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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...

HARLEY DAY & SUMMER FESTIVAL TOMORROW SUN AUG 30TH AT E'TOWN!!...

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Over time I've come to realize that an awful lot of hardcore (as well as more casual) Harley riders and enthusiasts read this page with regularity, therefore, I figure it's only right that I give y'all a heads-up regarding tomorrow's huge HARLEY DAY & SUMMER FESTIVAL at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey... That's right, tomorrow Sunday August 30th, it's going to be Harley Davidson paradise at the fine northeastern facility. There's a tattoo contest, Harley swap meet, Harley parts, jewelry, clothing, accessories, bands, bikini contest, and of course heated Harley drag racing on E'Town's 1/4 mile strip!!... I'll probably check it out for a spell. It's always a pretty neat scene... Gates open 7am for pros and vendors, and 9am for spectators-- Qualifying starts at 10am-- First round of eliminations kicks off at 2pm... For more information visit racewaypark.com

 

 


Today is "FEEDBACK FRIDAY", meaning I deal with emails that my assistant Stephanie and I receive from readers regarding our most recent blogs... Let's get right to your feedback... We've received a whole lot of emails regarding yesterday's blog titled "THE DEADLY DANGERS OF DOING THIS KIND OF JOB CATCH TWO INNOCENT PEOPLE OFF GUARD". Richard from Ashland, VA wrote, "My wife and I were watching WDBJ-TV when Alison Parker and Adam Ward were shot. Seeing it happen live on television was depressing."-- Ben from N. Hollywood, CA said, "I know the kind of nut cases who harass the Doc over the internet. I can comprehend why she would be concerned about this issue."-- Thanks to all of you who emailed me with your sincere concerns for my safety... Wednesday's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Ian from all the way in Chesham, England said, "Maria has become so perceptive. She's my new favorite hero of the lot."-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "Sounds of gnarly nitro engines in the distance means trouble for what was briefly paradise!"-- Thanks to all of you Phantom Racer fans who wrote in this week... My blog discussing my meeting Butch Patrick aka Eddie Munster last weekend resulted in Sean from Grand Junction, CA writing, "I met Butch at a car show. Doc is right about him really being a gearhead."-- Cindy from Niota, TN said, "I love the photograph of Doc and Eddie Munster with the Dragula dragster! Doc's smile is contagious!"...  My blog raving about the good time I had at the recent MOPARS @ ETOWN event prompted Malcolm from Concord Twp, PA to say, "I saw Doc hanging out with her rock star friends and introduced myself. It was the first time seeing Doc in the flesh. She's just as friendly and beautiful in person as she is on her drag racing videos!"-- That's so sweet of you to say, Malcolm-- Kate from Sparta, NJ wrote, "My boyfriend gets so jealous of all the vintage Roadrunners he sees at the Englishtown Mopar race every year. I think he's finally inspired enough to get off his *** and restore his old Roadrunner!"--- There are plenty of Mopars to drool over at the Englishtown event, Kate. If that inspires your guy to finally get to work on his, I guess that's a good thing... 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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Being a longtime member of the working press and having conducted hundreds (if not thousands) of interviews over the years, I'm aware of the dangers and vulnerabilities those of us in the media face. Like lots of people who do this kind of work, I admit to having my share of "haters" and "stalkers" (and my attorneys have all the eerie emails and deranged internet postings in a huge file folder to prove it). There are mentally unstable characters who practically make a "career" out of hating and harassing those of us who take on the responsibility of holding a microphone. Unfortunately that's a hazard that often comes with this sort of job... That said, I want to express my sincere condolences to the family and friends of WDBJ-TV personality Alison Parker and her trusty cameraman Adam Ward. Both Parker and Ward lost their lives yesterday in Virginia, after being stalked and shot dead while conducting a live on-air interview. When you and your camera people are focusing so intensely on your subject during an interview, it's easy to lose the perspective of your surroundings, and the other people who are occupying the space of your surroundings. You're usually so focused on doing your job, that you aren't paying attention to what's going on around you. Evidently Alison Parker and Adam Ward had no idea that nutjob Vester Lee Flanagan was standing only feet away from them, with a gun in hand, intent on killing them. Is there any lesson to take away from this? Well, for myself, I guess I'll try to exercise a little more awareness of my surroundings when doing this kind of work. Although one can argue that short of having a security person to watch over Parker and Ward while they were conducting the interview, there's no way this cold-blooded slaying could have been averted. It's all pretty unsettling... In closing, I'd like to express my get well wishes to Vicki Gardener, the woman who was being interviewed and was also shot by Vester Lee Flanagan. I hope Vicki Gardener has a successful recovery. Rest In Peace Alison Parker and Adam Ward. You both had so much to live for. We all feel the heartache of losing you to this senseless act of violence.


