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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...

Look, I admit, with THE DIGS AT E'TOWN's "Monster Bash" nostalgia drag race getting rained out for two weeks in a row, and me, now on a campaign to promote yet another (third) attempt at trying to get this thing in, we are getting more than a handful of emails from readers (especially from the west coast) who are becoming slightly, uh, perturbed by all the blog space I'm dedicating to getting the word out about THE DIGS (as opposed to more "national" oriented drag racing related news and issues, like Larry Dixon's alleged NHRA suspension and such)--  Well, for that, for those people, I sort of apologize, but also ask that you try to understand my position and intentions regarding this particular locally, more regional driven matter. I know for a fact that this blog is a very effective tool in reaching like-minded drag racing folks, so I feel that using this blog to get the word out about an event that I so genuinely believe in, is simply "the right thing to do", even if I'm doing so somewhat "persistently"... Please bear with me, my dear friends... Yes, THE DIGS AT E'TOWN's "Monster Bash" is once again rescheduled for THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12th (9am-4pm). Check out the groovy flyer that Stephanie posted for me below. Additional info can be found at racewaypark.com. If you're in the northeast region, and "Mother Nature" FINALLY decides to be more cooperative with our nostalgia-themed drag racing ambitions this Sunday, I ask that you please round up the family and come on out to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's 1/8th mile strip for this event... THE DIGS is nostalgia drag racing like it's supposed to be -- In a cozy, family friendly environment. Once again, "BE THERE!!!"... Keep in mind that tomorrow (Wednesday), we'll be running our usual "TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER" metaphysically motivated drag racing serial series (our cyber stats show that a lot of you folks from the other coast, and from other parts of the world seem to love THAT ongoing feature an awful lot!!)...

 

 

Let's try, try, try again. THE DIGS' "Monster Bash" is once again rescheduled for THIS Sunday November 12th...


Despite the eventual "rain out" yesterday of THE DIGS AT E'TOWN's "Monster Bash" old school drags, it was still a groovy few hours of seeing a wild variety of interesting nostalgia-themed machinery, and getting to catch up with some old friends like Willie Johnson, as well as being introduced to some new friends who read this blog with regularity... The event will now take place on this coming Sunday, November 12th 9am-4pm... We're going to try, try, try again to have this Autumn Monster Bash event run to completion -- This coming Sunday will be the third attempt to outsmart "Mother Nature's" inclement weather tendencies... Those of us who experienced "limited DIGS" during yesterday's cloudy and overcast Sunday, still feel somewhat refreshed with old school drag racing vibes for our inner hot roddin' psyche... Of course this coming Sunday the Ida Automotive Gasser Shootout will return, along with plenty of old school on-track action, muscle cars, hot rods, custom cars, movie cars, groovy music, etc, etc -- Make plans to be at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's 1/8th mile strip (use airport entrance gate #4)... BE THERE!!!....

 

 

It was a cloudy day at yesterday's eventually rained-out DIGS. We're gonna try again next Sunday November 12th


Today Sunday November 5th 9am-4pm is the rescheduled DIGS AT E'TOWN "Monster Bash" nostalgia drag racing event at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's 1/8th mile strip (use airport entrance gate #4)... We're hoping that "Mother Nature" is more cooperative today than she was last Sunday. See the Ida Automotive Gasser Shootout, Loads of Old School On-Track Action, Hot Rods, Show Cars, Muscle Cars, Movie Cars and so much more groovy stuff!!!... This is the grand finale of THE DIGS' 2017 nostalgia drag racing series. I'm certainly looking forward to it!! Hope to see you there too!! For more information and up-to-date weather reporting go to racewaypark.com (We'll bring back our regularly scheduled "THE SUNDAY FUNNIES THAT AREN'T NECESSARILY THAT FUNNY AT ALL" critically acclaimed, anti-cyberbulling feature, starring the always miserable know-it-all blowhard Marvin, come next Sunday November 12th. We sincerely apologize to all our readers who expected to see it published here today.)...





