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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...

As the Christmas and Hanukkah holidays are upon us, please remember to show some appreciation to those in your circle of friends who perform the non-glamorous wrenching and grunt-work on the race cars... It's an often overlooked position that deserves far more respect and recognition from the drag racing community and the so-called "motorsport aftermarket industry". Of course showing your appreciation by getting these helpful crew people Drag Racing Underground dvd's as holiday presents is a good way to start-- simply click on the "Video Catalog" link at the top center of this page to check out all the great videos available from our drag racing entertainment arsenal. The below photograph was snapped several years back in the pits at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, in scenic Englishtown, New Jersey, at the world famous SHAKEDOWN AT E'TOWN event...

 

 


Today I'd like to express my care and concern for all our dear drag racing friends and customers living in The Plains and Upper Midwest region of the nation, who are currently  dealing with the chilling Arctic Blast that's producing bitter temperatures and nearly impossible traveling conditions. With all the snow, ice, and talk of record low numbers appearing on your thermometers, we wish you the strength, faith  and endurance to hang in there and get through this nasty bout of oppressive weather... I understand the fact that "Old Man Winter" can be a tough and unforgiving beast-- You're all in our thoughts and prayers...

 

 


DRAG RACING IS ABOUT THE CAMARADERIE WE ENJOY AT THE STRIP...

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One of the best things about Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's long running "DIGS AT E'TOWN" old school & traditional drag racing series, is the camaraderie between all the fine folks who attend with a heartfelt appreciation of the nostalgia themed drag racing scene. Sure, we love the cars, the noise of accelerating horsepower, the glitz of the shiny chrome, but what we REALLY love probably more than anything else, is the swell interaction we have with our fellow gearhead friends, THAT'S what makes a day at the drags extra special in my humble opinion. No matter what form or genre of drag race you're attending, I believe that after some brief contemplation, that you'll agree with me that what makes this "hobby" of ours so special, is THE PEOPLE, and how we all enjoy each others company and companionship at the track. Heck, in this winter wonderland we're currently experiencing 'round here, I already miss all my friends that I usually see at the drags!... Some food for thought on this chilly December morning... Here we see the Gasser pits at THE DIGS AT E'TOWN this past Summer, and some folks enjoying the camaraderie of each others company. And that's the Olcott owned "Russo & Santo" Willys sedan looking downright spectacular...

 

 


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... We received loads of emails regarding yesterday's proposal of bringing in a new couple to handle the NHRA event prognosticating duties for 2017. With so many of you constantly complaining about Franky & Felicia's approach to their drag racing predictions, we offered you the option of Mike & Barbara, a couple who would promise to produce predictions based entirely on research and reason, as opposed to all the "trivial bull****" (as some of you call it) that Franky & Felicia always bring to the table when providing their predictions. Darla from Wilssonville, OR wrote, "Franky & Felicia give me comic relief. I don't know whether or not they're supposed to be funny, but they make me laugh. Please don't ditch them for Mike & Barbara, those two look like boring millennial snobs."-- On the other side of the opinion fence, Roger from San Bernadino, CA said, "Please give Mike & Barbara a chance. I'm sick of Franky & Felicia's trash. I don't care about the Mets, Billy Joel, their relatives, or any of the other stupid nonsense they talk about!"... Wednesday's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Agustina from all the way in La Paz, Uruguay said, "I am not in favor of Larry Lamb breaking his ethical code, even if it does save drag racing from being outlawed in the future."-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "I can't believe that Larry Lamb would even consider having to bribe his way to successfully defending our world's right to drag race."-- Thanks to all of you Phantom Racer fans who wrote in this week... Substitute Stephanie's blog featuring a photo of Dave Sano's "Screamin' Insanity" Dodge Nostalgia Funny Car caused Chris from Owosso, MI to write, "The '70 Dodge Challengers were the best body style ever! Dave Sano's car is awesome!"... My blog suggesting that racers realize that December is a good time to focus on the OTHER kind of Christmas Tree, meaning a practice tree device, motivated Lydia from Buff City, TN to say, "I'm getting my husband a practice tree for Christmas. He needs to improve his reaction times."... My blog expressing concern for our longtime drag racing friends in Turkey, who recently experienced a horrific terrorist attack, prompted Davy from Istanbul to write, "Much appreciation to Doc for her heart of gold and remembering the victims in Turkey."... 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.


