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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 writes the truth... 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 right here at DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND... Diana's blog gives you a daily dose of truth and reality with heart... Diana's unique and refreshing perspective is unlike anything else on the drag racing 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...

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY WISHES & BEST OF LUCK TO ALEXIS DeJORIA...

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I want to dedicate today's edition of the blog to expressing happy belated birthday wishes to one of my favorite people in the sport, NHRA professional Funny Car racer Alexis DeJoria (her birthday was just yesterday September 24th). We're all certainly glad that she's back in the driver's seat, recovered from her recent mishap during the first round of eliminations at the Sonoma Nationals in California, when she was competing against John Force, and her Patron Toyota Camry lost traction and made a violent turn to the left, making impact with the concrete retaining wall. Although Alexis was able to exit the vehicle under her own power after the incident, she was later diagnosed with a high-energy fracture of the left pelvis, caused by the impact of striking the retaining wall. Fortunately, now she's healed and back in her hot rod. As this blog goes to press, Alexis is currently qualified No# 9 this weekend among the NHRA Midwest Nationals flopper field in scenic St. Louis, Missouri. We all wish her and her trusty Tequila Patron Camry team the very best. Alexis has always been an extremely brave woman in my eyes, and I believe her resilient spirit will greatly aid in her ability to make some more winning history in the driver's seat...

 

 


We've been receiving quite a few emails of late, sort of "complaining" (for lack of a better word) about my recent more frequent absence from my blog duties here at Drag Racing Underground. (some of those "complaints" have already been printed in our FEEDBACK FRIDAY feature). And yes, it's kind of understandable, and it's even a little flattering that there's folks who like my blogging enough to actually care that much, to write and express their feelings. It's a sentiment that I certainly appreciate. However, I'm also of the belief that my trusty assistant Stephanie, and the other guest bloggers we bring in to substitute for me in my absence, do a pretty darn good job as well. And I ask that you please give them a chance, and try to enjoy their efforts when they appear on this page, because as I've indicated before, my Big Stick (music thing) recording responsibilities are, and will be, continuing to make my available time to do this blog less and less as we move through 2016... That said, I still do my best to try to give my attention to Drag Racing Underground and this blog page as much as humanly possible. After all, I definitely do love drag racing and the great people of the drag racing scene... Making the upcoming Big Stick album happen is taking a lot of my time and effort. And I'm glad to report that it's all paying off. There's only two songs remaining that we're still recording and mixing. Fortunately most of the tracks are done, and I'm happy with 'em. For those of you who'd like to hear the Big Stick back catalog, it's available on iTunes, Spotify and most of the popular cyber music outlets. I think music and drag racing are both groovy scenes that go hand in hand for me-- I sure hope that those of you folks who have expressed your, er, "discontent" (for lack of a better word) recently, regarding me not being on this page as much as I used to, can please try to understand that a little better...


A somewhat blurred photograph from a recent BIG STICK recording session at the studio. The fellow is studio engineer Eric Rachel. On the right is the talented bari-sax gal Paula Henderson, and standing up front is yours truly doing some sort of ridiculous and completely incomprehensible hip musician's finger configuration. HA!! We're getting the Big Stick record done.


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 from Franky & Felicia, featuring their picks for this weekend's NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis caused an onslaught of emails, some positive, though admittedly some not very positive at all. David from Exter, CA said, "I'm on board with Franky's smart choice of picking Brittany to win Top Fuel."-- Ralph from Dix Hills, NY chimed in, "Thanks to Felicia for picking my local boy Vincent Nobile to take Pro Stock this Sunday!"-- On the other side of the opinion fence, Pete from Hilliard, FL wrote, "Franky's picks are always the same drivers! He's a predictable jerk!"-- Raymond from Somerset, NJ said, "Why the ****  is Franky telling us about how sick he got from sampling too many bottles of budweiser at the St. Louis brewery???"-- Michael from Atlanta, GA wrote, "Inform Franky that the reason why the Mets lost to the Braves is because Cespedes is a lazy slob!"... Wednesday's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Amelia from all the way in Mugla, Turkey said, "It was wonderful the way Maria used telekinesis to send Sebastian his tools!"-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "I'm having strong doubts that the team is capable of modifying a dragster to race a two thousand mile strip in a distant galaxy!"-- Thanks to all of you Phantom Racer fans who wrote in this week... My recent installment of DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND'S ONGOING EDUCATIONAL & ENLIGHTENMENT SERIES resulted in many responses. Stosh from Fallon, NV said, "Thanks for telling the public that atmospheric pressure and other weather related variables play a substantial role in how a crew chief tunes a race car."-- Teddy from Neptune, NJ typed, "Doc's valuable insight and ability to educate her readers is why I read her blog almost every morning of the week."-- 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 NHRA race-winner-predicting-duo from Queens, New York. We'd like to introduce Franky & Felicia. They're a couple of sweethearts who have a love for drag racing, and have asked that we give them a shot at making race predictions. They persistently insisted to us that they have what it takes to get the job done. We're continuing to bring them to you now for their second season!! They definitely were not without controversy during their first season!!... Feel free to send us your opinion of them by using the 'Contact Us' link at the top of this page... Without further ado, we proudly present to you Franky & Felicia and their NHRA predictions...


