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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 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!


Alexis DeJoria is now retired from the brash weekend-after-weekend grueling NHRA drag racing battleground. The 40-year-old finished the 2017 season gracefully and respectfully in the Mello Yello NHRA Funny Car standings. There's no denying that her stint of driving the Patron Tequila flopper in conjunction with Kalitta Racing has produced some impressive results over the last few seasons. More than once on these pages, I've openly admitted to personally liking the lady. Having met Alexis DeJoria a couple times, and even spending some quality time with Alexis earlier this past season, talking with her about my Big Stick music thing, I find her to be an intriguing and groovy gal. I give Alexis lots of credit for being brave enough to strap into a nitro Funny Car on a frequent basis, and go through the ultra-tough regiment of participating on the NHRA tour -- That sure ain't no walk in the park, bub!... She's racked up some celebrated wins, and she's also experienced the kind of bumps and bruises that occasionally comes with the job description. Overall, I believe that Alexis can be proud of all she's accomplished as a professional drag racer. I know that some of the more blowharded fans of NHRA drag racing like to make a big stink when drivers (especially WOMEN drivers) decide to retire from the sport (remember how the internet snerts viciously attacked Cristen Powell when she retired from drag racing after her 1997 Summernationals Top Fuel victory?!? Good Lord!! What was THAT all about?!?)-- They treat drag racing as if it's some sort of "weirdo cult", where you're NEVER supposed to be permitted to retire and walk away. I believe that sort of cockeyed thinking is stupid poppycock, and definitely doesn't reflect the views of most of the sport's more "stable" and "rational" fan base... In closing, I want to go on the record as wishing Alexis the very best. Hopefully she'll be able to find more quality and leisure time to spend with her loving husband of four years, Jesse James, and the rest of her wonderful family (because she claims that's one of the major reasons for her retirement announcement, she wants to dedicate more time to enjoying family)... Alexis DeJoria now possesses some shiny, well-deserved and earned "Wally" trophies to proudly display up on her mantle, and plenty of great drag racing memories for her to reflect on through her golden retirement years...

 

 

The now retired Alexis DeJoria enjoys a moment with nitro teammate Doug Kalitta at the Englishtown strip. 


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 my show of concern for all our brothers and sisters of the drag racing community suffering with the wildfires in Southern California resulted in lots of emails. Kendra from Santa Paula, CA wrote, "Doc's caring words helped my state of mind tremendously."-- Jaclyn from Ventura, CA said, "It's so nice and comforting to know that people like Doc from the other coast are praying for relief from our extreme distress here in California."...  Wednesday's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Gianna from all the way in Vrbovec, Croatia said, "As I learn more about Fred The Wrench's troubled childhood, I get a clearer understanding of why he suffered from alcohol addiction for so long."-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "When Fred's dad threw his son's Visible V8 model kit in the fireplace on Christmas morning, that's when he no longer had the right to call himself a father."... My blog titled "HOW WILL DRAG RACING STAND WITH AMERICA'S CULTURE WAR?" prompted emails of strong and differing opinions. Eric from Siminole, FL wrote, "Even though most of my drag racing buddies are far right republicans, as many drag racers are, I still confront them about the craziness from the right. This has caused me to lose a lot of friends over the last several months. Doc is correct in calling it a culture war. That's what it's become." -- on the other side of the opinion fence, Chippy from Gadsden, AL wrote, "Tell Doc I'm done with reading her ******* blog. From where I and most patriotic Americans stand, having a republican pedophile in the senate still beats the **** out of having a ******* democrat in the seat!" (editor's note: we received many responses saying the exact same thing as Chippy. Weird.)... Substitute Stephanie's blog, announcing that if I were to step away from blogging because my music stuff makes me too busy, that she'd then be the writer to take hold of the reigns, got Rodney from Wilsonville, OR to write, "I usually still check out the blog when Stephanie substitutes. But I would be disappointed to see Doc walk away. I have mixed feelings."... Our so-called "SUNDAY FUNNIES THAT AREN'T NECESSARILY THAT FUNNY AT ALL" managed to get Beatrice from Scottsdale, AZ in a bit of an angry frenzy, she typed, "Every Sunday when I see what Marvin has to say, it makes my blood boil!"... My blog announcing that Drag Racing Underground has officially proclaimed December as "DOORSLAMMER APPRECIATION MONTH"  inspired Luke from Elks, PA to write, "I think with NHRA's new Pro Stock rules, you're going to see more fans start appreciating door car racing in the future. I love the Pro Modified class."... 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.



