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HALLELUJAH!! TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER IS BACK FOR 2018!!...

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Hallelujah! We are happy to announce that our popular TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER paranormal themed, family oriented, drag racing afterlife serial series will continue through 2018. Crew leader Larry Lamb has agreed to have his team of metaphysical do-gooders stay with the series for yet another year, exclusively here, every Wednesday on this Drag Racing Underground blog page. That means we can also expect to have Sebastian aka "The Phantom Racer", Fred The Wrench, Maria and Peter The Parrot stay with the supernatural series for 2018 as well, providing readers with plenty of high-performance. paranormal, drag racing related thrills. Let's face it, TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER is Drag Racing Underground's most "internationally" read feature every Wednesday morning, folks from all corners of the globe follow the feature with bated breath. We're mighty proud of that fact. The saga not only delves into the paranormal, but it also often delivers an uplifting and inspiring message to our readers, many of you write in telling of how the story has somehow helped you emotionally cope, move on, and endure, when life has thrown you a sour curve ball. We're so glad that it has such a positive affect on so many people of all the different continents. Tomorrow, Wednesday, be sure to check in right here, for another exciting and inspirational episode...

 

 


Former longtime Atco Dragway owner Joseph J. "Joe Sway" Swierczynski Sr. passed away. Joe was 67 years of age. He owned the south Jersey drag strip for decades. Before he bought it, the first time he went to the strip, he "snuck in" by hiding in the trunk of a friend's car-- I always thought of that as being a funny story about the man who would eventually buy the place. Admittedly, Joe used to occasionally bust my chops when I'd go to Atco, working for Drag Racing Underground, because he knew of my somewhat strong bias in favor of Raceway Park, and he was kind of right about that, but I did tell him that I did appreciate the effort that he put into running Atco, so we were cool with each other. We had a mutual respect and got along. And I will testify that Joe worked awful hard and long hours to maintain Atco Dragway, and keep the doors open when local government and activists started giving him a hard time in the late 80s. Like I always say, running a drag strip sure ain't no picnic, it takes lots of dedication -- and Joe sure possessed dedication for his race track. A viewing will be held Tuesday, January 9th from 6-9pm at the Leroy P. Wooster Funeral Home 441 White Horse Pike, Atco, NJ. Joe really loved dogs and cats, so in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jersey State Animal Rescue PO Box 609, Atco, NJ 08004. My condolences to all in Joe's family. Rest In Peace.

 

 


Today is the return of the "SUNDAY FUNNIES" feature here on the blog, though admittedly, the way in which blowhard Marvin conducts himself in life, and especially on the drag racing internet, the situation isn't necessarily that, ahem, funny at all-- As a matter of fact, Marvin's brand of belligerent behavior often has negative consequences for the collective drag racing scene... Marvin aggressively seeks out internet postings by women and young folk who he deems to be 'pesky' (because they don't fit in to his preferred ornery oriented demographic), and tries desperately to pick apart and dissect each and every single word they typed, often claiming the facts are wrong, even if he knows that they are really right-- Anything to create a confrontation laced with lewd language and 'f bombs' is merry sport for Marvin (using 'f bombs' sure makes Marvin feel more 'macho' and more like he's a 'big man')... When dorks like Marvin get behind their computer keyboard, and just type negativity with their fingers, it never results in anything positive for the drag racing community, because we don't need the blowhard brand of 'debby-downer' dingbat dissent that fools like Marvin dispense 24/7 on the internet. I do hope that some will take this lesson to heart, because it's a lesson that needs to be learned by those who constantly pollute the drag racing internet with endless oodles of mindless nagging negativity. Let's get smart in 2017. Let's work together to help make the drag racing internet a 'family friendly' place where more people can enjoy it and be enriched and enlightened by it. Let's put an end to Marvin's brand of blowhard bullying...

 

 

Marvin is a mess! The problem of blowhard bullies like him on the drag racing internet needs to be addressed!


Today we have the trusty Stephanie substituting for The Doc. At this time Doc is either occupied with her Big Stick music related work, and/or her fine-art sculpture related responsibilities (as she will be increasingly frequently over the period of the next several months or so)... We believe that Doc will hopefully be back on the clock for Monday's edition of this popular blog (Of course tomorrow we'll be running our usual "THE SUNDAY FUNNIES THAT AREN'T NECESSARILY THAT FUNNY" critically acclaimed anti-cyberbullying feature with blowhard Marvin)... Please enjoy Stephanie's Snapshot of the Day... This installment features a photograph that Doc snapped at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park this past 2017 season. It's a tranquil shot of dusk falling on the E'Town quartermile, during a Wednesday night "Test N' Tune" session. Doc claims that she loves Raceway Park's long running Wednesday night  program because there's always surprises. You never know what's going to show up. Plus it's a great night for grudge racing, often resulting in the colorful "No/Time" contingent doing their thing. Wednesday nights at Raceway Park are a blast! Some of you may remember back in September, when writer John Leland and photographer Todd Midler did a special photo essay for the New York Times about E'Town's Wednesday night program. That's the one that I believe Drag Racing Underground's John Gill helped out a little bit with. Doc recommends that locals consider attending some E'Town Wednesday nights in the coming 2018 season. As you can clearly see by this photograph, there's a certain romance to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's Wednesday nights under the stars action that simply can't be beat.