Franky: Yo! Me and my hot little lady are stoked 'bout giving youse our picks for this weekend's AAA NHRA Midwest Nationals happening at Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis, Missouri. I've only been to St. Louis once in my life, when I was in my early 20s, I did a short vacation trip there with my cousin Enzo from Jersey. We did the tourist tour of the historic Anheuser-Busch Brewery, and I got sick 'cause I sampled way too many bottles of Budweiser. I'm still kinda on probation says the Drag Racing Underground brass, 'cause of some of the, uh, "off color" remarks as they call 'em, that I made here several weeks ago, so I guess I gots to try to be more subdued in some of the things I'm sayin' here today. Whatever, whatever.  And yeah, as most of you have probably already guessed, I'm very upset about the NY Mets loss to the Atlanta Braves. Yoenis Cespedes was robbed of a possible game winning home run. That really hurt. I'm always on an emotional roller coaster as I follow the drama of my favorite baseball team in all da world. Anyways, whatever, whatever. Pull up a chair and read what me and Felicia got to say to youse 'bout the NHRA drag racing this weekend!

Felicia: Right on, Franky, you gorgeous hunk of a man! I thoughts you sez you wasn't gonna talk about the New York Mets? I know you promised that you wasn't going to talk about The Mets as much this season, like ya did last season! Drag Racing Underground will be gettin' lots of emails again from all the people complaining about you talkin' 'bout the Mets on this DRAG RACING web page! And I don't thinks it was so smart of you dissing Drag Racing Underground and the Doc lady in our predictions feature. They seems like nice people to me. I thinks you're just in a bad mood 'cause of all da Mets drama in your life! My Top Fuel pick for the Midwest Nationals is Antron Brown. He won in Charlotte last week and got a good start in the NHRA Mello Yello countdown. He's first in points and is on his way to his second straight Top Fuel championship.

Franky: No way is Antron Brown gonna win at St. Louis this weekend. And I don't mean any offense to all the Antron Brown fans out there in cyberland, but give me a friggin' break.  I'm going with Brittany Force in her Monster Energy dragster. I am aware that I gots a little thing for Brittany, only 'cause I thinks she looks kinda like Felicia, bein' that you boths got blonde hair, but I do believe Brittany's a skilled driver.  And don't forget that she won at Brainerd, just like I predicted here last month, and she was just the number #2 qualifier in Charlotte last week, and when she lost in the second round to your hero Antron Brown, that was one of the closest races of the season, Antron got lucky that time, winning that race by a hair. If Brittany gets paired up with Antron this weekend, he's going on the trailer, babe!  I'm  predicting that Brittany and her team are gonna dispense some serious whoop ass on the Midwest Nationals field!

Felicia: That sounds corny, Franky.  It don't sound like you, using that old tired 'whoop ass' expression?? I thinks maybe you're being coached what to say again by that cockeyed blowhard cousin Enzo of yours from Jersey?!? Gee whiz... I thinks your desire to pick Brittany Force 'cause you thinks she looks kinda like me is nothin' but silly-puddy and  blinding your prognostication skills from making a better prediction this week. I know she won Brainerd, and was a high qualifier in Charlotte. However, I don't thinks she'll win at Gateway Motorsports Park , if she does win, I'll buy you a whole case of that Monster Energy drink. How's that suit ya?!? My Funny Car pick is for Del Worsham. He's on fire and is still second among the flopper pack in overall points, nipping at the heals of Ron "Flappin' Gums" Capps' fireboots. Del's been in lots of final rounds lately, he won two rounds in Charlotte. Del is itching to defend his 2015 championship, and repeat this season as finishing up in the number one spot. I gots that feeling in my belly that Del and the DHL crew are gonna get the job done, unless of course, that feeling in my belly is from last night's funky onion dip at our Billy Joel Queens NY chapter fan club party??

