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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...

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 Substitute Stephanie promoting E'Town's OLD TIME DRAGS event that's scheduled for Sunday July 23rd, prompted Rickardo from Allentown, PA  to write, "I love the black Willys in the photo. Me and my kids go to the Old Time Drags every year to watch the East Coast Gassers. This year I want to get a picture of me hanging out with the doc woman!"-- Jerry of Clark, NJ said, "Raceway Park's Old Time Drags is my vintage car world oasis!".... Wednesday's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series return resulted in lots of you writing in. Azucena from all the way in Juliaca, Peru said, "Thank you so much for bringing back your Phantom paranormal story. Missing it for past weeks made me depressed inside. Please keep up your good work forever."-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "I doubt that Clawhammer and his cronies are going to submit to justice without a fight. Illegal seafood poachers posing as legitimate drag racers are scum!"-- Thanks to all of you Phantom Racer fans who wrote in this week... Substitute Stephanie's blog featuring a pic of her and yours truly together at the drags caused Matty from White Plains, NY to say, "I'd like to get that funny photo of Doc and Stephanie autographed and framed for my body shop. I once met both of those sweet ladies at  Atco Dragway's Philly Modifiers race."... My blog announcing that APRIL IS OFFICIALLY AERODYNAMICS APPRECIATION MONTH resulted in Thom from East Orange, NJ  saying, "Slick aerodynamics make outlaw doorcars go faster. The photo you printed of Craig Pio's aerodynamic Camaro is so cool."...  Our so-called "SUNDAY FUNNIES THAT AREN'T NECESSARILY THAT FUNNY AT ALL" managed to get Evelyn from Minneapolis, MN in a bit of an angry frenzy, she typed, "Marvin's a loser for thinking he can assault a woman working at a newsstand because she didn't save him a drag racing magazine! Marvin sucks!"... My blog wishing Don "The Snake" Prudhomme a happy 76th birthday caused Barnard from Dell Rapids, SD to write, "Snake has always been my favorite hot wheels nitro dragster driver. Please tell him that I said Happy Birthday!"... 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.


Today we have the 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 Friday (tomorrow), we will be running our regularly scheduled 'FEEDBACK FRIDAY' feature... Please enjoy Stephanie's Snapshot of the Day... This installment features a photograph that Doc snapped at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in scenic Englishtown, New Jersey.  We see a bold vintage "Pittman & Edwards" inspired Willys cruising through the pits at the track's prestigious OLD TIME DRAGS event.  We're happy to inform you that the date for this season's scheduling of this event, which is the longest running nostalgia drag racing event in all of America, will be coming up on Sunday July 23rd, 2017. It might be a good idea to mark this date on your calendar right now and make plans to attend. Keep in mind that the East Coast Gassers Club have become a regularly appearing attraction at this gala gearhead gathering over the years. Not to mention the fact that this is one of Doc's favorite races of the season (so that really says something about the quality of this event)...  If nostalgia racing turns you on, be sure to check out Drag Racing Underground's NOSTALGIA RAW and FUNNY CAR REUNION RAW dvds, by simply clicking on the "VIDEO CATALOG" link at the top center of the page. It's no secret that racing aficionados who are genuinely in the know, claim that Drag Racing Underground dvds are the most entertaining, enlightening and hardcore in all the entire world... 

 

 

Substitute Stephanie's Snapshot of the Day features a bold vintage Willys at E'Town's OLD TIME DRAGS event.


Break the conventional chains which bind you to the belief that the only things in this world that exist are those we're able to touch and see in daylight. Ever heard of quantum physics?-- Many credible physicists and scientists from the world's most prestigious of learning institutions now believe that parallel universes exist all around us-- We are likely surrounded by spectacular space, time, energy, and matter anomalies that boggle the brain, proving that what was once thought to be fantasy and fiction, can now be believed as truth and fathomable fact ... We offer you a slice of hard science, combined with sporadic sprinklings of paranormal phenomena, as we here at Drag Racing Underground, proudly present to you... TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER... Step out of the narrow-minded mist that encircles those who wear their stagnate skepticism like an outdated peach-colored leisure suit, and allow yourself the freedom to follow the adventures of drag racing's infinite and most indestructible spirit... Pull up a chair, toss your inhibitions aside, and ride along with one Sebastian Conrad, strong spirited eternal speed freak extraordinaire.

