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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...

As we live in a nation with a government that's fighting so darn hard to divide us as a nation over the issue of patriotism, truth be told, it's our own government and its own blowhard phonies, that are completely and shamelessly hypocritical when it comes to their own reverence and respect for our veterans of war. On this Veterans Day 2017, I want to bring attention to a matter that REALLY affects the spirit and mindset of those who've bravely served this country  -- I'm talking about the unsettling matter of how our government is NOT taking decent care of those veterans who return home from war with "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder" (PTSD). For my readers who are not at all aware of what PTSD actually is -- PTSD is a mentally debilitating affliction that so many of our veterans living among us are currently suffering with. After seeing all the bloodshed, all the gory, ghastly death, and legs getting blown off their fellow soldiers, a most painful stain is left embedded on their brains, leaving them with a mindset that makes their lives dreadfully difficult to live back here at home. PTSD is something they carry with them, causing intense pain, not only to themselves, but very often to their family members and loved ones as well. On this Veterans Day, I ask that we focus less on the hyped-up hoopla and hypocritical flag-waving fodder our blowhard politicians engage in, and focus more on demanding that our politicians make a concerted effort to put their money where their mouth is, and dedicate far more cash and resources to serving those who've served this nation, and are now experiencing the relentless pain of PTSD. Let's take our veterans suffering with PTSD far more seriously, and work much harder at giving them the clinical and psychological help they so rightfully deserve. THAT'S what's most important to me on this this Veterans Day... Make America's politicians show that they REALLY give a damn about those who've served, and not just on Veterans Day, but everyday of the year. Let's make Post Traumatic Stress Disorder a veterans topic that America no longer shamefully sweeps under the rug. Thank you to all reading this who've served...

 

 


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 the long awaited (or long dreaded, depending on your personal opinion) return of Franky & Felicia's picks for this weekend's Auto Club NHRA Finals, resulted in an onslaught of very varied opinions from droves of our readers. Hank from Joliet, IL sent us a long winded email, here's just an excerpt of his essay length writings, "It's about damn time you brought Franky and Felicia back with their NHRA predictions. Drag Racing Underground has been suspending Franky for more races than ever before. Just because Franky's a true blue American bad ass, doesn't mean you should keep suspending him from duty. The president of our great nation is the biggest and toughest bad ass this country has ever seen, and nobody suspends him from the job for it! Let the man be a real man. Stop punishing poor Franky for being what a real man is supposed to be!" --  Eugene from Chester, PA said, "Franky and Felicia are the only reason I read your drag racing blog page. Don't be putting Franky on suspension every single time he gets in a little tussle or arrested. John Wayne would have been proud to have Franky as his drinking buddy. I like the way he carries himself. I don't care if him and his lady friend Felicia hardly ever predict the correct winners, they make me laugh out loud." -- On the far opposite side of the opinion fence, Jeff from Gainesville, GA writes, "I was hoping that Franky's multiple suspensions would finally result in termination. When I saw Franky's and Felicia's return for the Pomona finals, I practically hurled my Waffle House breakfast. I'm sick of hearing about the Mets baseball team, Billy Joel, and all that other New York nonsense those two jerky punks say! Their knowledge of drag racing is a complete joke!" -- And Ellen from Montreal, Canada said, "Felicia really offended me when she called Guns N' Roses 'flaky hippies'! She's the flake! Her comparing of her own legs and ankles to Taylor Swift's was the most ridiculous thing she's ever done. I have just as hard of a time digesting Felicia's garbage as I do Franky's. Please don't bring them back to do the NHRA predictions next year! Throw them out!" -- (editor's note: all the dozens of emails received regarding Franky & Felicia will be taken under consideration by Drag Racing Underground management in regards to whether or not they're asked to return to these pages for the 2018 NHRA season)... Wednesday's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Noemie from all the way in Antwerp, Belgium said, "The REAL Mantis materializing from the Halloween party platter sent chills up my spine! So scary for me to imagine! That gave me nightmares!"-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "Last week I said that the series was getting a little lame. I completely change my opinion of this week's episode! There was lots of creepy paranormal stuff this time around. Keep it up!"... My blogs announcing that THE DIGS AT E'TOWN's "MONSTER BASH" nostalgia drag racing event, that was "rained out" for the second week in a row, and has now been rescheduled for this Sunday, November 12th, caused quite a few of you to write in. Tyler from Hazlet, NJ said, "Bummer that The Digs got rained out two weeks straight. I'm going to be there this Sunday to try again. I want to see one more Ida Gasser Shootout before winter!" -- Pat from Hollis, Queens wrote in, "I hope the weather is decent this weekend. I need my DIGS fix!"... 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.



