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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 speaks the TRUTH!!... Nobody else on the web possesses the ability to speak the Truth, and 'TELL IT LIKE IT REALLY IS' the way she does!!-- 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 here at DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND... Diana's Blog gives you a daily does of TRUTH and REALITY with HEART... Diana's unique and refreshing perspective is unlike anything else on the 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...

The 48th annual NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park is wrapped up and now written into the history books. I had a great time at my all-time favorite drag strip over the last few days. I want to thank the NHRA and the E'Town staff for showing me such warm and gracious hospitality (to go along with the rather warm temperatures)... And I also want to thank all you many folks from the drag racing internet who made the effort to meet me and say hello-- you're the best friends a gal could ever ask for...  Let's get to the subject of winners-- In Top Fuel we witnessed Steve Torrence in his Capco Construction dragster break a lot of Jersey hearts when he defeated NJ native Antron Brown in the final-- This marks Torrence's 2nd Summernats win in a row!... "Fast" Jack Beckman beat Funny Car stalwart Ron Capps to be victorious in the nefarious nitro flopper field... Much like Steve Torrence did in Top Fuel, Pro Stock veteran Greg Anderson broke a lot of New Jersey/New York area hearts by defeating local racer Vincent Nobile in the final round of the "factory hot rods"... Jerry Savoie beat Hector Arana Jr. in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class to clinch his 1st win of the year... My old pal "Trickie" Rickie Smith pounced the Pro Modified category... Jeff Brooks toppled the Top Sportsman contingent... Frank Aragona clinched Competition Eliminator... Timothy Fletcher stormed the tough Super Stock field... Longtime E'Town racer Peter Biondo proved once again that he's a major threat in Stock Eliminator... Kevin Robb got to the top of the Super Comp heap... Dan Northrop steamed over the the competition in Super Gas... Anthony Capirose dominated Jr. Dragster... Bernard Thompson won the Summit Motorcycle class, and last but certainly not least Danny Maclosky won Summit Pro E.T... The Summernationals proved to be a great weekend of drag racing... Oh, and a shout out to all the hard workers of the FOX SPORTS 1 team for putting together such a spectacular broadcast for the folks watching at home...








Spending my Saturday (yesterday) at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park for the 48th Anuual NHRA Summernationals was a spectacular and sizzling hot rodding affair... The grandstands were packed and the pits were filled with the very best of our nation's sportsman and professional race teams... It was so nice to see so many of you fine folks from the drag racing internet at Raceway Park yesterday. What a pleasure to put cyber "screen names" with faces in person. Lots of old friends and new ones at the track yesterday... As we go into Sunday (today) with eliminations, here's your top qualifiers of their respective fields-- New Jersey native Antron Brown is No#1 in Top Fuel. This makes for Antron's 48th career top qualifier (whew!). He also broke his 2 year E'Town track record for elapsed time with a scorching 3.713 on Friday... Courtney Force makes the Summernationals her fifth No#1 qualifier of the season in her Advance Auto Parts Camaro nitro Funny Car. She also set an E'Town  E.T. record for her class on Friday with a 3.725 charge... 'Birthday Boy' Bo Butner hangs on to the No#1 spot in Pro Stock with the Butner's Auto Chevy Camaro (6.551 from Friday). The Summernationals marks Bo's third top qualifier of the season...  Today the temperatures are supposed to go up a bit in Englishtown, so we all need to stay hydrated and healthy-- keep that in mind if you're gonna be at the Summernats today... If you can't make it out to the track, check listings for Fox Sports 1's excellent TV coverage of the event...

 

 

"Birthday Boy" Bo Butner hangs on to his No#1 Pro Stock qualifying position going into today's eliminations...


Wow... Had a blast at yesterday's (Friday's) chapter of the 48th Annual NHRA Summernationals, at my all time favorite drag strip in the world-- Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey... Here's some random notes I took... Antron Brown broke his own two year E.T. record in Top Fuel with a blistering 3.713 and subsequently holds the No#1 qualifying spot... Courtney Force sure bounced back from her New England Nationals banger last weekend with a 3.725 to break Ron Capps' Funny Car E.T. record from last year's Summernats, and she's currently the No#1 qualifier... Bo Butner holds the top qualifying spot in Pro Stock with a 6.551... I'm appreciative for getting the chance to spend some time with Alexis DeJoria and talk about my Big Stick music stuff. Alexis is back in the Funny Car saddle and currently qualified 11th in the field... The NHRA Summit Jr. Drag Racing League was launched 25 years ago at this Summernats event-- A large group of Jr. racers were on hand to take part in a weekend-long celebration of that fact-- as you may already know, the Jr. Dragster revolution was started at E'Town by the late, great Vinnie Napp and his son David... Today (Saturday) pro nitro qualifying sessions are at 2:30pm and 5pm-- BE THERE!!!-- I surely will!!... And if for some reason you can't be there, check your listings for Fox Sports 1 coverage of the Summernationals...