With all the negative emails we've been receiving regarding our NHRA racing predictors Franky & Felicia, we decided to consider the possibility of bringing some new blood aboard to handle the 2017 drag racing prognosticating duties on this page. So many people complain about how Franky & Felicia tend to go on babbling tangents over off-topic subjects, such as the NY Mets, Billy Joel karaoke, bar fights, relatives, food, etc, while not necessarily staying focused on the actual drag racing, and diligently predicting the winners. While we haven't made a final decision on who is going to handle the drag racing prognosticating spot for the upcoming year, we are engaged in talks with a new couple, who are a lot different in their approach to drag racing than Franky & Felicia... Please allow us to introduce Mike and Barbara. They claim that if they get to do the predictions on this page, they'll base their picks on rock-solid research and reason. Mike and Barb pledge that unlike Franky & Felicia, they'll keep their personal lives out of the conversation, and just stick to talking drag racing. What do YOU think? Are you tired of Franky's & Felicia's brand of New Yorker street talkin' swagger, or do you believe that they're a brash, though refreshing approach to predicting drag races, and they deserve to stay around on this page for another year?? Or would you rather have a more straight to the point couple like Mike & Barbara taking over the reins of Drag Racing Underground's NHRA predictions feature?? What's your take on the situation?? You can use the "Contact Us" link at the top of the page to voice your opinion on this matter. We'll take all your thoughts and opinions into consideration when deciding who will handle the task for the 2017 racing season. Thanks...

 

 


 

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 teleported to the future, to the distant year 3000, and to what followers of this series believe to be their most challenging assignment yet... The superiors from the Heavenly Drag Racing Association (H.D.R.A.) have assigned our do-gooders the crucial mission of saving Drag Racing from being wiped out of existence in the year 3000. Evidently, in the year 3000, a group of global zealots, and cockeyed global politicians are headstrong on completely abolishing the sport of drag racing. Our crew are assigned to pose as esteemed consultants from an elite and prestigious Cambridge based think-tank, and they've materialized in the final minutes of a crucial conference in Washington D.C., where a vote is soon to be taken by the world's top superpowers, deciding the eternal fate of drag racing...

Our seasoned leader, Larry Lamb, and Sebastian aka The Phantom Racer, and Fred The Wrench are dressed in suit and tie (although Fred's rather reluctant in his switch from greasy overalls to formal threads), Maria is wearing a business-like woman's pantsuit ensemble, and Peter The Parrot is outfitted in tacky, purple crushed velvet, reminiscent of a 'Vegas Elvis impersonator's jumpsuit. They're now in a spacious and elegant auditorium on the 200th floor of an opulent Washington D.C. high-security, government-affiliated skyscraper structure. The space their occupying is referred to as "the grand penthouse conference atrium". It's a gaudy decorated, spacious area, somewhat like what you'd see in the U.N., although unlike the U.N., there's fountains spouting top-shelf tequila, and priceless paintings fill practically every single square inch of wall space. There's exotic hostesses saddled on miniature ponies, serving caviar-laced hors d'Oeuvres. Maria's aghast when glancing out a window, "Look at that!!! For as far as the eye can see, way down there on the ground and towards the horizon, there's nothing but shanty towns and poverty, while all these corrupt international leaders and dignitaries surround themselves with bloated, over-the-top opulence!!"