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 last national event of NHRA's 2017 season. It's da AAA Auto Club Finals in Pomona, California.  Before we go any further, I'd be remiss if I didn't say sumpthin' 'bout me getting suspended from these picks for the last few weeks. I've been suspended so many times by Drag Racing Underground's ultra-uptight Stephanie this season, that I've lost track of the number. My most recent scuffle, during a Billy Joel karaoke Halloween party, where some wise-mouth twerp made a crack about how my Mets costume didn't fit right, really got me steamed, and spending time at the local police precinct. And prior to that, when me and my buds took the subway into the city to try to score tickets for Gun N' Roses, and a group of jerks from New Joisey started cracking wise about our Billy Joel fan shirts and caps we was wearin', well, that also propelled me into a scuffle, also resulting in me spending a night in a police precinct's drunk tank. Stephanie caught wind of the incidents and subsequently suspended me. What can I say?? -- When you're a tough guy like me, uh, stuff happens. Anyways, those were parts of longer stories that I ain't necessarily sure I wanna tell right now. I hear it's debatable whether or not Drag Racing Underground is gonna ask me and Felicia to continue our prognosticating duties next season, being that I'm always gettin' suspended. I would hope that some of you peoples will email them, and tell 'em how much it would suck if we get canned! We're the only thing on the entire drag racing internet with a pulse! Geeez! And mark my word, next year the Mets are going to the World Series! Anyways, pull up a chair and read what me and Felicia got to say to youse 'bout the NHRA Finals!

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 goin' 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 take it down a notch with your temper problem. You're too sensitive! You've been gettin' suspended so much that we've missed predicting lots of races!  I told you not to bother with trying to score those stupid Guns N' Roses tickets at Madison Square Garden. We've seen Billy Joel over 15 times at the Garden, he's the only decent guy to play that place. Who needs those flaky Guns N' Roses hippies anyways?!? They ain't even from Long Island!! My Top Fuel pick for the NHRA Finals is Leah Pritchett. She won at Brainerd. She made it all the way to the semi-finals at Indy. She lost in the 2nd round at the Grove. She's been on a rocky road from her impressive season start, but at least she's ranked 5th among the top ten.  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. Watch Leah Pritchett and her Papa John's Pizza powered digger set this weekend on fire at the Pomona finals!

