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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...

YOU'RE ALWAYS WELCOME AT HISTORIC JAMESBURG, NJ (OFF TOPIC)...

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In today's off-topic blog, I want to share a special family oriented place that my readers in the central New Jersey area should consider visiting for wholesome good times. I'm talking about historic Jamesburg, NJ. I want to remind my readers that even during the chilly season, the town is alive and vibrant with exciting and enchanting things to do.... The quaint Middlesex County based borough was incorporated back in 1887, and much of its original charm still stands gallantly today. There's lots of beautiful Victorian styled homes to admire, including the Buckelew Mansion. Taking the family out for great eats is also extremely easy to do. There's Fiddleheads restaurant on East Railroad Avenue serving spectacular creative contemporary American cuisine. And on the West Railroad Avenue side, there's world famous Mendokers Bakery providing you with a wide selection of scrumptious baked items... And of course one of my favorite things to do when visiting Jamesburg is making the trip to Thompson Park. The park is over 670 acres of pleasurable open spaces. There's hiking and biking trails, and all sorts of other outdoor activities to get your body moving.  I believe that Thompson Park's adorable "Animal Haven" is one of the best animal sanctuaries in all of New Jersey-- You'll see cute goats, deer, chickens, piggies, and even a mammoth-sized emu bird! It's educational and entertaining for children of all ages. For more information please visit www.jamesburgborough.org


Scenic views like this are becoming harder to find with today's modern urban sprawl, however, in historic Jamesburg, there's still plenty of natural splendor for you and your family  to enjoy. Consider planning a family outing to Jamesburg. You'll feel so alive!

I want you to know that Jamesburg's family oriented fun and beauty is a year round affair


We're running a new and exciting feature on our Drag Racing Underground daily blog page. We call it THE FUNNIES... THE FUNNIES playfully pokes fun and parodies the ridiculously pompous blowhards we see polluting the current internet drag racing scene (we rarely see these sort of cyber snerts actually at a drag race, because they spend all their time ragging, whining and complaining from behind their computer keyboards, instead of ever getting out of their house to actually support a REAL drag race!!)... You know the type, they clutter the cyber drag racing community with numbskull, knuckle-dragging negativity each and every single day of their lives. They "pretend" to "love" drag racing, while in reality, they do everything in their meek power range to put it down, and they intentionally "creep out" anyone on the internet younger than themselves who show an interest in the sport. For today's installment of THE FUNNIES, we bring you a windbag of a fellow named Marvin... "Moronic" Marvin considers himself to be an "expert drag racing historian", and he aggressively (sic) seeks out young and novice fans who make comments on drag racing web sites (hanging on their every typed word), and then he proceeds to nit-pick their comments to the point where they stop posting and participating on the drag racing internet all together, and subsequently lose all interest in anything and everything to do with drag racing (they completely abandon drag racing and are never seen in the grandstands at a drag race EVER AGAIN)... And yes, whether you want to believe it or not, today's Marvin feature is actually based on factual events... Very Sick But Unfortunately Very True! LOL!

 

 

 


WHAT COLOR IS THIS DRESS?? WHO CARES?? HA!!...

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Drag Racing Underground's newest graphics friend/fan Julie put this together. It's to parody all the silly hubbub about the "What Color is this Dress?" thing that's blowing up on the internet. Julie noticed that the dress I'm wearing in this photo has a somewhat similar weird color scheme as the dress that's causing such a ridiculous stir on the net... So what color IS this dress that I'm wearing?? Who cares?? The light on the tree in green-- SO LET'S GO DRAG RACING!!!....

 


The fine folks from Earthshaking Entertainment proudly present the 51st ANNUAL EASTER FUNNY CAR CLASSIC on Easter Sunday, April 5th, at Eastside Speedway in scenic Waynesboro, VA (rain date April 12th)... For those of you in the region, this looks like a great opportunity to experience some early season fabulous flopper fun. Bunny Burkett, Rocky Pirrone, Team Massarella and other notable acts are booked in to burn rubber 'n' hook up on the drag strip!! Plus there's a healthy purse for Super Pro and Footbrake racers. And a Motorcycle and Street class will also be featured. If you're looking for an early-in-the-season Funny Car fix this could very well be just what the doctor ordered!! BE THERE!!

