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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...

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 Monday's edition of this popular blog installment... Of course on Sunday (tomorrow), we will be running our regularly scheduled 'SUNDAY FUNNIES THAT AREN'T NECESSARILY THAT FUNNY' feature, which I now help editorially administrate for Drag Racing Underground each and every single weekend with the help of Doc's oversight... 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 beefy and beautiful SS396 situated in the E'Town pits. Doc says that many years ago, the rock n' roll group Paul Revere & The Raiders recorded a record about this bold breed of Chevrolet manufactured muscle, and no one can deny that this is indeed a car worthy of its own song. The 45rpm 7" record was available as a promotional item from local Chevrolet dealerships throughout the United States. You can file this particular photograph in the "Old School that Still Rules" file...  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 sweet Chevrolet SS396 situated in the Englishtown pits...

 


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 our new NHRA prognosticators Mike & Barbara, picking the winners for this weekend's NHRA Winternationals, prompted so many readers to write in. Please keep in mind that we're going to be alternating between Mike & Barbara and Franky & Felicia through the beginning of the NHRA season, and we'll try to sort out who ultimately stays on board. Here's blurts from the positive emails received. Louise from Dell Rapids, S.D. wrote, "Please keep Mike & Barbara on as your official NHRA predictors. Unlike Franky & Felicia, Mike & Barbara use rational reason and research to make their racer picks."-- Bruce from Purdin, MO wrote, "Mike & Barbara seem like a smart and sophisticated couple. I like that."-- On the far other side of the opinion fence, Randy from Yonkers, NY chimed in, "Give me a friggin break! Mike & Barbara are uptight snooty snobs. Please give us our Franky & Felicia back!"-- and Lisa from McClellanville, SC said, "I'll take Franky's & Felicia's streetwise attitude over Mike's & Barbara's stuck up disposition any day. Mike & Barbara have absolutely no sense of humor. They make me sick and want to hurl."... Wednesday's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Tilo from all the way in Madras, India said, "Fred The Wrench gets himself in so much trouble each and every week!"-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "Fred better find a way to get out of the Darkside Drag Racing Association's offices fast!"-- Thanks to all of you Phantom Racer fans who wrote in this week... My blog titled 'NOW THAT THE SUPER BOWL IS OVER, COULD WE PLEASE PAY SOME ATTENTION YO DRAG RACING?" caused Steven from Newark, DEL to say, "I wish I could convince my friends to pay attention to NHRA and IHRA drag racing half as much as they do to the NFL football Super Bowl!"-- Elaine from Jarvis OH said, "I love Doc's dress and hat in the picture. The Grumpy Camaro is nice too!"... Our so-called 'SUNDAY FUNNIES THAT AREN'T NECESSARILY THAT FUNNY AT ALL'  managed to get Dorothy from Leesburg, FL in a bit of an angry tizzy, she claims "Marvin is the poster child for drag racing's rampant mental depravity!"... Substitute Stephanie's Snapshot of the Day blog inspired Glen from Elks, PA to write, "The sweet 1955 Chevy in the photo is my definitive dream car!"... 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 brand new NHRA race-winner-predicting-duo from Calabasas, California. We'd like to introduce Mike & Barbara. They're a modern professional couple of who have developed a fondness 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. They claim that unlike Franky & Felicia, our regular drag racing prognosticators, they're capable of making their picks with educated reasoning and intelligent research, and they promise not to digress into the kind of self-centered, off-topic "babbling tangents" that Franky & Felicia have become so famous (or infamous) for. At this point, we believe we'll be alternating between Mike & Barbara and Franky & Felicia for this beginning of the 2017 season. Franky & Felicia will be assigned to predict the winners for the NHRA Arizona Nationals later this month. Please send us your opinion of whether you prefer the new Mike & Barbara, or if you rather see Franky & Felicia remain as our steady NHRA predictors, by simply using the 'Contact Us' link at the top of this page... Without further ado, we proudly present to you Mike & Barbara and their NHRA predictions...


