Scenic Winter Drives Near Charlotte, NC

scenic winter drives near Charlotte

Our location in Newton gives us access to beautiful drives in nearby Charlotte and the great state of North Carolina. If you have just purchased a new Chevy SUV or truck at our dealership and want to take it out this season, go on one of these scenic winter drives nearby.

Hanging Rock Scenic Byway

This beautiful stretch of road runs through Stokes and Surry counties. Along the way, you can take in the sites Hanging Rock State Park and enjoy 20 miles of trails, which take you to some stunning waterfalls, (which may even be frozen during winter).

Blue Ridge Parkway

Head into the Great Smoky Mountains via the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 252-mile road that takes you through the beautiful mountains of North Carolina and Virginia. Along the way, you can stop at Mount Mitchell State Park, which contains the highest peak in the eastern United States.

Whitewater Way

You’ll have to drive a couple hours to make it to this 9-mile stretch of road, but trust us — it’s worth it. This drive goes past Gorges State Park with a tremendous waterfall — a towering 411 feet tall. It’s quite a gorgeous site in the wintertime; just make sure you bundle up!

Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC sells many vehicle options that make excellent road trip rides. Come see what we have!

Tips for Taking Care of Your Silverado & Colorado

taking care of your Silverado

What Goes Into Taking Care of your Silverado Or Colorado?

According to registration data from the last three decades, the Chevrolet Silverado is the longest-lasting pickup truck, and the newer Colorado is built with the same great quality. Even so, keeping your Chevy truck running for years involves some work on the owner’s end. Here are some basic tips for taking care of your Silverado or Colorado.

Never miss an oil change

Oil changes are important for the engine health of cars and SUVs. Trucks are no different. Use your owner’s manual to keep track of when your Silverado or Chevrolet Colorado is next due.

Don’t forget the tires and wheels

If you get the oil changed at our dealership, we can also rotate the tires while we are at it to ensure even wear. You should also routinely get the alignment checked and have your tires balanced.

Check on your fluids

Your truck has a lot of essential fluids. We’ll check them and top them off during your visits, but you should watch them in between visits as well and refill as necessary. If you suspect a leak, bring your truck in right away.

Wash it regularly

Take pride in your truck by keeping it spotless. Doing so will also keep it from rusting.

If you need maintenance work done to your Silverado or Colorado to keep it healthy, bring it to Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC. We’d be glad to work on it.

Try Out These Unexpected Twists on Thanksgiving Dinner

Make Thanksgiving Dinner New

Make Thanksgiving Dinner New

Yet another Thanksgiving is fast approaching. If you are getting burnt out on the same old traditional Thanksgiving dinner year after year, try one of these surprising twists on Thanksgiving dinner for this year’s celebration:

Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

When we consume potatoes during Thanksgiving, we typically have mashed potatoes or sweet potato casserole. The maple-roasted sweet potatoes are a unique and tasty twist that are only 96 calories per serving.

Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts and Sage

The kids may oppose this one just because they’ve been taught that Brussels sprouts are icky, but we adults know the truth: Brussels sprouts are delicious. They’re just not commonly eaten at Thanksgiving. Ditch the green bean casserole and try making this delicious dish instead.

Fruit Salad with Cranberry Dressing

Cranberries are a Thanksgiving staple, but if eating them by themselves has never been your cup of tea, you might like them more when they’re used more subtly in a dish. The dressing is delicious, and the fruit is a refreshing change of pace after all the savory foods of Thanksgiving. Get the recipe here.

Pumpkin-Walnut Biscuits

Move over, pumpkin pie. There’s a new pumpkin delicacy in town. These biscuits are perfectly sweet but also full of healthy goodies, like vitamins A, C, and E.

We at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

What is the Purpose of a Pace Car?

Out Pacing The Competition In This Pace Car

Out Pacing The Competition In This Pace Car

Why Do We Need The Pace Car In NASCAR?

While watching major automotive racing events, you might have noticed a car that leads the pack before the race starts or during random caution events. This is called the pace car, and it actually serves an important purpose.

There Are Multiple Reasons

According to USA Today writer Michelle R. Martinelli, a pace car’s primary purpose is to keep the drivers safe but also to get them warmed up before a racing event begins. When there is an accident on the track, bad weather, or some other event that could cause safety concerns, the pace car must insert itself in front of the leader of the pack and bring everyone down to a slow speed until the issue is resolved.