Originally I planned today's blog to unveil Drag Racing Underground's proclamation of making November officially "NHRA Appreciation Month"... However, with the rescheduling of THE DIGS AT E'TOWN's Halloween themed "Monster Bash" nostalgia drag racing event set for tomorrow Sunday November 5th, I figured that I'd hold off on the "NHRA Appreciation Month" blog for a few more days, and dedicate today's blog to reminding my northeast friends about the fun we're all going to have tomorrow at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's 1/8th mile strip in Englishtown, New Jersey... I strongly suggest that you consider making plans to attend tomorrow's "Monster Bash". It was rained out last Sunday, so we're going to try again THIS SUNDAY... Hopefully "Mother Nature" will be a little more cooperative tomorrow. Come on out and see The Ida Automotive Gasser Shootout, lots of old school on-track action, Hot Rods, Show Cars, Muscle Cars, Live Entertainment and so much more. Be sure to use the gate #4 airport entrance. Below is a photo of Jim Slovak's circa '66 chevy powered nostalgia dragster in the DIGS pits. I hope to see lots of old and new friends tomorrow at THE DIGS AT E'TOWN!!!.. For more information you can visit www.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... This week's blogs announcing that last Sunday's DIGS AT E'TOWN Halloween themed "Monster Bash" nostalgia drag race was officially rained out, and is now rescheduled for THIS SUNDAY November 5th, caused many of you to write in. Lean Larry from Forked River, NJ wrote, "I was really bummed about the rain out. I'm going to make plans to be at Raceway Park this Sunday for Etown's rescheduled Monster Bash. I'll be taking out and racing my classic 55 Chevy again!" --  Darla from Yonkers, NY scribes "Me and my man drove all the way to Englishtown last Sunday, only for the day to get rained out. We're going to try again this Sunday because we definitely don't want to miss the Ida Gasser Shootout!"... Wednesday's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series resulted in lots of you writing in. Morae from all the way in Peking, China said, "Thanks you for featuring talking parrots in your paranormal drag racing story. My people are of the belief that talking animals shine good luck on families of love."-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "I think the Halloween finale was a little lame. It could have had some more spice to it. Maybe you're getting too commercial with the series? Where did all the usual creepy Halloween scary stuff go?"... My blog wishing all a Happy Halloween, and showing a photo of the scary scarecrow I created from scratch prompted Kenneth from Belle Rose, LA  to say, "I like the way Doc used fishing bobbers for her scarecrow's eyes! I make scarecrows with my kids for Halloween decoration too!" -- Linda from Chicasaw, AL said, "Doc is so creative. Is there anything she can't do? LOL!"...  On a far more serious note, our aggressive anti-road rage campaign managed to get Elaine from Napa, CA in a bit of an angry frenzy, she typed, "I lost friends to road rage incidents. I don't understand why more of the media doesn't put a focus on the problem. Doc is the only journalist with enough sense to realize how important this issue is. We are killing each other on the roads of America. It has to stop!"... 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.


Today I'm going to dedicate my blog to once again getting the word out about THIS Sunday's rescheduled DIGS AT E'TOWN's "Monster Bash" event... As I've stated in recent previous blogs, last Sunday's "DIGS" was rained out, so, therefore, I'm letting my friends in the northeast know that all is not lost, and the rescheduling of the event for this Sunday should boost your still fresh Halloweenish spirits!... I know that I'm psyched for it!!... If you're looking for awesome Autumn nostalgia drag racing fun, come on out to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's 1/8th mile strip (use airport entrance #4). The always exciting  IDA AUTOMOTIVE GASSER SHOOTOUT is on the bill!! Plus there's going to be a variety of old school drag racing machinery doing battle on the track! See Hot Rods, Show Cars, Muscle Cars, Movie Cars, Groovy Live Bands and so much more! The action runs from 9am-4pm. Adult admission $12.00, Kids 6-12 $6.00, Kids 5 and under FREE! Open headers permitted. Helmets and seat belts required to race. I'll be there with bells on -- I hope YOU will be too!!... For more information visit www.racewaypark.com