Mike: Hello there drag racing people. My life partner, Barbara, and I, are genuinely enthused about giving you our picks for this weekend's 57th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals, being held in sunny Pomona, California. Barbara and I regularly attend invitation-only wine tastings in Pomona, so we're familiar with the geography. Unlike Franky & Felicia, with their less than sophisticated thirst for cheap pineapple flavored wine coolers, Barbara and I have a more affluent collective mindset, directed towards the finer things in life. We promise that you won't hear us constantly talking about ourselves, or discussing such trite matters as Billy Joel karaoke nights at the corner dive bar, or getting loaded on cheap domestic beer at a Mets game, you know, the kind of rubbish that Franky & Felicia persistently bombard you with. We're going to stay focused on presenting you with well-thought picks for the NHRA races that are based on hard facts and intense research. Please pull up an ergonomically comfortable chair, and read what Barbara and I have to say to you regarding the NHRA drag racing scheduled for this weekend.

Barbara: I do like that way you opened our debut appearance here at Drag Racing Underground, Mike. I promise, that unlike Felicia, you won't hear me talking about my trips to the bargain basement nail salons, or the kind of trivial banter you've come to tolerate from that cheesy harlot.  My Top Fuel pick is for multi-time NHRA world champion Antron Brown. My research shows that Antron and his Matco Tools team are a reasonably strong pick to reach the winner's circle for the first national event of the 2017 NHRA season.

Mike: I respectfully disagree, Barbara. As I studied the stats through the wee hours of the night, I came to the conclusion that Leah Pritchett is clearly capable of walking away with the 'Wally' for this weekend's Winternationals. During a recent testing session in Arizona, she recorded the quickest unofficial pass in NHRA history. She's a somewhat charming lady who knows her way down the drag strip. And with new sponsorship funding from a popular pizza franchise, Leah and her team should prove most competitive at Pomona.

Barbara: While your reasoning sounds solid, we'll have to agree to disagree on our Top Fuel picks, Mike. My Funny Car pick is for Ronald Capps. He and his NAPA team were able to finally win a long overdue NHRA championship last season, and I believe they'll hold on to that strong momentum, and go subsequent rounds to victory during this first weekend of formal racing competition. 

Mike: You certainly make good points in your Funny Car pick, Barbara. However, I'm leaning towards seeing Courtney Force dominating the Pomona field. Much like Leah Pritchett, Courtney also performed exceptionally well during the recent nitro testing session in Arizona. Courtney ran the quickest unofficial pass in NHRA Funny Car history.  Her team of strapping good chums will tune her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS to earn the Winternationals win.

Barbara: Time will tell, dear. After my lengthy review of the designated racers, Courtney Force doesn't impress me quite as much as Ronald Capps does for this particular motorsport contest. For the debut race of NHRA's 2017 season, I'm making a relatively conservative pick in Pro Stock. I say that with Shane Gray stepping graciously back into the Gray family's Camaro, he's going to get the right kind of "set-up" as they call it, and he will completely monopolize the so-called 'factory hot rod' contingent.

Mike: I beg to differ, dearest. I don't believe that Shane Gray is as "conservative" of a pick as you may have been lead to believe. For my Pro Stock pick, I'm choosing Erica Enders. Granted, I'm well aware that Franky used to pick her to win with reckless and ridiculous frequency last season, and she had a less than stellar performance record for 2016, and I certainly don't want readers to think that I'd ever take a guy like Franky's lead when making my far more educated picks-- BUT, with Erica now returning to the cockpit of her winning Chevy Camaro, and doing away with her losing ride of last year, I believe she'll be making a statement by clinching this weekend's Winternationals. This 'elite' drag racing prognosticator believes that Erica and the 'Elite Motorsports' team are destined for success.

 

Barbara: I certainly hope that the readers prefer us to those terribly tacky Franky & Felicia characters, Mike.

 

Mike: Of course they will, Barbara-- Of course they will, my dear. We're so charming and rip-roaring respectable!

 

 


 

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 back home at their heavenly living compound & racing operations base, all except for Fred The Wrench. Fred's on special assignment, posing undercover as a traveling celestial carpet salesman, teleported to the executive offices of the Darkside Drag Racing Association (D.D.R.A.). The brass at the Heavenly Drag Racing Association (H.D.R.A.), selected Fred, to covertly infiltrate the offices of their drag racing afterlife adversaries, in order to find out whether or not the cover-up that was recently initiated to erase all memory of Larry Lamb paying a hefty bribe has stuck solid among the enemy. You see, Larry Lamb paid a hefty bribe to the crooked Druscula Fusscula, the officiator of the corrupt international world legislators, who would have completely banned drag racing in the year 3000, had not Larry come up with a mammoth-sized bribe to save the sport. Of course the bribe weighed emotionally heavy on our group, because they never paid a bribe before. Paying the bribe caused controversy among our crew, due to what can admittedly be perceived as a morally and ethically questionable strategy...