Franky: No way is Leah Pritchett gonna win at Pomona.  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's got those flashy eyebrows, 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. She blew the timing equipment up recording a unbelievable 332.75 mph pass at Brainerd. And I went completely bonkers when I was watching TV from the recreation room at the Atlantic City drunk tank, when she won at Maple Grove! I bet she wins this Sunday and scores the 20 points she needs to take the crown away from Steve Torrence. I still got a gripe with Torrence for wearing a Yankees cap to the Summernationals, instead of a proper Mets cap! 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 Finals 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 Joisey?!?... I thinks your desire to pick Brittany Force is a form of blinded prognostication. I don't think she's going to be lucky this weekend. My pick for Funny Car at Pomona is Ron Capps. I predict that Capps is going to reclaim his points lead from Robert Hight and clinch another championship title. Capps is only a mere 15 points shy of Hight. His crew will have the NAPA  Auto Parts Charger dialed in just right! I gots that feeling in my belly that Capps and his NAPA 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 Ron "Flappin' Gums" Capps, he's not the racer I see making headlines this weekend. I respect the guy, BUT this season finale deal ain't gonna be his race by any stretch of your overactive imagination, my fragrant Felicia. My crystal ball is showing me images of Courtney Force appearing in the Auto Club Raceway Funny Car winner's circle. She's a skilled broad who always qualifies strong. She's got some kind of backing from that Taylor Swift country music chick happening for this race. Taylor Swift sure ain't no Billy Joel, but I kinda like her. Courtney's got ants in her firepants to score a victory this time! 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 event. Sorry 'bout dat. And I ain't much of a Taylor Swift fan. I'm tired of hearing all my goilfriends at the beauty parlor talk about what great legs and ankles they think she's got. It's my opinion that my more thickish, tree-trunkish ankles are what guys REALLY like!... 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 final race of the NHRA season, I'm picking Bo Butner for Pro Stock. He's more of a predictable and "sure thing" kind of pick than I usually make for the 'factory hot rod' class, but I'm trying a last ditch attempt at increasing my successful prediction ratio for the season. Bo is going to beat the pants off the rest of the field. I believe Butner 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 Bo Butner is one tough doorslammin' guy, and I know he's lookin' practically unstoppable, but I'm just not feelin' him as hitting a winning note at Pomona. And you're right, Felicia, I for one am hot for your thick ankles. I like Taylor Swift's singing, but you definitely got her beat in the ankles department. Once again, you can bet that I'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.  Her reaction times are still fierce. I realize that she's ranked 6th in points with her Elite Motorsports Camaro, and there's no way she's taking the 2017 championship, but I assure you, as sure as I'm sittin' here, that next year she's finishing in the number one slot! 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 dodge ball 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 are at their Heavenly Drag Racing Association sanctioned residence racing compound/headquarters. A pint-sized H.D.R.A. related intruder named Stosh, was caught by our crew, masquerading (wearing a costume in Halloween fashion), disguised as the Darkside Drag Racing Association's notorious "Mantis", evil clutch and bottom-end guy, well known and feared throughout the parallel universes of the drag racing afterlife. Leader Larry Lamb finished up an interrogation of the small scale creature, using the team's new 'Truth Or Lie Indicator Capsule'. Exhibiting his trademark distinguished composure, poised to start flapping his woolly mouth, to vocalize his final executive decision of what's to be done concerning the future and fate of the apparition perceived a 'Mantis', Larry's abruptly interrupted by giggling from the interrogated subject, while it removes a layer of synthetic skin, molded in the shape of a praying mantis insect's head, adhered to his real head, and exposes his small parrot bird's head. 'Mantis' continues to shed armor-like 'body panels" of his 'costume', and squawks out loud, "I tricked you all!!! Trick or Treat!!! Trick or Treat!!! What do y'all think of my custom-made Halloween costume that fooled you all into thinking I was Mantis?!? HA!!! AIN'T THAT A HYSTERICAL RIOT?!? HEE!!! HEE!!!!"...

"Wait a minute!!!" squawks Peter The Parrot, "This little creative critter feller is my old best friend from back in the day Stosh!!!!! He's a bird buddy I once served with in the Heavenly Drag Racing Association's Junior Speed Scout training program for animals!!!"... "That's right, old pal!!" responds the bird that we were all tricked on this Halloween, to believe was "Mantis", the notorious clutch guy from the Darkside Drag Racing Association... "You sure had me fooled, Stosh!" blurts Fred The Wrench "Your costume was very convincing!!!"... Maria laughs out loud at the situation... "How's this possible??" says Sebastian, "I remember being told that we're not supposed to engage in ANY Halloween activities, as per the Heavenly Drag Racing Association's longstanding linking of any and all Halloween related festivities to evil!?!"..."You haven't been checking your H.D.R.A. updates, Sebastian." exclaims Stosh "They're relaxing the rules for this year, as a trial experiment, to see whether it raises or declines the morale of our covert units during the Halloween season."... "Hey, Stosh!" squawks an ecstatic Peter The Parrot, "I got some cheese and crackers hidden under my mattress, so as Fred don't steal the edible goodies from me -- I been saving 'em for a special occasion just like this one!!!!"... "Oh brother," sarcastically shrugs Fred The Wrench, "As if it don't get weird enough 'round here with just one pint-sized parrot on the premises, now we gots two?!?"...

Everyone lightens up in mood, and shares Halloween candy corn that Stosh brought along with him. Peter The Parrot flies to his quarters to fetch the cheese and crackers. This is our crews first time celebrating Halloween. Maria grabs a sheet from the linen closet, cuts holes for eyes, puts it over her body and pretends to be a happy howling ghost!! Everyone proceeds to engage in fun Halloween frolic... Moments later, Peter The Parrot, flies back to the assembled group and squawks "LOOK AT DIS?!? ALL MY CHEESE AND CRACKERS GOT SMOOSHED UNDER MY MATTRESS!!!! FRED MUSTA SAT ON MY BED WHEN HE WAS RAIDING MY OLD DRAG RACING 'ZINE STASH!!!! FRED MUSTA BEEN READING MY DRAG MAGS AND SITTIN' RIGHT WHERE I HAD THESE MUNCHIE GOODIES STASHED UNDER MY MATTRESS AND SQUASHED 'EM!!!! HE MUSTA CRUSHED MY TREATS WITH HIS AMPLE FRUMPY BODY MASS!!!!"...