History Of The Pace Car

The first pace car ever used was in the Indianapolis 500 during the inaugural race in 2011. It was a Stoddard-Dayton, and Carl G. Fisher was the driver. Chevy vehicles are quite frequently used as the pace car for the Indy 500. Popular Chevy models for this honor include the Corvette and the Impala. In NASCAR races, the automaker of the pace car can vary depending on who sponsors the track. Chevy tracks use a Chevy Camaro.

Have more questions about NASCAR racing? Ask the experts at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC.

Great Race Day Snacks for Your Next Party

Race Day Snacks

Pre-Race Snacks

The race car season is going full tilt, so why not throw a big race day party for your friends and family? If you’re wondering what race day snacks you should provide at your next race day party, never fear – we’ve put together a list that will help you get started.

Spare Tire Donuts

If you’re going to be watching the big race, why not have a bit of a race day theme going on with your food? You can make your own chocolate-covered donuts at home (or purchase some from the grocery store) and call them spare tires. After all, those little circles sure do look like a delicious set of wheels.

BBQ Cocktail Wieners

There’s nothing more fool-proof than some delicious cocktail wieners. Simply buy a couple packages of these mini hotdogs, put them in a slow cooker, add some BBQ sauce and “Viola!” You have a delicious snack for your friends and family.

Hot Broccoli Dip

Sneak in something green into your guests’ race day meal with some hot broccoli dip. Just follow the recipe here and serve it with some tortilla or pita chips.

Pizza

Whether you order some from your local pizzeria or want to have your guests make their own, pizza is a great way to cater a party. You can even pick some up from the grocery store and simply pop it in the oven before the race begins.

Here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Near Hickory, NC, we are always looking for some new race-day recipes, so feel free to share some of your own.

Gotham Star David Mazouz Promotes Safe Driving

David Mazouz On Text & Driving

Text & Driving

David Mazouz Promotes Safe Driving

When you’re out on the open road, it’s hard to ignore the bad drivers that are out there. Whether it’s someone texting behind the wheel or speeding through lane changes, these drivers are all a threat to others around them.  To help curb these bad driving habits at a young age, Chevrolet and DoSomething.org have created the “Brake it Down” campaign – and they’ve recruited a young Hollywood star to help them out.

Batman & Safety

David Mazouz, an actor best known for his portrayal as a young Bruce Wayne (Batman) in the TV show Gotham, has teamed up with Chevrolet and DoSomething.org in a video to promote better driving habits by portraying four types of bad drivers. The first driver he characterizes is the driver that is running late to a social engagement. Next, Mazouz acts like an automotive daredevil, taking driving risks that he shouldn’t. For the third character, he actually plays a distracting passenger – someone that won’t stop talking to the driver and keeping the driver’s attention from the road.

Text BRAKE

Finally, the last character he portrays is the Karaoke Champ, who belts out entertaining, but dangerously enthusiastic renditions of Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles” and Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years.” Along with this video, the campaign also encourages young drivers nationwide to take the “Brake it Down” quiz. They simply have to text “BRAKE” to 38383 before September 15th and learn the on-road habits of their friends. When they do so, they not only receive customized driving tips to share, but will also be entered to win a $5,000 scholarship.

Check out the entire promotional video here.  Here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC, we are all about campaigns that discourage distracted driving.

Fun Things to Do in Hickory, NC

Things To Do In Hickory

Exploring Hickory

Located only twenty minutes away from us here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet lies Hickory, North Carolina. This wonderful town has a welcoming, small-town feel that is difficult to ignore. That’s why we encourage you to visit and enjoy one of these many things to do in Hickory.

Hickory Museum Of Art

Catch a bit of culture while you’re in Hickory at the Hickory Museum of Art. This museum has a number of changing exhibitions throughout the year and a collection that focuses on American and American Southern Folk art styles. Whether you want to simply visit the museum to enjoy the beautiful works of art or plan on taking one of the museum’s many classes, the options are endless at the Hickory Museum of Art.

Check Out A Hickory Crawdads Game

There are a few things better than having fun at a baseball game when the weather’s beautiful. Luckily, the Crawdads, Hickory’s very own Minor League Baseball team, has a jam-packed schedule that makes it easy to enjoy America’s favorite pastime.