The Heavenly Drag Racing Association's administrators believe that the fact that leader Larry Lamb paid a bribe, somehow leaked out through a pirate-news-broadcast, distributed to members of the drag racing afterlife's darkside, including the Darkside Drag Racing Association. H.D.R.A. administrators believe this dangerous development could possibly open the floodgates for threats of future aggressive extortion against our do-gooder crew and the H.D.R.A.... Larry and Sebastian used their metaphysical programming console, to create a 'replacement scenario' to erase the bribe incident from all forms of the enemy's intelligence and recorded history. They morphed time and space, to create the deceptive illusion that the bribe was instead paid by an obscure alien-being, that immediately expired after the extortion sum was turned over, therefore clearing Larry Lamb of the ethically questionable deed.

Larry Lamb, Sebastian, Maria, and Peter The Parrot are stationed at the home base, attentively monitoring Fred The Wrench's undercover activities, by viewing the screens of their covert telepathic relay system. Fred materialized in an elevator, inside the headquarters of the Darkside Drag Racing Association. The elevator door opens, Fred gets his first glimpse of the hedonistic interior of the enemy's offices... "Good Lord!!" Fred whispers to himself under his breath, "The womens here are barely decent in what's they be wearing-- and there's weird pulsating music and lights!! How do they get any work done at this place?!? How can they possibly concentrate?!?!"... Fred approaches a receptionist desk, "Can I help you?" says a lavishly made-up, gaudy looking lady ghoul, "I've never seen you here before, bud. You look like a salesman."... "Uh, yeah." reacts Fred as he fidgets with his collar, "Uh, I'm a traveling celestial carpet salesman."... "Well, you'll have to speak with Mr. Fearsome, he's the purchasing agent for our organization." says the receptionist, as she smacks her gum, and applies even more make-up to her face, a face that already looks like it has multiple coats gobbed all over it, "Have a seat, I'll tell him you're here. What's your name, bub?"... "Uh, Fred." replies our nervous mechanic playing the role of carpet salesman...

The receptionist calls Mr. Fearsome, informing him about Fred and his carpet selling intentions, and then says to Fred, "Mr. Fearsome will be right out."...Then a door flies opens from a corner office, a large imposing figure of a sinister ghoul steps out and walks towards Fred... Fred can't help but gulp in apprehension as he sees the tall, menacing, freakish purchasing agent now standing in front of him... "I don't recall requesting any carpet salesmen lately!!!" sternly blurts Mr. Fearsome as he eerily looks down at a seated Fred, "Who sent you here?!?!?"... Fred scrambles his brain to think of an answer, "Uh, well, I was selling to a client in a nearby parallel universe, and I thought I'd do the courtesy of stopping in here, and seeing if you wanted to get in on a special clearance sale we're having on our manufacturer's overrun."... Mr. Fearsome absorbs what Fred just said, and replies, "Well, alright, I have some free time, come in my office... Fred gets up and follows Mr. Fearsome into his lavish office and takes a seat... Mr. Fearsome sits at his desk and asks "So, what sort of carpet are you peddling, Fred?"... Fred opens his book of carpet samples and replies, "Uh, I've got a sinister devil-red colored shag carpet that would suit you and your organization just dandy, Mr. Fearsome."...

Fearsome reaches for Fred's sample book, with his long-clawed appendages. "Oh, I do like the devil-red color, and shag carpet IS a must for us hedonist honchos here at the Darkside Drag Racing Association."... As Mr. Fearsome glances at the carpet sample, Fred wastes no time, and immediately tries to make small talk, in an attempt to find out if Fearsome has any knowledge of the recent bribe incident, "How 'bout dat bribe dat recently went down with those international legislators, who were gonna outlaw drag racing?"... Mr. Fearsome's wicked eyes look up from the carpet sample and connect with Fred, "Oh, yeah, I heard about that, evidently it was some sort of obscure afterlife alien life-force that paid the big bribe, then it self-destructed, or something  screwed up like that."... As Larry, Sebastian, Maria, and Peter The Parrot watch this from the screens of their covert telepathic relay system, they all give each other happy high-fives, because they realize that their cover-up scheme was indeed a success...