Larry Lamb raises a hoof, requesting to address the room, and subsequently getting the attention of a snide dignitary officiating the conference... "The room recognizes that woolly fellow with his hoof up. Do you wish to speak?" says the full-of-himself individual... "Yes, sir. I do." replies Larry as he trots his way up to the podium... "Testing 1-2-3." Larry says into the podium microphone, "Allow me to introduce myself, I'm Larry Winston Harold Lamb the third, I'm a senior executive from a prestigious Cambridge based think tank."... "So, what do you have to contribute to the conversation, Mr. Lamb??" chimes in the conference officiator, "We're looking to wrap this matter up soon by voting drag racing out of existence, and then quickly transforming the general direction of this conference into a no-holds-barred jello-shot drinking competition!"... "Well," speaks Larry into the microphone, "I would like to implore you all to NOT abolish the sport of drag racing from our society. Taking away this form of recreational motorsport will most likely have less than desirable repercussions throughout the planet."... The event officiator abruptly interrupts Larry and says, "Uh, look, we all respect the fact that you're a polite, articulate gent, er, or lamb, or whatever, we really do, Mr. Lamb. HOWEVER, we are pretty damn unanimous in our collective desire to vote that drag racing be abolished forever."...

"Oh, I see." replies Larry Lamb with a hint in his voice of a desperate necessity to switch gears in his approach to turn the tables in drag racing's favor, "Is there ANYTHING I can do to change the minds of all of you? ANYTHING??"... The event officiator rubs his quadruple chin and blurts back, "Listen, pal. My name's Druscula Fusscula-- I run the show 'round here. Maybe we should have a private meeting in my chambers, and discuss your, ahem, strong desire to sway our impending negative decision concerning the matter of drag racing's future."... "Very well, Mr. Fusscula" Larry respectfully, though slightly apprehensively replies, "I'd be glad to voice my position to you in your private chambers, dear sir."... Druscula Fusscula leads Larry Lamb to a pair of fancy-schmancy styled golden paneled doors, somewhat sunken out of clear sight of the conference room... "What's goin' on?!?" asks Fred The Wrench to his cohorts, as they all witness Larry Lamb leave the podium, and disappear from view with the officiator of the event... "Our boss is going to have to think of something awful clever to prevent the gavel of doom from falling down and eliminating drag racing forever." replies Sebastian... "I'm nervous!!!" admits Maria with distraught ... "I'm nervous too!!!" squawks Peter The Parrot with anxiety,  "Our leader better come up with some kind of strategy behind those closed doors, to save this day from becoming a permanent death sentence for the sport of drag racing!!!"...

Larry Lamb's dazzled, as well as somewhat disturbed, by the sheer degree of excessive silver and gold plating he sees throughout Druscula Fusscula's private executive chambers. All the woods used to construct the office are from the most exclusive picks of luxurious, high-end lumber. There's 3-D photo holograms hanging on the walls, featuring images of  Fusscula posing with countless world leaders, dignitaries, and celebrities... "Let's not waste time." Fusscula says, as he admires his own hands, full of Superbowl rings that have been given to him by pro football players, who've needed favors from him over the years, "What do you want me to do about this future of drag racing situation, Mr. Lamb??"... "Well," starts Larry, "To be blunt, I need to leave this conference today knowing that drag racing will NOT be eliminated from society for all eternity, and I'm willing to do practically anything possible, to influence you and your cronies out there in the conference room, to see things my way."... "Okay, bub." replies Fusscula, "I'm game. Whattaya got, Mr. Lamb??"... "What do I got??" questions Larry Lamb, as he sees Fusscula with his hand out, while whistling a sour tune from the year 3000's hit parade, "Am I to assume you're looking for a BRIBE?!?"... "Look, Mr. Lamb." Fusscula responds, "It's going to take a lot of money, uh, make that a real lot of money, to make happen what you're asking for."... Larry contemplates what he's just heard, the selfish drooling greed, emanating from the politically corrupted mouth, of a world dignitary, who is looking for cash to change a major vote he's soon going to be officiating over at this cockeyed international conference of world leaders... Larry tries to compose himself and asks "May I please use your private washroom for a minute to freshen up? I shall be brief."... Fusscula replies "Sure. Then we'll talk, uh, business, right, pal??"... "Of course." Larry Lamb replies, as he then proceeds to trot into the washroom, closing the door behind him...