Having done this job for so many years, I'm well aware that when you and your cameraman are focused on the subject you're interviewing, you can easily lose sight of your immediate surroundings and possible stalkers who could be standing near.
 

TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER... DISASTER AVERTED?!? UH, NOT FOR LONG!!...

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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 experiencing a teleportation related catastrophe! Their newest assignment requires them to time travel further into the future than ever before! They're summoned to the year 707000! Unfortunately when leader Larry Lamb commenced teleportation, a blasting beam of unusual infrared radiation cultivated their immediate space, wrapping our team with speed-of-light, sweeping, sinister, sonic spiraling patterns!!... "SOMETHING'S GONE HORRIBLY WRONG!!!" shouted Larry Lamb with distressed anxiety, "THIS IS NOT A TYPICAL TELEPORTATION!! WE'RE BEING SUCKED THROUGH A VENOMOUS VACUUM TUBE, PROPELLED BY SOME KIND OF HAYWIRE ATOMIC-DRIVEN TURBULENCE AND TORQUE!! THE LAWS OF PHYSICS ARE BREAKING DOWN AT AN ALARMING RATE!! WE'RE BEING BOMBARDED BY A PLETHORA OF ANTI-MATTER-ATOMIC-DRIVEN PARTICLES!! WE'RE WARPING INTO A DARK DRAG RACING DIMENSION!!! THE DISTORTION OF TIME, SPACE AND MATTER IS SENDING US INTO AN ORNERY ORBIT CONTROLLED BY INTERSTELLAR FIENDS FROM A DISTANT AND DEVIOUS FUTURE!!!"

 

Our heroes have been snatched up by a ghoulishly gruesome galaxy existing in the distant year 707000, trapping them in a terrorizing teleportation malfunction!! Going so far into the future has put too much of a burden on their teleportation mechanism!!  It appears they have no control of their fate or destiny!! They're engulfed in an atomic odyssey!!... "THIS IS A MERCILESS TELEPORTATION!!" screams a frantic Maria at the top of her lungs, "IS THERE ANYTHING WE CAN DO TO GET OUT OF THIS, BOSS?!?"... Larry Lamb replies "I DO HAVE A CANCELLING  SWITCH ON MY TELEPORTING REMOTE, BUT WE'VE NEVER USED IT BEFORE!!!"... "I THINK WE BETTER GET OUT OF THIS MOLECULAR MESS!!!" yells Sebastian... "NO WAY!!!" stands up the slightly sauced Fred The Wrench, "I'VE NEVER BACKED OUT OF AN ASSIGNMENT IN ALL MY YEARS OF SERVICE!!!"... "OH MY!!!" says Larry Lamb as he takes a disturbed stare at Fred The Wrench, "FRED, YOU'RE MORPHING INTO SOME KIND OF PRIMITIVE LOOKING BLOWN HEMI ENGINE!!!"... "UH, I DON'TS CARE WHAT I'M BECOMING!!!" shouts a defiant Fred The Wrench, "IF I MUST BECOME AN OLD BLOWN HEMI IN THIS STAGE OF MY AFTERLIFE IN ORDER TO GET A JOB DONE, THEN SO BE IT!!!!"... The group are taken aback by Fred's stubborn macho stance, especially since he's morphing in an eerie and mortifying way, into what appears to be an old circa 1957 Chrysler hemi engine, that you'd see powering an ancient relic of a digger... "HEY FRED!!!" squawks Peter The Parrot, " YOUR CHANGE IN APPEARANCE AND MASS IS GAINING MOMENTUM TOWARDS THE DARKSIDE!!!"

