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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...

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THE PHANTOM RACER...Step out of the narrow-minded mist that encircles those who wear their stagnate skepticism like an outdated peach-colored leisure suit, and allow yourself the freedom to follow the adventures of drag racing's infinite and most indestructible spirit of the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 finally home at their racing compound/headquarters, after being assigned by the Heavenly Drag Racing Association on yet another mission of mayhem. Our group are assembled at the kitchen table. They always have a meeting after returning home from their assignments. It's a time to reflect and review strategies. Leader Larry Lamb, Sebastian and Maria are sipping cups of Maria's special celestial blend tea concoction, while Fred The French chugs his usual tall cup of black coffee. Larry Lamb dips a Lorna Doone shortbread cookie (his favorite cookie treat) in his tea, exhales a bit, and speaks in firm tone to his subordinates "We're extremely lucky that I was able to get us out of that darkside sand dragster, beatnik beach party imprisonment. If we don't start working smarter, next time we might not be so lucky. We must all remember, that no matter how determined we are to gather valuable opposition intelligence on the darkside ghouls of the drag racing afterlife, we still have to know our limits, and how far we should go in our pursuit, and most importantly, know when it's time to be content with what we've achieved, and then discreetly split the scene -- before it's too late to safely do so, and we then find ourselves in a difficult bind like we just did with those brash beatniks!"...

Larry Lamb continues laying down the law to his crew "I also want you all to work on improving your tactical supernatural skills. I'm talking about your skills of telepathy, clairvoyance, alchemy manipulation and psychic telekinesis -- they are skills all worth practicing and sharpening up on --  those are the skills that need to be cleverly combined with our basic drag racing skills, to insure that we're prepared for ANYTHING the darkside of the drag racing afterlife throw our way. As the Heavenly Drag Racing Association continues to assign us tougher and more challenging assignments, you're all going to need to be far tighter on your game. This noble duty of ours is not going to be get any easier, the level of difficulty is most likely going to dramatically increase as we find that the Halloween season is almost upon us. And one more thing, before we all kick back and get into a more relaxing mode," adds Larry "I do want to congratulate Maria on being a winner in her very first bout of on-track drag racing competition!"... 

"I'm very proud of Maria." says Fred The Wrench "I know that when Maria first brought up the idea of her doing any driving, er, I took kind of a bigoted attitude towards the idea. 'Cause where I come from, back in the old school generation, we didn't think it's a woman's place to be in the cockpit of a race car. But now, now I get it, and I see how that was so wrong for me to act dat way -- Uh, Maria showed me that she's got darn good driving chops."... Maria gets emotional after Fred's words, with a tear of weird happiness rolling down her cheek "You know, I can't tell you how much that means to me, to hear you say that, Fred. We sure had our spats in the past over the issues of women driving a race car, but now I see that you've really grown emotionally as a man"... Fred The Wrench blurts "We've come a long way as a drag racing team, as friends and as some kind of supernatural surrogate family unit."... "Oh, Fred." sighs Maria, "You're making me cry more tears of emotional joy."... "Oh brother!!" squawks Peter The Parrot "This is sure gettin' sappy!!"... Everyone laughs and rises up from their seats for a group hug... It seems like all is well and our gang are on their way to bonding even tighter as a team...

"Well, I'm gonna change out of this beatnik bikini, wash up and make some notes in my diary." says Maria as she breaks free of the crew's long group hug and starts walking to her quarters... "I gots to check to see what sort of mail we got while we was gone," squawks Peter The Parrot, "I know Fred is waiting for some old HOT ROD magazines from one of his drag racing afterlife memorabilia collectors clubs."... "Yeah," concurs Fred, "I just love reading the old magazines from my younger years, from back long ago, when I was a living mortal mechanic man on planet earth.".... "I'm going to spend a little time working with my practice tree," says Sebastian, "I've got to keep my reaction time skills sharp. After Maria's big driving debut, I've got to work even harder to keep my driving job! HA!"... "Oh, I assure you that your driving job is secure, Sebastian," replies Larry Lamb, "Even though Maria proved that she's certainly no slouch in the cockpit, you're still our first string driving talent, chum.".... "I HEARD THAT!" shouts Maria jokingly from her quarters in an adjoining room of the compound, "These virtual metaphysical walls are definitely acoustically challenged!"... Everyone gets a giggle out of Maria's wisecracking... Then all of a sudden Maria screams out loud "AAAAARRRRH!!! THERE'S SOMETHING FROM THE DARKSIDE UNDER MY BED!!!! IT'S WEARING A FIRE SUIT AND RESPIRATOR MASK--- B-B-BUT IT'S A GRUESOME LIFE FORM, OR, OR AN AFTERLIFE FORM, THAT I-I-I'VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE!!!!!".... All the guys hear Maria's cry for help and a hideous gurgling sound obviously coming from the unwelcome intruder! They drop what they're doing and proceed to make a mad dash to Maria's quarters.... "OH NO!!!!!" exclaims Larry Lamb when seeing the beast "SOMEONE RUN AND GET ME MY STRONGEST DEFENSIVE FAIRY DUST -- RIGHT NOW!!!!"

