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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 management of Drag Racing Underground presents guest blogger Mary Murray. She's an opinionated woman from the northwest. Truth is that Doc is mighty busy of late with her Big Stick music duties and her sculpture pursuits, so we figure giving Mary a crack as a substitute blogger might be a good idea. Being that Drag Racing Underground is known as the strongest advocate for free speech among drag racing web sites, we're willing to give this outspoken lady a guest spot when Doc is too busy to blog. Please keep in mind that the thoughts and opinions expressed by Mary Murray with her MARY's MOUTHPIECE blog submissions do not necessarily reflect those of Drag Racing Underground. Without further ado, we give you Mary Murray...


HEY YOU GUYS!!! Wake up and smell the coffee! Drink the coffee and then have another cup on me. I'm Mary. I going to put my cards right on the table. I am happy as a kitty in a yarn warehouse to be able to communicate with you once again on the drag racing web page best known for insightful thought and unrestricted freedom of expression. My last appearance here caused what I've been told to be an "unprecedented amount of negative emails" sent to the Drag Racing Underground bosses. And I was told that many of the emails were of an "extremely severely angry nature"... Yes, I understand that when I express my opinions, they don't always jive with everyone else, but that's just how this bold lady rolls-- Anyways-- Today I want to share with you, all my unbridled joy for my hunk of a hero John Force's Racing Team. So many cynical, self-absorbed, know-it-all, wisecrackers are reported to write in to Drag Racing Underground continuously mocking me, and insisting that John Force and his team of racers are "all washed up", and should retire from drag racing and be "put out to pasture"-- HA!! I say!! That's phooey dooey huey balderdash!! 'Cause it just so happens that John "Brute" Force, even in his current elderly years, managed to finish a respectable 7th among the top ten Funny Car stars for NHRA's 2017 season... And oh, team member, and president of John Force Racing, Robert Hight, finished NUMBER ONE in the 2017 Funny Car points race, with his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS!! This is Hight's 2nd Mello Yello Funny Car championship!!... Courtney Force, one of John's three lovely daughters, finished an impressive third in the 2017 NHRA Funny Car points with her Advance Auto Parts Camaro. AND, let's not forget, the "baby" of John's three girls, Brittany Force, scored her very first NHRA Top Fuel Championship this season!!! That's right, Brittany, with the help of master mechanical whiz, Alan Johnson, and her crack Monster Energy drink crew, pulled out the top seat from under the butt of Steve Torrence, and made drag racing history. Brittany's the first woman to win an NHRA Top Fuel championship in decades!!!  Not too shabby, all you snooty smartypants naysayers!!! That sure doesn't sound like a team of "washed up" racers to me! John Force and his team still have the proverbial "right stuff" to go rounds and make it to the winner's circle -- even to the top of the heap championship spot in the case of Robert Hight and Brittany!!!... I want to end this here blog with a very special message for everyone. We all love cheap clothes and electronics bargains, but can we all please join the fight against overseas child slavery, and do our part to eliminate child slave labor in our lifetime. Thank you...

 

 


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!


As "Old Man Winter" is on our doorstep  (at least here in the northeast), I thought I'd dedicate today's blog to offering up some respect and recognition to all the racers and team members who I've witnessed go far beyond the normal call of duty, especially lately, as 'Mother Nature's" been dropping her temperatures during the slightly chilled Autumn season of drag racing... Just last Sunday, when I was a Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, and the temps were barely breaking the 45 degree mark, there were still a healthy heaping of race participants occupying both the track's 1/8th mile strip for THE DIGS nostalgia season finale, as well as over at the 1/4 mile track for the No/Time Nationals -- That really impressed me, and demonstrated the true-grit, grass roots gumption that so many drag racers have embedded in their soul and spirit. There really are a tough group of gearheads with a true "need for speed", and they were present at Englishtown last weekend. I want to show my appreciation for all you racers, no matter where you're located on the map, all you racers who show up at your local strips, even when the weather is far from "ideal" in terms of motorsport conditions. I want to express to all you breed of racers, that you are the embodiment of what this hardcore drag racing mindset is all about. I sincerely salute you all and thank you for your service to the sport of drag racing...

