Joe Momma Night and the Jet Car to Reach 250 mph

Atlanta Motor Speedway's summer racing series, Thursday Thunder, returns to AMS' quarter-mile "Thunder Ring" on July 24 for round eight of the 10-week racing series that runs each Thursday through August 7.

Joe Momma Night will feature a full-slate of Thursday Thunder racing action, a showcase by the Thriller Viper Jet Car and anyone named Joe who brings their mother will both get in free of charge. The evening will also include an autograph session featuring the Charter Communications Pro class drivers as well as weekly concourse activities, grandstand games and on-track excitement.

Joe Momma Night:

Back by popular demand from those named Joe, Atlanta Motor Speedway will host Joe Momma Night at this week's Thursday Thunder. Any fan named Joe accompanied by their mother will be both admitted to Thursday Thunder for free.

"It's finally time for all the Joes out there to get their incredible name appreciated and its great Atlanta Motor Speedway is doing just that," said Joe DeVito of Atlanta, who shares his name with famous athletes Joe Fraiser, Joe Montana and Joe DiMaggio, along with Joseph from the Old Testament. "I think it's awesome Atlanta Motor Speedway is doing something for all the fine people named Joe out there."

Both Joe and his respective mother must show identification at the gate for their free admission to week eight's Thursday Thunder.

Thriller Viper Jet Car:       

Reaching speeds of 250 mph on Atlanta Motor Speedway's eighth-mile drag strip, Dick Rosberg will pilot his Thriller Viper Jet Car for Thursday Thunder fans during intermission. Also back by popular demand, the Thriller Viper Jet Car has delighted fans in previous appearances.

According to one fan message board posting; "This thing is just amazing in person and videos don't do it justice. I was standing right beside the fence and the sound of that jet engine and the tires screeching under full throttle will give you chill bumps."

The state-of-the-art Thriller Viper Jet Car is powered by a General Electric J-85 jet engine with an equipped military afterburner. Producing over 6,000 pounds of thrust - the equivalent of 12,000 horsepower - the Thriller Viper is capable of exceeding 350 mph.

Week Eight Notes and Quotes:     

  • - With the 23rd win of his career last Thursday, Casey Roderick now sits in sole possession of all-time Thursday Thunder wins after breaking his tie with Reed Sorenson. This season alone, Lawrenceville's Roderick has passed NASCAR upstarts Joey Logano and Sorenson to approach the most wins in Thursday Thunder history. Doug Stevens sits in first all time with 27 wins.
  • - Powder Springs' Jordan Coker won two feature races on one day last Thursday, both in come-from-behind fashion. Jumping to the lead on laps 11 and eight respectively in the two races, Coker gained the Chargers division points lead with his first win and padded it with the second.
  • - By virtue of his Faster Pastor 2008 win during week seven's intermission, senior pastor Andre Landers of New Birth South Church in Hampton will lead the invocation for the Pep Boys Auto 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, October 26.

Featuring a full slate of competitive racing, Thursday Thunder is an affordably-priced activity that offers something for spectators of all ages. Tickets are just $5 for adults and $1 for children 6-11 (children under 6 are free) for each evening of family fun and grass-roots racing. Gates open at 6 p.m., heat races start at 6:15 p.m. and feature races start at approximately 7:50 p.m. For more information about Thursday Thunder, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211 or visit