 

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...  Just when everything seemed relatively fine and dandy. And everyone appeared relaxed and at ease with each other, Maria goes to her quarters in order to change out of her beatnik bikini and make some diary notes, only to find a ghastly creature of the drag racing afterlife hiding under her bed!!!! The gurgling beast is wearing a drag racing fire suit and respirator mask!!!! When Larry Lamb and the guys arrive on the scene, Larry calls urgently for someone to fetch his most powerful defensive fairy dust-- WILL THE FAIRY DUST  PRODUCE ENOUGH DEFENSIVE POWER TO RID THE PREMISES OF THE BEAST?!?!... 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.


Here at Drag Racing Underground, we're officially proclaiming that September is Sportsman Racing Appreciation Month... That's right, anyone who really knows their drag racing, are well aware that it's the Sportsman Racers who serve as the so-called "backbone of the sport". There are more than 200 different classes of vehicles featured in NHRA competition, and the mass majority of 'em are Sportsman classes. There's a whole lot of Sportsman classes to discover, including Stock, Super Stock, Super Street, Comp, Super Comp, Alcohol Diggers n' Floppers, and Top Sportsman among several others... Besides Sportsman Racing being a big part of national events, it's also makes up the thick of the sanctioning body's divisional racing series. Next time you go to the drags, take a walk through the pits and peruse all the many Sportsman Racing teams, appreciate all the effort they put into their strong competitive spirit -- It's a part of the drag racing world that often gets overlooked by many who don't take the time to explore it, however, Sportsman Racing is a facet of the drag racing world that's certainly worthy of all our appreciation.

 

 

Drag Racing Underground is officially proclaiming that September is "Sportsman Racing Appreciation Month".


I figured that today would be appropriate to congratulate the winners of this past weekend's NHRA Carolina Nationals that happened at zMAX Dragway in North Carolina... First of all, there's Doug Kalitta, who clinched his first Top Fuel victory of the 2017 season. He was the No#1 qualifier in his Mac Tools dragster. Kalitta defeated his tough teammate Richie Crampton in the final round. This marked the 43rd career win for Doug and has him in the top points slot... Robert Hight nabbed his third Funny Car win of the season, beating teammate Courtney Force in the final (I'm sure DRU's controversial NHRA winner predictor Franky of "Franky & Felicia" fame must have mixed feelings about that). This proved to be points leader Hight's 40th career victory.... Rookie T. Gray took home the Pro Stock "Wally" trophy. The No#1 qualifier in his Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro beat four time world champion Greg Anderson in the final pairing... In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park alumnus Eddie Krawiec scored his second NHRA win in a row (last time it was the prestigious Indy U.S. Nationals). Eddie Krawiec, just like all the other Carolina Nationals event winners, started NHRA's Countdown to the Championship in fine form. Riding aboard his Screamin Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley Davidson, Eddie defeated teammate Andrew Hines in the final and took the points lead, while capturing the 40th (wow!) win of his impressive two-wheeling drag racing career... Next on the grueling NHRA event tour is the Dodge NHRA Nationals (September 21-24) at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, PA...

 

 

Congrats to E'Town Raceway alumnus Eddie Krawiec on his Carolina Nationals Pro Stock Motorcycle victory.

photo by yours truly


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 we have our trusty Stephanie substituting for The Doc. At this time Doc is either occupied with her Big Stick music related work, and/or her fine-art sculpture related responsibilities (as she will be increasingly frequently over the period of the next several months or so)... 