Last week's episode told of how our favorite metaphysical/afterlife drag racing dream team were on a covert celestial assignment for the Heavenly Drag Racing Association. They teleported to a Super Stock event situated in a 1960s time warp, snooping to investigate and bust a drag strip in an alternative universe, allegedly functioning as a corrupt front for a sinister seafood poaching operation. It's a twisted strip existing in a New England based wormhole, hovering in an obscure parallel portal of the drag racing afterlife. Our crew brought along a '64 aluminum hemi-powered Plymouth Belvedere during teleportation. There's a strong scent of burning rubber mixed with funky seafood.... There is indeed something 'fishy' going on here that needs to be assessed and justifiably addressed by our upstanding do-gooders!!!...

Our gang are in a heated Super Stock competition with a character who calls himself Clawhammer Curtis-- he's a lewd and lanky man, with only one tooth and one lazy eye positioned on his forehead--he's driving a sweet and sinister Cobra Jet Ford, equipped with all the best parts available from the celestial speed shops. Clawhammer rolls into the burnout box. Sebastian secures his helmet and gets situated in the cockpit. Clawhammer gives a powerful stab to his Cobra and smokes the tires. Sebastian kicks into full-blown 'Phantom mode', and blitzes his Belvedere through the burnout box with loads of torque. Both racers stage their respective hot rods. As Sebastian lines up in the beams, he's distracted by an irritating pinching sensation on his shoulder. Sebastian takes a second to glance down at his shoulder, and sees a large crab fiercely pinching him with aggressive tenacity!!... "WH-WHAT THE ____?!?" Sebastian shouts out to himself in irritating agony, as he tries desperately to still drive his Super Stocker with skilled chops...

Clawhammer looks over at Sebastian in the opposing lane and giggles in ghastly gurgling fashion, as he sees the crab that he sneakingly planted in Sebastian's car, performing its appointed duty, of distracting Sebastian from focusing his attention on the christmas tree bulbs. Lights on the tree flash green, and Clawhammer gets a healthy holeshot over Sebastian, due to the covertly-operating crab breaking Sebastian's concentration with every painful pinch... "OH NO, WE BETTER NOT LOSE TO THAT CLAWHAMMER JERK!!!" shouts Fred The Wrench, watching from the line as Clawhammer pulls a substantial lead... "WHAT A DIRTY TRICK!!!" squawks Peter The Parrot "I SAW THAT CRAB CRAWL UP ON SEBASTIAN' AND DISTRACT HIM!!!"...

Sebastian then gets what feels like a divine burst of additional horsepower, that must have been sent from the 'Heavenly Hemi Gods' of the universally sanctioned drag racing afterlife. Sebastian manages to accelerate within striking distance of Clawhammer. HOWEVER, the pesky crab then plants itself on Sebastian's nose and pinches with hellish agitation! BOTH RACERS ARE RAPIDLY MOVING TOWARDS THE FINISHLINE!!!-- THIS DRAG STRIP DUEL IS WAAAY TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT!!!-- IT'S A REAL NAIL BITER OF A CELESTIAL SUPER STOCK DRAG RACE!!!!!... Clawhammer's Cobra gets a case of mechanical gremlins in the last gasp to the finishline. Sebastian kicks his Belvedere in high gear and squeezes out a narrow, only-inches victory!!!... "Thank heaven Sebastian pulled out that win!!" says Maria with enthusiasm... "Dear, me." interjects leader Larry Lamb "That was indeed too close and nerving of a round. As soon as Sebastian gets out of the car, we're all going to have to collectively arrest Clawhammer and his cronies, who are obviously using this strip as a front for an illegal seafood poaching operation!"... Peter The Parrot squawks, "I can't wait to bust these lowlifes!"... "IT WILL BE MY PLEASURE TO BRING THAT WISECRACKING CLAWHAMMER PUNK TO JUSTICE!!!" exclaims Fred The Wrench... Our gang then arrive on the big end to meet with Sebastian, and prepare to start moving the wheels of heavenly drag racing afterlife justice in rapid motion, to bust up the strip's illegal seafood poaching operation... HOW WILL THIS PLAY OUT?!?... WILL CLAWHAMMER AND HIS CRONIES RESIST THE HAND OF JUSTICE?!? HMM, MOST LIKELY-- WE GET THE FEELING THAT THIS AIN'T GOIN' DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT!!!!...