 

Fred The Wrench's hemi molecular morphing is now taking on the characteristics of a volatile oil fire!!!... Fred starts screaming, his words of desperation are warbling into a distorted firestorm of pain, "OH NO!!! I CAN'TS HANDLE DIS!!! MAKE IT STOP!!!"... Larry Lamb activates the switch on his remote teleportation device, to cancel the mission and hopefully free our crew of this darkside generated doom!!... Unfortunately the evil force is initiating a metaphysical resistance, refusing to let our heroes escape its wrath!! Maria chants out loud, "RELEASE OUR FRED, HE IS NOT TO BECOME AN OVERHEATED HEMI, SWIRLING AIMLESSLY INTO THE BITTER ABYSS OF EVIL!!! HE IS TO REMAIN OUR FRED, NOT BE AMONG THE DARK OF THE DEAD!!!"... Sebastian starts swirling and spinning-- he conjures up a respirator mask, helmet, and fire suit on his body, replacing his former casual jeans and t-shirt attire... "THIS HEMI ENGINE MORPHING IS BURNING MY SPIRIT!!!" screams a less audible and progressively ailing Fred The Wrench... Sebastian aka The Phantom Racer runs directly into Fred, bravely embracing the fierce fire burning Fred's rambunctious hemi-engine appearing bodily form... Then there's a bright flash of magenta light!!... "MY COMPRESSION RATIO IS COCKEYED!!!! GET ME OUTTA HERE!!!" screams a gurgling man who is practically no longer a man, but instead, a burning hemi engine!!... Sebastian's helmet rapidly rotates around his head while his goggles and respirator mask remain in place!!! The helmet continues to accelerate to a freakishly fast pace!!... KAAAAABBOOM!!!.... WHITE LIGHT GLARES WITH INTENSITY!!! FIRE, GASES, AND ATOMIC PARTICLES FROM DRAG RACING PAST LIVES TWIST AND WARP WITH GYRATIONS FUELED BY NITROMETHANE!!!! KAAAABBOOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Then all the radioactive ruckus eventually clears and the terror subsides. Our group now find themselves in a peaceful and organic environment. "HEY!!" says Sebastian, "FRED'S NOT A BURNING HEMI ANYMORE!!"... "Yes, it seems that Maria's chanting and your metaphysical actions have worked, Sebastian." Larry Lamb states with conservative optimism, "However, I have no idea of where we are now?? We're not back at headquarters?? This is all so strange."... The new surroundings resemble those of an enchanting landscape, with exotic trees and green rolling hills. Tweets of sweet songbirds fill the air... "Groovy!!" squawks Peter The Parrot, "Maybe this place has some hottie female parrots who'd like to get romantically acquainted with me?!?"... "I'm just happy that my spirit ain'ts burning up anymore!!!" spouts a relieved Fred The Wrench,"I had no idea of how much heat gets generated inside a burning hemi engine!!!"... "Hmmmm." grits a visibly skeptical Maria, "This is too good to be true. I'm wondering if this is just another level of trickery generated by the dark forces???"... "Awww, c'mon Maria!!" squawks Peter The Parrot, "Why do you have to be such a freakin' killjoy?!? Can't ya just accept that we've escaped danger and have been teleported to a safe and heavenly place?!?"... "You know," interjects a now somewhat weary Larry Lamb, "I believe that Maria's skeptical tone may indeed be warranted. My instincts are leading me to also suspect something isn't legit with all this.".... "Shhhhh" says Sebastian, "Did you hear THAT?!?"... "Hear what?!?" squawks a now annoyed Peter The Parrot... Then the sounds of the sweet songbirds abruptly cease... In the distance echoes the sound of multiple nitro motors revving together like a sinister storm brewing over the horizon... The picturesque trees and hills violently vanish, and our group are now surrounded by nothing except hot, steaming blacktop for as far as the eye can see... The warm sunshine is replaced by the dreariest skies of metaphysically demented doom!!... "LOOK OUT!!!!!!" shouts Sebastian, "GOOD GRIEF LOOK OUT!!!!!!!"...

 

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... For a short time, it appeared that our do-gooders clearly escaped their teleportation terror, and were in a safe and enchanted environment... Fred The Wrench was no longer morphed into an ancient hemi engine on fire, birds were sweetly singing, all seemed so very peaceful and safe--- BUT THEN, sounds of gnarly nitro motors echoed in the distance, picturesque trees and rolling hills disappeared, hot blacktop now surrounds them, their circumstances have taken an abrupt, dark turn... Sebastian shouted "LOOK OUT!!!!!"... LOOK OUT FOR WHAT?!?!--- WHAT THE HECK DOES SEBASTIAN SEE THAT'S GENERATING SUCH CAUSE FOR ALARM?!?... 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 2015 DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND.