We believe that Doc will hopefully be back on the clock for Monday's edition of this popular blog installment... Of course on Sunday (tomorrow), we'll be running our regularly scheduled, critically acclaimed, anti-cyberbullying feature we like to call  "THE SUNDAY FUNNIES THAT AREN'T NECESSARILY THAT FUNNY AT ALL"...  Please enjoy my selection for today's Snapshot of the Day... This installment features a candid photograph that Doc shot of Drag Racing Underground's most absent and reluctant member of late (at least for the last 10 years or so), John Gill, looking for a spot in the Big Stick studio to hang a NY TIMES piece from a couple Sundays ago. It's a photo essay feature from the TIMES' Metropolitan section, that warranted the glass and frame wall treatment. It's a photo album featuring colorful Todd Midler images and insightful John Leland text. The title is 'On Any Given Wednesday', referring to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's Wednesday night drag racing scene. John Gill and most of us here at Drag Racing Underground have been part of this scene off and on for many moons. It's the weekly 'time trials' program, where a wide variety of everyday people race and participate (even I tried it once and had the time of my life using my older brother's '93 Civic LOL). John Gill is quoted in this photo journalism gem, and he helped out a bit with it, by offering his thoughts to writer John Leland on the Wednesday nights at Raceway Park.  Already hanging behind Gill are two posters -- one from his fave 'punk' band from Portland, and the other, a Famous Monsters of Filmland classic magazine cover. We're pretty certain that John Gill might not be too happy about us posting this photo on our blog page, but Doc said to do it (so I'm in the clear LOL).

 

 

Substitute Stephanie's Snapshot of the Day features DRU's most absent & reluctant member John Gill.

 


 

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 Franky's & Felicia's winner picks for this weekend's NHRA Carolina Nationals resulted in lots of emails of many varied opinions. Steven from Tryburg, ME wrote, "I'm glad Drag Racing Underground decided to give Franky & Felicia another chance. Their picks are the best comic relief on the entire interweb! LOL" -- Randy from Ashland, VA said, "I think Franky is a fan boy, the way he always picks the Force sisters to win, but I still like him."-- On the far other side of the opinion fence, Andrew from Valinda, CA scribes "Franky's stories of his childhood delinquency are even stupider than when he talks about the Mets and Billy Joel!" --  Tyler from Long Grove, ILL said, "Please tell Franky that I was at Wrigley Field and enjoyed every minute of watching our Cubs pound his losing Mets 17-5!"... Wednesday's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Natsuko from all the way in Obu, Japan said, "I hope that Maria is granted another opportunity to drive a dragster."-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "I agree with Peter The Parrot. That last episode sure did get awful sappy at the end!"... Substitute Stephanie's Snapshot of the Day featuring a pit photo of bracket racing icon "Big Bucks" Bob Mullaney prompted Johnny from Dover, NJ to write, "Bob Mullaney is one of the friendliest racers at Englishtown, but I never like to see him pull up in the other lane!"... My blog titled '9/11 SIXTEEN YEARS LATER -- ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER' resulted in countless responses. Isabel from Bronx, NY wrote, "Please pass on the message to Doc that her 9/11 article touched the hearts of everyone in my family. We experienced a loss that day that changed our lives forever."-- Mickey from Stamford, CT said, "Doc's insight on America and the ongoing aftermath of 9/11 is right on. I know she's right because I'm a U.S. Marine."... Our so-called "SUNDAY FUNNIES THAT AREN'T NECESSARILY THAT FUNNY AT ALL" managed to get Angela from Warren, OH in a bit of an angry frenzy, she typed, "Marvin deserves a lengthy  incarceration to think about his stupidity and sins against humanity!"... My blog offering thoughts and prayers for our friends in Florida and the islands in Hurricane Irma's path generated a whole heap of emails. Kaylee from Naples, FL said, "I knew we could depend on Doc to lift our spirits!" -- Denise from Anse Marcel, St. Martin chimed in, "God bless Doc for praying for all us victims of Hurricane Irma."...  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.


FRANKY & FELICIA PICK THE NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS WINNERS...

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Please meet Drag Racing Underground's NHRA race-winner-predicting-duo from Queens, New York. We'd like to introduce Franky & Felicia. They're a couple of sweethearts who have a love for drag racing, and have asked that we give them a shot at making race predictions. They persistently insisted to us that they have what it takes to get the job done. We're continuing to bring them to you now for their third season!! They definitely were not without controversy during their first two seasons!!... Feel free to send us your opinion of them by using the "Contact Us" link at the top of this page... For those of you missing Mike & Barbara, we regret to report that they've been cancelled... Without further ado, we proudly present to you Franky & Felicia and their NHRA predictions...