 

 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... Looks like even with Clawhammer Curtis' nasty trick of sneaking a creepy crab into the cockpit of Sebastian's car, it appears some divine drag strip intervention gave Sebastian just enough of a horsepower advantage to eek out a slim win-- but hey-- a win is still a win!!!-- BUT--  what may be even a TOUGHER feat than the recent tight drag duel, is what it's going to take to bust  Clawhammer's and his cronies' illegal seafood poaching operation that's using this wormhole of  New England drag strip as a front!!!...  WILL OUR DO-GOODERS BE ABLE TO ROUND UP THE BAD GUYS AND PUT A FINAL END TO THE SHADY SEAFOOD POACHING OPERATION?!?  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 the 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 Thursday's edition of this popular blog installment... Of course on Wednesday (tomorrow), we hopefully will be getting more current and running our regularly scheduled 'TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER' paranormal drag racing serial series feature, which has been postponed over the last couple of weeks due to the non drag racing related overbearing workload around here of late... Please enjoy Stephanie's Snapshot of the Day... This installment features a photograph that's so dear to my heart. It's a shot of both Doc (right) and myself (left) laughing it up in the pit area at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey. I occasionally post this photo to remind me of how thankful I am to have the friendship of a woman as wonderful as Doc. She's truly an inspiration to me, just as she is to so many women across the globe who admire her vast achievements, as well as her incredible strength and courage to speak the truth, even in situations where speaking the truth isn't necessarily the most popular thing to do. I love the way I'm holding the clipboard that I use to make notes when Doc comes up with concepts that she believes will be beneficial for the important work she does. I'm so thankful for Doc and all she does to make this world of ours a much better place. We're all thankful for the service she so selflessly provides for the drag racing community. How I love this photograph and simply adore The Doc. She's the cat's meow.

 

 

 Substitute Stephanie's Snapshot of the Day features Stephanie (me on the left) and the wonderful Doc (right).

 


APRIL IS OFFICIALLY AERODYNAMICS APPRECIATION MONTH...

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Today we're glad to publish another installment of our newest educational media campaign... Drag Racing Underground officially announces that APRIL IS AERODYNAMICS APPRECIATION MONTH... That's right, we're promoting this campaign to encourage today's youth to appreciate the science of aerodynamics and how same science applies to the sport of drag racing... Aerodynamics is the study of the motion of air around a solid object, particularly its interaction with same solid object (such as a race car when storming down the drag strip). Aerodynamics is also the study concerning the forces of drag and lift in conjunction with performance. We hope that youngins will find the study and applications of aerodynamics to be interesting and enlightening, and that it will also encourage them to seek lifetime careers related to the critical science... Below is a photo from a few seasons back at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's Shakedown at Etown event. We see Craig Pio's swoopy, dastardly doorslammer parked in the pits. There's no denying that aerodynamics play a major role in the performance of this streamlined hot rod coupe...