As I told you yesterday, on the way to the MOPARS @ ETOWN event this past Saturday, I stopped in at the Route 18 Chrysler Jeep dealership in East Brunswick, New Jersey, to check out an in-store appearance by Butch Patrick aka "Eddie Munster", of the popular 1960s THE MUNSTERS television show. Butch brought along his MUNSTER KOACH (the "family car" from the show) and the DRAG-U-LA DRAGSTER. Yesterday I focused on telling you about the DRAG-U-LA car, today I'm going to tell you a little bit about what it was like for me to meet Butch Patrick. First of all, although he's considerably older than when he starred on THE MUNSTERS, he still sort of looks the same (minus the vampire fangs and ghoulish greasy hairstyle). Butch Patrick is actually a very personable gentleman. We discussed his television, hot rodding, and rock 'n' roll exploits (there was once a time when he was in sort of a punkish kind of band called Eddie and the Monsters). Butch told me that he didn't really mind the make-up and wardrobe requirements of his Eddie Munster role, in fact, he made it sound as if it was a mighty fun and pleasurable childhood experience. Butch also informed me that besides being part of THE MUNSTERS cast , he had a lot of other TV credits through the years, including appearances on THE MONKEES, GUNSMOKE, DANIEL BOONE, BONANZA, GENERAL HOSPITAL, and a starring role in Sid & Marty Kroft's ultra-trippy LIDSVILLE kiddie show. As far as his musical side goes, we talked music industry shop, I told him about my Big Stick music thing, and he opened up to me about some of the less than scrupulous people he had to deal with while doing his Eddie and the Monsters rock band thing (of course I completely understood where he was coming from regarding that facet of the music biz, HA!).  When the subject of drag racing came up, Butch made it crystal clear to me that he is indeed a bona-fide gearhead. It was apparent to me that he really does enjoy the drag racing and hot rodding scene. He even showed me a recent video on his phone, of the MUNSTERS KOACH and the DRAG-U-LA DRAGSTER racing each other in a big parking lot somewhere on the west coast. Butch Patrick is a genuinely nice guy and a lot of fun to meet. If he ever makes a personal appearance in your neck of the woods, I strongly recommend you make an effort to go see him. Below is a photo of Butch and yours truly standing next to the DRAG-U-LA digger. Meeting and hanging out with Butch Patrick was a real blast!!

 

 


THE DASTARDLY DRAG-U-LA DRAGSTER IS A TRIPPY RIDE!!...

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On the way to the MOPARS @ ETOWN event this past Saturday, I stopped in at the Route 18 Chrysler Jeep dealership to attend an in-store appearance by Butch Patrick aka Eddie Munster, of the popular 1960s THE MUNSTERS television show. Butch brought along his Munster Koach (the "family car" from the show) and the DRAG-U-LA dragster. While both cars aren't the originals, they're pretty darn cool replicas built by Rucker Posey of Richmond, VA. The original rides that were designed by Tom Daniel while working for George Barris Kustom Industries are now in a private collection in Miami. It was ultra-groovy to meet Butch Patrick in person, and I'll talk more about that in tomorrow's blog installment. Today I'd like to focus on the DRAG-U-LA digger. This golden fiberglass coffin bodied car is quite a sight to behold. It's got a 350 cid engine, Turbo 350 transmission, sturdy chassis and roll bar, and all sorts of creepy customized goodies. It's the bat's meow! (Ha Ha!) I know that this dastardly dragster can move pretty quick, because Butch played me a video on his phone of the DRAG-U-LA and Munster Koach drag racing each other in a big parking lot somewhere on the west coast. This digger from the darkside is no slouch! Here's a photo that  I snapped of it. Ain't she a beauty?!?

 


MORE MOPARS @ ETOWN TODAY SUNDAY AUGUST 23RD!!...

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I had a great time yesterday attending the Saturday portion of Raceway Park's MOPARS @ ETOWN event. It was nice to see lots of friends (some who read this blog regularly), and hang out with Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative/Danzig), his lovely wife, along with John Gill (Big Stick) and Jim S (DRU). There were lots of wicked Mopars to drool over, from both the classic side of the fence and the modern side as well.  I could hardly believe how fast those new Dodge "Hellcat" cars can run!! Wow!! Might have to order me one of them!! LX FORUMS.com & MODERN MOPAR's 29th Annual MOPARS @ E'TOWN continues TODAY Sunday, August 23rd at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. There will be more Mopar oriented bliss at the historic Englishtown strip! All sorts of Mopar enthusiasts migrate to participate and spectate for this gala event. There's such a wide and interesting variety of classic and modern Mopars that appear for this shindig!! You'll hardly believe your own eyes when you see all the magnificent Mopar rides in attendance!!! Today gates open at 8am, time trials are at 10am, and eliminations kick off at 1pm. On-track drag racing, car shows, vendors and a whole lot more is going to be happening throughout the day! I strongly recommend this event as "fast family fun" for everyone!! It's an incredible assembly of "American Muscle"!! The mighty Mopars are at Raaaceway Park!!! For more information visit racewaypark.com