Franky: Fugget about Del "Babyface" Worsham, he's not the racer I see making headlines this weekend. I respect the guy, but the Midwest Nationals ain't gonna be his race by any stretch of your overactive imagination, my fragrant Felicia. My crystal ball is zooming in on the face of that super cute Courtney Force again. She's gonna unleash her TRAXXAS Chevy Camaro Funny Car on the competition and give 'em a pounding! She's in a good points position, forth, I think. Not to mention the fact that she's now the winningest female flopper pilot in NHRA history. She qualified in the top 8 at Charlotte. She lost in the first round of last weekend's race 'cause her car got wiggly, I assure you, that ain't gonna happen again in St. Louis! I get called a "fanboy" 'cause of my support for the super-funded Force sisters. But I don't care. I gots thick skin just like my hero Billy Joel. I'm  predicting Courtney's' bark to be just as vicious as her bite and that she'll be making Funny Car history this weekend!

Felicia: Ya know, I hates to say dis, Franky, but I just don't thinks Courtney is going to be all that for this coming Midwest Nationals event. Sorry 'bout dat-- And I thinks you got that whole bite and bark thing backwards... Ya know, I get a lot of flack from many of you readers about me always talkin' 'bout myself, likes I ain't supposed to talk about myself?!? Geeeez, what kinda fun can a gal have if she ain't talkin' 'bout herself?!?  Many of you smarty pants complain about me to management, 'cause you thinks I'm nothin' but a crazy bird from Queens. Whatever... For the Midwest Nationals, I'm gonna pick Vincent Nobile to take Pro Stock. He's shown the world he can give the fast factory hot rods a hard time-- He's gotta win this one. He qualified 3rd in Charlotte where he went a couple grueling rounds of racing, and he's 3rd in the points chase. I thinks he and his Mountain View Tire team are gonna be unstoppable in St. Louie. I believe that New Yoiker Nobile and his Camaro are gonna turn on the heavy, honeybuns!

Franky: I don't agree, sweetcakes. I thinks you're delusional with that Pro Stock pick. I realize that Vincent Nobile is one tough local doorslammin' guy, but I'm just not feelin' him as hitting a winning note at Gateway. Once again, I'm stickin' to my guns, staying loyal, and betting all my jollyrocks on Erica Enders. I know that she ain't exactly setting the world on fire this season, and I realize that she failed to make the field at Charlotte, but that was a fluke, that ain't gonna happen again. She's still in the points, though all the way at the bottom 10th spot, but so what, I believe in miracles happening for Erica. After all, don't forget that she did make it all the way to the semi-finals at Brainerd, so there is reason for some hope, I thinks. She's gonna get that Dart into the winner's circle yet, I bet ya that St. Louis is going to be her comeback race. And yeah, I can see all the hate mail coming my way now. All the haters who call me a "fanboy" because I still root for Erica, they gets me madder than Billy Joel driving his car through a Long Island pizzeria's window!! Erica Enders is a serious racer when she's out on the track, she sort of reminds me of how you get, Felicia, when you're playing Pinochle with that wise-cracking kid you're mentoring down at the Queens Borough Youth Recreation Center. You get that really intense game face of yours going on just like Erica does when she's driving.

 

Felicia: I hopes we did good, honey.

 

Franky: We picked 'em, babe. 'Cause we're a couple of classy winners who know how to pick da winners.

 


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 kicking back after successfully expelling from their racing operations headquarters, a sinister, hemispherical piston apparition, with ghoulish human facial features, named Pabbooola, who was threatening to kidnap Fred The Wrench, with the intentions of forcing Fred to serve as a captive slave/crew chief for the darkside of the drag racing afterlife... "You know," said Maria, "whaddaya say I brew a fresh pot of celestial tea, and we sit down in the kitchen and take a much needed and deserved break?"... "Sounds good to me," blurted Fred The Wrench, "but ya think maybe..."... Maria interrupts Fred and finishes his sentence for him, "but ya think maybe you can brew a coffee for me?"... "How'd ya guess??" Fred asked... "Cause that's what you ALWAYS say!" replied Maria... "Uh, yeah, I guess I do." muttered Fred... Our crew walked from the shop into the kitchen, where everyone took a seat at the kitchen table, except Maria, who stepped over to the counter and started making tea for the gang, and of course a coffee for Fred...