"Calm down!" says Fred The Wrench, "Yes, I did recently raid your stash of old drag racing magazines, and yes, I did sit on your bed for a spell, and read through some of 'em, and musta smooshed your hidden cheese n' crackers under your mattress on accident. But I'll make it up to you, little guy!"... "Oh yeah?!?" squawks Peter The Parrot "How you gonna do that, Freddy boy?!?!?"... Fred walks to the fridge and pulls out a deluxe party platter that he had been saving for the proverbial 'special occasion' as well... "Look at that!!" says Maria, seeing the platter through the holes she cut out of her makeshift ghost sheet costume... "Yeah, that's an appetizing spread!" adds Sebastian..."Oh my," concurs Larry Lamb, "Fred's party platter surely makes up for those squashed crackers and cheese you had under your mattress, Peter!"... "I guess so," Peter The Parrot says, now breaking into a bit of a smile with his parrot beak, "and heck, I got my old buddy Stosh with me, who is also a parrot and one of my dearest buddies from the past, PLUS, I got all you great friends with me, you all are pretty much like family to me. This whole wacky situation has turned into the BEST Halloween EVER!!!!"...

"I propose a toast!" interjects a gleeful Stosh, "Here's to the beauty of six members of the Heavenly Drag Racing Association's afterlife racing operations, sharing a wholesome Halloween themed get-together of friends!!!"... Everyone takes a sip of their respective drinks and enjoy each others company... "This lil' fellow Stosh masqueraded such an elaborate Halloween hoax!" say Larry Lamb... Peter The Parrot and Stosh The Parrot are cracking tasty party nuts with their beaks, laughing it up, catching up on old times... "HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!" shouts the two parrots in collective unison ... Fred The Wrench proceeds to put on one of his favorite Fats Domino records and the party really starts hoppin'!!!...

BUT THEN!!!...  The needle on the Fats Domino record scratches its way across the disc as a result of a sudden seismic  shakeup of the surroundings!!... "OH NO!!!" shouts an aghast Maria... An eerie dark aura appears to rise up from the large party platter dish, and materialize in ghastly physical form!!!... "IT'S THE R-R-REAL MANTIS!!!" says Sebastian... "YEP!!! DAMN RIGHT IT'S ME -- THE REAL MANTIS!!! I'M CORROSIVELY CRASHING THIS LAME HALLOWEEN PARTY!!!" ghoulishly gurgles what is clearly visible as 'the real McCoy' of nefarious darkside clutch tuning creatures, "I WAS SCANNING MY SHORTWAVE CLAIRVOYANCE MONITOR AT MY DARKSIDE DRAG RACING PAD, WHEN I SUCCESSFULLY BROKE YOUR TELEPATHIC BROADCAST SECURITY CODES, ENABLING ME TO WATCH THE PATHETIC PARTY HAPPENING HERE!!! -- YOU SEE, THIS MANTIS HEAD ON MY SHOULDERS IS NOT A HALLOWEEN COSTUME!!! THE MIND INSIDE THIS PRAYING MANTIS SHAPED HEAD IS TRUE INTERSPECIES METAPHYSICAL EVIL SHIFTED INTO OVERDRIVE!!!! NOW I'M GOING TO TURN YOUR DOOFY, DO-GOODER, WHOLESOME HALLOWEEN PARTY INTO A SINISTER SUPERNATURAL NIGHTMARE SCENARIO, THAT YOU FEEBLE FOOLS COULD NEVER, EVER IMAGINE!!!!! HA!!! HA!!! HA!!! HA!!!".... Sebastian immediately starts to spin at high RPMs in order to transform into 'The Phantom Racer' mode... Mantis attempts to counteract and disrupt Sebastian's actions by repeatedly chanting a morbid ancient mantis mantra, "STOP THE PHANTOM HERO IN HIS TRACKS AND SET HIS INNER CLOCK SEVERAL MINUTES BACK!!! STOP THE PHANTOM HERO IN HIS TRACKS AND SET HIS INNER CLOCK SEVERAL MINUTES BACK!!! STOP THE PHANTOM HERO IN HIS TRACKS AND SET HIS INNER CLOCK SEVERAL MINUTES BACK!!!"..."