Franky: Yo! Me and my hot little lady are stoked 'bout giving youse our picks for this weekend's NHRA Carolina Nationals at ZMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina. I know that some folks say the race is in Charlotte, so dat it sounds like a bigger NASCAR kind of deal, but I thinks it really happens in Concord. Ya know, North Carolina is one of my favorite states outside of New Yawk. When I was a kid, my whole family made the long drive from New Yawk to visit my crazy cousins who just happen to live in Concord. I remember we went to some humongous shopping center in Concord called 'Concord Mills' or something like that, and they had a big go-cart track. I caused a nasty pile-up accident at the track, 'cause as I was driving, another kid, who was making snide remarks about a NY Mets t-shirt I was wearing, 'caused me to get angry, and lose my concentration and crack up my go-cart. That's part of a longer story that I ain't necessarily sure I wanna tell.  Anyways, pull up a chair and read what me and Felicia got to say to youse 'bout the Carolina Nationals!

Felicia: Right on, Franky, you gorgeous hunk of a man! I thoughts you sez you wasn't gonna talk about anything related to the New Yawk Mets? You promised that you wasn't going to talk about The Mets as much this season, like ya did last season! Drag Racing Underground will be gettin' lots of emails again from all the people complaining about you talkin' 'bout the Mets on this DRAG RACING web page! And you need to stop steaming about the METS just losing to the Cubs 17-5! They'll get better next year. My Top Fuel pick for the Carolina Nationals is Leah Pritchett. She won a few weeks ago at Brainerd. She made it all the way to the semi-finals at Indy. So she's no slouch. And like I've said many times before, she's got da best darn eyebrows of any of the other dames in the dragster class. I wish I could get my eyebrows to look like hers-- I really do wish dat quite frequently. Watch Leah Pritchett and her Papa John's Pizza powered digger set this weekend on fire at ZMAX!

Franky: No way is Leah Pritchett gonna win at Carolina.  And I don't mean any offense to all the Leah Pritchett fans out there in cyberland, but give me a friggin' break. I know you think she's a shoo-in 'cause she won Brainerd and got multiple wins this year and all that, but I ain't seein' dat happen, dollface. I'm going with Brittany Force and her Monster Energy dragster. I was jumping up and down when she finally won her first event of the year back at Epping, New Hampshire. And she blew the timing equipment up recording a unbelievable 332.75 mph pass at Brainerd. She lost by just a hair at Indy to Shawn Langdon in the 1st round -- DARN that got me steamed!  I know that everyone is gonna send me wisecracking emails for picking Brittany again. So many clowns like calling me a "fanboy" for persistently  picking the highly funded Force girls, but who cares? I'm really feeling that Brittany and her crack crew are gonna dispense some serious whoop ass on the tough NHRA Carolina Nationals field!

Felicia: That sounds corny, Franky. It don't sound like you, using that old tired 'whoop ass' expression?? I thinks maybe you're being coached what to say again by that cockeyed blowhard cousin Enzo of yours from Jersey?!?... I thinks your desire to pick Brittany Force is a form of blinded prognostication. My pick for Funny Car at ZMAX is Alexis DeJoria. Her Patron Toyota Camry seems to have its combo gettin' dialed in pretty sweet lately, especially since she won her first race of the season at Brainerd.  That stunk when she got beat by "Flappin' Gums" Capps at Indy in the first round pairing. I like her a lot 'cause she aint's afraid to speak her mind just like a real Queens, New Yawk gal like me. She's a cool cookie! I gots that feeling in my belly that Alexis and her Kalitta teammates are gonna get the job done, unless of course, that feeling in my belly is from last night's funky onion dip at our Billy Joel Queens NY chapter fan club party??

Franky: Fugget about Alexis DeJoria she's not the racer I see making headlines this weekend. I respect the gal, BUT this Carolina deal ain't gonna be her race by any stretch of your overactive imagination, my fragrant Felicia. My crystal ball is showing me images of Courtney Force in the ZMAX Funny Car winner's circle. She's a skilled broad who always qualifies strong . I'm upset by her lukewarm performance at Indy, gettin' put on the trailer by Cruz Pedregon in early rounds, but that was just a fluke. I know that Courtney's got ants in her firepants to score a victory this weekend! Sure, I'll get called a "fanboy" 'cause of me pickin' a celeb like Courtney, but I don't care. I gots thick skin just like my hero Billy Joel. I'm  predicting Courtney's bark to be just as vicious as her bite and that she'll be making some Funny Car history this weekend!