SOME WORDS OF CONCERN FOR OUR FRIENDS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA...

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Today I feel overwhelmingly compelled to write some words of genuine concern for all our dear brothers and sisters of the drag racing community residing in southern California. The historically dangerous wildfires that are currently destroying hundreds of thousands of acres are a most disheartening sight to see. With credible news reports of massive mandatory evacuations, power outages, and widespread loss of homes and property, we can only hope that this will all come to an end sooner than later. Let's pray that better containment of the various blazes will become the reality once the strong Santa Ana winds can eventually calm down and subside. We desperately need "Mother Nature" to change her destructive behavior, and be far more cooperative in this grueling battle against the fierce flames. We're thinking of all the courageous firefighters who are battling this catastrophe in such brutally hot and dry conditions. We wish that all affected can find the strength to endure, and be capable of getting back to a somewhat normal existence once this nasty natural disaster comes to a conclusion. Try your best to hang in there for now...

 

 


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 of the afterlife... 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 are together at their Heavenly Drag Racing Association sanctioned residence/racing compound. It's the morning after Thanksgiving. Our group are assembled for breakfast in the kitchen... "I'm still stuffed from yesterday's hearty Thanksgiving dinner!" said Maria as she rubbed her belly, "It was quite a feast!"... "What's next on our schedule, boss?" inquired Sebastian to leader Larry Lamb..."Well," replied Larry Lamb, "now that Thanksgiving is behind us, we must already start making plans for Christmas."... "Good lord!!" shrugged a slightly confrontational Fred The Wrench, "I'm itching to get back out at the drag strip and back to racing. Enough with all this holiday nonsense! First it was Halloween, then it was Thanksgiving, and NOW we're already supposed to be consumed with getting ready for Christmas?!?"...  "Oh, don't be such a scrooge, Fred!!" squawked Peter The Parrot, "You sure liked it last year when I got you all those vintage drag racing magazines for Christmas!!"... "Yeah, I guess so," once again shrugged a still reluctant sounding Fred, "It's just, it's just, that sometimes I get a little, uh, depressed during the winter holidays."... "Why is that, Fred?" said Maria with a stare of genuine concern, "Why does Christmas make you depressed?"...

Fred then appears to nervously twitch, exhibiting undeniably uncomfortable body language... "What's the matter, Fred?" asks Larry Lamb... Fred continues to look as if he's breaking into some type of severely emotionally charged trauma... Sebastian abruptly gets up from the table and puts his arm around Fred, "What's eating at you, Fred? You're turning very pale and your bloodshot eyes are watering up!"... Fred then drops like a rock from his chair, and starts violently rolling on the floor, plunging into intense physical convulsions!... "WHAT'S WRONG WITH FRED?!?" squawks Peter The Parrot in panic, as he flies up out of his specially designed kitchen highchair, that helps compensate for his short bird stature... All the group rise up and run over to a now frantically convulsing Fred The Wrench, in reaction to his seriously concerning behavior... Fred then starts bawling out loud like a baby!!!... "THIS AIN'T LIKE FRED!!!" squawks Peter, "HE'S SUPPOSED TO BE OUR BURLY-BEAR TOUGH GUY OF THE TEAM!!! HE SEEMS TO BE HAVING  A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN OR SUMPTHIN'!!!"...

Larry Lamb instructs Maria, "Go get me the first aid kit!!"... Sebastian switches into metaphysical mode, spinning at highly accelerating RPMs, and transforming himself into an emergency 'Phantom Racer' phase, in hopes that the added 'Phantom Power' might further facilitate him in helping with Fred's disturbing condition!... "AAAAAAAAARH!!!!" screams out a now borderline incoherent Fred The Wrench, drooling all over his grease-stained flannel shirt, and worn, tattered dungaree overalls, "I-I-I CAN'T TAKE IT!!!!!!! I CAN'T STAND IT!!!!! PLEASE DON'T LET CHRISTMAS COME AGAIN!!! I-I-I CAN'T TAKE IT!!!!!...