 

"So what's next on the itinerary, boss??" squawks Peter The Parrot to leader Larry Lamb... "The Heavenly Drag Racing Association's top brass assigned us to compete at a match race event on a newly discovered astro-plane and parallel universe, a metaphysical drag strip facility located somewhere near the galaxy GN-z11." replies Larry... "Hmm, I assume the drag racing afterlife's darkside team already have a stronghold on the racing over there??" inquires Sebastian... "Yes, they reportedly do, Sebastian." says Larry, "And I'm told they're cheating every possible way they can."... "So we gots to go teach 'em a lesson!!" says Fred as he bangs his greasy fist on the kitchen table... "It might not be easy." Larry says "You see, they have their covert insiders working within the track's administration. It's a complicated web of interstellar drag racing corruption."... "What sort of class of racing are we supposed to compete in?" questions Maria as she stands at the counter brewing tea and coffee... "Top Fuel." replies Larry, "Rear engine cars that are blistering fast and race on an extremely narrow two mile course."... "Two miles?!? On a narrow course?!?!" blurts Fred, "I'm gonna have to re-engineer one of our dragster's fuel systems to handle that extended length-- darn it-- I'm gonna have to practically rework an entire car to run a two mile stretch!!" ... "Well, you better get busy soon, Fred." says Larry, "The event is tomorrow night."... "WHAAAAT?!?!" exclaims Fred, "THAT AIN'T ENOUGH TIME!!!"... "It's going to have to be, dear chum." replies Larry, "The H.D.R.A. insists we be there."... Maria comes over to the table and pours a cup of black coffee for Fred, and her special recipe celestial tea for the rest... Fred abruptly gets up from the table and says "I AINT'S GOT TIME FOR SITTIN' BACK AND SHOOTIN' DA BREEZE WIT YOU FOLKS, I GOTS TO GET BUSY MODIFYING A DIGGER FOR TOMORROW NIGHT'S MATCH RACE!!!"... Fred briskly waddles over to the adjoining shop... "But, Fred...." says Maria, "Your coffee, don't you want your coffee?!?"... "I AINT'S GOT TIME FOR COFFEE, WOMAN!!! shouts Fred with determination in his voice, "I GOTS A DRAG RACE TO GETS READY FOR!!!!"...

 

Peter The Parrot and Sebastian also excuse themselves from the table, grabbing their tea, and walk to the shop to help Fred prepare a dragster for the tomorrow night's race... Maria, still sitting at the kitchen table with Larry, says, "I'm going to bring Fred his coffee in the shop. He's going to need it."... "That's kind of you, dear." says Larry Lamb as he dunks a Lorna Doone cookie into his tea, "I better head to my office and get to work on the logistics of tomorrow's event."... Seconds later, as Maria walks into the shop with Fred's coffee, she sees Fred, Sebastian and Peter frantically dissembling a dragster, in order to modify it to handle a two-mile drag strip course... "I GOT YOUR COFFEE, FRED!" Maria shouts, to be heard over the power tools, and Fred's 8-track player loudly blaring out his favorite Hank Williams tape...  "UH, JUST PUT IT ON MY WORKBENCH, MARIA!" Fred replies... "OH, MARIA?" shouts Sebastian from underneath the dragster's propped-up undercarriage "CAN YOU PLEASE GET ME MY SOCKET WRENCH SET FROM THE CABINET??"... Using the power of telekinesis, Maria makes the socket wrenches move from the cabinet to softly land right next to Sebastian's shoulders on the shop floor... "WE HAVE TO EXTEND THE FRAME RAILS ON THIS DIGGER TO HOLD EIGHT ENGINES!!" blurts Fred... "EIGHT ENGINES?!?" squawks Peter The Parrot... "YEAH, BUB!" says Fred, "AN ENGINE FOR EACH 1/4 MILE OF THE TWO MILE STRIP!!"... "THAT'S QUITE AN AMBITIOUS STRATEGY!!" shouts Sebastian from underneath the dragster... Then Larry Lamb comes trotting into the shop, holding a piece of paper in his hoof, "ATTENTION, PLEASE, ATTENTION-- I JUST SPOKE WITH THE BRASS FROM THE HEAVENLY DRAG RACING ASSOCIATION-- THERE'S BEEN A CHANGE IN WHAT WE ORIGINALLY THOUGHT WAS THE LENGTH OF THE DRAG STRIP."... "OH, GOOD!" says Fred, "SO IT AINT'S TWO MILES LONG??"... "UH, NO" replies Larry as he hesitates a second or two, "IT'S NOT TWO MILES LONG.".... "GREAT!!" squawks Peter The Parrot.... "UH, I'M AFRAID IT'S ACTUALLY 2000 MILES LONG!!" says Larry Lamb with visible weariness on his face as he rolls his eyes in his woolly head... "WHHHAAAAAAT?!?!?!" shouts Fred The Wrench with amplified frustration in his voice "2000 MILES LONG?!?!?!? GOOD GRIEF!!!!!!! YOU GOTS TO BE KIDDING, BOSS?!?!?!?"