Felicia: Ya know, I hates to say dis, Franky, but I just don't thinks Courtney is going to be all that for this coming Carolina event. Sorry 'bout dat, even though I admire her for handling a nitro car wit da best of 'em, I don't see her winning at ZMAX. And I thinks you got that whole bite and bark thing backwards... Ya know, I get a lot of flack from many of you readers about me always talkin' 'bout myself, likes I ain't supposed to talk about myself?!? Geeeez, what kinda fun can a gal have if she ain't talkin' 'bout herself?!? Many of you smarty pants complain about me to management, 'cause you thinks I'm nothin' but a crazy bird from Queens. Whatever... For this weekend's race, I'm making me a Pro Stock pick that I've repeatedly made a few times already this season, though unlike Franky, at least I ain't been makin' the same Pro Stock pick of picking, uh, Erica Enders, for the last two years, jeeez!! I gots an itch on my shoulder to pick 2nd generation sensation Vincent Nobile for Pro Stock. I like guys from Dix Hills, New Yawk. I know that he certainly wasn't on his game at Indy, I get that, however, he'll be flooring the field in Carolina. I know that Nobile and his Mountainview Tire Camaro team are gonna win this time. I believe Nobile and crew are gonna turn on the heavy, honeybuns!

Franky: I don't agree, sweetcakes. I thinks you're delusional with that Pro Stock pick. I realize that Vincent Nobile is one tough doorslammin' guy, and I like the fact that he's sorta from our neck of the woods, but I'm just not feelin' him as hitting a winning note at ZMAX. And I sure don't appreciate you crackin' wise about my longtime admiration for Erica Enders, Felicia! Once again, you can bet that 'm stickin' to my guns, staying loyal, and betting all my jollyrocks on Erica Enders. I'm still psyched about Erica's earlier season win at Epping. She proved that ya gotta believe! I still believe that she's developing her old winning swagger back at the wheel of her Chevy Camaro.  Her reaction times are still fierce. She got a great holeshot on Chris McGaha at Indy that she just couldn't hold on to, but I know she's going to bring down the house this weekend at ZMAX!  And yeah, I can see all the hate mail coming my way now. All the haters who call me a "fanboy" because I still root for Erica, they gets me madder than Billy Joel driving his car through a Long Island pizzeria's window!! Erica Enders is a serious racer when she's out on the track, she sort of reminds me of how you get, Felicia, when you're playing Qwirkle with those wise-cracking little kids down at the Queens Borough Youth Recreation Center. You get that really intense game face of yours going on just like Erica does when she's driving.

Felicia: I hopes we did good, honey.

Franky: We picked 'em babe. 'Cause we're a couple of classy winners who know how to pick da winners.

 

 



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 finally home at their racing compound/headquarters, after being assigned by the Heavenly Drag Racing Association yet another mission of mayhem. Our group are assembled at the kitchen table. They always have a meeting after returning home from their assignments. It's a time to reflect and review strategies. Leader Larry Lamb, Sebastian and Maria are sipping cups of Maria's special celestial blend tea concoction, while Fred The French chugs his usual tall cup of black coffee. Larry Lamb dips a Lorna Doone shortbread cookie (his favorite cookie treat) in his tea, exhales a bit, and speaks in firm tone to his subordinates "We're extremely lucky that I was able to get us out of that darkside sand dragster, beatnik beach party imprisonment. If we don't start working smarter, next time we might not be so lucky. We must all remember, that no matter how determined we are to gather valuable opposition intelligence on the darkside ghouls of the drag racing afterlife, we still have to know our limits, and how far we should go in our pursuit, and most importantly, know when it's time to be content with what we've achieved, and then discreetly split the scene -- before it's too late to safely do so, and we then find ourselves in a difficult bind like we just did with those brash beatniks!"...

"I hear what you're sayin', boss." mumbles Fred The Wrench, as he puts his head down with a slight show of shame... "I hear ya too, boss." squawks Peter The Parrot "We pushed that mission just a little too far."... "I guess we got kind of greedy in our pursuit of additional opposition intelligence," adds Maria "I thought I was doing a good job of masquerading as a low life beatnik bikini chick."... "Oh, you certainly were," replies Larry "It was all us guys who blew our cover and the mission, by not drooling like dogs at the dancing girls like the beatnik guys were. Not you, Maria. You deserve credit for playing your role flawlessly."... "Yes," chimes in Sebastian, "All of us guys, including myself, should have done a much better job of playing the role of depraved degenerates. We let our own personal levels of upstanding morality get in the way of successfully extending the duration of our mission. We should have gotten out of there much sooner. After all, we already gathered tons of opposition intelligence before it all then went dangerously sour for us."...