 

 


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 announcing that Drag Racing Underground officially proclaims November as being "NHRA RACERS APPRECIATION MONTH" resulted in lots of emails. Ralph from Ennis, TX wrote, "Kudos to Doc for recognizing how hard our racers work on the NHRA tour. I used to be a crew guy for many years. I agree with Doc that being a professional driver isn't always as glamorous as it appears." -- On the far other side of the opinion fence, "Angry Gary" from Monroe, MI scribes "Give me a break. Another fluff piece from Doc. Who does she think she's fooling? Those pampered NHRA pro racers have it made in the shade!"... Wednesday's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Unni from all the way in Fauske, Norway said, "Thank God that Sebastian was able to transform into the Phantom Racer and get rid of that scary Mantis monster!"-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "I'll bet that next year we see the Heavenly Drag Racing Association return to their strict no Halloween activities policy."... My blog summarizing my trip to Raceway Park last Sunday for THE DIGS AT E'TOWN's nostalgia "Monster Bash" and the No/Time Nationals prompted Paula from Elberon, NJ  to say, "The weather at The Digs could have been a little warmer, but my family still had a great time. Meeting Doc and having her sign my son's baseball cap was the icing on the cake. I love the nostalgia drag racing." -- Deano from Newark, NJ wrote, "Thanks to Doc for stopping by our pit at the No/Time Nationals. Her long support of us outlaw racers has always helped."...  Our so-called "SUNDAY FUNNIES THAT AREN'T NECESSARILY THAT FUNNY AT ALL" managed to get Ellen from Pembroke Pines, FL in a bit of an angry frenzy, she typed, "Why would Marvin have the gall to call Doc a dingbat on her own blog page? He's a very sick puppy and a cyber bully!"... My editorial addressing the issue of our veterans suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for my Veterans Day blog inspired so many of you to write in with your own personal heart wrenching stories. Simon from Warmego, KS wrote, "I served a couple tours of duty in the middle east with the Marines. PTSD is something that I now live with each day of my life. I can't tell you how much us military vets appreciate Doc bringing attention to our problem. We need much more help than we're getting from the ******** in Washington DC."... 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 the grueling 2017 NHRA season finally wrapped up and logged in the history books, we decided that here at Drag Racing Underground, that we'd officially proclaim November as being "NHRA RACERS APPRECIATION MONTH". Let's face it, for all the racers who compete in NHRA's seasonal points championship, it ain't exactly a walk in the park, quite to the contrary, it's actually a long physically and emotionally demanding task that is far more taxing than most folks living "normal" lives could possibly ever comprehend. Put plainly, IT'S HARD, HARD WORK!!... Sure, you see all the NHRA racers smiling for the TV cameras, and doing their best to provide rational explanations for when things go terribly wrong -- You see the zillion dollar luxury trailers and accommodations, HOWEVER, when you get down to the brass tacks of it all, they're the racers who have to get suited up, and climb in the cockpit at the track, when the temperature's 99 degrees with 100% humidity, and do their best to completely concentrate and focus on going another tough round of nerving NHRA racing... You simply can't deny the fact that with all the glitz, glamour, and pageantry of NHRA racing, it's still a very, very, difficult job. It can often be a dastardly demanding occupation that requires plenty of the proverbial blood, sweat and tears... That all said, that's why we're officially proclaiming this month of November as "NHRA RACERS APPRECIATION MONTH"!!!... We salute all you racers who accept the challenge of competing on the extremely "labor intensive" NHRA tour... We know you give your soul and spirit to this rough and occasionally raucous NHRA racing arena, and for that, we appreciate your show of unwavering strength and genuine gusto... Now that the 2017 season's over, take a breather, hug your family, and pat yourself on the back for all you do to keep this NHRA drag racing train a rollin'... Below is posted a photographic image that yours truly snapped in the E'Town Raceway Park press suite of some locally-born NHRA racers who I know, and have great respect and genuine admiration for...

 

 

 


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. A pint-sized H.D.R.A. related intruder named Stosh, masqueraded (wearing a Halloween costume), disguised as the Darkside Drag Racing Association's notorious "Mantis", evil clutch and bottom-end guy, well known and feared throughout the many parallel universes of the drag racing afterlife. The costumed character removed a layer of synthetic skin, molded in the shape of a praying mantis insect's head, adhered to his real head, and exposed his small parrot bird's head. 'Mantis' continued to shed off armor-like 'body panels" of his 'costume', and squawked out loud, "I tricked you all!!! Trick or Treat!!! Trick or Treat!!! What do y'all think of my custom-made Halloween costume that fooled you all into thinking I was Mantis?!? HA!!! AIN'T THAT A HYSTERICAL RIOT?!? HEE!!! HEE!!!!"...

"Wait a minute!!!" squawked Peter The Parrot, "This little critter feller is my old best friend from back in the day Stosh!!!!! He's a bird buddy I once served with in the Heavenly Drag Racing Association's Junior Speed Scout training program for animals!!!"... "That's right, old pal!!" responds the bird that we were all tricked on this Halloween, into believing was "Mantis", the notorious clutch guy from the Darkside Drag Racing Association... "You sure had me fooled, Stosh!" blurts Fred The Wrench "Your elaborate costume was very convincing!!!"... Maria laughs out loud at the situation... "Hey, Stosh!" squawks an ecstatic Peter The Parrot, "I got some cheese and crackers hidden under my mattress, so as Fred don't steal the edible goodies from me -- I been saving 'em for a special occasion just like this one!!!!"... "Oh brother," sarcastically shrugs Fred The Wrench, "As if it don't get weird enough 'round here with just one pint-sized parrot on the premises, now we gots two of 'em?!?"...

Everyone shares Halloween candy corn that Stosh brought with him. Peter The Parrot flies to his quarters to fetch the cheese and crackers. This is our crews first time celebrating Halloween due to the Heavenly Drag Racing Association lifting its former strict restrictions on the practice. Maria grabs a sheet from the linen closet, cuts holes for eyes, puts it over her body and pretends to be a happy howling ghost!! Moments later, Peter The Parrot, flies back to the assembled group and squawks "LOOK AT DIS?!? ALL MY CHEESE AND CRACKERS GOT SMOOSHED UNDER MY MATTRESS!!!! FRED MUSTA SAT ON MY BED WHEN HE WAS RAIDING MY OLD DRAG RACING 'ZINE STASH!!!! FRED MUSTA BEEN READING MY DRAG MAGS AND SITTIN' RIGHT WHERE I HAD THESE MUNCHIE GOODIES STASHED UNDER MY MATTRESS AND SQUASHED 'EM!!!! HE MUSTA CRUSHED MY TREATS WITH HIS AMPLE FRUMPY BODY MASS!!!!"...

"Calm down!" says Fred The Wrench, "Yes, I did recently raid your stash of old drag racing magazines, and yes, I did sit on your bed for a spell, and read through some of 'em, and musta smooshed your hidden cheese n' crackers under your mattress on accident. But I'll make it up to you, little guy!"... "Oh yeah?!?" squawks Peter The Parrot "How you gonna do that, Freddy boy?!?"... Fred walks to the fridge and pulls out a deluxe party platter that he had been saving for the proverbial 'special occasion' as well... "Oh my," says Larry Lamb, "Fred's party platter surely makes up for those squashed crackers and cheese you had hidden under your mattress, Peter!"... "I propose a toast!" interjects a gleeful Stosh, "Here's to the beauty of six members of the Heavenly Drag Racing Association's afterlife racing operations, sharing a wholesome Halloween themed get-together of friends!!!"..."HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!" shouts the two parrots in collective unison ... Fred The Wrench proceeds to put on one of his favorite Fats Domino records and the party really starts hoppin'!!!...

BUT THEN!!!...  The needle on the Fats Domino record scratches its way across the disc as a result of a sudden seismic  shakeup of the surroundings!!... "OH NO!!!" shouts an aghast Maria... An eerie dark aura appears to rise up from the large party platter dish, and materialize in ghastly physical form!!!... "IT'S THE R-R-REAL MANTIS!!!" says Sebastian... "YEP!!! DAMN RIGHT IT'S ME -- THE REAL MANTIS!!! I'M CORROSIVELY CRASHING THIS LAME HALLOWEEN PARTY!!!" ghoulishly gurgles what is clearly visible as 'the real McCoy' of nefarious darkside clutch tuning creatures, "I WAS SCANNING MY SHORTWAVE CLAIRVOYANCE MONITOR AT MY DARKSIDE PAD, WHEN I SUCCESSFULLY BROKE YOUR TELEPATHIC BROADCAST SECURITY CODES, ENABLING ME TO WATCH THE PATHETIC PARTY HAPPENING HERE!!! -- YOU SEE, THIS MANTIS HEAD ON MY SHOULDERS IS NOT A HALLOWEEN COSTUME!!! THE MIND INSIDE THIS PRAYING MANTIS SHAPED HEAD IS TRUE INTERSPECIES METAPHYSICAL EVIL, SHIFTED INTO OVERDRIVE!!!! NOW I'M GOING TO TURN YOUR DOOFY, DO-GOODER, WHOLESOME HALLOWEEN PARTY INTO A SINISTER SUPERNATURAL NIGHTMARE SCENARIO, THAT YOU FEEBLE FOOLS COULD NEVER, EVER IMAGINE!!!!! HA!!! HA!!! HA!!! HA!!!"....

Sebastian immediately starts to spin at high RPMs in order to transform into 'Phantom Racer' mode... Mantis attempts to counteract and disrupt Sebastian's transformation actions by repeatedly chanting a morbid ancient mantis mantra, "STOP THE PHANTOM HERO IN HIS TRACKS AND SET HIS INNER CLOCK SEVERAL MINUTES BACK!!! STOP THE PHANTOM HERO IN HIS TRACKS AND SET HIS INNER CLOCK SEVERAL MINUTES BACK!!! STOP THE PHANTOM HERO IN HIS TRACKS AND SET HIS INNER CLOCK SEVERAL MINUTES BACK!!!"..."... Sebastian musters all the positive power he possibly can, shutting out Mantis' corrupting chanting, and successfully transforms into full 'Phantom' mode, then overwhelms Mantis with strength and finesse. Mantis tries desperately to fight back using freakish, freestyle sorcery moves, but can't break from Sebastian's mighty grip. Sebastian picks Mantis up over his head and throws him into a vat of corrosive tool cleaning liquid solution...

Mantis subsequently dissolves physically, though a weakened, translucent orb appears to materialize and escape from the toxic cleaning solution, and rapidly flies out one of the room's open skylights... "I guess that's all that is left of Mantis, for now anyways," says Sebastian, while standing tall in full 'Phantom Racer' hero regalia, "but don't think for one minute that Mantis is completely done for -- he'll travel in orb form back to his division of the Darkside Drag Racing Association's clutch experts enclave, and be reconstructed through the process of alchemy rehabilitation by their seasoned wizards of witchcraft."... "At least he's gone from here!!" says Maria, speaking with a sense of relief, as she removes her makeshift ghost sheet costume... "That was scary!" squawks Peter The Parrot... "Boy oh boy! I wanted to slug that Mantis creep right in his buggy kisser!" adds Fred The Wrench... "I believe that we best break this Halloween party up." says leader Larry Lamb with firm authority... "I'll transport back to my place." says Stosh "It was a fun party, for the short time that it lasted."... "Hey, it was good to see you again, buddy!" squawks Peter The Parrot "Don't be a stranger, come see us again!"... Stosh does his cute little bird waddle over to the metaphysical transport station, and fades away to back to where he came from... "Okay, everybody," orders Larry Lamb, "off to your quarters and get some sleep, I have a feeling that we'll be assigned another challenging mission from our superiors at the Heavenly Drag Racing Association sooner than later. Get your rest so you'll all be prepared for further drag racing afterlife do-gooder duty."...

 

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...  Wow!! --  It's a good thing that Sebastian was able to successfully transform into 'Phantom Racer' mode, despite the evil chanting that Mantis was doing in an attempt to counteract the transformation process. Fortunately Sebastian was able to overpower the menacing Mantis from the darkside, throw him in a vat of toxic parts cleaning solution, reducing him to just a fleeing orb... It was nice for our gang to have Stosh The Parrot as a brief Halloween guest, and he was no worse for wear, and transported safely back to his Heavenly Drag Racing Association abode... Larry Lamb firmly orders everyone to bed, to rest up, and regain their strength and mindset for their next assigned mission from the H.D.R.A.... 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.


It's often said "the third time is a charm", and that's certainly the case regarding this past Sunday's rescheduled DIGS AT E'TOWN nostalgia drag racing series' "Monster Bash" 2017 season finale. The event was already "rained out" two weeks in a row, and fortunately, the third attempt at running the event on Sunday was FINALLY a success -- "Mother Nature" finally cooperated enough to make it happen. Yes, temps did border on the chilly side of the thermometer, however, with sunny skies and a far-better-than-expected turnout for mid-November, there was really nothing for anyone to fret about. It was great to see all the many racers and their teams, a wide variety of happy hot rodders, and heapings of ultra-enthused spectators at the final DIGS date of the season. A lot of credit has to go to Raceway Park's Walter Frey and John McCartney for all their work in making THE DIGS the old school drag racing smash it's become over time. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing lots of my old friends, as well being introduced to some new ones, many of whom told me that they read this blog with steadfast regularity, I can't begin to tell you how much that means to me. I'm certainly looking forward to THE DIGS returning to E'Town's 1/8th mile strip in 2018... I also had a chance this past Sunday to check in on the notorious "No/Time Nationals" that were going on at Raceway's 1/4 mile track. There was a healthy turnout of urban "No/Time" racers on the property. I love when the big clocks get shut off, and the N/T racers do drag racing the way it was done during the sport's infancy -- back when you had to guess and estimate what your opponent's performance would be, before the benefit of seeing what they can run on the electronic clocks at the end of the strip -- there's a certain kind of "romance" to No/Time racing that I really love... In closing, I just want to reiterate what a grand time I had this past Sunday at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, getting to experience the old school DIGS and the "No/Time" scene made for many positive memories that I know will stay with me for the duration... What a groovy way for me to wind up my 2017 drag racing season...

 

 

Paul Cirillo's dragster & accompanying ancient Ford 'Model A' tow car in THE DIGS staging lanes last Sunday.


First of all, I want to say what a joy it was for me, to spend yesterday at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, and experience THE DIGS "Monster Bash" at the 1/8th mile strip, and the "No/Time Nationals" at the 1/4 mile track -- I'll talk more about that in tomorrow's (Tuesday's) blog installment... Now let's get to the matter of this past weekend's NHRA Finals in Pomona, California, and those racers who triumphantly walked away as 2017 season champions... I have to acknowledge how proud that I am, along with all my fellow E'Town friends, that Raceway Park alumnus, Eddie Krawiec, clinched his fourth NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle championship. We're all so darn proud of Eddie's accomplishments aboard his Screamin' Eagle, Vance & Hines Harley Davidson. And kudos to Eddie's teammate Andrew Hines for scoring his Pomona win... In the Top Fuel Dragster class, it was Brittany Force taking the Pomona victory, running consistent 3.6s, and she also managed to clinch the 2017 championship. With Brittany at the wheel, and Alan Johnson helping turn the wrenches, the Monster Energy drink team sure made some incredible history this year (editor's note: there's no doubt that Drag Racing Underground controversial race predictor Franky, of "Franky & Felicia" fame must be mighty happy, since we believe he's picked Brittany to win practically every single race this season, at least when he hasn't been suspended for his often, uh, "questionable" behavior)... Tommy Johnson Jr. won Funny Car at Pomona with his stellar Make-A-Wish flopper, finishing up a respectable 8th in 2017 points -- The overall Funny Car championship honors though, went to Force Racing team mighty member Robert Hight. This is Hight's 2nd NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car championship... In the Pro Stock car class, it was Bo Butner winning the last national event of the season AND taking the "factory hot rod" category's 2017 championship... Congratulations also go out to all the Sportsman teams that wound up at the top of the heap for this year's gearhead grappling... The 2017 NHRA season has been nothing short of an emotional roller coaster for lots of race teams -- the competition was always tough and requiring the best you can be... We now look forward to the grueling 2018 season next year, because we all know in our heart that those racers who rise to the challenge of NHRA Championship Drag Racing, are among motorsports' strongest and bravest -- We salute you all...

 

 


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!


As we live in a nation with a government that's fighting so darn hard to divide us as a nation over the issue of patriotism, truth be told, it's our own government and its own blowhard phonies, that are completely and shamelessly hypocritical when it comes to their own reverence and respect for our veterans of war. On this Veterans Day 2017, I want to bring attention to a matter that REALLY affects the spirit and mindset of those who've bravely served this country  -- I'm talking about the unsettling matter of how our government is NOT taking decent care of those veterans who return home from war with "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder" (PTSD). For my readers who are not at all aware of what PTSD actually is -- PTSD is a mentally debilitating affliction that so many of our veterans living among us are currently suffering with. After seeing all the bloodshed, all the gory, ghastly death, and legs getting blown off their fellow soldiers, a most painful stain is left embedded on their brains, leaving them with a mindset that makes their lives dreadfully difficult to live back here at home. PTSD is something they carry with them, causing intense pain, not only to themselves, but very often to their family members and loved ones as well. On this Veterans Day, I ask that we focus less on the hyped-up hoopla and hypocritical flag-waving fodder our blowhard politicians engage in, and focus more on demanding that our politicians make a concerted effort to put their money where their mouth is, and dedicate far more cash and resources to serving those who've served this nation, and are now experiencing the relentless pain of PTSD. Let's take our veterans suffering with PTSD far more seriously, and work much harder at giving them the clinical and psychological help they so rightfully deserve. THAT'S what's most important to me on this this Veterans Day... Make America's politicians show that they REALLY give a damn about those who've served, and not just on Veterans Day, but everyday of the year. Let's make Post Traumatic Stress Disorder a veterans topic that America no longer shamefully sweeps under the rug. Thank you to all reading this who've served...