 


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 recognizing Pink Shirt Day by bringing attention to the cyber-bullying problem on the drag racing internet prompted a firestorm of emails. Denise from Marlborough, CT said, "Middle aged know it all men who pick on kids and women are losers. I know because my ex husband was one."-- On the other side of the opinion spectrum, Eathen from Leesburg, GA said, "Back in the good old days guys like me weren't called bullies, we were called men!"... Wednesday's part 5 of 'THE INAUGURAL HEAVENLY PARANORMAL DRAG RACING ASSOCIATION'S AWARDS BANQUET' chapter of our TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Gustavo from all the way in Robore, Bolivia said, "I hope when I die I get invited into the Heavenly Paranormal Drag Racing Association!"-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "Fred The Wrench's black eyes cracked me up. Maybe he'll have a different attitude now that he's in the H.P.D.R.A. hall of Fame?"-- Beatrice from from Scottsdale, AZ said, "I think Maria Conrad should have been put in the hall of fame instead of drunk Fred. Just sayin'"-- Thanks to all of you Phantom Racer fans who wrote in this week... My blog announcing E'Town's SUMMER BRACKET BONANZA scheduled for June 13-14 caused Seth from Mineola, NY to say, "For someone who has all of your Brackets Or Bust videos, I'm glad that Raceway Park is having this race!"... My blog featuring our 1st installment of our new "FUNNIES" feature, that pokes fun and parodies the ridiculously pompous blowhards who pollute the drag racing internet received tons of email reactions from readers. Leon from Boggs, PA said, "Marvin really does remind me of the windbags on the internet. You nailed it!"-- Rick from Cypress, CA wrote, "I'm looking forward to more FUNNIES. Please tell the Drag Racing Underground bosses not to ever dump this feature!"... My blog announcing NHRA chassis certification at E'Town on March 14th (you must pre-register with the office by March 12) resulted in Billy from Forked River, NJ saying, "I'm grateful for the heads-up, Doc!"... 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.


Yesterday was Pink Shirt Day, a day to acknowledge the growing epidemic of bullying in our modern culture. It was started by a group of students who stood up for a classmate who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. I intended to post something about this subject yesterday, but since we regularly run our Tales of the Phantom Racer feature on Wednesdays, I postponed this post until today. I'd like to specifically focus on the cyber-bullying problem we see on the drag racing internet. Evidently there's a handful of drag racing cyber-bullies (or "snerts" as they're occasionally referred to among America's brainy military and law enforcement computer geeks), most of them tend to be frustrated middle-aged men who make a habit of harassing younger people (usually novice or less experienced drag racing fans) and women who attempt to participate on drag racing oriented web sites. Some of these bullying offenders believe what they do is "macho" or makes them more like the characters they admire on TV shows like "Sons of Anarchy". The cyber-bullies usually creep people out to the point where they'll give up on participating on drag racing web sites, and even more unfortunate, they'll also give up on having any interest whatsoever for the sport. Let's just say you'll never see them come out to the drags, 'cause they've been so "turned off" by drag racing's cyber bullies that they want absolutely nothing further to do with this straightline racing stuff. And yes, I realize that many of drag racing's cyber bullies do claim to be "bi-polar", have mental health ailments, or have situations, experiences, and major hardships in their own lives that they say "made them this way", but that still doesn't cut it as an excuse for becoming a cyber bully, it's still "the wrong thing to do"...  We've all got to work to make the drag racing internet a friendlier "cyber environment", so that more young people and women can feel "comfortable" participating. We've got to demonstrate more vigilance in "Putting the Red Light on Drag Racing Related Cyber Bullying" (get it?!)... Feel free to share this blog with younger people and women you know, this way, they'll at least be aware that there's some of us in the drag racing community who genuinely care about this problem. Thanks.


Eric Brown is your typical drag racing internet cyber bully snert. Slimy creeps like him have to be instructed that they're not doing this sport any favors with their bad behavior. They turn off youngins & women from wanting anything to do with drag racing.