 

 

Yesterday's thrashing on Jim Dunn's 7 Eleven Funny Car. James Campbell drove to the No#12 qualifying spot.


We are postponing our regularly scheduled FEEDBACK FRIDAY feature until next Friday, so I can talk a little more today about this weekend's 48th Annual NHRA Summernationals taking place at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey... I wasn't able to make it to Wednesday's "Media Day" or yesterday's sportsman program due to prior commitments related to my Big Stick music stuff (getting a press kit together for the new album release and also handling some pressing legal music matters). However, I will definitely be showing up at the E'Town strip today and sporadically throughout Saturday and Sunday-- I'm really looking forward to seeing lots of my friends and enjoying the spectacular racing... This is an event steeped in legend at one of motorsports' most historic of all racing facilities. Those who are in-the-know are well aware that more knowledgeable drag racing fans flock to this event than any other on the entire east coast... The very best in both the sportsman and professional ranks battle it out for big money and bragging rights on E'Town's hip strip with the maximum grip!!...   Don't cha miss this one, baby!!... I highly recommend it... For more detailed information please visit nhra.com and/or racewaypark.com

 

 

Hardcore drag racing fans never grow TIREd of the E'Town Summernats


 

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 Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey. Ya know, Jersey is one of my favorite states outside of New Yawk. When I was a kid, my family would frequently make the drive from Queens NY to Englishtown NJ, 'cause my mom used to be able to buy pantyhose for herself and tube socks for my dad on the cheap at Englishtown's big flea market. That's how I discovered Raceway Park. I'd hear the cars revving while we'd be at the market. Eventually I talked my dad into taking me to the drags, and the rest is history as they say. I don't want to say too much about me getting suspended from doing the picks for last weekend's New England Nationals, but hey, when I'm singing Billy Joel karaoke at the local bar, and some heckler starts yelling at me, making fun of my METS t-shirt, I ain't got no choice but to start a scuffle, and that lead to my "bad behavior suspension", making it so Felicia and I were cancelled from bringing you our Epping picks. I begged Drag Racing Underground to let us come back this week to give you our E'Town predictions. I dunno-- I just can't stand when people crack wise about the NY METS-- I get really peeved off! Anyways, whatever, whatever. Pull up a chair and read what me and Felicia got to say to youse 'bout the NHRA drag racing in Englishtown this weekend!

Felicia: Right on, Franky, you gorgeous hunk of a man! I thoughts you sez you wasn't gonna talk about the New Yawk Mets? I know 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 I'm glad your suspension is over and we're back here at Drag Racing Underground doing our picks. And my E'Town Top Fuel pick is for Chesterfield, NJ native Antron Brown. I'd like to see the Jersey boy win at his old Jersey drag strip. Antron cut his teeth in drag racing at Raceway Park when he was just gettin' started in the sport. Watch Antron and his Matco Tools digger set the weekend on fire.

Franky: No way is Antron Brown gonna win at E'Town.  And I don't mean any offense to all the Antron Brown fans out there in cyberland, but give me a friggin' break. I know you think he's a shoo-in 'cause he's a three time world champ 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, last Sunday at Epping, not to mention the fact that she beat your pick for this week, Felicia, Antron Brown in the final round. I know that everyone is gonna send me wisecracking emails for picking Brittany. So many clowns like calling me a "fanboy" for frequently 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 Summernationals 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. And you know that Brittany beat Antron in Epping by less than a slice of a hair-- she just got lucky in my opinion. My pick for Funny Car at the Summernationals is someone who my pesky critics might refer to as somewhat of a 'longshot'. I'm predicting that Bob Tasca III and his Tascaparts.com Ford Mustang are gonna be makin' some brutal drag racin' moves on the E'Town asphalt. I gots that feeling in my belly that Bob Tasca III and crew 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 Bob Tasca III he's not the racer I see making headlines this weekend. I respect the guy, BUT the Summernationals 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 in the E'Town Funny Car winner's circle. I was sweatin' it when she had the big explosion at Epping. I was relieved that she was able to walk away from that banger. She's a strong broad and the number one qualifier at Epping, so her crew must know sumpthin' 'bout tunin' wit nitro. 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 NHRA  E'town event. Sorry 'bout dat, even though I admire her for handling her Epping blast like a hero. 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 made in the past, every now and then I get an itch on my shoulder to pick 2nd generation sensation Vincent Nobile for Pro Stock. I like guys from Dix Hills, New Yawk, that town ain't too far away of a drive from our stomping grounds. I think Nobile and his Mountainview Tire '15 Camaro are gonna be unstoppable in Englishtown. We need a "local boy does good" Pro Stock feel good story for the Summernationals. Hey, maybe even Kenny Delco will go rounds?? We'll see what happens. 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 Englishtown. Once again, I'm stickin' to my guns, staying loyal, and betting all my jollyrocks on Erica Enders. Just like when Brittany made it to the winner's circle at Epping, I also went happy bananas when Erica finally got herself a win at Epping. She proved that ya gotta believe! I know that she wasn't  setting the world on fire last season, but I still gots to believe that she's got her old winning swagger back at the wheel of her Chevy Camaro.  Her reaction times are still fierce.  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 Scrabble with those wise-cracking 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.