Larry Lamb continues laying down the law to his attentive crew "I also want you all to work on improving your tactical supernatural skills. I'm talking about your skills of telepathy, clairvoyance, alchemy manipulation and psychic telekinesis -- they are skills all worth practicing and sharpening up on --  those are the skills that need to be cleverly combined with our basic drag racing skills, to insure that we're prepared for ANYTHING the darkside of the drag racing afterlife throw our way. As the Heavenly Drag Racing Association continues to assign us tougher and more challenging assignments, you're all going to need to be far tighter on your game. This noble duty of ours is not going to be get any easier, the level of difficulty is most likely going to dramatically increase as we find that the Halloween season is almost upon us. Halloween always brings out the true evil of our darkside opponents. You all need to improve your metaphysical skills-- This is not a casual suggestion, this is an order you all need to seriously heed if we're to continue on a successful path of implementing our heavenly drag racing duties and responsibilities!"...

"Oh, and one more thing I want to say, before we all kick back and get into a more relaxing mode," adds Larry Lamb "I do want to congratulate Maria on being a winner in her very first bout of on-track drag racing competition!"... "Yeah," interjects Peter The Parrot "Maria sure showed that 'Dastardly Darla' broad to the trailer after beating her on the sand strip!"... "I'm very proud of Maria." says Fred The Wrench "I know that when Maria first brought up the idea of her doing any driving, er, I took kind of a bigoted attitude towards the idea. 'Cause where I come from, back in the old school and my generation, we didn't think that it's a woman's place to be in the cockpit of a race car. B-B-But now, now I get it, and I see how that was so wrong for me to act dat way -- Uh, Maria showed me that she's got darn good driving chops."... Maria gets emotional after Fred's words, with a tear of weird happiness rolling down her cheek "You know, I can't tell you how much that means to me, to hear you say that, Fred. We sure had our spats in the past over the issues of women driving a race car, but now I see that you've really grown emotionally as a man, and I'm glad if somehow I was able to play a part in your positive development of character."... "Well, Maria," interjects Sebastian, in an attempt to lighten the mood "I hope that you don't put me completely out of a job!"... Everyone laughs and giggles... Fred The Wrench blurts "We've come a long way as a drag racing team, as friends and as some kind of surrogate family unit."... "Oh, Fred." sighs Maria, "You're making me cry more tears of emotional joy."... "Oh brother!!" squawks Peter The Parrot "This is sure gettin' sappy!!"... Everyone laughs some more and rise from their seats for a group hug... It seems like all is well and our gang are on their way to bonding even tighter as a team...

 

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...  Wow! Peter The Parrot said that things were getting 'sappy'. HA! Maybe so, but let's face it, our gang need some comforting 'emotional wiggle room' between the stressful missions they encounter. And Maria made some good points about the development of her and Fred's relationship over the years. There's no denying that when this team first assembled, Maria and Fred were often at odds with each other, over gender related conflicts in the drag racing afterlife arena. Now everything seems relatively fine and dandy. Everyone appears relaxed and at ease with each other. BUT FOR HOW LONG WILL THIS PEACEFUL FEELING LAST?!?... WHAT'S THEIR NEXT STRESSFUL ASSIGNMENT GOING TO BRING?!?... 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.


Today we have our trusty Stephanie substituting for The Doc. At this time Doc is either occupied with her Big Stick music related work, and/or her fine-art sculpture related responsibilities (as she will be increasingly frequently over the period of the next several months or so)... 