 

 


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


Last week's episode told of how our favorite metaphysical/afterlife drag racing dream team are at their Heavenly Drag Racing Association sanctioned residence racing compound/headquarters. A pint-sized H.D.R.A. related intruder named Stosh, was caught by our crew, masquerading (wearing a costume in Halloween fashion), disguised as the Darkside Drag Racing Association's notorious "Mantis", evil clutch guy, known and feared throughout the parallel universes of the drag racing afterlife. Larry Lamb just finished up an intense interrogation of the pint-sized creature, using the services of the team's brand new 'Truth Or Lie Indicator Capsule'. Exhibiting his trademark distinguished composure, poised to start flapping his woolly mouth, to vocalize his final executive decision of what's to be done concerning the future and fate of the creature perceived a "Mantis", Larry is abruptly interrupted by unbridled giggling from the interrogated subject, while it removes a layer of synthetic skin, molded in the shape of a praying mantis insect's head, adhered to his real head, and exposes his small parrot bird's head -- "Mantis" continues to shed armor like 'body panels" of his costume, and squawks out loud, "I tricked you all!!! Trick or Treat!!! Trick or Treat!!! What do y'all think of my custom-made Halloween costume that fooled you all into thinking I was "Mantis?!? HA!!! AIN'T THAT A HYSTERICAL RIOT?!? HA!!! HA!!!!"...

"Wait a minute!!!" says Peter The Parrot, "This little creative critter feller is my old best friend from back in the day Stosh!!!!! He's a bird I once served with in the Heavenly Drag Racing Association's Junior Speed Scout training program for animals!!!!!"... "That's right, old buddy!!" responds the bird that we were all tricked on this Halloween, to think was "Mantis", the notorious clutch guy from the Darkside Drag Racing Association's ranks... "Man oh man!" blurts Fred The Wrench, "You sure had me fooled, Stosh! Your costume was so accurate!!!!"... "You passed with flying colors when tested in the Truth or Lie Capsule, Stosh," adds Larry Lamb, 'cause you REALLY DIDN'T have any suspected hostile covert intentions up your sleeve! Your intention was only to pull off a tricky Halloween themed prank!"... Maria laughs out loud at the whole situation... "How is this possible??" says a befuddled Sebastian, "I remember once being told that we're not supposed to engage in any Halloween oriented activities, as per the Heavenly Drag Racing Association's longstanding linking of any and all Halloween related festivities to evil forces!"...

"Well, then I guess you haven't been checking you recent H.D.R.A. updates, Sebastian." exclaims a now giddy Stosh "They're relaxing the rules for this year, sort of as a trial experiment, to see whether it raises or declines the morale of our many covert units during the Halloween season."... "Hey, Stosh!" blurts an ecstatic Peter The Parrot, "I got some cheese and crackers hidden under my mattress, so as Fred don't steal the edible goodies from me -- I-I-I been saving 'em for a special occasion just like this one!!!!"... "Oh brother," shrugs Fred The Wrench, "As if it don't get weird enough 'round here with just one pint-sized parrot on the premises, now we gots two?!?"... "Just for Halloween," says leader Larry Lamb, "Just for today, just for Halloween. Tomorrow I'll insist that Stosh ships out back to his Heavenly Drag Racing Association designated headquarters and compound. However, for this day, this so-called 'Halloween' day, Stosh, and all of us will enjoy a civilized and proper Halloween party together."...