 

 


We are postponing our popular TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial paranormal drag racing adventure series, that's usually featured here every Wednesday, until next Wednesday (June 14th), so we can continue promoting this weekend's 48th Annual NHRA Summernationals taking place at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey... I also want to make a note for all of my dear friends in the media and drag racing industry who are expecting to see me at the track today for Media Day, I won't be able to make it, because I have to tend to some printing matters for the Big Stick press kit that's supposed to accompany the release of the upcoming record, plus, I might have to take a lengthy meeting today with one of our music attorneys, oh well, so unfortunately I'll be missing Media Day. However, I will definitely be showing up at the E'Town strip sporadically throughout Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun-- I'm really looking forward to seeing lots of my friends and enjoying the spectacular racing... This is an event steeped in legend at one of motorsports' most historic of all racing facilities. Those who are in-the-know are well aware that more knowledgeable drag racing fans flock to this event than any other on the entire east coast... The very best in both the sportsman and professional ranks battle it out for big money and bragging rights on E'Town's hip strip with the maximum grip!!...  When "Mother Nature" is cooperative, we often witness the record books take a severe beating at this race. This is one of the best happenings of the whole season... Don't cha miss this one, baby!!... I highly recommend it... For more detailed information please visit nhra.com and/or racewaypark.com

 

 

See the draggin' speedsters of the nitro sisterhood (Brittany & Courtney Force) at the NHRA Summernationals!


HEY!! THE E'TOWN NHRA SUMMERNATIONALS ARE PRACTICALLY HERE!!!...

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The 48th Annual NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey, is just around the corner, as a matter of fact, it's happening very soon, starting Thursday June 8th until Sunday June 11th!!-- That's right, the Summernationals are practically here, and I stand as many of the dedicated drag racing fans here in my neck of the woods do, in chuffed enthusiastic anticipation of this behemoth sized spectacular drag racing shindig!!... This is an event steeped in legend at one of motorsports' most historic of all racing facilities. Those who are in-the-know are well aware that more knowledgeable drag racing fans flock to this event than any other on the entire east coast... The very best in both the sportsman and professional ranks battle it out for big money and bragging rights on E'Town's hip strip with the maximum grip!!... And this event isn't just about the fast cars that tow in from all around the country, it's also about the PEOPLE-- I love seeing so many racing personalities that I admire and respect in person, that's why I posted a photograph below from the 2015 Summernationals, where I had the chance to spend some time with one of my all-time favorite drag racing heroes, Carol "Bunny" Burkett-- it's seeing people like "Bunny" that really makes the Summernationals an incredible and enchanting experience...  When "Mother Nature" is cooperative, we often witness the record books take a beating at this race. This is one of the best happenings of the whole season. I'll be there with bells on-- and I hope to see you and your family there too!!... Don't cha miss this one, baby!!... I highly recommend it... For more detailed information please visit nhra.com and/or racewaypark.com

 

 

My hero Carol "Bunny" Burkett and yours truly together at a previous NHRA Summernationals back  in 2015.

 


NHRA SUMMERNATIONALS THIS WEEKEND JUNE 8-11... BE THERE!!...

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Believe it or not, it's almost here!!... The 48th Annual NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey!!... This is an event steeped in legend at one of motorsports' most historic of racing facilities. It's no secret that more knowledgeable drag racing fans flock to this event than any other on the east coast... The very best in both the sportsman and professional ranks battle it out on E'Town's hip strip with the maximum grip!!... When "Mother Nature" is cooperative, we often see the record books take a beating. This is one of my favorite happenings of the racing season. I'll be there with bells on-- and I hope to see you and your family there too!!... Don't cha miss this one, baby!!... I highly recommend it... For more detailed information please visit nhra.com and/or racewaypark.com

 

 


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

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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!


It's official... Here at Drag Racing Underground we are officially proclaiming that June is "JUICE MONTH"!!... For the entire month of June we pay heartfelt tribute and recognize the brash beauty of NITRO drag racing. You see, "Juice" is an old school drag racing term from many moons ago meaning "NITRO". It's no secret that NITRO burning Dragsters and Funny Cars play a significant role in the overall excitement of today's spectacular sport of drag racing. It is NITRO that puts a "cackle" in the tank and provides the added boost that pushes drag racing to the outer limits of all modern motorsports! NITRO or "JUICE" as we're referring to it here, is the chemical liquid additive that causes flames to shoot tall from the headers and makes drag racing a sizzling spectator sport! For all my friends in the northeast, please keep in mind that next weekend (June 9th, 10th, and 11th) there's going to be a whole lot of emotionally accelerating NITRO racing at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park for the NHRA Summernationals! I'll be there and I hope to see you there too! For more detailed information you are cordially invited to visit racewaypark.com

 

 

NITRO in the tank has a tendency to put cackle in the idle and cause fierce flames to shoot from the headers!