 

 

Substitute Stephanie's Snapshot of the Day features a romantic dusk photo from E'Town's Wednesday Nights.


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 paying our respects to the recently departed, longtime Raceway Park regular, Bill Schaible, resulted in emails from local readers. Kenny from Morganville, NJ wrote, "Everything that Doc wrote about Bill is true. His personality and sense of humor was golden." -- Jim from Eatontown, NJ chimed in, "Bill Schaible was one of the people who made going to Raceway Park fun."...  Wednesday's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Noemie from all the way in Antwerp, Belgium said, "Does Drag Racing Underground get paid by Lorna Doone cookies for always saying it's Larry Lamb's favorite brand of shortbread cookie treat?" (editor's note: No, Noemie, there is no financial compensation for mentioning Larry's cookie preference in our popular Phantom Racer serial series.)-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "I'm glad that the crew are finally done with all their wishy washy holiday episodes and are going to return to battling the dark forces of the drag racing afterlife! It's about time!"... My blog titled "LET'S COURAGEOUSLY CLIMB IN THE COCKPIT AND DRIVE INTO THE NEW YEAR WITH SMARTS AND A SENSE OF CIVILITY" prompted emails from all over the map. Robin from Philips, NE wrote, "I'm all in with Doc when it comes to her desire to make America a less bigoted country in 2018." -- Christopher from Owosso, MI wrote "I love the photograph of Doc sitting in the doorcar. I wish I looked that pretty in my bracket Malibu! LOL!"... Our so-called "SUNDAY FUNNIES THAT AREN'T NECESSARILY THAT FUNNY AT ALL" managed to get Marisa from Signal Hill, CA in a bit of an angry frenzy, she typed, "I just knew that Marvin was a drunk. He's so much like my ex husband. Lots of the bullies who pick on innocent women are weak boozers."... 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.


PAYING OUR RESPECTS TO GOOD FRIEND BILL SCHAIBLE...

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It is with a heavy heart I post that longtime friend of the northeastern and extended Raceway Park drag racing family, Bill Schaible, passed away yesterday at 4:26EST, according to his brother Joe. Bill used to do some writing for Raceway News, as well as some publicist work with local race teams, and he used to drag race motorcycles during his younger years. Bill was sort of a "walking encyclopedia" veteran of the drag racing scene, yet he wasn't a blowhard about it -- that was a personality trait of Bill's that made him very likeable to me. He possessed a wry sense of humor that I certainly appreciated, and also an uncanny knowledge of rock 'n' roll and alternative music & art that always made for good conversation. He also loved and owned sports cars. Below I posted a photo of Bill from 2011 with Don Prudhomme. It's good to see a smile on his face in this pic. Bill was always nice to me. Both John Gill and myself were friends with Bill for decades. I know that I'm one of many people among you all, who are going to genuinely miss seeing our friend Bill at the drag strip. We'll always remember him. Rest In Peace...

 

 


Break the conventional chains which bind you to the belief that the only things in this world that exist are those we're able to touch and see in daylight. Ever heard of quantum physics?- Many credible physicists and scientists from the world's most prestigious of learning institutions now believe that parallel universes exist all around us-- We are likely surrounded by spectacular space, time, energy, and matter anomalies that boggle the brain, proving that what was once thought to be fantasy and fiction, can now be believed as truth and fathomable fact... We offer you a slice of hard science, combined with sporadic sprinklings of paranormal phenomena, as we here at Drag Racing Underground, proudly present to you...TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER...Step out of the narrow-minded mist that encircles those who wear their stagnate skepticism like an outdated peach-colored leisure suit, and allow yourself the freedom to follow the adventures of drag racing's infinite and most indestructible spirit of the afterlife... Pull up a chair, toss your inhibitions aside, and ride along with one Sebastian Conrad, strong spirited eternal speed freak extraordinaire. 