 

 

A pic from yesterday's portion of MOPARS @ ETOWN. The fun continues today (Sunday August 23rd) for the concluding day of the event. I strongly recommend attending today's awesome assembly of old skool & new skool Mopar machinery!!


THIS WEEKEND MOPARS @ ETOWN!! DON'T MISS IT!!...

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LX FORUMS.com & MODERN MOPAR present the 29th Annual MOPARS @ E'TOWN  this weekend Saturday & Sunday  August 22-23 at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. Two days of Mopar oriented bliss at the historic Englishtown strip! All sorts of Mopar enthusiasts migrate to Raceway Park to participate and spectate for this gala event. There's such a wide and interesting variety of classic and modern Mopars that show up for this shindig!! You'll hardly believe your own eyes when you see all the magnificent Mopar rides in attendance!!! Today Saturday August 22 & tomorrow Sunday August 23, gates 8am, time trials 10am, eliminations 1pm. On-track drag racing, car shows, vendors and a whole lot more is going to be happening throughout the two days! I strongly recommend this event as "fast family fun" for everyone!! It's an incredible assembly of "American Muscle"!! The mighty Mopars are at Raaaceway Park!!! For more information visit racewaypark.com

 

 

I advise that you come out to see the magnificent Mopars this weekend at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park!


Today is "FEEDBACK FRIDAY", meaning I deal with emails that my assistant Stephanie and I receive from readers regarding our most recent blogs... Let's get right to your feedback... We've received a whole lot of emails regarding Drag Racing Underground's new tipsters Franky & Felicia's Brainerd predictions. There's no way we have the space to post all your comments and opinions, but here's a few that stood out. Gwen from Park Hill, OK wrote, "It's taken some getting used to, but I'm actually starting to get a kick out of Franky's & Felicia's swagger! LOL!-- Bart from Gillette, WY said, "I admire Franky because he's a man not afraid to act like a man."-- On a much different side of the opinion fence, Olivia from Claymont DE says, "Franky & Felicia are repulsive. I get sick from just looking at their stupid picture!"... Wednesday's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Nita from all the way in Menorca, Spain said, "When Fred The Wrench turned into a racing engine that was so scary for me!"-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "Sebastian better save Fred, because morphing into an old hemi engine with cockeyed compression is a mechanic's worst nightmare!"-- Thanks to all of you Phantom Racer fans who wrote in this week... My blog promoting this weekend's MOPARS @ ETOWN event (Aug 21-23) resulted in Otto from Yonkers, NY writing, "Thanks to Doc for all her support of us Mopar guys. I'll be there with my Plymouth posse this weekend!"-- That sounds super groovy to me, Otto! I love this event!...  My blog recommending Anton's At The Swan for fine dining in Lambertville, NJ prompted Rhonda from New Hope, PA to say, "Anton's is one of my fave restaurants. Doc has excellent taste!"... My blog expressing sincere condolences for Clay & Donna Millican after the passing of their son Dalton caused lots of you to write and express your sympathies. Sarah from Durham, CT said, "Having lost a child, I know exactly what the Millican family are going through. They are in my prayers."... 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.

Illustration courtesy of Drag Racing Underground's own John Gill. Copyright 2015.


FRANKY & FELICIA PICK BRAINERD'S WINNING BUNCH...

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Drag Racing Underground's psychic-hipster-sibling-duo tipsters, Zagar & Juniper, have been suspended from their NHRA prediction duties for an extended duration of time, due to behavioral issues with their parents. And now we're sorry to report that the kids' parents have decided to pull Juniper & Zagar permanently from making picks. We wish them the best of luck in the future... That said, we'd like to introduce Franky & Felicia. They're a couple of sweethearts from Rego Park, Queens, NY, 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 are trying them out strictly on a trial basis. 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...