Everyone lightens up and shares tasty candy corn that Stosh brought in his sock... Peter The Parrot flies to his quarters to fetch the cheese and crackers...This marks our crews first time of celebrating the holiday of Halloween... Maria grabs a sheet from the linen closet, cuts holes for eyes, puts it over her body and pretends to be a happy howling ghost!!... Everyone proceeds to playfully engage in wholesome and fun Halloween frolic!!... Moments later, Peter The Parrot, flies back to the assembled group and squawks "LOOK AT DIS?!? ALL MY CHEESE AND CRACKERS GOT SMOOSHED UNDER MY MATTRESS!!!! FRED MUSTA SAT ON MY BED WHEN HE WAS RAIDING MY OLD DRAG RACING 'ZINE STASH!!!! FRED MUSTA BEEN READING MY DRAG MAGS AND SITTIN' RIGHT WHERE I HAD THESE MUNCHIE GOODIES STASHED UNDER MY MATTRESS AND SQUASHED 'EM!!!! HE MUSTA CRUSHED MY TREATS WITH HIS AMPLE FRUMPY BODY MASS!!!!"...

"Calm down, calm down!" says Fred The Wrench, "Yes, I did recently raid your stash of old drag racing magazines, and yes, I did sit on your bed for a spell, and read through some of 'em, and musta smooshed your hidden cheese n' crackers that were under your mattress on accident. But I'll make it up to you, little guy!"... "Oh yeah?!?" squawks Peter The Parrot "How you gonna do that, Freddy boy?!?!?"... Fred walks to the fridge and pulls out a deluxe party platter that he had been saving for the proverbial 'special occasion' as well... "Look at that!!" says Maria, seeing the platter through the holes she cut out of her makeshift ghost sheet costume... "Yeah, that's a pretty classy and appetizing spread!" adds Sebastian...

"Oh my," concurs Larry Lamb, "Fred's platter surely makes up for those squashed crackers and cheese you had under your mattress, Peter!"... "I guess so," Peter The Parrot says, now breaking into a bit of a smile with his parrot beak, "and heck, I got my old buddy Stosh with me, who is also a parrot and one of my dearest buddies from the past, PLUS, I got all you great friends with me, you all are pretty much like family to me. This whole wacky situation has turned into the BEST Halloween EVER!!!!"...

"I propose a toast!" interjects a gleeful Stosh, holding a tropical flavored fruit punch beverage, "Here's to the beauty of six members of the Heavenly Drag Racing Association's afterlife racing operations, sharing a wholesome Halloween themed get-together of friends!!!"... Everyone takes a sip of their respective drinks and enjoy each others company... "Hmmm," says Larry Lamb while rubbing his woolly chin, "I never thought I'd see the day when the Heavenly Drag Racing Association would lift their ban on Halloween oriented activities, and actually send a lil' fellow like Stosh to masquerade in such an elaborate Halloween hoax!! Things are really changing, aren't they?!?"... "For the better, I'd say!" blurts Maria... "I think so too." concurs Sebastian... Peter The Parrot and Stosh The Parrot are cracking tasty party nuts with their beaks, laughing it up, catching up on old times... "HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!" shouts the two parrots in collective unison ... Fred The Wrench proceeds to put on one of his favorite Fats Domino records and the party really starts hoppin'!!!...

 

Yes, my dear friends, this is the mysterious mind-bending-hereafter rebirth, and puzzling parallel universe relocation of the bewildering being, energy, and entity we call THE PHANTOM RACER...  Wow!! -- the Heavenly Drag Racing Association finally relaxed their longstanding "No Halloween Fun" ruling, and permitted Stosh to create a costume prank to fool our gang into thinking he might be "Mantis", a notorious clutch guy from the Darkside Drag Racing Association's team. It worked!!! Kind of funny to see our team get pranked like that. Now everyone is having a good time at their first-ever drag racing afterlife Halloween party! BUT, AS WE ALL WELL KNOW, JUST WHEN THE 'GOOD TIMES'  HAPPEN FOR OUR CREW, THERE'S OFTEN A DASTARDLY SWITCH IN CIRCUMSTANCES LURKING JUST 'ROUND THE CORNER!!!! WHAT THE HECK IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT?!?!?... What's in store for our drag racing paranormal dream team as they continue to embark on unpredictable drag racing adventures throughout the parallel universes??... Can they all hold it together and successfully champion the powers of good??... Or will they fall victim to evil entities they cannot control???... These are just a few of the mind-twisting questions to be answered in future action-packed episodes of TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER!!... There's more paranormal mystical and maniacal drag race mayhem coming your way!!... You definitely do not want to miss it...