"What is this all about, Fred??" questions Larry Lamb as he grabs hold of one of Fred's trembling hands... Fred violently twists his body in manic, distorted contortions and replies in a fit of sobbing screaming  "WHEN I WAS JUST SEVEN YEARS OLD BACK ON EARTH, AND A MERE MORTAL, IT WAS A COLD CHRISTMAS MORNING, AND MY FATHER, WHO WAS ALSO A MASTER MECHANIC OF HIS TIME, JUST DISCOVERED THAT I HAD LOST HIS FAVORITE SLIP-JOINT PLIERS WHEN ME AND MY FRIENDS WERE BUILDING A TREE HOUSE OVER THE SUMMER --  MY DAD GREW FIERCELY FURIOUS, AND TOOK MY ONLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT, A 1/4 SCALE VISIBLE V8 MODEL KIT THAT I WANTED MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE IN THE WORLD, AND THREW IT IN OUR BURNING FIREPLACE AS PUNISHMENT FOR ME LOSING HIS FAVORITE PLIERS, THE VISIBLE V8 MODEL KIT WENT UP IN FLAMES AS I TEARFULLY WATCHED --  IT WAS THE WORST CHRISTMAS OF MY MORTAL LIFE!!!!! I'VE NEVER GOTTEN OVER THAT DAY -- AND WHEN CHRISTMAS ROLLS AROUND EACH YEAR, EVEN HERE IN THE AFTERLIFE, ALL THE PAIN AND SUFFERING COMES BACK TO ME!!!! WHY DID I LOSE THOSE DAMN PLIERS?!?!? WHY?!?!??!"

"Oh my!!!" squawks a sympathetic Peter The Parrot... Maria returns from the utility closet with a first-aid kit, and hands it over to Larry Lamb... Larry pulls out a mouthguard from the kit and inserts it in Fred's quivering mouth, so he doesn't bite off his own tongue as a result of the convulsions...  Sebastian, now in 'Phantom' mode, musters the strength necessary to securely put Fred in a restraining 'full nelson' type of wrestling hold, to keep him from physically hurting himself during the convulsions... "How do we make Fred's convulsions stop?!?" squawks Peter The Parrot... "I have an idea," interjects Maria, "it's a long shot, and I've never done it before, but I feel compelled to try it now!!!"... "Try what?!?" asks an overly anxious Larry Lamb... Maria replies  "An ancient Mesopotamian metaphysical remedy for extreme mental duress that's called 'Butterfly Metamorphosis Therapy'."...

"YOU'RE GOING TO TRY TO TURN OUR FRUMPY FRED INTO A DELICATE BUTTERFLY?!?" squawks a befuddled Peter The Parrot... "Yes, Peter," replies Maria, "that's pretty much it, though it does come with risk, if it doesn't work just right, we could completely lose Fred for all eternity."..."I'm afraid that's a risk we'll have to take." states Larry Lamb with stern authority... Maria then adds,  "I will repeat a sacred chant, that will hopefully turn Fred first into an egg, then a larva, then pupa or chrysalis as it's often called, and then, God willing, into a beautiful butterfly, free of all mental trauma and stress, and full of only tranquil and healing peace of mind."... Maria raises her arms up to the heavens, and begins to loudly repeat the ancient metaphysical chant, "FOR OUR DEAREST FRIEND FRED, FOR THE UPCOMING CHRISTMAS DAY, LET HIS CHILDHOOD ANGUISH BE SENT FAR, FAR AWAY -- TRANSFORM HIS BODY, SPIRIT AND SOUL, INTO THE FOUR STAGES OF BUTTERFLY METAMORPHOSIS, LEAVING HIS CHILDHOOD GRIEF OUT TO THE COLD!!!! -- FOR OUR DEAREST FRIEND FRED, FOR THE UPCOMING CHRISTMAS DAY, LET HIS CHILDHOOD ANGUISH BE SENT FAR, FAR AWAY -- TRANSFORM HIS BODY, SPIRIT AND SOUL, INTO THE FOUR STAGES OF BUTTERFLY METAMORPHOSIS, LEAVING HIS CHILDHOOD GRIEF OUT TO THE COLD!!!!!"...  (Maria repeats this mystical chant at an amplified and progressively faster pitch, multiple times, in a desperate attempt to eventually release Fred The Wrench from his gut-wrenching, emotionally-scarred, childhood induced, mentally debilitating pain!!!)...