Last week's episode told of how our favorite metaphysical/afterlife drag racing dream team were together for New Year's Eve at their Heavenly Drag Racing Association sanctioned residence/racing compound. As they tend to do every year, our entire crew announced their individual New Year's resolutions. Peter The Parrot's resolution was to become more organized, and do a better job of keeping the shop clean. Fred The Wrench proclaimed he'll spend more time reading the telepathic technical bulletins that come in from the Heavenly Drag Racing Association's Mechanical Educational Bureau, so he'd stay up-to-date on tuning and mechanical stuff, and better prepared for when tuning against the darkside forces that the team competes against on the drag strip. Maria's resolution was to explore more in the way of heavenly mysticism, channeling, alchemy, psychic ability, clairvoyance, and all the sort of metaphysical skills that come in handy when the crew find themselves in a fix. Sebastian's resolution was basically the same as it's been for the last few years, to dedicate at least an hour a day, when he has the spare time, to sharpening his reaction time skills with his practice tree. Our somewhat sophisticated and distinguished lamby, gentlemanly leader, Larry Lamb, proclaimed he wished to dedicate more time in the New Year to building up his expertise in the game of chess (Chess is Larry Lamb's favorite board game to play while snacking on his favorite treat, Lorna Doone shortbread cookies dunked in Maria's specially brewed celestial tea concoction)...

It's now New Year's Day at the gang's spacious compound, and nobody has a hangover, because in the heavenly drag racing afterlife, there are strict metaphysically enforced mandates as per the Heavenly Drag Racing Association, that do not permit the excessive abuse of alcoholic beverages, or so-called "recreational drugs". While some readers will certainly recall when Fred The Wrench once had a bit of a "drinking problem", he's since been reformed to be a more responsible and sober spirit. That said, it's also worth noting that being part of the heavenly drag racing afterlife, provides its participants with an indescribable 'natural high', that comes with being a high-performance paranormal do-gooder. Sure, our crew occasionally experience emotional struggles and bouts with less than favorable feelings, it's not always a "picture perfect" afterlife existence, but for the most part, it's more enjoyable than what we have come to experience in our day-to-day "mortal world". Our crew's rivals, those who serve the Darkside Drag Racing Association's branch of the drag racing afterlife, play by a far different set of rules and standards. They usually feed off negative energy, and darker shades of sorcery and wanton witchcraft. It's a tough battle at times for our trusty crew, fighting the forces of evil in the drag racing afterlife. Regular readers of this series are well aware of all the unwavering effort and sacrifice that our do-gooders put themselves through in the name of defending supernatural hot-rodding justice...

Anyways, we now take you back to conversation between our crew, as they congregate in the shop on this first day of the New Year... "So what's our first assignment for the New Year, boss?" inquires Fred The Wrench to Larry Lamb, "I'm really itching to get back out to the drags, and tuning cars, and all that kind of stuff."... "Yes," replies Larry Lamb, "I do recognize you wanting to get back to the drag strip, Fred. I know you get restless when you're not getting your hands dirty working on our race cars."... "I admit that I'm feeling a little restless too." adds Sebastian, "I want to get back in the cockpit, and driving again. All the holiday, off-season time is okay, but there's nothing else quite like competing against the dastardly darkside drivers and putting 'em on the trailer."... "Yes, yes." comes back Larry Lamb, "I'm sure the Heavenly Drag Racing Association has a mission for us to embark on."... "I'm also longing for getting back to racing," says Maria, "I'm so grateful that last year I was able to finally get a chance to drive, even though I know that Sebastian is still our number one shoe, I do hope that I'll get another shot at the wheel this year. Until then, I'm still excited with my role as official back-up girl. I love picking out creative outfits to wear at the track."... Larry Lamb abruptly interjects  "Well, gang, it looks like there's something coming over the telepathic communications multi-dimensional screen right now,  directly from the Heavenly Drag Racing Association headquarters, and it looks like it's our very first mission of the New Year."... All of a sudden, as Larry Lamb reads the mission to himself, our usually calm, cool and collected leader's woolly jaw drops, and he appears downright aghast by what he sees!!!... "WHAT THE HECK IS THE MATTER, BOSS?!?" squawks a concerned Peter The Parrot "WHAT IS IT?!? YOU LOOK LIKE YOU'RE IN A STATE OF SHOCK!!!! WHAT'S OUR FIRST ASSIGNMENT OF THE NEW YEAR?!? WHAT IS IT?!?! TELL US, 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...  Evidently, our heavenly, do-gooder crew is collectively itching to get back to the drag strip, and back to combating and competing against the darkside forces of the drag racing afterlife. Our leader Larry Lamb has received the first mission of the New Year from the superiors of the Heavenly Drag Racing Association, he's read the assignment, but hasn't shared it with the rest of the group yet, and it seems that even for our usual calm, cool, and collected Larry Lamb, there's something about this particular mission he's read, that has him looking downright aghast!!! WHAT COULD THE MISSION ENTAIL TO MAKE EVEN LARRY LAMB LOOK COMPLETELY SPOOKED?!?!  AND HOW'S THE REST OF THE CREW GOING TO REACT WHEN THEY LEARN OF THE MISSION?!? WHAT IS THE MISSION?!?!  WE'RE WAITING WITH BATED BREATH TO HEAR LARRY SAY WHAT IT IS!!! WHAT THE HECK IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT?!?!?... What's in store for our drag racing paranormal dream team as they continue to embark on unpredictable drag racing adventures throughout the parallel universes??... Can they all hold it together and successfully champion the powers of good??... Or will they fall victim to evil entities they cannot control???... These are just a few of the mind-twisting questions to be answered in future action-packed episodes of TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER!!... There's more paranormal mystical and maniacal drag race mayhem coming your way!!... You definitely do not want to miss it...

