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Welcome to Diana 'The Doc' Thomas' official Blog ... A radio interviewer once referred to Diana as being a 'Celebrity Drag Racing Authority & Visionary'... Diana has indeed filled the shoes (or fire boots) as truly being America's foremost 'Celebrity Drag Racing Authority & Visionary'... Diana is known for being somewhat controversial at times... She writes the truth... Diana tells it like it is about drag racing and other topical issues-- You've seen Diana 'The Doc' Thomas on our DVDs, with Bret Kepner on ESPN, and in all the major media... Don't miss your opportunity to read her daily blog right here at DRAG RACING UNDERGROUND... Diana's blog gives you a daily dose of truth and reality with heart... Diana's unique and refreshing perspective is unlike anything else on the drag racing web... We strongly recommend that you bookmark this page now... Be sure you check in daily to experience & enjoy Diana's unique insight, worldly wisdom and perspective...

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY WISHES TO DON "THE SNAKE" PRUDHOMME...

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Things are pretty darn busy around here concerning my more music related activities, so I'm a bit late in formally wishing Don "The Snake" Prudhomme some much deserved belated happy birthday wishes... This past Thursday April 6th was the drag racing living legend's 76th birthday... "The Snake" is considered by a majority of drag racing historians who are really  "in the know" as being the undisputed "King of Cool" among straightline motorsports circles. His history in the sport is long and strong and filled with tremendous accomplishments. "Snake" has done it all with his own brand of finesse. I remember meeting Don many moons ago at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's NHRA Summernationals, and he was such a cordial gentleman to me-- a real class act of a man. If you'd like to learn more about Don Prudhomme, I suggest checking out the "Snake & Mongoose" movie that was released a few years back-- it tells the man's life story in an educational and entertaining fashion...

 

 

Happy belated birthday wishes to Don "The Snake" Prudhomme. Photo from the Snake & Mongoose movie 


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 promoting the MOPARS AT E'TOWN event scheduled for August 26th & 27th prompted Russ from Long Hill, NJ to write, "I plan on finishing up the overhaul of my 1968 Dart and having it ready for the Mopars race!"-- Veronica of Colonia, NJ said, "My husband is taking me for my birthday. We're both Mopar nuts!".... Wednesday's TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER serial series postponement resulted in lots of you writing in. Alis from all the way in Swansea, Wales said, "Your postponing the story another week really disappointed me. Please make sure it returns next week!-- Once again Gary from Wellington, OH wrote in, "I understand that you people are busy with your Big Stick music, but you must initiate an any means necessary effort to bring back the paranormal drag racing serial series very soon! I desperately need my weekly Phantom fix!"-- Thanks to all of you Phantom Racer fans who wrote in this week... My blog announcing our APRIL IS AERODYNAMICS APPRECIATION MONTH campaign caused Jason from Mansfield, OH to say, "I'm a middle school science teacher who greatly appreciates your campaign to show the scientific side of drag racing. I used your informative blog as a teaching tool for my students."... My installment expressing concern for our friends in the U.S. southeast who recently experienced severely dangerous weather conditions, resulted in Roberta from White Oak, Alabama saying, "Thanks for Doc's thoughts and prayers. We got hit pretty bad but she gave us some strength and moral support."...  Our so-called "SUNDAY FUNNIES THAT AREN'T NECESSARILY THAT FUNNY AT ALL" managed to get Ellen from Tewksbury, MA in a bit of an angry frenzy, she typed, "Someone needs to tell Marvin that he wouldn't be burdened with alimony payments if he wasn't such a dumb jerk!."... 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.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR 'MOPARS AT E'TOWN' AUGUST 26TH & 27TH!!...

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Despite the fact that we're still experiencing less than favorable racing weather in many parts of the nation, it's still a wise move to start scheduling all your family outings to the drag strip for this coming summer... That said, one event that I strongly recommend attending is the 31st annual MOPARS AT E'TOWN-- the dates are Saturday August 26th and Sunday August 27th... There's car shows, swap meets, flea markets, car corrals, muffled drag racing on Saturday the 26th and muffled and unmuffled drag racing on Sunday the 27th... The Mopars in Motion car club will be on the premises... Please come out and join in on the celebration of Chrysler Corporation Vehicles!!... I've made a tradition of being part of this event for years... I love it... And I hope to see YOU there!!... For more details and information please visit www.racewaypark.com

 

 

See rockin' Road Runner winged Superbirds and so much more at MOPARS AT E'TOWN August 26th and 27th


Due to further Big Stick music related commitments, our weekly TALES OF THE PHANTOM RACER paranormal drag racing series has once again been postponed until next Wednesday. Sincere apologies extended to all our regular readers. Mike.