Fred then says to Mr. Fearsome, "Uh, so, how many square yards of the devil-red shag carpet should I put you down for??"... "Ya, know, come to think of it," replies Mr. Fearsome, "all the carpets here at our darkside headquarters could use replacing, and I really do love the shade of devil-red on this particular shag carpet you're selling-- And I sure do like your casual though bluntly persistent style, Fred!"... "You do???" comes back a now somewhat befuddled Fred... "Yeah!" replies Mr. Fearsome, "And I tell you what, after we close this carpet deal, whaddaya say we discuss YOUR future with this organization??-- We have some attractive openings, and I think YOU could be a great asset to our team, Fred!"... A blank stare comes over Fred The Wrench's face... "Oh no!" says Larry Lamb, while watching this all transpire over the covert telepathic relay system screens, "I do NOT like the direction this is going!!"... "Figures that the creep would like Fred!" squawks Peter The Parrot, "Everyone likes Fred!"... "If this foul Mr. Fearsome does any kind of prospective employee check on Fred, that could easily blow Fred's cover and put him in a dire situation!" says Sebastian with a tinge of distraught anxiety... "This sure turned from a good mission to a possibly dangerously bad one in a matter of minutes!!" interjects a weary and worried Maria... "Fred's got to get out of there!!!" adds Larry Lamb...

 

 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... Despite the good news that Fred The Wrench's covert role as a traveling celestial carpet salesman, resulted in rapidly finding out that the metaphysical cover-up of the bribe incident DID in fact successfully stick among the ghastly ghouls of the Darkside Drag Racing Association, now Mr. Fearsome has actually taken a liking to Fred, and wants him to come to work at the D.D.R.A.!!!  As Larry Lamb, Sebastian, Maria, and Peter The Parrot nervously monitor what's now transpiring from back at their home base, via the screens of the covert telepathic relay system, they are severely stressing from this new dangerous development!!!! Fred infiltrated and gained valuable intelligence at the executive offices of the Darkside Drag Racing Association, but now he has to find a way to get the heck out of there with his heavenly spirit and soul intact!!!! WHERE IS THIS ALL GOING?!?!? 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 2017 DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND.


I realize that this is news that's already broke among much of the drag racing related press, but even though I haven't had a chance to post it here over the last couple of days, I believe it's still enough of a significant and worthy story, for me to give it some of my attention for this day's Drag Racing Underground blog installment... I'm talking about the two talented ladies who produced historic timeslips during the recent pre-Winternatonals testing at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona... Courtney Force lead the Funny Car contingent with the unofficial record for quickest flopper pass of all time with a 3.804 333.33mph blitz. And on the Top Fuel side of the nitro universe, Leah Pritchett made the unofficial quickest run in NHRA history with a blistering 3.654 331.85mph assault of the asphalt... These ladies demonstrated that they've both got a heavy foot, as we're now about to embark on the official start of NHRA's 2017 racing season. And yes, we know that a lot of credit goes to their crew chiefs and supporting staff, so I certainly do want to give those folks some much deserved recognition as well... Will 2017 be the year we see a gal take the Top Fuel and Funny Car championship?? If the testing in Arizona is any indication of what these two women, and their team members have up their sleeves for the rest of the season, it is indeed a reasonable possibility...

 

 

Courtney Force (pictured) and Leah Pritchett are women on a mission for NHRA's 2017 season.


Now that the Super Bowl is finally over, ya think we as a society could please start paying some attention to drag racing??... Gee whiz, the mainstream and sports related media sure gave this year's Super Bowl a whole heck of a lot of ink and airtime, so now that it's over with, it'd sure be nice to see our favorite form of straightline motorsport get some much deserved attention for a change. Granted, it was indeed an intense Super Bowl, it sure looked like Tom Brady and his Patriots didn't have a chance of recharging in the second half, and coming back to defeat the Falcons and their strong and substantial lead, but, Brady and his boys made it miraculously happen... That said, the first big NHRA event of the 2017 season is scheduled for this week, the Winter Nationals, and there's lots of exciting and nail-biting drama involved with this season starting race-- Shake-ups in some of the major pro teams, new sponsors, quicker numbers during recent testing sessions etc, etc, let's get pumped up about it. Let's get psyched for a brand new season of drag racing action. And on the more local level, I enthusiastically recommend that you check the 2017 racing schedule of your local strip(s), and make plans to attend some local events this season. Let's put the stick and ball sports aside and get focused on DRAG RACING...