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 attending the very first ever HEAVENLY PARANORMAL DRAG RACING ASSOCIATION'S INAUGURAL AWARDS BANQUET, at a luxury hotel and casino, located in a parallel universe, squeezed into a metaphysical portal of Monte Carlo, Monaco. Our crew's seated in a huge palatial auditorium, all of them looking dandy, with the exception of Fred The Wrench, who earlier got himself into a barroom brawl when a barmaid at the event's open bar refused to serve him because she detected that he was already drunk. Fred and his buddy, dragster barnstorming pioneer Gooseface Gunzo, started a fight with security spirits after they were refused service. Fred's been spending almost all his time since arriving at the H.P.D.R.A's awards banquet, complaining about the sanctioning organization, referring to H.P.D.R.A. president Atragon Angelicon and all his associated executive spirits as "stuffed shirts", and judging them as nothing more than "hoity-toity", "pompous" and "high-falutin' suits"... Fred insists that all the brass from the H.P.D.R.A. couldn't care less about a 'ruff-around-the-edges wrench' like himself, and said, "I'm just a nothing, a complete forgotten nobody to all them big-shot administrative heavenly higher-ups!!"... Then the house lights went down, a drum roll came from the orchestra pit, and in a flash of light, H.P.D.R.A. president Atragon Angelicon appeared in a long velvet robe, standing tall behind a large solid-gold podium, featuring the H.P.D.R.A. logo embossed on it with emeralds, rubies and glistening diamonds...

 

"Look at that blowhard," Fred cynically mumbles in reference to the H.P.D.R.A. president, "He probably never even changed a spark plug in his entire life OR afterlife."... "Shhhhhh!!" scolds Larry Lamb to Fred The Wrench... Atragon Angelicon then speaks in a strong reverberating tone to the large assembly of drag racing spirits, "Tonight we're going to kick off this inaugural H.P.D.R.A. awards ceremony by celebrating a spirit who has paid many dues over many years in the drag racing afterlife. We admire spirits like this one, who labor behind the scenes, away from the limelight, yet play an instrumental role in their respective team's successes. This is a selfless spirit who is humble, avoiding the glamour that so many others insatiably crave-- Ladies and gentlemen, tonight it gives me great honor to announce FRED THE WRENCH as our very first inductee into our Heavenly Paranormal Drag Racing Association's Hall of Fame!!!".... Larry Lamb, Sebastian Conrad, Maria Conrad, and Peter The Parrot all look at each other with wide eyes, all appear in utter disbelief with the exception of Larry Lamb... "This is UNBELIEVABLE!!!!" says Sebastian... "I worked awful hard and pulled a lot of strings to make this happen." says Larry Lamb as he winks an eye... Fred The Wrench is completely startled by what he's just heard come out of the H.P.D.R.A. president's mouth, the same executive spirit who he was just mocking only a minute ago!! Fred shakes his head to make sure this isn't some kind of drunken stupor hallucination-- He then loudly blurts out, "WHAAAAATTT?!?!?"... "Get up there!!!" Maria says as she nudges Fred's arm and points to the stage... Fred stands up with his two black eyes and torn overalls from his recent barroom brawl, and starts waddling his way slowly up to the stage...

 

Talk about irony?!? The same organization that Fred was relentlessly dissing, is now making him their very first ever spirit to be inducted into their Hall of Fame!! A disheveled Fred finally staggers his way up to the stage. H.P.D.R.A. president Atragon Angelican shakes Fred's hand. An elegantly dressed, sleek female spirit hands Fred a shiny plaque... "Congratulations, Fred!" says Atragon Angelicon, "Would you like to speak a few words to all of your fellow drag racing spirits gathered here tonight for this prestigious banquet?"... Fred has an astonished 'deer in the headlights' look about him, with his two black eyes and torn overalls from his recent barroom brawl now in the spotlight, but he begins speaking, with an obvious inebriated slur in his choked-up delivery, "Uh, I-I-I dont's really know whats to say. I-I-I sure ain'ts expected anything like this to happen tonight. I-I-I'm just a simple man, who just does his j-j-j-job."... "Oh," interjects Atragon Angelicon, "You are such an admirable and humble spirit, Fred."... "Uh, yeah, I-I-I guess so," Fred replies with an awkwardly shy slant to his speech, "I-I-I wants to thank my afterlife racing spirit teammates, uh, my boss Larry Lamb, our team driver Sebastian aka The Phantom Racer, er, our back-up girl Maria, and my trusty assistant P-P-Peter The P-P-Parrot, they're a great bunch of spirits who make my job of wrenching something I really likes to do."... Larry, Sebastian, Maria, Peter The Parrot, and all the banquet's attendees then break into boisterous cheering and applause, and rise up for a rousing standing ovation... A tear or two rolls down Fred's cheeks, cheeks that are slightly swollen from punches during the earlier bar brawl... Fred pauses for a moment to take it all in, slowly turning his head in different directions, and looking out at all the spirits standing in admiration of him among the massive audience... Fred then steps up to the podium one last time, now with tears of joy streaming down his bruised and puffy face, and he slobbery speaks again into the microphone, "Ya know, this drag racing stuff is da best gosh darn life, and afterlife, I could have ever asked for. I loves you all, each and every ones of you-- I r-r-r-really do-- T-T-T-Thanks for this incredible night-- I-I-I'll never forgets this, never, ever, ever-- I just cant's tell you how much this m-m-m-means to m-m-m-me."...