 

 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... What the HECK is going on?!? It appears that the ONLY way to save the sport of drag racing from being abolished forever, is to come up with a substantial BRIBE for Druscula Fusscula?!? Larry went into Fusscula's private washroom and closed the door. What can Larry Lamb do in Fusscula's washroom, that can possibly produce the re$ource$ necessary to pay Fusscula off?!? If Larry Lamb is to go against his usual high code of ethics, and pay a bribe to save drag racing, that would be a completely UNPRECEDENTED strategy coming from such a respected operative of the Heavenly Drag Racing Association!!!  What do YOU think Larry will do?!? CAN DRAG RACING BE SAVED?!?!?...  OR NOT?!?!?... WHAT'S 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 2016 DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND.


Today we have the trusty Stephanie substituting for The Doc. At this time Doc is occupied with her Big Stick related recording responsibilities (as she will be increasingly frequently over the next few months) We believe Doc will hopefully be back on the clock for Thursday's blog installment... Of course on Wednesday (tomorrow), we will be running our regularly scheduled TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER paranormal drag racing serial series feature... Please enjoy Stephanie's Snapshot of the Day... This installment features a photograph that Doc snapped in the pits at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in scenic Englishtown, New Jersey. Seen here is Nostalgia Funny Car pioneer, Dave Sano's, "Screamin' Insanity" 1970 Dodge Challenger Funny Car. As Doc has stated many times before, it's always been her opinion that Dave Sano and his crew are among the most dedicated within the so-called "nostalgia drag racing movement"-- And she still stands rock-solid firm by that particular opinion of hers... 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 world... And Drag Racing Underground dvds sure make great stocking stuffers for the Christmas holiday...

 

 

Substitute Stephanie's snapshot of the day features Dave Sano's 1970 Dodge Challenger Nostalgia Funny Car.


December is a time of year for drag racers to not just concern themselves with the Christmas Tree that you decorate and put presents under, it's also the time of year to take your "Electronic Christmas Tree" out of the closet, and work on keeping your reaction time skills sharp during the "off-season". Let's face it, most races are won or lost on the starting line, so it's imperative that you're able to cut a good light on the tree. For those of my racer readers who don't have an Electronic Christmas Tree practice device, I strongly suggest you get your hands on one-- The benefits of keeping reaction time skills sharp, or even improving them a bit, can mean the difference between a disappointing racing season and a more successful racing season in 2017. Use a practice tree and more win slips you'll eventually see!!...







THOUGHTS & CONCERN FOR OUR DRAG RACING FAMILY IN TURKEY...

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I'd like to express my care and concern for all our friends of the drag racing community who reside in the city of Istanbul and the nation of Turkey. Many years ago, we licensed a whole lot of Drag Racing Underground video content, and racer interview footage that I conducted with drivers on these shores, to what was sort of the MTV type of TV network based in Istanbul, Turkey. That's from a time when Turkey was just making its initial baby steps in having an appreciation for the straightline motorsport. Yours truly and the DRU team spent a lot of quality time with the TV execs from Turkey, we even took them out once for a day at the drags in Englishtown, New Jersey (what a historic day for the drag racing world that was!)... That said, it breaks my heart to learn of what just happened outside a soccer stadium in central Istanbul. Car bombs and suicide bombs have claimed the lives of 29 victims and have wounded no less than 166 innocent others. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims, and the family and friends of all the victims of this horrific terrorist attack... We are living on a severely sick and mentally deficient planet...

 

 




 


Unlike what we presently see in the roundy-round forms of motorsport, drag racing fans don't have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to purchase some sort of "exclusive luxury vacation fan package", in order to meet the drivers, because in the motorsport of drag racing, a simple, reasonably priced "general admission" ticket is all you need to have complete access to the pits and all the drivers. You're encouraged to ask the drag racers for their autograph, or maybe to sign your t-shirt, or maybe pose for a quick snapshot with you and your precious family members. Please keep in mind, as you're making recreational plans for you and your family for the upcoming year, that going to the drag strip is your best motorsport value by far. It's definitely the smart financial family oriented choice. The drag strip is a wholesome sports environment that's a lot easier on your wallet than any other form of high-profile motorsports. Here we see NHRA nitro funny car star Matt Hagan happily obliging a fan's autograph request. It's all happening at the drag races across America!!... Be smart and bring the whole family out to the drags!!... I highly recommend it to all my many readers... You'll have a blast!!...