, it's a shame we're all gonna expire soon when this comet collides with Earth, 'cause I sure would like to get to know you better, babycakes!!"... Maria glances over at Frigid Fug with a sneer of disdain, while getting Sebastian staged in the beams. Freaky Frostbite plays a dirty waiting game, then Rosco waves him to stage. A  rickety christmas tree commences countdown and flashes GREEN!! Both dragsters raise the front tires high up off of the starting line and desperately try getting some kind of bite on a very slippery surface... WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAP audibly echoes the dragsters through the dimensions of dark deep space!!!!!!...

It's a tough race!!! Is it possible that Fred The Wrench's tune up ain't cuttin' the muster in these chilled racing conditions?!? At the half track mark, Freaky Frostbite has a few feet of lead on Sebastian aka The Phantom Racer!! The rundown grandstands are filled to capacity with sinister snow creatures, cryptically cheering on Freaky Frostbite with fiendish, frothing-at-the-mouth enthusiasm!! This is a DRAG RACE that's NOT going so well for our do-gooders!! It's the first race of the New Year and it's a nail-biting, nerve wrecking, gosh, darn doozy of a drag strip battle!! Freaky Frostbite holds on to his lead and crosses the finish line first!!... "OH NO!" shouts Fred The Wrench while watching from his vantage point on the starting line "WE LOST! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! WE HAVEN'T LOST A ROUND OF RACING IN AGES!!!"... "Darn! Our very first race of the New Year and we're gettin' put on the trailer!" squawks a down n' out sounding Peter The Parrot... Frigid Fug and the rest of Freaky Frostbite's 'Below Zero Boys' are jumping up and down in gloating celebratory jubilation!... "We're gonna get our load on now!" gurgles Frigid Fug to his teammates "Iced shots and freezy beer floats for everyone!!"... "Listen up!" interjects event director Rosco, "I know it's a tradition for all of us to party hearty after a big win, but remember, we're going to be plowing this comet into planet Earth soon, so y'all better party and get drunk fast, 'cause we're all gonna be history once this comet hits and destroys Earth!"... "Hmmm" discreetly murmurs leader Larry Lamb to Fred, Peter and Maria, "You know, our losing this race may actually be a colossal-sized blessing in disguise, because if all these hideous snow creatures are now commencing to drink themselves cockeyed silly, that should make our task of overpowering them in order to divert the direction of this potentially cataclysmic comet a heck of a lot easier, I do say, dear chums."... "Right on, boss" replies Maria "You've got a good point with that strategic slant of the situation."...

Our do-gooder crew and Freaky Frostbite's 'Below Zero Boys' hop in golf carts with chains on the little tires and zoom down the strip to meet the drivers. Upon arriving in the shut off area, Frigid Fug and the 'Below Zero Boys' embrace Freaky Frostbite and waste no time in breaking out boxes and boxes of booze. All the spectators and track workers also start rapidly consuming outrageous amounts of alcohol and are immediately becoming extremely inebriated.... Sebastian aka The Phantom Racer pulls himself out of his cockpit, hangs his head in disappointment and says "I just don't get it. I cut a good light, I drove to the best of my ability, but I guess since Freaky Frostbite and his team have so much more experience in these chilled racing conditions, they were able to get the best of us."... Larry Lamb whispers to Sebastian, "I realize that you're upset about losing the race, but, as I told the rest of our team back at the starting line, your losing is most likely what's going to facilitate us being able to overcome these cold-hearted, darkside creeps, and get this comet redirected to a course that won't have it fatally colliding with planet earth."... "Yeah," adds Maria, "With all of these snowy goons getting stone cold drunk, they should be much easier to overtake and put into a state of submission."... "Aha," concurs Sebastian, "I get it. I understand what you two are saying to me-- Sure, we just lost the battle on the strip, BUT, with all these snow creatures celebrating their win, and getting their load on, we now have far more of an advantage at winning the war."... Loud music starts blaring over the P.A. system. Snow creatures are chugging iced shots and their freezy beer floats at a manic pace. They're dancing and carrying on likes there's no tomorrow-- Well, actually, with all of them gruesomely anticipating that the comet their occupying is going to collide with Earth, they have every reason to indeed think there is NO TOMORROW for their own sinister afterlife species!!!... IT'S HIGH TIME FOR OUR HEAVENLY DO-GOODERS TO GET BUSY AND MAKE A MOVE TO TAKE ON THESE SNOW-SATURATED DRUNKS, AND THEN REDIRECT THE PATH OF THIS RUNAWAY COMET TO INSURE THAT THERE IS A TOMORROW FOR THE INNOCENT INHABITANTS OF PLANET EARTH!!!...