 

 

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... Talk about irony, indeed!!!... Fred The Wrench has been spending almost all his time since arriving at the Heavenly Paranormal Drag Racing Association's inaugural awards banquet, complaining about the sanctioning organization, referring to H.P.D.R.A. president Atragon Angelicon and all his associated executive spirits as "stuffed shirts", and judging them as nothing more than "hoity-toity", "pompous" and "high-falutin' suits"... However, now Fred The Wrench is the very first spirit to ever be inducted into the organization's Hall of Fame!!!... With his two black eyes and torn overalls, he receives a rousing standing ovation from all his paranormal drag racing peers... Can you believe the extraordinary unpredictability of this supernatural saga?!?... 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). TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER story and imagery are copyright 2015 DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND.


E'TOWN "SUMMER BRACKET BONANZA" SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 13-14!!...

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I occasionally get emails criticizing me for not giving as much attention to bracket racing as I used to, and I admit that I can understand where some of my critics are coming from. After all, Drag Racing Underground is the only drag racing video production firm in the universe to actually have come out with a "BRACKETS OR BUST video series back in the day, and it does seem that lately we don't have as much to say as we should about the so-called "little guys" of the sport... However, when it comes to grass roots bracket racing, it is definitely a genre of drag racing that forever holds a special place in my heart... That said, I want to inform all my bracket racing friends that on Saturday and Sunday June 13-14, 2015, Old Bridge Township will be presenting a super "SUMMER BRACKET BONANZA"!! A two-day E.T. racing extravaganza that's paying big bucks to winners. Super E.T pays $5000 each day to the winner and Pro E.T. pays $3000 each day to the winner!! I posted a flyer for the event below for you to check out. If you want more details you can visit racewaypark.com


Yes, I know, I know... I just posted this very same blog this past Saturday, but since the Drag Racing Underground cyber geeks have told me that 25% of you who read this blog during the "work week" don't necessarily read it on the "weekends",  I figure I'd run it for y'all today as well, because I don't want any of you racers who don't read this blog on the weekends to miss out on the opportunity to be informed about the upcoming NHRA chassis certification day at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park......

I want to remind my drag racing friends that on Saturday March 14th there will be NHRA Chassis Certification at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. You must be pre-registered with the RP office by March 12th in order to participate. This will happen rain or shine and there will not be any drag racing on this date.  Please pass this information on to any of your family members or friends you know who are looking to get their chassis certified for the 2015 season. This is an important date for those wanting their car's chassis to be approved for on-track action at any NHRA sanctioned drag strip. And remember my wise quote that I always say to all my dear racer and car fabricating friends... "Avoid Procrastination When it Comes to Chassis Certification!!!"


"THE FUNNIES" A NEW FEATURE HERE AT DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND!!...

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We're running a new and exciting feature today for our Drag Racing Underground daily blog page. We call it THE FUNNIES... THE FUNNIES playfully pokes fun and parodies the ridiculously pompous blowhards we see polluting the current internet drag racing scene (we rarely see these sort of cyber snerts actually at a drag race, because they spend all their time ragging, whining and complaining from behind their computer keyboards, instead of ever getting out of their house to actually support a REAL drag race!!)... You know the type, they clutter the cyber drag racing community with numbskull, knuckle-dragging negativity each and every single day of their lives. They "pretend" to "love" drag racing, while in reality, they do everything in their meek power range to put it down, and they intentionally "creep out" anyone on the internet younger than themselves who show an interest in the sport. For today's installment of THE FUNNIES, we bring you a windbag of a fellow named Marvin... Marvin seeks out racers who campaign nostalgia themed "Jungle Jim" tribute cars. If Marvin feels that someone is running a car that's not 100% period correct, he makes a point of taking it upon himself to go to the track and harass the owner of the car, and their family members, including small and innocent children, from the minute they pull the car out of the trailer until they leave the strip at the end of the race day!  And yes, whether you want to believe it or not, today's Marvin feature is actually based on factual events... Very Sick But Unfortunately Very True! LOL!

 


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