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...  Our group just recently shared a heartfelt Thanksgiving together, and all seemed fine and dandy the morning after. HOWEVER, when Fred The Wrench was told by leader Larry Lamb, that the next thing on the do-gooder team's agenda is to be preparation for Christmas, Fred went into violent convulsions, and spilled the beans of a traumatic childhood experience, of when he lost his father's favorite slip-joint pliers, throwing his dad into a raucous rage, punishing Fred by burning his Visible V8 model kit Christmas present in the family's fireplace -- An incident that Fred obviously has never really recovered from!!! NOW THE ONLY WAY TO SAVE FRED'S TORTURED SOUL, IS FOR MARIA TO REPEAT A RISKY METAPHYSICAL CHANT, TO HOPEFULLY BEGIN A METAMORPHOSIS PROCESS TO TRANSFORM OUR BURLY, FREAKED-OUT FRED INTO A PEACEFUL-MINDED BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY!!! WHERE IS THIS GOING?!?! WHAT THE HECK IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT?!?!?... What's in store for our drag racing paranormal dream team as they continue to embark on unpredictable drag racing adventures throughout the parallel universes??... Can they all hold it together and successfully champion the powers of good??... Or will they fall victim to evil entities they cannot control???... These are just a few of the mind-twisting questions to be answered in future action-packed episodes of TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER!!... There's more paranormal mystical and maniacal drag race mayhem coming your way!!... You definitely do not want to miss it...

Stay tuned next Wednesday for a new chapter of the serial paranormal drama series we call TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER... Be sure that YOU follow the story of Sebastian Conrad... Bookmark this page and BE HERE every Wednesday!!... You can read prior episodes of TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER by simply clicking on the 'DOC'S BLOG' link that's conveniently located atop this page, and then scrolling to her Wednesday blog installments (because this series is published here each and every Wednesday). All characters appearing in this series are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead is purely coincidental. TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER story and imagery are copyright 2017 DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND.


In today's blog I'm doing something I don't often do here. I'm addressing the issue of politics. The reason I'm doing so, is because as Americans, we're reaching a burning point in what appears to be becoming a pretty darn volatile "culture war". Republicans and Democrats, the extreme racist 'alt-right' (as they call themselves) and the liberal left are at odds in a way that we haven't seen in several generations. We've got a political party insisting that an alleged pedophile (with allegations against him that are awful solid and convincing) is morally and mentally fit to serve in the U.S. senate. We've got a woman getting run over and killed in Virginia by an 'alt-right' advocate who disagreed with her liberties to protest against racism. We've got politicians secretively trying to pass legislation in the wee hours of the morning to radically change our nation's economy in such a way that they aren't even sure of how it will really play out. Politics have gotten way too reckless of late. Politics have gotten to a perverted, non-democratic point, of where our founding fathers hoped it would never, ever be for the American people. Back during the presidential election, we were doing polls among the drag racing public (our customers), and already sensed that the level of discourse among our own drag racing community was rocky at best -- Now, it appears that the divide is widening at an alarming and accelerating rate. Where is this all going? As a drag racing community, will we be able to remain civil and not let politics blow a hole in our friendships, and erupt into further divided discourse? How is this eventually going to bear on the world of drag racing? That's the question I'm asking. That is the question that I'd like all my readers to take a moment to seriously contemplate and discuss with each other (without running over and killing each other!). That's my drag racing thought of the day...