We believe that Doc will hopefully be back on the clock for Saturday's edition of this popular blog installment... Of course on Wednesday (tomorrow), we'll be running our regularly scheduled 'TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER' paranormal drag racing serial series feature. Then on Thursday, I believe we'll probably be publishing Franky's & Felicia's winner picks for the NHRA Carolina Nationals (providing that Franky can behave himself over the next few days and not get suspended again before Thursday. LOL). Then on Friday, we'll be running our usual "FEEDBACK FRIDAY" feature that I usually compile and edit for Doc, in order to give her a well-deserved breather from her hectic drag racing duties...  Please enjoy my selection for today's Snapshot of the Day... This installment features a photograph from the pits that Doc shot at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's 2012 "Night of Thrills" event. It's bracket racing icon "Big Bucks" Bob Mullaney seated at the wheel of one of the most consistent Chevrolet Novas on the entire planet. Those who REALLY know drag racing are well aware that some of the sharpest racers known to mankind are the sport's successful breed of bracket racers. Mullaney is one of the fiercest veteran competitors to ever dominate drag racing's "dial-in" contingent, and according to Doc, he's the kind of cordial gentleman that's a pleasure to have as a longtime friend. When racers look over and see Bob Mullaney in the opposing lane, they know they've got their hands full!!

 

 

 Substitute Stephanie's Snapshot of the Day features northeast Bracket Racing icon "Big Bucks" Bob Mullaney.


9/11 SIXTEEN YEARS LATER-- ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER...

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On a clear day you can see forever... It's the sixteenth anniversary of 9/11... This is the sixteenth anniversary of the day that changed our history & mindset... I've told the story before, how on the morning of 9/11/01, it was one of the most calm and beautiful days you could ever imagine, clear blue skies and comfortable temperatures. I was in the Post Office that morning, doing what I usually do, mailing out that day's bulk of Drag Racing Underground orders for our loyal customers. I was patiently standing in the Post Office line with my sack of DRU orders, waiting for my turn at the clerk's window, others were also in line, we were all watching a TV monitor located up in the corner of the room. The local morning news channel was showing a helicopter's view of a smoking World Trade Center Tower, the details were sketchy as to what was really going on. It seemed at that time that everyone believed a "commuter plane" "accidentally" crashed into one of the towers. Of course when another big commercial jet airliner plowed into the other tower only minutes later, it was quite apparent that we were undeniably "under attack"...

 

I want to express my sorrow for all those who lost their loved ones on 9/11/01, whether you lost loved ones in New York, Washington DC, or the field in Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania. I also want to say a sorrowful thanks for all the first responders who lost their lives that day, and to all of those men and women who've later passed away as a result of medical complications due to working the Twin Towers site, and my heart also goes out to all the people who are now severely sick due to working the grounds of the Twin Towers aftermath-- I've been informed by reliable sources that on this sixteenth anniversary of the attacks, more people have died of 9/11 related illnesses than the number of people killed on the day of the attacks. I find that to be a most disturbing fact to contemplate and absorb. 

 

I'd like to offer up a line that's become somewhat of a cliche' in all this, but it is a line that does ring true to me, and does shine an inspiring light of humanity through the depraved  darkness of it all, and that line is "The Very Worst of Humanity Brings Out The Very Best In Humanity."-- So many men and women have proven that statement to be true by the courage they demonstrated back on 9/11/01, and we still see that courage today in the eyes of so many others, people who would act just as heroically today as those who did on 9/11/01... It's those kind of citizens who make me proud and somewhat optimistic regarding our collective humanity. Yes, the world that we humans have created for ourselves is so often such a heartless, disgraceful, miserable mess, but there are occasionally encouraging and enlightening bright spots.

 

In closing... With all the horrid acts of terrorism we're constantly being exposed to in the news, happening all across the world, it's appallingly apparent that we still remain in a highly contentious conflict with those who want us dead. Sixteen years after the attacks, with so much war, bloodshed, and zillions of dollars spent on "security efforts", new polls show that more people feel less safe from the threat of terrorism than ever before. We're obviously not doing something right in our current borderline asinine socioeconomic climate, where there's scores of blowhard politicians actually stupid (or corrupt enough) to think it's okay to build countless rows of houses over the soupiest flood plains of Texas, or tell us that we'll soon have all our cars safely "driving themselves" through our highways and byways. It's time for everyone to wise up and come to their bloody senses. We need to remain vigilant and confront all that is evil. All the innocent people who lost their lives on 9/11/01 must not be allowed to have died in vain. In their memory, we must continue to strive in order to make this a better and safer world for our children and future generations. It's a task we must remain dedicated and true to. Good must stand tall to evil and prevail. Smarten up.

 

 

 

On a clear day you can see forever... I share with you my personal thoughts and insight on this somber 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that we so painfully endured back on 9/11/01. As a society we need to wise up and come to our bloody senses.

A photo by yours truly from my "Natural World" photographic image archives