 

 

Yours truly with a "Grumpy" tribute Camaro at E'Town. Get your local track's schedule and make plans for 2017.


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 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 type of behavior often has negative consequences for the drag racing scene... As the Super Bowl is upon us, and others on the internet make casual comments about the game, Marvin viciously chastises those who speak about football, and he tells them that he NEVER watches football at all, which just like much everything else Marvin says, is a complete lie, because Marvin is a deranged habitual liar (Marvin got fired from a drag strip management job many, many years ago for being a cracked cockeyed sociopathic liar). In actuality, not only does Marvin watch practically every single NFL game televised, he's even stupid enough to bet money on football every week, and as we all know, as organized crime, who monopolize the football gambling world likes to boast, they're awful lucky that there's people stupid enough to bet on football, 'cause that makes the mob a whole heck of a lot of money. Marvin is one of those snerts on the internet who tries so bloody hard to rile up trouble... 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 debbie-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 negativity. Let's get smart in 2017. Let's work together to help make the drag racing internet a 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...

 

 


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 Monday's edition of this popular blog installment... Of course on Sunday (tomorrow), we will be running our regularly scheduled 'SUNDAY FUNNIES THAT AREN'T NECESSARILY THAT FUNNY' feature, which I now help editorially administrate for Drag Racing Underground each and every single weekend with Doc's oversight... 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 beefy and beautiful 1955 Chevrolet making its way into the E'Town staging lanes. Doc says that you can file this particular shot in the "Old School that Still Rules" file...  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 sweet '55 rolling into the Englishtown staging lanes...

 


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 our salute to Black History Month, and the fact that drag racing remains the most diverse and "color blind" of all motorsports prompted Brian from Fenton, MO to write, "Thanks so much for mentioning Malcolm Durham in your interesting article. He was one of my favorite match racers from the 1960s."... Wednesday's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Angel from all the way in Campo Grande, Brazil said, "It's not fair that the Heavenly Drag Racing Association are making a great mechanic like Fred The Wrench play secret agent man when he could be building fast race cars!"-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "Mr. Fearsome gives me the creeps!"-- Thanks to all of you Phantom Racer fans who wrote in this week... My blog reminding you that Old Bridge Township Raceway Park will be conducting NHRA Chassis Certification on March 18th (you must pre-register by March 13), caused Stanley from Queens, NY to chime in, "Doc is a godsend  for reminding me about getting our car certified!"... My blog promoting the upcoming 35th Annual Spring Englishtown Swap Meet & Auto Show scheduled for April 28-30, brought on lots of appreciative reactions. Peter from Morganville, NJ wrote, "I'll be bringing my family out for the swap meet. My wife makes jewelry, and she always finds things there that she can use to make new pieces."... Our so-called 'SUNDAY FUNNIES THAT AREN'T NECESSARILY THAT FUNNY AT ALL'  managed to get Mildred from Studio City, CA in a bit of a tizzy, she claims "Marvin is the kind of guy that makes my skin crawl. Bullies on the internet are pathetic losers!"... My blog paying respect to the recently departed Mike Connors, who played the role of Mannix on the old TV series of the same name, inspired Andrew from Corpus Christi, TX to write, "Mannix was the best of the detective shows. Mike Connors was my idol as a kid. His Dodge Dart GTS was the hottest mopar muscle car on television at the time."... 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 I'd like to acknowledge February as Black History Month... As most folks who follow drag racing are already aware, out of all the different forms of motorsports, it is drag racing that is the most inclusive and "color-blind" when it comes to both participants and fans. Our sport has a long history of competitive Afro-Americans making a name for themselves in various racing classes and categories. I believe that's something we should all be proud of. Here's just a partial list of racers that I can name off the top of my head--  Malcolm Durham, Antron Brown, Larry Edwards, Tim Wood, "Big Willie" Robinson, Levi Holmes, Rufus "Brooklyn Heavy" Boyd, Larry Nance, Mrs. Nellie Goins, Clarence Bailey, Eric Reel, and Ronald Lyles-- and there's many, many more than that... Here at Drag Racing Underground we collectively celebrate Black History Month and all the Afro-American racers who help make drag racing the most diverse of all motorsports...

 

 

We celebrate Black History Month... Yours truly and Larry Edwards at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.