 

 

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... We're afraid that leader Larry Lamb isn't kidding at all!!... Just when Fred The Wrench and the crew thought readying a dragster for competition on a two-mile drag strip would be a strenuous chore, Larry Lamb advises the crew that the length of the drag strip is actually 2000 MILES LONG!!!!... So now they're scheduled for a Top Fuel match race tomorrow night, at a strip in a faraway galaxy, where the course is extremely narrow and TWO THOUSAND MILES long!!! Fred and the gang are going to have to drastically modify one of their dragsters to withstand those even more extreme racing conditions!!! Can our crew successfully handle the task in such a short span of time?!?!?...  Will the team be able to go rounds and show the darkside corrupted race scene that do-gooders who play fair and square can triumph over evil?!?!?!... WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT?!?!?... What's in store for our drag racing paranormal dream team as they continue to embark on unpredictable drag racing adventures throughout the parallel universes??... Can they all hold it together and successfully champion the powers of good??... Or will they fall victim to evil entities they cannot control???... These are just a few of the mind-twisting questions to be answered in future action-packed episodes of TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER!!... There's more paranormal mystical and maniacal drag race mayhem coming your way!!... You definitely do not want to miss it...

 

Stay tuned next Wednesday for a new chapter of the serial paranormal drama series we call TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER... Be sure that YOU follow the story of Sebastian Conrad... Bookmark this page and BE HERE every Wednesday!!... You can read prior episodes of TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER by simply clicking on the 'DOC'S BLOG' link that's conveniently located atop this page, and then scrolling to her Wednesday blog installments (because this series is published here each and every Wednesday). All characters appearing in this series are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead is purely coincidental. TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER story and imagery are copyright 2016 DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND.


DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND'S ONGOING EDUCATIONAL & ENLIGHTENMENT SERIES...

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Today is an installment from Drag Racing Underground's critically acclaimed, ongoing educational and enlightenment series, designed to teach the public about the many facets and occasional subtle nuances that make up the sport of drag racing. It's no secret that weather plays a significant role in the execution of many different sports, however, arguably, not nearly as much as it does in the running of a drag race. Weather conditions are a huge factor in the way crew chiefs tune their team's cars for a drag race. With the below photographic image and accompanying words, we try to express that fact in a way that can be relatively easily understood by the mainstream population. We believe that the more the general public can understand what this drag racing stuff is about, the more chance there is that they'll be able to come around to actually appreciating it... I suggest showing this to someone you know who isn't very familiar with drag racing, and maybe then they'll subsequently show an interest and desire to want to take a trip to the drags...

 

 


In light of the recent horrific terrorist attacks that took place this past weekend in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota, this is our somber thought for the day... We've got to do better for our youth and future generations... It's time for America to smarten up...

 

 


CONCERN FOR FRIENDS IN SEASIDE PARK & CHELSEA YESTERDAY...

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Over the years, I've accumulated an awful lot of regular readers who are soldiers and officers of the United States Marine Corps, so I feel compelled to say something about what happened yesterday morning in nearby Seaside Park, NJ. Evidently someone stuck pipe bombs in a garbage can along the route of a 5k Marine charity race. Fortunately the bombs exploded before runners took to the course and nobody got hurt. Some 5000 runners were supposed to participate, however, after the explosion, the race was cancelled by law enforcement. I have friends in Seaside Park, I even posted a photo below of my T-Bird during one of my many visits to their Summer home. It's downright troublesome to think about what happened in the mellow little town of Seaside Park yesterday. I want to express my concern, and also my sympathy for all the Marines who traveled from out-of-state for the run, and had to go all the way back home without getting to run at all. These are screwed up times we live in... And I also want to express concern for friends of mine who live in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, there was also a bomb incident there, unfortunately people did get injured. I guess we all have to remain strong through this terrorism. Hopefully someday, civilization will finally smarten up and we'll see a stop to all this asinine nonsense.

 

 

A photo from Seaside Park during better times, before the pipe bombs. We live in a sick screwed up world.


FOR THOSE WHO STILL SAY DRAG RACING IS "EASY"... UH, IT'S NOT...

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How many times have you been in a bar, and had the bartender changing channels on the TV monitors, and when he/she comes upon drag racing coverage, they say something like "Ah, heck with this dumb drag racing crap, it's too easy of a sport, I mean, how hard can it be to drive a stupid car in a straight line, this is garbage."-- then they change the channel to one of the stick and ball sports, or maybe NASCAR... Let's face it, there's a lot of the mainstream population who are of the belief that drag racing is an "easy" sport. There's so many people who've never been to a drag race, have only seen it on TV for a brief moment or two, and have come to the conclusion that it's a simple sport that's a breeze to do-- Of course those of us who really know our drag racing, are well aware that's absolutely not the truth. In reality, drag racing is a form of motorsport with so many different nuances, variables, and  challenges-- Yeah, it's true, we just drive in a straight line, but mastering that "straight line", cutting a good light off the tree, that all takes great skill developed over time. And the work of the crew chiefs and team members is always a tough task to master successfully... Next time a bartender, or someone you know tells ya how drag racing is an "easy" sport-- try making the effort to set 'em straight about the difficult sport where the cars drive straight... We need to start aggressively educating and enlightening  the masses about just how difficult this drag racing stuff really is... Then maybe, just maybe, we'll get some more respect for this unique sport... I believe this should be the new goal that we all collectively strive to achieve...

 

 

 

 

 


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 from Franky & Felicia, featuring their picks for this weekend's NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte caused an onslaught of emails, some positive, though admittedly some not very positive at all. Lily from Dearborn, MI said, "Right on to Franky for picking Courtney Force to win Funny Car. He's was correct in saying she's forth in the points race."-- Tom from Pittsburg TX chimed in, "Felicia is my kind of girl. She picked my main Texas hero Chris McGaha to score another victory in Pro Stock!"-- On the other side of the opinion fence, Pedro from Lawndale, CA wrote, "How stupid can Franky be? He says Steve Torrence can't win Top Fuel because he wears a Yankees cap instead of a Mets cap? What's the deal with Franky's ****** up Mets problem?"-- ReGine from Lynbrook, NY typed, "Who cares if Felicia thinks Tim Tebow is a hunk? Who still even uses the word 'hunk' anymore to describe a guy? It's sounds to me like that ***** is stuck in the 1980s!"... Wednesday's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Dondi from all the way in East Sussex, England said, "It does seem as if that bloated Fred The Wrench bloke is back to being more the focus of the series than Sebastian!"-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "I sure hope that Fred The Wrench can redesign their dragster's fuel system to handle a two mile strip!"-- Thanks to all of you Phantom Racer fans who wrote in this week... My blog titled "9/11 FIFTEEN YEARS LATER/ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER" resulted in so many touching responses from you readers. Adrian from Yonkers, NY said, "Kudos to Doc for recognizing the heroics of first responders on that tragic 9/11/01. The woman has her priorities straight."-- Tracy from Vandalia, OH typed, "I shared Doc's insight on the September 11th attacks with my 7th grade history students. She moved me with her words."-- Derek from Norwood, NJ wrote, "I completely agree with Doc that we can't let all those victims who were killed on 9/11 die in vain."-- Jay from Augusta, ME chimed in, "Doc's point of how we now have phones that ignite into flames, and people dumb enough to believe that cars can safely drive themselves demonstrates how we're intellectually failing. Her smart 9/11 editorial was a wake up call for the modern world."... 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.


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