Wilmington, NC- The 61st running of the Daytona 500 is quickly approaching just days away! One of the most sought out sporting events of all time, the Daytona 500 will be held on February 17th.
In a unique start this year’s Daytona 500 will feature the 2019 Silverado 1500 as the official pace vehicle. This is the first time a pick-up truck will serve as the pace car in the Daytona 500, with two-time Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the driver’s seat.
Honored to pace the Daytona 500 in the Silverado 1500, Earnhardt Jr. said (as cited by Motor Authority, 2018) “Away from the track I’ve driven Chevy trucks all my life, and I’m excited to have this unique experience of pacing the Daytona 500 with the Silverado.” Earnhardt Jr. is a member of the Hendrick Motorsports family, and retired from racing in 2017. Earnhardt Jr. is now a race analyst for the NBCUniversal, and owner of JR Motorsports.
Under the Hood– Although the Silverado 1500 lacks the appearance of a traditional race car, under the hood it features a 6.2-litre V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, packing a punch close in line with the Chevy Camaro.
Our very own Jeff Gordon will be commentating the Daytona 500 on Fox Sports. Gordon has won three Daytona 500’s 1997, 1999 and 2005. In 2015 Gordon’s final year of racing he won the pole at the Daytona 500, then in 2017 Gordon was the honorary pace car driver for the Daytona 500.
Although this is the first time for a pick-up truck to pace the Daytona 500, Chevrolet has been in the spotlight before pacing the “Great American Race” a total of 12 times; 5 of those times were with a Corvette, and 7 with a Camaro.
“It’s not that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but it’s your best friends who are your diamonds. It’s your best friends who are supremely resilient, made under pressure and of astonishing value. They’re everlasting; they can cut glass if they need to.” – Gina Barreca
Cupid’s arrow isn’t just for couples, celebrate February 13th with your favorite Galentine! Galentine’s Day was made famous by fictional character “Leslie Knope” from the comedy NBC TV Show Parks and Recreation. Ladies deserve a day to celebrate one another. Not sure how to celebrate Galentine’s Day with your special bestie? Here are some ideas:
One of Leslie Knope’s favorite meals and in honor of Miss Knope and this awesome holiday waffles are a must because that’s Leslie’s favorite food! If you can’t make brunch happen mid-week, check out these places over the weekend.
The Basics the perfect place in Wilmington to enjoy, long-standing favorites, and fresh regional ingredients all in the basics of Southern comfort food. Not sure if it could be described better quoted from (The Basics, 2019) “The name is also the mission statement: this casual all-day spot takes staples of Southern comfort food – pimento cheese, fried okra, smoked chicken – and keeps it simple.” – New York Times
Rolled and Baked may be the most “Wilmington” place to grab a bite. Started by local husband and wife; Bill and Annie Ward along side prominent chef, Micah Edelstein and the rest of the the culinary team Rolled and Baked made a menu full of Southern favorites with a twist. Rolled and Baked is centered around their four core beliefs; People, Community, Environment and Real Food.
Are you looking for something small and quick or just a good place to grab a cup of coffee? Well Drift it perfect! The store has been designed to foster a social, friendly environment for every demographic, with fresh, holistic food and beverages.
Gifts are always a great way to show appreciation for your best gal pal, because who doesn’t love gifts right? Need some ideas? Check some out here! Do you have a friend that just loves her car so much? One of those friends who have a name for their car, takes awesome Instagram photos, and talks about her car all the time? Then these are the perfect gifts for her!
Axes & Allies is Wilmington’s first urban axe-throwing bar! Go out for a few drinks and enjoy the thrill of throwing Axes, with a trained staff to walk you through the throwing and safety process. You can book the entire place for your special Galentine’s Day party or you can just book a lane for you and your gals.
Sip & Paint is a great way to get out with your ladies, you can even host your own Galentine’s Day Event! Get your ladies together get artsy, unwind and learn from the very talented artists at Sip & Paint all the while creating your very masterpiece in just under 3 hours! Remember to have a designated driver!
