Dale Jr. and the All New Silverado Break Ground in Upcoming Daytona 500

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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.

Jeff Gordon 2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction

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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.  

Standing alongside Gordon for the 10th Class NASCAR Hall of Fame of inductees will be 1992 Cup Champion Alan Kulwicki, 19-time winner Davey Allison current team owners Jack Roush of Roush Fenway Racing and Roger Penske of Team Penske.

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”.

To kick off Gordon’s exciting week Sunday he was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame alongside Charles “Red” Farmer of 86 who is still racing today, in Charlotte, NC.

 

OFF THE TRACK

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:

 

Jeff Gordon is Going Back Out On the Track

Retired NASCAR Champion Will Sub for Dale Earnhardt Jr. for Next Two Races

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As Dale Jr. recovers from concussion-like symptoms, Jeff Gordon will be stepping in to drive Earnhardt’s No. 88 car for Team Hendrick and the internet is freaking out. Jeff will get behind the wheel at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 24th and the Pocono Raceway on July 31st, 2016.

The whole story via Hendrick Motorsports:

CONCORD, N.C. — Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports, has not been cleared by physicians to compete in at least the next two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events as he continues to recover from concussion-like symptoms. He will miss the races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (July 24) and Pocono Raceway (July 31).

Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon will be the team’s substitute driver at Indianapolis and Pocono. He most recently raced in the 2015 Sprint Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Gordon, who grew up in Pittsboro, Indiana, ranks third all-time with 93 career victories in the series, including six at Pocono and five in the Brickyard 400 – both records.

Earnhardt underwent further evaluation Tuesday at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program. The driver said this week on his “The Dale Jr. Download” podcast that he has been experiencing issues with balance and nausea. He will not travel to Indianapolis or Pocono.

“Our focus is giving Dale all the time he needs to recover,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “There’s nothing we want more than to see him back in the race car, but we’ll continue to listen to the doctors and follow their lead. What’s best for Dale is what’s best for Hendrick Motorsports and everyone involved with the team. We’re all proud of him and looking forward to having him racing soon.”

Gordon, 44, has made all 797 of his career Cup starts for car owner Hendrick. He competed in his 23rd and final full-time Sprint Cup Series season in 2015.

“Jeff’s a team player,” Hendrick said. “I know he’ll be ready, and I know Dale has incredible trust in him. It’s going to be an emotional weekend (at Indianapolis) with Dale not being there and seeing Jeff back behind the wheel. Greg (Ives) and the team did a great job at New Hampshire, and they have the full support of our organization.”

As his award-winning Chevrolet dealership in Wilmington, North Carolina, we can’t wait to see Jeff Gordon go back out there. Whether he’s driving his number 24 car or not, it’ll definitely be fun to watch him again.

24 Days of Christmas at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet!

Find our Elf and You Could Win a Jeff Gordon Chevy License Plate!

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In honor of NASCAR Legend, Jeff Gordon’s recent retirement, his award-winning dealership in Wilmington, NC is celebrating 24 Days of Christmas with our own Elf on a Shelf who is, coincidentally, also named Jeff.

Every morning, Jeff will be hidden somewhere on our website. Clues will be given daily on our Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Family Facebook page. Once you find Jeff, click on him to fill out the submission form!

Submissions will be accepted for each day up until 11:59 PM. Winners will be chosen at random within 48 hours of the submission for each day and will be contacted via email to be informed that their prize is on the way. Please allow up to 7 business days for prize to arrive in the mail after email contact. Only one entry per person will be counted each day. For entries to count, form must be filled out accurately and completely. One winner per household during contest period. U.S. only. 24 prizes total will be given out during the contest period. Some locations that Jeff will be hiding may not be visible on our mobile site.

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This contest will run from December 2nd at 2:30 PM EST until December 25th at 11:59 PM.

 

 

Jeff Gordon Chevy Newsletter | March 2015

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Happy Birthday, Jeff!

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Well it’s August 4th, 2014. So, today we celebrate a great race driver, with a great career, who’s had such a great impact on too many things to count. Happy birthday, Jeff Gordon! From The Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Family.

P.S. How awesome is that cake?