 

 

Drag Racing Underground hereby officially proclaims that APRIL IS AERODYNAMICS APPRECIATION MONTH


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

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Today is the return of the "SUNDAY FUNNIES" feature here on the blog, though admittedly, the way 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...

 

 

 


HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY WISHES TO DON "THE SNAKE" PRUDHOMME...

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Things are pretty darn busy around here concerning my more music related activities, so I'm a bit late in formally wishing Don "The Snake" Prudhomme some much deserved belated happy birthday wishes... This past Thursday April 6th was the drag racing living legend's 76th birthday... "The Snake" is considered by a majority of drag racing historians who are really  "in the know" as being the undisputed "King of Cool" among straightline motorsports circles. His history in the sport is long and strong and filled with tremendous accomplishments. "Snake" has done it all with his own brand of finesse. I remember meeting Don many moons ago at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's NHRA Summernationals, and he was such a cordial gentleman to me-- a real class act of a man. If you'd like to learn more about Don Prudhomme, I suggest checking out the "Snake & Mongoose" movie that was released a few years back-- it tells the man's life story in an educational and entertaining fashion...

 

 

Happy belated birthday wishes to Don "The Snake" Prudhomme. Photo from the Snake & Mongoose movie 


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 promoting the MOPARS AT E'TOWN event scheduled for August 26th & 27th prompted Russ from Long Hill, NJ to write, "I plan on finishing up the overhaul of my 1968 Dart and having it ready for the Mopars race!"-- Veronica of Colonia, NJ said, "My husband is taking me for my birthday. We're both Mopar nuts!".... Wednesday's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series postponement resulted in lots of you writing in. Alis from all the way in Swansea, Wales said, "Your postponing the story another week really disappointed me. Please make sure it returns next week!-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "I understand that you people are busy with your Big Stick music, but you must initiate an any means necessary effort to bring back the paranormal drag racing serial series very soon! I desperately need my weekly Phantom fix!"-- Thanks to all of you Phantom Racer fans who wrote in this week... My blog announcing our APRIL IS AERODYNAMICS APPRECIATION MONTH campaign caused Jason from Mansfield, OH to say, "I'm a middle school science teacher who greatly appreciates your campaign to show the scientific side of drag racing. I used your informative blog as a teaching tool for my students."... My installment expressing concern for our friends in the U.S. southeast who recently experienced severely dangerous weather conditions, resulted in Roberta from White Oak, Alabama saying, "Thanks for Doc's thoughts and prayers. We got hit pretty bad but she gave us some strength and moral support."...  Our so-called "SUNDAY FUNNIES THAT AREN'T NECESSARILY THAT FUNNY AT ALL" managed to get Ellen from Tewksbury, MA in a bit of an angry frenzy, she typed, "Someone needs to tell Marvin that he wouldn't be burdened with alimony payments if he wasn't such a dumb jerk!."... 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.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR 'MOPARS AT E'TOWN' AUGUST 26TH & 27TH!!...

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Despite the fact that we're still experiencing less than favorable racing weather in many parts of the nation, it's still a wise move to start scheduling all your family outings to the drag strip for this coming summer... That said, one event that I strongly recommend attending is the 31st annual MOPARS AT E'TOWN-- the dates are Saturday August 26th and Sunday August 27th... There's car shows, swap meets, flea markets, car corrals, muffled drag racing on Saturday the 26th and muffled and unmuffled drag racing on Sunday the 27th... The Mopars in Motion car club will be on the premises... Please come out and join in on the celebration of Chrysler Corporation Vehicles!!... I've made a tradition of being part of this event for years... I love it... And I hope to see YOU there!!... For more details and information please visit www.racewaypark.com

 

 

See rockin' Road Runner winged Superbirds and so much more at MOPARS AT E'TOWN August 26th and 27th


Due to further Big Stick music related commitments, our weekly TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER paranormal drag racing series has once again been postponed until next Wednesday. Sincere apologies extended to all our regular readers. Mike.