Explore Bakers Mountain Park

Looking to get outdoors to enjoy the natural beauty of Hickory? Well, look no further than Bakers Mountain Park. You can hike through this 189-acre park, climb a mountain, and see the beautiful views of Catawba Valley. With over six miles of trailers, there’s no doubt that you will truly enjoy this day outdoors.

If you need a new ride to get you around Hickory, NC, check out our lineup here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Accessories You Must Have

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 accessories

An Interior For Any Job

Finding the perfect pickup truck for your needs isn’t always easy. While the Chevy Silverado 1500 certainly comes close to perfect, this pickup truck also offers plenty of aftermarket accessories that are sure to keep you happy.  Here, we look at some of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 accessories you shouldn’t ignore.

All-Weather Floor Liners

Trucks are built to be rough-and-tumble, which is why you will likely be getting a bit dirty while behind the wheel. Whether you’re getting into the cabin after a long day at a construction site or have been exploring off the beaten track, all-weather floor liners will ensure that your truck stays in top condition.

A New Set Of Rims

Nothing can change the look of a truck quite like the right set of wheels. There are plenty of options out there for this popular pickup truck, so you can easily find the right rim to express your individual style.

Truck Bed Tool Boxes

If you use your Silverado 1500 as a work truck – or merely have a handy side – then installing one of the many available after-market toolboxes is a great idea. These will give you the perfect place to tuck away your tools while keeping your truck bed from becoming cluttered.

Find the perfect Silverado accessories for your truck when you visit Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC.

Fun Summer Road Trips in North Carolina

Road Trips In North Carolina

So Many Fun Places To Go!

Road Trips In North Carolina

Are you a Newton resident looking for a fun weekend road trip here in our great state of North Carolina? We at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet have plenty of recommendations:

Catawba Science Center

Just a 20-minute drive from our dealership is the Catawba Science Center in Hickory, the perfect place for families to learn together. While there, be sure to check out the aquarium and planetarium.

Blue Ridge Parkway

This scenic drive along the southern Appalachian Mountains will take you through the Great Smoky Mountains and even up to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia if you venture far enough north. The North Carolina section includes the breathtaking Pisgah National Forest.

Outer Banks

Take a drive out to America’s first beach for stunning ocean views, delicious seafood, and plenty of fun things to do, like shopping, kayaking, museums, and more.

Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR fans living in North Carolina should spend some time visiting this classic race track. Even if there is not a racing event going on during your stay, it is worth a visit, just to say you’ve seen it.

Dismal Swamp State Park

For a spooky adventure, visit this state park with a spooky backstory. Enter if you dare!

If you first require a vehicle for these Road Trips In North Carolina, then check out our lineup of Chevy models here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC.

Here’s Some of What Sold at the Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Auto Show Silent Auction

Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Auto Show

You Don’t Have To Be Quiet During The Auction

285 Vehicles At The Event

Last month, we hosted the annual Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Auto Show, which had 285 registered vehicles. In total, we awarded 103 trophies.

Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Auto Show Silent Auction

Another big part of the festivities was the Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Auto Show Silent Auction, which took place on June 16th. We auctioned off a lot of really cool stuff. These were some of the hottest items:

  • Four Atlanta Braves tickets
  • A Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet replica race hood
  • A signed and framed Dalen Earnhardt Chevrolet technician shirt
  • Custom-built Chevy cornhole boards
  • An autographed Kyle Larson hat from his victory
  • Four tickets to Tweetsie Railroad
  • A Luke Kuechly signed Carolina Panthers NFL football
  • Sunday brunch for four at the Catawba Country Club
  • Two tickets to a NASCAR race at Richmond
  • Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. trash cans
  • Four Garage Hot Passes and grandstand seat tickets to the NASCAR Bank of America 500 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • A Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet rug
  • Coleman camping gear
  • A Dale Jr. Budweiser pit crew uniform
  • A Dale Jr. autographed hero card
  • Two tickets to a NASCAR race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • An actual brick from the Corvette assembly plant (and two tickets)
  • A Dale Earnhardt basket
  • Four tickets to Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

If you missed the auction, don’t worry. We still have plenty of great vehicles that you can purchase here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC.