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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...

APRIL IS AERODYNAMICS APPRECIATION MONTH...

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Today we're glad to announce 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 NHRA Summernationals event. We see Chip King's turbocharged Hemi-powered '69 Dodge Daytona. There's no denying that aerodynamics play a major role in the performance of this streamlined Pro Modified hot rod...

 

 

Drag Racing Underground announces our APRIL IS AERODYNAMICS APPRECIATION MONTH campaign


THOUGHTS & PRAYERS FOR ALL OUR FRIENDS IN THE U.S. SOUTHEAST...

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Thoughts and prayers for all our friends in the U.S. Southeast who are enduring history making, severely brutal weather conditions as I write this blog installment on Sunday night, to be published on this page early Monday morning... Dangerous winds ripping through Louisiana, merciless flooding in central Mississippi, massive school closings announced in Alabama-- it's all a threatening and miserable mess. And the strong tornadoes causing dastardly destruction to lots of homes and property makes for an even scarier and dire situation. We all hope that our friends in the Southeast can muster the strength to make it through this crisis. We're all compassionately pulling for you and sending our positive thoughts...

 

 


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...

 

 

 


Rumors are circulating that the new presidential administration is seriously considering legalizing "street racing" in an effort to help boost the nation's economy. Sources claim that high-ups in the conservative, far-right administration are looking to deregulate the bans and current restricting laws that currently forbid "street racing" in America. The highest elected official of the executive branch has been quoted as saying, "Forbidding Americans the choice of racing on the streets is just another example of the liberal democrats' attempt to stifle our most fundamental freedoms and liberties. Just think of the tremendous growth our local economies can and will experience, if allowed to use our streets for racing, by charging participants and spectators an admission price dictated by the free market. The revenue can then go back into repairing potholes and our ailing infrastructure. This is just another change to the stagnate status quo that will help make America great again!"... While some opposition has sprung from racing sanctioning bodies and various motoring organizations, it is believed that the votes necessary to legalize "street racing" among Washington's newly empowered right-wing political contingent makes it a feasible possibility...

 

 

Will the new presidential administration REALLY be capable of lifting the longstanding ban on "street racing"??

*today's blog installment is an April fools parody piece


We're still kind of busy around here working on Big Stick related stuff connected with the upcoming 2017 LP releases. We'll probably get this blog back to normalcy for tomorrow (I think). Sorry for the inconvenience. I would like to thank Mike and "Big Jim" for handling the other Drag Racing Underground business matters while Big Stick is consuming most of my time. And thanks to all our loyal readers for your continued support. I appreciate it. You're the best darn friends a gal could ever ask for...

 

 

Big Stick is still keeping us busy here. We hope to return to some form of normalcy here on the blog tomorrow.


We're all still kind of busy around here working on the packaging for the upcoming Big Stick LP release, so once again, we didn't really have any spare time to put a "normal" Drag Racing Underground sort of blog together for today's (Thursday's) installment-- not to mention the fact that substitute Stephanie is still having some rather pressing issues with her children (yes, the adorable twins that you probably saw last season at E'Town's NHRA Summernationals)... We hope to return to normalcy for tomorrow's or Saturday's blog... We apologize for any inconvenience... Thanks to all you swell folks for your loyal and unwavering support...

 

 

Big Stick related duties are keeping us pretty busy around here, we hope to be back to "normalcy" soon...


TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER SERIES POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT WEDNESDAY...

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Due to other pressing commitments, our weekly TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER paranormal drag racing series has been postponed for today's installment. We believe it will return next Wednesday. Sincere apologies to all our regular readers. Mike.

 


It does not compute, Will Robinson?!?... Well, actually, it does, kind of, sort of, I guess... We're temporarily suspending Drag Racing Underground blog operations for today and tomorrow, as the responsibilities of putting together the respective packages for the upcoming Big Stick CD and vinyl LP releases are keeping things waaaay busy 'round here of late. Even my usual trusty substitute Stephanie, who many of you met, while she was hanging out with yours truly at E'Town, Atco and Island Dragway,  is having some pressing issues with her two darling kids (the twins), making it impossible for her to handle the blog today or tomorrow-- In a nutshell, there is no real present danger, Will Robinson-- however, it appears that tomorrow's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER may possibly be postponed a week, and this page in general, over the next couple of days may be, uh,  somewhat inoperative... Please accept my apology for same, and be patient-- matters should be clearing up sooner than later once we get the artwork stuff completed for the Big Stick releases... Please permit me to suggest watching your Drag Racing Underground videos and dvds to keep yourself satisfied, and to get a handle on your need for a DRU type of drag racing related fix for the time being... Thanks... You're the best darn friends a gal could ever ask for... I'm humbled by all your emails of concern for me...

 

 

It does not compute?!?... Well it sort of does, Will Robinson... Hang in there, kids... Will be back soon...


For all you folks who wrote in, wondering why there wasn't a blog installment published here yesterday, I certainly am touched by your overwhelming concern for my welfare-- I am genuinely emotionally moved by your concern for me-- You are some beautiful people for sure... There wasn't a blog yesterday due to some pressing Big Stick music related business that came up last minute, and made it impossible for me to do any drag racing relating writing-- not to mention that the abrupt timing of everything also made it impossible to call in Stephanie, or any of our substitution people to fill in. I apologize for the interruption in service. However, the good news for Big Stick fans, is that the happenings of the last 42 hours definitely helped move us closer to releasing our new album... You folks are the best friends a gal could ever ask for... And special thanks to Drag Racing Underground's Mike Bennett for stepping up to the plate in this situation and handling some important business for me...

 

 

Yours truly standing next to Jim Slovak's circa '66 digger and thanking you folks for your appreciated support.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES GO OUT TO MICHAEL CASTELLANA...

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I'd like to take an opportunity to wish local Pro Modified stalwart Michael Castellana a happy and healthy 53rd birthday. Those of us in the northeast drag racing scene have watched Michael participate as one of the pioneers during the infancy of the Top Sportsman/Pro Modified movement, and over time develop into one of the most respected drivers among the dastardly doorslammer genre. Below is a video still image that serves as a proverbial "blast from the past", it's his "Western Beef" backed 1957 Chevrolet from several seasons ago, digging the raucous rubber into the Old Bridge Township Raceway Park asphalt....

 

 

Happy Birthday wishes go out today to local and legendary dastardly doorslammer stalwart Michael Castellana