 

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!! -- Just when guest Stosh, the parrot from the Heavenly Drag Racing Association finally shed his "Mantis" Halloween costume, so he could help get our wholesome Halloween party started, the REAL Mantis materializes from the party platter dish and creates SHEER TERROR!!!! Sebastian wastes no time in starting to transform into 'Phantom Racer' hero mode, BUT, Mantis quickly responds with an ancient evil chant to counteract Sebastian's transformation!!!! CAN SEBASTIAN MAKE IT COMPLETELY THROUGH HIS TRANSFORMATION TO REPEL MANTIS AND SAVE THE DAY?!?!? OR WILL MANTIS' CHANTING DISRUPT AND DEFEAT SEBASTIAN'S TRANSFORMATION BY SETTING OUR HERO'S INNER CLOCK SEVERAL MINUTES BACK?!?!?  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.


Look, I admit, with THE DIGS AT E'TOWN's "Monster Bash" nostalgia drag race getting rained out for two weeks in a row, and me, now on a campaign to promote yet another (third) attempt at trying to get this thing in, we are getting more than a handful of emails from readers (especially from the west coast) who are becoming slightly, uh, perturbed by all the blog space I'm dedicating to getting the word out about THE DIGS (as opposed to more "national" oriented drag racing related news and issues, like Larry Dixon's alleged NHRA suspension and such)--  Well, for that, for those people, I sort of apologize, but also ask that you try to understand my position and intentions regarding this particular locally, more regional driven matter. I know for a fact that this blog is a very effective tool in reaching like-minded drag racing folks, so I feel that using this blog to get the word out about an event that I so genuinely believe in, is simply "the right thing to do", even if I'm doing so somewhat "persistently"... Please bear with me, my dear friends... Yes, THE DIGS AT E'TOWN's "Monster Bash" is once again rescheduled for THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12th (9am-4pm). Check out the groovy flyer that Stephanie posted for me below. Additional info can be found at racewaypark.com. If you're in the northeast region, and "Mother Nature" FINALLY decides to be more cooperative with our nostalgia-themed drag racing ambitions this Sunday, I ask that you please round up the family and come on out to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's 1/8th mile strip for this event... THE DIGS is nostalgia drag racing like it's supposed to be -- In a cozy, family friendly environment. Once again, "BE THERE!!!"... Keep in mind that tomorrow (Wednesday), we'll be running our usual "TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER" metaphysically motivated drag racing serial series (our cyber stats show that a lot of you folks from the other coast, and from other parts of the world seem to love THAT ongoing feature an awful lot!!)...

 

 

Let's try, try, try again. THE DIGS' "Monster Bash" is once again rescheduled for THIS Sunday November 12th...


Despite the eventual "rain out" yesterday of THE DIGS AT E'TOWN's "Monster Bash" old school drags, it was still a groovy few hours of seeing a wild variety of interesting nostalgia-themed machinery, and getting to catch up with some old friends like Willie Johnson, as well as being introduced to some new friends who read this blog with regularity... The event will now take place on this coming Sunday, November 12th 9am-4pm... We're going to try, try, try again to have this Autumn Monster Bash event run to completion -- This coming Sunday will be the third attempt to outsmart "Mother Nature's" inclement weather tendencies... Those of us who experienced "limited DIGS" during yesterday's cloudy and overcast Sunday, still feel somewhat refreshed with old school drag racing vibes for our inner hot roddin' psyche... Of course this coming Sunday the Ida Automotive Gasser Shootout will return, along with plenty of old school on-track action, muscle cars, hot rods, custom cars, movie cars, groovy music, etc, etc -- Make plans to be at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's 1/8th mile strip (use airport entrance gate #4)... BE THERE!!!....

 

 

It was a cloudy day at yesterday's eventually rained-out DIGS. We're gonna try again next Sunday November 12th


Today Sunday November 5th 9am-4pm is the rescheduled DIGS AT E'TOWN "Monster Bash" nostalgia drag racing event at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's 1/8th mile strip (use airport entrance gate #4)... We're hoping that "Mother Nature" is more cooperative today than she was last Sunday. See the Ida Automotive Gasser Shootout, Loads of Old School On-Track Action, Hot Rods, Show Cars, Muscle Cars, Movie Cars and so much more groovy stuff!!!... This is the grand finale of THE DIGS' 2017 nostalgia drag racing series. I'm certainly looking forward to it!! Hope to see you there too!! For more information and up-to-date weather reporting go to racewaypark.com (We'll bring back our regularly scheduled "THE SUNDAY FUNNIES THAT AREN'T NECESSARILY THAT FUNNY AT ALL" critically acclaimed, anti-cyberbulling feature, starring the always miserable know-it-all blowhard Marvin, come next Sunday November 12th. We sincerely apologize to all our readers who expected to see it published here today.)...