Stay tuned next Wednesday for a new chapter of the serial paranormal drama series we call TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER... Be sure that YOU follow the story of Sebastian Conrad... Bookmark this page and BE HERE every Wednesday!!... You can read prior episodes of TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER by simply clicking on the 'DOC'S BLOG' link that's conveniently located atop this page, and then scrolling to her Wednesday blog installments (because this series is published here each and every Wednesday). All characters appearing in this series are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead is purely coincidental. TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER story and imagery are copyright 2018 DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND.


We're driving into what's hopefully going to be a safe and sane new year for all. 2017 was arguably one of the most volatile years in recent U.S. history (at least since 1968). We saw the "alt right" movement run over and savagely kill a woman demonstrating against racism in Virginia. We saw one of the two major national political parties get behind and finance a candidate who's a credibly charged sexually twisted creep in Alabama. We saw more mass shootings to make our skin crawl. We witnessed a nation strongly divided on several different important issues. 2017 was a year that just wasn't our nation at its best. I sincerely do hope that peace and goodwill for one and all can take the forefront as we accelerate into the year 2018. Below is one of my fave photo shots by one of my fave veteran drag racing photographers, John McCartney, of Old Bridge Township Raceway Park fame. It's yours truly in the cockpit of the Speed World Super/Gas doorslammer. The photo was used on the Drag Racing Underground album... I want to think that I'm seated at the wheel of this new year, and I'm going to drive us into a realm of stable, decent, civil, humane thought and noble ambition-- Let's all drive into 2018 with a non-bigoted, rational mindset that will be considerate of all good Americans, and not make our nation look ignorant and cockeyed on the world stage -- Let's drive into 2018 with a clear picture of fairness for our fellow man, and a collective hope for a future of peace, good health and prosperity... Let's please all make 2018 a year we can be genuinely proud of...

 

 


BEST WISHES TO ONE AND ALL FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR...

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I want to take this opportunity to wish all my readers a happy and healthy new year. It's no secret that 2017 was a year full of bumps, bruises and somewhat scary uncertainty. I do hope that during 2018 we and the rest of the world can get our act together a little better... One positive note is that I've been receiving a lot of emails claiming that my women readers believe that the "cyber bullying" against them by bigots on the drag racing internet has been in decline since we've been running our Sunday anti-cyberbullying campaign featuring blowhard Marvin. I'm pretty thankful that we've been able to make a difference in the amount of cyber-bullying on the drag racing internet, and have helped make it an environment where women and young people feel more safe and secure. That's quite a blessing in my opinion... Anyways, lets' all do our part to make 2018 a year that we can be proud of... Let's be our best so as to set a good example for the youngins... Let's do our best to make 2018 a year that counts for making a better world!!... I believe we can make it happen...

 

 


Today is the special NEW YEAR'S EVE return of the "SUNDAY FUNNIES" feature here on the blog, though admittedly, the way in which blowhard Marvin conducts himself in life, and especially on the drag racing internet, the situation isn't necessarily that, ahem, funny at all-- As a matter of fact, Marvin's brand of belligerent behavior often has negative consequences for the collective drag racing scene... Marvin aggressively seeks out internet postings by women and young folk who he deems to be 'pesky' (because they don't fit in to his preferred ornery oriented demographic), and tries desperately to pick apart and dissect each and every single word they typed, often claiming the facts are wrong, even if he knows that they are really right-- Anything to create a confrontation laced with lewd language and 'f bombs' is merry sport for Marvin (using 'f bombs' sure makes Marvin feel more 'macho' and more like he's a 'big man')... When dorks like Marvin get behind their computer keyboard, and just type negativity with their fingers, it never results in anything positive for the drag racing community, because we don't need the blowhard brand of 'debby-downer' dingbat dissent that fools like Marvin dispense 24/7 on the internet. I do hope that some will take this lesson to heart, because it's a lesson that needs to be learned by those who constantly pollute the drag racing internet with endless oodles of mindless nagging negativity. Let's get smart in 2017. Let's work together to help make the drag racing internet a 'family friendly' place where more people can enjoy it and be enriched and enlightened by it. Let's put an end to Marvin's brand of blowhard bullying...

 

 

Marvin is a mess! The problem of blowhard bullies like him on the drag racing internet needs to be addressed!