 

 


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 Tuesday's (tomorrow's) edition of this popular blog installment.... Please enjoy Stephanie's Snapshot of the Day... This installment features a photograph that's so dear to my heart. It's a shot of both Doc (right) and myself (left) laughing it up in the pit area at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey. I occasionally post this photo to remind myself of how thankful I am to have the friendship of a woman as wonderful as Doc. She's truly an inspiration to me, just as she is to so many women across the globe who admire her vast achievements, as well as her incredible strength and courage to speak the truth, even in situations where speaking the truth isn't necessarily the most popular thing to do. I love the way I'm holding the clipboard that I use to make notes when Doc comes up with concepts that she believes will be beneficial for the important work she does. I'm so thankful for Doc and all she does to make this world of ours a better place. We're all thankful for the service she so selflessly provides for the entire drag racing community. How I love this photograph and simply adore her. And lastly, I've been told by Doc just this last weekend, that if she gets so busy with her music work that she has to step aside from doing this blog, she's going to hand the reins over to me. That is such an honor that I don't even know what to say. I'm walking on sunshine! I feel so blessed that I'm crying tears of joy!!!

 

 

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


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!


Believe it or not the month of December is finally upon us... Therefore, we here at Drag Racing Underground hereby officially proclaim December as being  "DOORSLAMMER APPRECIATION MONTH"... It's no secret that the Dragsters and Funny Cars get a heck of a lot of starstruck attention in the sport of drag racing. However, those of us who are really in the know, often refer to the door cars as the "silent majority" among the novice fan population -- You see, the truth is, there really are droves more cars with doors competing on the drag strips of the world, than there are floppers and diggers. It is the doorslammers that make up the backbone of straightline accelerating  racing -- There's the street cars, stock & super stockers, comp cars, top sportsman, pro stockers, pro mods, and many other different variations of classes that feature vehicles with working doors. So this December, let's not overlook the doorslammer racers and cars who fill up the pits and storm down the strip. We sincerely honor and salute the wide array of race machinery with doors and those racers and teams who vigorously campaign them.

 

 

Veteran doorslammer dignitary Greg Anderson and his Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Chevy Camaro.


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 Drag Racing Underground's critically acclaimed anti-road rage campaign resulted in lots of emails. Tabitha from Fullerton, Ca wrote, "Doc is so right about the holiday season being an extra dangerous time for road rage incidents. My brother was severely injured in a road rage crime on Christmas Eve 2015. Thank you Doc for being one of the only voices in media addressing this dangerous national epidemic."...  Wednesday's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Allis from all the way in Swansea, Wales said, "I know that Fred The Wrench is a fictional character, but his distraught condition does have me up at nights worrying for his future welfare."-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "Fred is proof that even a burly bear of a mechanic can experience a mental meltdown."... My blog titled 'Some Off-Season Advice for My Racing Readers', that strongly suggests getting acquainted with a 'practice tree' device to sharpen reaction time skills prompted Michael from Leominster, MA  to say, "I took Doc's advice and got my practice tree out of the closet. I plan on improving my reaction skills and going more rounds next season." -- on the other side of the opinion fence, Wesley from Reynold, GA wrote, "When I used to race with my buddies we never had practice tree gadgets, and we did just fine. All this new stupid technology is what's ruining everything in this country."...  My blog asking the mainstream media to pay more respect and attention to the sport of drag racing, got Scott from Forney, TX to write, "Doc made a good point about how the mainstream media is all over the Danica Patrick retiring story, but there's hardly a peep said about Brittany Force winning the NHRA Top Fuel Championship. I hope Doc's plea to the mainstream media shakes things up!"... Our so-called "SUNDAY FUNNIES THAT AREN'T NECESSARILY THAT FUNNY AT ALL" managed to get Janice from Park Hill, OK in a bit of an angry frenzy, she typed, "Marvin is an ass. Bullies like him will eventually be the death of drag racing if we don't do something about them."... My blog informing readers that Drag Racing Underground has officially proclaimed November as "NHRA RACERS APPRECIATION MONTH"  inspired Paul from Flushing, NY to say, "I tell my wife all the time how difficult racing on the NHRA tour is. Thankfully, when I had her read Doc's explanation of why that is, I think my wife finally got it!"... 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.