Stay tuned next Wednesday for a new chapter of the serial paranormal drama series we call TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER... Be sure that YOU follow the story of Sebastian Conrad... Bookmark this page and BE HERE every Wednesday!!... You can read prior episodes of TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER by simply clicking on the 'DOC'S BLOG' link that's conveniently located atop this page, and then scrolling to her Wednesday blog installments (because this series is published here each and every Wednesday). All characters appearing in this series are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead is purely coincidental. TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER story and imagery are copyright 2017 DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND.


I'd like to wish all of you who read this page with regularity a Happy Halloween! This special installment of my blog features an off-topic photographic image that I thought would make for a nice Halloween seasonal touch. This is my first ever attempt at creating a scarecrow from scratch, for decoration on my front lawn for Halloween... Fortunately, my artistic talents and skills came in rather handy while going through the procedure of putting this little guy together... Using straw and burlap for his main anatomy, fishing bobbers for eyes, orange cloth for a nose, a bicycle reflector for a mouth, and a crawling plastic spider on his hat, I believe I've fabricated this fearsome fellow relatively well, if I may humbly say so for myself. My scarecrow's also dressed-up in denim pants with suspenders... I suspect that the neighborhood trick-or-treating kids will appreciate him, and let's face it, Halloween really is for our special darling precious little ones. I always look forward to distributing wholesome and healthy oriented Halloween treats on this festive day, and admiring all the kids' groovy costumes when they come to my door. If you have little ones, be sure to keep a watchful eye on 'em today, to insure that they have a safe and happy Halloween! I'll be keeping the television on all the stations broadcasting the scary Halloween classics. I admit to being quite the old school horror movie buff! I sincerely hope that you enjoy this frightfully fun holiday!... Oh, and please, all my northeastern friends reading this, don't forget, THIS coming Sunday November 5th is THE DIGS AT E'TOWN's Halloween themed "Monster Bash" event -- The Halloween hot rodding fun continues this Sunday at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's 1/8th mile strip. It's going to be ghostly gearhead nostalgia drag racing shindig that you definitely do not want to miss!! For more info visit www.racewaypark.com

 

 

Today's special blog installment features a photograph of yours truly's first ever Halloween scarecrow creation.


Those of us in my neck of the woods are still seeing the raindrops fall from a 'nor'easter' that arrived yesterday (Sunday), and was responsible for raining out the scheduled DIGS AT E'TOWN's Halloween-themed "MONSTER BASH" nostalgia drag racing event... Well, don't fret -- because Old Bridge Township Raceway Park has rescheduled the speedy and spooky shindig for THIS SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5th!!!... That's right, the event is now happening THIS SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5th from 9am-4pm at Raceway Park's 1/8th mile strip (enter at airport gate #4)... You'll see the Ida Automotive Gasser Shootout, lots of Old School Drag Racing, Hot Rods, Show Cars, Muscle Cars, Movie Cars, Customs, Rat Rods, Groovy Live Bands and so much more!!!... Open headers are permitted!!!... Adults $12 Kids 6-12 $6 Kids 6 and under FREE!!!... It's a GAS!!!... I'll be there and so should you!!!...

 

 


Due to certain inclement weather predicted for today Sunday October 29th, THE DIGS AT E'TOWN's Halloween themed 'Monster Bash' nostalgia drag racing event has been postponed and rescheduled for next Sunday November 5th at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's 1/8th mile strip. The event will take place from 9am-4pm. Make plans now to BE THERE!!!... (our regularly scheduled, critically acclaimed, anti-cyberbullying feature titled 'THE SUNDAY FUNNIES THAT AREN'T NECESSARILY THAT FUNNY AT ALL' starring blowhard cyber-bully supreme, miserable Marvin will return to this page on next Sunday)