Battle House is fun an enjoyable way to get active while enjoying an intense fun game of lazer tag. Battle House is veteran owned and their mission is to provide a unique and fun form of sports. You can book a time for your own party or just take a small group of friends.
Show your gal that you care for her this Galentine’s Day! Celebrate your friendship and continue making more memories, remember to party like Leslie Knope and Ann Perkins this Galentine’s Day! “Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” – Amy Poehler
Wilmington, NC- NASCAR Hall of Fame Day is quickly approaching as we prepare for another exciting career achievement of our one and only Jeff Gordon. Gordon will be leading the pack in the 10th class of inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on February 1st in Charlotte, NC. By racking up 96 percent of the possible votes Gordon has earned another stat as the highest vote-getter in NASCAR Hall of Fame history.
This celebratory weekend will be full of events and opportunities for fans to get close with the Hall of Famers. See the full list of events.
Gordon took NASCAR by storm in the 1990s being the youngest driver to win a premier series title in the modern era as a 24-year-old in 1995, going on to win three more championships (1997, ‘98, and 2001). His team was dubbed the Rainbow Warriors for their iconic colorful No. 24 Chevrolet that took a modern era-record of 13 wins in 1996. This record shattering team ranks third on the all-time wins list, and launched Gordon into a winning powerhouse with a total of 93 races, three Daytona 500s, four straight Southern 500s, and a record of five Brickyard 400s. Gordon also won 4 NASCAR Cup Series Championships 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001. With a record of 797 consecutive starts Gordon retired from full-time racing as the premier series “Iron Man”.
Aside from all of Gordon’s on track success he has continued to be a great face for the sport and for the causes he believes in with his Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, an organization with efforts to support pediatric cancer research, treatment, and patient support.
Gordon currently delivers that same passion he shared on the track with NASCAR fans as an analyst for FOX Sports.
Help us at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet in congratulating Jeff by sending us a Direct Message on our Twitter @JeffGordonSales including a quick 30-second video of you and your family or friends congratulating Gordon on his 2019 Hall of Fame Induction. Find out how here:
To showcase the Silverado during Summer of Chevy, we chose to go a different route in our filming. Earlier this year, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet met Bill O’Brien and a few other board members of Veteran Owned Veteran Grown, a local non-profit that aids veterans by giving a renewed sense of purpose and potential entrepreneurship through agricultural endeavors. The ultimate goal is to help veterans live a full, sustainable life and build a stronger community together.
“VOVG exists for several reasons. The biggest one is to connect veterans and their families socially so they don’t feel like they are alone in this journey. We focus strongly on agriculture in its many forms to help veterans become sustainable,” according to the Veteran Owned Veteran Grown website. “Farming is hard work with long hours but, it also provides a peace and serenity that no pill the VA will give you can. Everything from raising chickens to craft work. We will do whatever we can to make you sustainable.”
Please enjoy the short feature that we produced on site at Veteran Owned Veteran Grown, starring some of their members with a little help from Team RWB Wilmington.
Trying to plan a last minute summer trip? With longer days and warmer nights its time to get out on the road and get lost in the Great American landscape. So let’s “Cruze” Into Summer!
Above Photo from 2014’s “Cruze Into Summer” Photo Contest
One great low cost way to travel is in our Chevrolet Cruze Diesel. The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel comes equipped with a 1.6L Turbo engine and a 13.5 gallon gas tank at an MPG of 31 City and 47 Highway. Fueleconomy.gov states that the Chevy Cruze Diesel 500 miles of total range before having to refuel.
If we began a 500 mile journey in Wilmington, NC, where could we go with just one tank?
We came up with a wide variety of great American cities and towns that you could get to in just one tank of gas:
Many words could be used to describe this legendary performance family, but the only one that captures all of the refinement and engineering know-how that goes into every car — from the responsive LS to the supercharged ZL1 — is Camaro.