APRIL IS AERODYNAMICS APPRECIATION MONTH...

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Today we're glad to announce our newest educational media campaign... Drag Racing Underground officially announces that APRIL IS AERODYNAMICS APPRECIATION MONTH... That's right, we're promoting this campaign to encourage today's youth to appreciate the science of aerodynamics and how same science applies to the sport of drag racing... Aerodynamics is the study of the motion of air around a solid object, particularly its interaction with same solid object (such as a race car when storming down the drag strip). Aerodynamics is also the study concerning the forces of drag and lift in conjunction with performance. We hope that youngins will find the study and applications of aerodynamics to be interesting and enlightening, and that it will also encourage them to seek lifetime careers related to the critical science... Below is a photo from a few seasons back at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park's NHRA Summernationals event. We see Chip King's turbocharged Hemi-powered '69 Dodge Daytona. There's no denying that aerodynamics play a major role in the performance of this streamlined Pro Modified hot rod...

 

 

Drag Racing Underground announces our APRIL IS AERODYNAMICS APPRECIATION MONTH campaign


THOUGHTS & PRAYERS FOR ALL OUR FRIENDS IN THE U.S. SOUTHEAST...

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Thoughts and prayers for all our friends in the U.S. Southeast who are enduring history making, severely brutal weather conditions as I write this blog installment on Sunday night, to be published on this page early Monday morning... Dangerous winds ripping through Louisiana, merciless flooding in central Mississippi, massive school closings announced in Alabama-- it's all a threatening and miserable mess. And the strong tornadoes causing dastardly destruction to lots of homes and property makes for an even scarier and dire situation. We all hope that our friends in the Southeast can muster the strength to make it through this crisis. We're all compassionately pulling for you and sending our positive thoughts...

 

 


THE "SUNDAY FUNNIES" THAT AREN'T NECESSARILY THAT FUNNY AT ALL...

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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...

 

 

 


Rumors are circulating that the new presidential administration is seriously considering legalizing "street racing" in an effort to help boost the nation's economy. Sources claim that high-ups in the conservative, far-right administration are looking to deregulate the bans and current restricting laws that currently forbid "street racing" in America. The highest elected official of the executive branch has been quoted as saying, "Forbidding Americans the choice of racing on the streets is just another example of the liberal democrats' attempt to stifle our most fundamental freedoms and liberties. Just think of the tremendous growth our local economies can and will experience, if allowed to use our streets for racing, by charging participants and spectators an admission price dictated by the free market. The revenue can then go back into repairing potholes and our ailing infrastructure. This is just another change to the stagnate status quo that will help make America great again!"... While some opposition has sprung from racing sanctioning bodies and various motoring organizations, it is believed that the votes necessary to legalize "street racing" among Washington's newly empowered right-wing political contingent makes it a feasible possibility...

 

 

Will the new presidential administration REALLY be capable of lifting the longstanding ban on "street racing"??

*today's blog installment is an April fools parody piece


We're still kind of busy around here working on Big Stick related stuff connected with the upcoming 2017 LP releases. We'll probably get this blog back to normalcy for tomorrow (I think). Sorry for the inconvenience. I would like to thank Mike and "Big Jim" for handling the other Drag Racing Underground business matters while Big Stick is consuming most of my time. And thanks to all our loyal readers for your continued support. I appreciate it. You're the best darn friends a gal could ever ask for...

 

 

Big Stick is still keeping us busy here. We hope to return to some form of normalcy here on the blog tomorrow.


We're all still kind of busy around here working on the packaging for the upcoming Big Stick LP release, so once again, we didn't really have any spare time to put a "normal" Drag Racing Underground sort of blog together for today's (Thursday's) installment-- not to mention the fact that substitute Stephanie is still having some rather pressing issues with her children (yes, the adorable twins that you probably saw last season at E'Town's NHRA Summernationals)... We hope to return to normalcy for tomorrow's or Saturday's blog... We apologize for any inconvenience... Thanks to all you swell folks for your loyal and unwavering support...

 

 

Big Stick related duties are keeping us pretty busy around here, we hope to be back to "normalcy" soon...