Franky: Yo! Me and my hot little lady are stoked 'bout giving youse our picks for this weekend's NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals happening at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minnesota. I've been told that Brainerd is the home of a place called 'Paul Bunyan Land'. It's some kind of amusement park or sumpthin' weird like that. I thinks that Paul Bunyan is a really tall basketball star. I heard some people even go so far as to call him a giant. I'm not much of a basketball fan, so you'll have to excuse me if I don't know the whole freakin' story of who Paul Bunyan is, or how many baskets on average that he dunks per game. Anyways. Pull up a chair, put on your Paul Bunyan basketball jersey 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 thinks you're mistaken 'bout Paul Bunyan. I thinks he's a giant lumberjack from kiddie books or sumpthin' like that. I also thinks he has a big ox that's his sidekick. He aint's a basketball player. Although I aint's a walking encyclopedia of American folklore, ya know, so I aint's sure whether or not I necessarily know whats I'm talkin' 'bout.  My Top Fuel pick is Chris Karamesines. I realize that he's 82 years old, and most guys who are his age barely have the strength to watch drag racing on TV, much less drive a dragster and go any rounds at all, I gets that, but I'm bettin' that "The Greek" will eat a spinach pie before the race, and get some kind of superhuman Popeye energy power circulating through his veins. I want to see the old guy win one for all the old Greek ladies in Astoria, Queens!

Franky: No way is Chris Karamesines going to the winner's circle, as much as I respect him and his team, there ain't gonna be any room for a senior citizen in the Brainerd Top Fuel winner's circle. It's going to be a much more youthful contender gettin' the "Wally", it's gonna be the dragster doll we know as Brittany Force.  She's my choice this time. Ya know, she looks a lot like you, Felicia! You two could be twin sistas.  I'm itching for Brittany to win this one. I even tried that Monster Energy drink that sponsors her, it made be feel pumped up and ready for anything. I suggest that Brittany and her all team members chug gallons of that stuff this weekend, maybe that'll give 'em the juice to kick some butt!

Felicia: Aw, you are such a sucker for Brittany's moxy-foxy looks, honey. This isn't the first time you said me and her look like we're twin sisters. But I know you like me better 'cause I gots them thicker ankles you're so crazy about. My Funny Car pick is for John Hale at the wheel of "Big" Jim Dunn's 2014 Dodge Charger. They are going to be flying the Great Clips logo on the car. The hair cutting franchise is stepping up with some serious sponsorship dollars for Dunn and his team. I understand that they're kind of a long shot, but I don't care, I'm still predicting they win this weekend. It's gonna be a HALE storm!

Franky: Fugget about John Hale and Jim Dunn, and your  'HALE storm' remark, that's just silly nutjob talk in my opinion.  I think John Force got this one. He's won this Brainerd event 11 times in the past, and that's the most single national event wins for any driver in the history of the NHRA. I thinks John Force is gonna make it an even dozen this weekend. See Mr. Brute Force smack down the rest of the field at the Lucas Oil Nationals. He's the grand dad of Funny Car racing. If he doesn't win this race I'm going to be mighty perturbed. And nobody's happy when I get perturbed. I become an animal of annoyance when I'm perturbed. 'Nuff said.

Felicia: I've been told that Drag Racing Underground constantly receives tons of emails sayin' that people think you're annoying all the time, Franky, even when you ain'ts necessarily perturbed! I guess some people just don't get your sweet charm like I do. My Pro Stock pick is none other than Larry Morgan. This is the best tour Larry's had on the drag strip in hundreds of years. He's got two victories under his belt this season and he's gonna be gettin' another one in Brainerd. Look for Larry's 2015  FIREADE Chevy Camaro to cross the finishline first during Sunday's final round. Larry's bowtie ride is going to run good numbers and run the rest of the factory hot rods off to Loserville. Team Morgan are gonna turn on the heavy, honeybuns!

Franky: I don't agree, sweetcakes. I'll bet all my jollyrocks on Erica Enders. She's the reigning Mello Yello Pro Stock champion, and this weekend she better start acting like it! Erica's going to make her triumphant bounce back to Pro Stock supremacy and be a factor in the countdown, I thinks she's gonna make a comeback that's going to show the competition that she means bizzness! I'll even go so far to predict that Erica puts Mr. Greg Anderson fancy pants on the trailer in an early round. 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 bocce ball with all the elderly Italian guys down at the borough 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.




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