Originally I planned today's blog to unveil Drag Racing Underground's proclamation of making November officially "NHRA Appreciation Month"... However, with the rescheduling of THE DIGS AT E'TOWN's Halloween themed "Monster Bash" nostalgia drag racing event set for tomorrow Sunday November 5th, I figured that I'd hold off on the "NHRA Appreciation Month" blog for a few more days, and dedicate today's blog to reminding my northeast friends about the fun we're all going to have tomorrow at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's 1/8th mile strip in Englishtown, New Jersey... I strongly suggest that you consider making plans to attend tomorrow's "Monster Bash". It was rained out last Sunday, so we're going to try again THIS SUNDAY... Hopefully "Mother Nature" will be a little more cooperative tomorrow. Come on out and see The Ida Automotive Gasser Shootout, lots of old school on-track action, Hot Rods, Show Cars, Muscle Cars, Live Entertainment and so much more. Be sure to use the gate #4 airport entrance. Below is a photo of Jim Slovak's circa '66 chevy powered nostalgia dragster in the DIGS pits. I hope to see lots of old and new friends tomorrow at THE DIGS AT E'TOWN!!!.. For more information you can visit www.racewaypark.com

 

 


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... This week's blogs announcing that last Sunday's DIGS AT E'TOWN Halloween themed "Monster Bash" nostalgia drag race was officially rained out, and is now rescheduled for THIS SUNDAY November 5th, caused many of you to write in. Lean Larry from Forked River, NJ wrote, "I was really bummed about the rain out. I'm going to make plans to be at Raceway Park this Sunday for Etown's rescheduled Monster Bash. I'll be taking out and racing my classic 55 Chevy again!" --  Darla from Yonkers, NY scribes "Me and my man drove all the way to Englishtown last Sunday, only for the day to get rained out. We're going to try again this Sunday because we definitely don't want to miss the Ida Gasser Shootout!"... Wednesday's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Morae from all the way in Peking, China said, "Thanks you for featuring talking parrots in your paranormal drag racing story. My people are of the belief that talking animals shine good luck on families of love."-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "I think the Halloween finale was a little lame. It could have had some more spice to it. Maybe you're getting too commercial with the series? Where did all the usual creepy Halloween scary stuff go?"... My blog wishing all a Happy Halloween, and showing a photo of the scary scarecrow I created from scratch prompted Kenneth from Belle Rose, LA  to say, "I like the way Doc used fishing bobbers for her scarecrow's eyes! I make scarecrows with my kids for Halloween decoration too!" -- Linda from Chicasaw, AL said, "Doc is so creative. Is there anything she can't do? LOL!"...  On a far more serious note, our aggressive anti-road rage campaign managed to get Elaine from Napa, CA in a bit of an angry frenzy, she typed, "I lost friends to road rage incidents. I don't understand why more of the media doesn't put a focus on the problem. Doc is the only journalist with enough sense to realize how important this issue is. We are killing each other on the roads of America. It has to stop!"... 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...

 

 

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Today I'm going to dedicate my blog to once again getting the word out about THIS Sunday's rescheduled DIGS AT E'TOWN's "Monster Bash" event... As I've stated in recent previous blogs, last Sunday's "DIGS" was rained out, so, therefore, I'm letting my friends in the northeast know that all is not lost, and the rescheduling of the event for this Sunday should boost your still fresh Halloweenish spirits!... I know that I'm psyched for it!!... If you're looking for awesome Autumn nostalgia drag racing fun, come on out to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's 1/8th mile strip (use airport entrance #4). The always exciting  IDA AUTOMOTIVE GASSER SHOOTOUT is on the bill!! Plus there's going to be a variety of old school drag racing machinery doing battle on the track! See Hot Rods, Show Cars, Muscle Cars, Movie Cars, Groovy Live Bands and so much more! The action runs from 9am-4pm. Adult admission $12.00, Kids 6-12 $6.00, Kids 5 and under FREE! Open headers permitted. Helmets and seat belts required to race. I'll be there with bells on -- I hope YOU will be too!!... For more information visit www.racewaypark.com