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.

NASCAR Coming to Bristol Motor Speedway in August

Bristol Motor Speedway

It’s Racing Time at Bristol

One of the most popular and successful NASCAR tracks in the US is the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. While amateur driving schools and tours are offered at the track year-round the Bristol Motor Speedway is also the site of several major auto races every year. For the 2016 season, there are a few key NASCAR events coming up at the speedway in August, and you won’t want to miss it.

On August 17th, Bristol Motor Speedway will be hosting the UNOH 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Whelen Modified Race, which lets kids in free, with tickets starting at $30 for adult attendees. This is followed by NASCAR XFINITY Series events, the Qualifying Race and Food City 300 Race, on August 19th. All tickets can be purchased online through the speedway’s official website.

Whether you’re a local resident or out of town, Bristol Motor Speedway can offer you local hotel packages, nearby campgrounds, and point you in the direction of other lodging options for the weekends of these major events. You can also look up local attractions for while you’re here, and the speedway website provides seating charts and schedules so you’ll never lose track of time or your spot. Surround yourself with the excitement and enthusiasm of NASCAR fans and witness these adrenaline-pumping races firsthand.

For more information visit us at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC, near Hickory, today!

Dale Earnhardt’s Pass in the Grass Still Considered the Greatest NASCAR Moment

Pass in the Grass

Pass in the Grass

Almost thirty years ago, at the NASCAR All-Star Race in 1987, the legendary driver Dale Earnhardt performed one of the most famous saves in NASCAR history, which was dubbed “the Pass in the Grass,” a misnomer that nonetheless stuck around for three decades.

Earnhardt’s rival, Bill Elliott, was also in the race, and he and Earnhardt were neck and neck for most of it. With eight laps to go in the race, Earnhardt and Elliott took a corner together, and Earnhardt spun sideways into the grass.

Miraculously, though, he almost immediately pulled out of the grass and back onto the track. The grass in the middle of the track is described as being “like ice” to drive on, and fans remark that no other driver would’ve been able to control the car and get it back on course.

What’s more, the “pass” wasn’t a pass at all. Earnhardt had the lead when he went into the grass and kept it when he pulled out. In a fumble that would’ve ended the race for most other drivers, Earnhardt kept the lead and went on to win the All-Star race, to the fury of Elliott and his team.

The Pass in the Grass is just one of the many incredible feats that made Dale Earnhardt the most famous name in NASCAR history. To see more of his moments visit Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet online, or in Newton, NC near Hickory!

The Dale Trail in Kannapolis, NC

The Dale Trail

Take The Family Around The Dale Trail

Kannapolis, North Carolina, is the birthplace of legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt and the home of the Dale Trail. The Dale Trail is a tour of Kannapolis landmarks that relate to Earnhardt’s life and NASCAR career.

The trail starts at Dale Earnhardt Boulevard, a street named for Earnhardt, and continues to the neighborhood where he grew up. Called Car Town, the neighborhood points out spots where Earnhardt learned to drive. Here you can learn about how Dale Earnhardt got his start in racing and how he was influenced by his father, Ralph Earnhardt, also a racing legend.

The Dale Trail takes you past Ralph Earnhardt’s gravestone in the Centergrove Lutheran Cemetery and the garage where Ralph learned to fix cars. Then you’ll go to Dale Earnhardt Plaza in downtown Kannapolis, where a massive statue of Dale Earnhardt stands next to a monument on which Dale fans wrote inscriptions.

The Curb Motorsports Museum and Dale Earnhardt Inc. are both a dream come true for NASCAR fans and packed with exhibits and memorabilia. If you’re still looking for more after all these stops, drive north to Richard Childress Racing for even more Earnhardt exhibits and a look into the shop for Dale’s team and car.

A visit to Kannapolis is a must for any Earnhardt or NASCAR fan! And for some extra fun, come to the Dale’s dealership, Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet, in Newton, NC. We have Earnhardt trivia on out site, as well!

Everything Included in the NASCAR Racing Insiders Tour

NASCAR Racing Insiders Tour

Behind The Scenes of NASCAR

If you couldn’t tell by our dealership’s name, the staff at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet is a big fan of NASCAR racing! Our customers are also big NASCAR fans, which is why we are always looking for different ways for them to enjoy the NASCAR experience. One of the best ways to do so is to take part in the NASCAR Racing Insiders Tour. This specialized tour allows NASCAR fans to get a behind the scenes look at one of the most exciting sports in the world. Here is a list of everything included in the NASCAR Racing Insiders Tour.

NASCAR fans can choose between the Tour 77 or the Tour 85, which will take them to different racing shop locations in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. Both excursions begin with a special tour of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, where participants will learn all about the history of NASCAR and its racers. Following this tour, participants will also enjoy a special lunch.

After leaving the Hall of Fame to visit separate racing shops and locations in the area, the tour will once again return to the NASCAR Hall of Fame for more VIP treatment.

If you are a fan of NASCAR racing, don’t miss your chance to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Take the NASCAR Racing Insiders Tour and experience the definitive tour of NASCAR! If you have any questions, call us at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC. We have been to all of the Charlotte attractions.

The Most Famous Fictional Racecar Drivers

Fictional Racecar Drivers

If You Ain’t First, You’re Last

Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet is named after the most famous NASCAR driver in the history of the sport. Dale Earnhardt was a living legend! Outside of the real world, professional racing has quite a few legendary drivers in fiction as well. Here is a list of some of the most famous fictional racecar drivers.

Ricky Bobby: Ricky Bobby lives by a code: If you ain’t first, you’re last. That is why the star of Talladega Nights comes in on the top of our list of fictional racecar drivers.

“Mad” Max Rockatansky: Max Rockatansky doesn’t drive to win—he drives to survive. For years, Mad Max has been taking to the road to face the threats of a post-apocalyptic world, even in his latest film Mad Max: Fury Road.

Captain Falcon: Although Nintendo’s signature racecar driver is a legend on the track, he is probably more famous for his powerful Falcon Punch.

Speed Racer: Revving up the powerful Mach 5, Speed has an arsenal of tools and gadgets that make him a demon on wheels.

Is there anybody you’d add to or take off this list? Tell us (big Chevrolet NASCAR fans!) at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC

Chevrolet Gives Drivers the Chance to Drive at the Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International SpeedwayDaytona International Speedway

Chevy At Daytona 500

The available purchase option allows for Chevrolet customers to order delivery for the Daytona International Speedway. Once there, the drivers will be given a tour of the international speedway and a chance to drive on the same tracks that racers use for the Daytona 500.

The program is part of Chevrolet’s initiative to provide their customers with once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Why The Daytona International Speedway Chevrolet Contest?

“We are determined to deliver exceptional service through our dealers and unique experiences that only Chevrolet can offer,” said Alan Batey, president of General Motors North America and leader of Global Chevrolet.

When it comes to automakers that offer more than just exceptional vehicles, Chevrolet is the clear champion, and no one else can compare to the power it brings! What do you think about this? Tell us in the comments and see for yourself at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC by checking out our full Chevrolet Model lineup.