 

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...  In the grand scheme of this ongoing saga, it's somewhat surprising, that the pairing of Sebastian aka The Phantom Racer against Freaky Frostbite and his 'Below Zero Boys' resulted in an ultra-rare loss for our do-gooder team! HOWEVER, our crew's defeat has possibly turned out to be what leader Larry Lamb has called a "blessing in disguise."  The fact that Frosty Frostbite, his 'Below Zero Boys' and ALL the snow creatures, are now celebrating their victory with raucous, reckless, massive consumption of alcohol, may very well make the objective of overpowering them and preventing the sinister snow creatures from hurling this comet into planet Earth an easier task!!!!  CAN OUR CREW OVERTAKE THE SNOW GOONS AND GAIN CONTROL OF THE COMET'S NAVIGATION, AND SUBSEQUENTLY DIVERT IT FROM PLANET EARTH'S PATH AND DOOM?!?! WE'RE DEFINITELY ALL WAITING WITH BATED BREATH TO SEE HOW THIS PLAYS OUT!!!! 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 2018 DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND.


Just to be clear, yesterday's (Monday's) blog installment, stating that Doc would possibly begin implementing the necessary steps to release a so-called, all-telling "memo", exposing "eye-opening" details regarding the drag racing world, was indeed only a parody and spoof of the current ridiculous political buffoonery in the news. It was not a serious proposition. Today we're making sure this point is clear to our readers, much due to the fact that we've received an unprecedented number of emails, somehow, directly or indirectly, blaming Doc's Monday blog for the 1175-point plunge in yesterday's stock market. We really can't quite comprehend how some readers could even remotely believe that a blog by Doc could result in the Dow's worst one-day point decline in history, but, we assure you, that yesterday's comical intended blog installment absolutely had no affect whatsoever on the drastic drop of financial markets (we find the thought and speculation otherwise to be nothing short of absurd). Once again, for the sake of complete clarity, all the talk yesterday of Doc's so-called controversial "memo" release was simply a spoof done in the spirit of good fun to parody the current buffoonery of our nation's ultra cockeyed political climate and nothing more. We apologize to one and all who may have taken the blog completely seriously and were subsequently shaken up by it... Stay tuned tomorrow (Wednesday) for our continuing TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER paranormal drag racing fictional feature...

 

 

Be advised Doc's blog yesterday, hinting of an all-telling drag racing related 'memo' was intended as a parody.


There's an awful lot of controversy swirling about lately among those of us in the drag racing press and general community. Should Drag Racing Underground start implementing the necessary motions to eventually release Doc's so-called "memo", an alleged document that covers and exposes various stages of what's rumored to be "eye-opening" actions performed among individuals of the mainstream drag racing world? Below we've posted a revealing and  formerly "secret" photo image of Doc, seated in the Raceway Park grandstands, drafting the initial "talking points" of "the memo" under the cover of darkness (yes, it was nighttime final rounds). There are those who believe "the memo" will blow the roof off of the drag racing world, or at least blow the doors off it-- time will tell-- Stay tuned to this, and only this blog page for further earthshaking developments...

 

 

Doc drafting the initial 'talking points' of 'the memo' under the cover of darkness in the E'Town grandstands.


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 2018. 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!


Look, I know that tomorrow is "Super Bowl Sunday", and much of America's mainstream population, admittedly including yours truly, will most likely be watching the Philadelphia Eagles taking on the New England Patriots in the inhumane, freezing-cold-climate of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minneapolis does hold a special place in my heart though, because one of Big Stick's (my music thing's) most memorable concert gigs happened at the late Prince's "First Avenue" nightclub in that eclectic city. So I do understand some of the romance of Minneapolis. Professional Football has had a rough and bumpy season. Politics have somewhat muddied the game. We have a President who trashes the NFL because he naively insists that "the players don't hit as hard as they used to" or so he says, when the actual truth is that pro football remains a very dangerous sport, where serious concussions, brain injuries and life debilitated harm occurs multiple times each and every single game-- it's even harder than it looks on TV. Like I said, it's been a rough season for football. But it's also been a rough period for drag racing too. I'm sure you're probably aware that my local strip, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, recently announced that they're taking drag racing off their motorsport menu, much due to years of socioeconomic related gremlins haunting and taunting their business operation... Oh well, not sure where I'm going with this, or where this subject is taking my wondering psyche at the moment, so I'll just bite my tongue and wrap this all up by saying, that compared to football, most of mainstream America considers drag racing to be somewhat of an "alternative" or slightly "oddball" form of sport. Professional football and the other "stick n' ball" sports get a heck of a lot more attention and respect than we ever will, but so what, we know that this straightline racing stuff is fun and a cool way to spend our leisure time, so that's good enough for me, I guess-- AND--  when your local drag strip opens for the 2018 season, PLEASE get up off your butt, and out from behind your silly computer device, and go show your support (with your mind and body) for your local drag racing scene... Oh, and just a couple other additional thoughts-- I pick Philly to win by three points, even though I realize that the Patriots' Tom Brady is some sort of superhuman life form who is far more mentally and physically superior than any and all of us mere mortals... Now I'm off to research what kind of unconventional potato chip dip I'm going to whip up for tomorrow's gridiron battle royale...