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:
In June 2018, Chevrolet revealed that it would be bringing the Chevy Blazer back to driveways across America. The new two-row midsize SUV will sit between the Equinox and Traverse on Chevy’s crossover lineup and compete with vehicles like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Edge, and Nissan Murano.
How much will it cost?
Chevrolet announced the L (base) model will have a starting MSRP of $29,995 and will go up from there with the Blazer Cloth/Leather, RS, and Premier models. Here’s a comparison of the major design elements of each trim:
LED DRL signature lighting
Hexagon-shape black mesh with RS badge
Black with chrome accents
Bowtie emblem color
Dual exhaust with round, bright tips
Dual exhaust with rectangular, bright tips
Dual exhaust with through-fascia exit and bright tips
or 20-in. (avail.)
20-in. dark machine-face (std.); or 21-in. gloss black (avail.)
20-in. machine-face (std.); or 21-in. pearl nickel (avail.)
Standard Features on all Trim Levels:
Chevrolet infotainment system with 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen.
4G LTE with available Wi-Fi® Hotspot2 (includes 3GB/one-month data trial).
Apple CarPlay3 and Android Auto4 compatibility.
Electronic locking glove box.
Keyless Open and Start.
Rear Seat Reminder5.
HD Rear Vision Camera6.
Dual-zone automatic climate control with rear vents.
Heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors.
Traction Mode Select.
Adjustable rear sliding seat.
Six-way manual driver seat.
Five-passenger seating with 60/40-split second row.
18-inch wheels and tires.
Up to 64.2 cubic feet (1,818 L) of max cargo space with the second row folded flat.
Propulsion comes from a standard 2.5L I-4 engine (193 hp) featuring intelligent Stop/Start and backed by a nine-speed automatic transmission. A 3.6L V-6/nine-speed combination with 305 horsepower and Stop/Start is also offered on Blazer and comes standard on the RS and Premier models.
Additional available features include:
Panoramic dual-pane power sunroof.
Advanced twin-clutch AWD system.
Hitch View for trailering that helps the driver align the hitch with the trailer6.
Automatic heated steering wheel.
Automatic heated/ventilated front seats.
Heated outboard rear seats.
Rear Camera Mirror6.
Adaptive Cruise Control-Advanced6.
Suite of active safety features.
Up to six USB ports.
Hands-free power liftgate with Chevrolet bowtie logo.
Chevy-first cargo management system.
The all-new Blazer will be available early 2019 – Stay tuned for updates on its arrival at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet in Wilmington NC by following us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!
Dealership Staff is Ready and Prepared to Assist with All Post-Hurricane Vehicle Needs
After almost two weeks of closure due to Hurricane Florence, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet of Wilmington, North Carolina is officially up and running and ready to help those in need of assistance with their vehicle around our Southeastern NC community get back on the road.
At Your Service
Additional parts (including batteries, electrical components, and engine/transmission components) are being expedited to Jeff Gordon Chevrolet’s certified service department to help our customers get back on the road sooner. We have a limited number of courtesy loaner vehicles standing by for those who need major repairs at no cost. Schedule your appointment online or call (910)350-1400.
Free Body Shop Estimates
Our collision center is standing by ready to assess and provide free repair estimates for your auto insurance company and even have adjusters on site for those who are insured with Geico or AllState. Our collision technicians are working around the clock to make sure you can get your vehicle back in the shortest amount of time possible.
As always, we also have Enterprise Rent-A-Car representative on site ready to help get you into a vehicle until those repairs are complete for a hassle-free experience. Call (910)338-1688 to schedule your estimate!
Note: Jeff Gordon Chevrolet can provide both mechanical and body damage repairs for all makes and models.
If you prefer something pre-owned, or just of a different make, we have over 7,000 pre-owned vehicles available with complimentary CARFAX vehicle history reports for each right on our website.
Lastly, if your vehicle made it through the storm but you know someone who was less fortunate, send them our way! For every person you refer that purchases a new or pre-owned vehicle, we will send you a check for $200, tax free!
Residents of Wilmington and surrounding areas appreciate all the contractors who are out working hard to help clean up our community and neighborhoods. If you find yourself in need of a newer or additional work truck to help get the job done, we’re here to help! Jeff Gordon Chevrolet is a certified Chevy Business Elite dealer proudly honoring an additional $1,000 (purchase) or $500 (lease) to members of The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Associated Builders and Contractors, and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Learn more about these Private Offers here.
Business Owners can also take advantage of Business Choice Offers for upfits and accessories, as well as up to a $510,000 Section 179 tax deduction.
For those who want to take their off-roading adventures to the extreme, Chevrolet has teamed up with American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) for the first time to bring you the new Colorado ZR2 Bison – Available January 2019. Here are some key takeaways from the announcement.
Engine & Performance
The Bison model will come with a class-exclusive 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission capable of 186 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.
As you can see from the pictures, the Bison features the Chevrolet-stamped grill, just like select trim levels of the all-new 2019 Silverado, but the flow-through design will be exclusive to this special edition. To ensure protection when venturing over rocky and jagged terrain, AEV added skid plates along the entire under-carriage constructed of hot-stamped Boron steel that cover the engine oil pan, fuel tank, transfer case, and front & rear locking differentials. For even more protection, the Bison comes with an AEV designed stamped steel bumpers. The front bumper contains winch provisions and standard fog lights and there will be recovery points integrated into the rear bumper.
Buyers will have a choice of two body configurations: crew cab with a short bed or extended cab with a long bed. The ZR2 Bison will also feature exclusive 17 x 8-inch aluminum wheels surrounded by some beefy 31″ Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires.
As far as the snorkel, there’s some good news and some bad news. The good news is that it is not exclusive to the new Bison, or even the ZR2. You can actually get one installed for any 2015 or newer Chevy Colorado – Cool! The snorkel also provides a great benefit to the health of your engine and, according to the AEV description, is “designed to improve engine performance by drawing in the cleanest, coolest air charge possible.”
The bad news is that it’s an optional 3rd party accessory through AEV, which means the Bison will not come standard with the snorkel as shown in the promo pieces. The kit itself is going to cost about $500 (after you factor in taxes), with an estimated 6 hours installation time, which won’t be cheap either. But, if you are planning on taking your truck off the beaten path regularly, it’s probably less expensive to just get the snorkel than it would be to choke your truck’s engine with dust.
So what do you think of the newest addition to the Chevy Trucks lineup? Share your thoughts below! And to the avid off-road adventurers out there, we want to hear your favorite off-roading spots, best stories, or even some valuable lessons you had to learn the hard way.
Jeff Gordon Chevy just got in a huge shipment of 2019 Colorados, including plenty of ZR2 models – Go check them out! And, as always, make sure to follow Jeff Gordon Chevrolet on Instagram for “fresh off the truck” updates on all new model arrivals here in Wilmington, NC.
For additional details not covered in this post, check out the full press release from Chevrolet here.