CarParts.com is heading to the NASCAR Cup Series!

We’re proud to team up with Front Row Motorsports (FRM), racing champion Michael McDowell (No. 34), and Rookie of the Year candidate John Hunter Nemechek (No. 38) for the eagerly anticipated return of the NASCAR Cup Series.

The first two races on May 17 and 20 in Darlington were a blast, and we’re looking forward to the next race in Charlotte on Wednesday, May 27th! Look out for McDowell’s No. 34 Ford Mustang decked out in CarParts.com livery on:

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For the Darlington races, NASCAR joined 13 other professional sports leagues in honoring healthcare workers who are at the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

Through The Real Heroes Project, athletes all over the U.S. covered their names on their jerseys and uniforms (or cars) with the names of their front-line heroes and thanked them on social media with the hashtag, #TheRealHeroes.

Each NASCAR participant placed their chosen front-line hero's name above their door along with a decal in front of their car number.

CarParts.com is honored to have teamed up with Front Row Motorsports and NASCAR driver Michael McDowell in recognizing Dr. Greg Beilman on the No. 34 Ford Mustang for Sunday’s race, The Real Heroes 400. Dr. Beilman is a critical care surgeon for M Health Fairview and has been at the forefront of the COVID-19 response in Minnesota.

Dr. Greg Beilman
  • Location Minneapolis, MN
  • Employer: M Health Fairview
  • Occupation: Critical Care Surgeon

Dr. Beilman has co-led the M Health Fairview System Incident Command Center and has done a remarkable job helping M Health Fairview to be one of the leading systems in the COVID pandemic response in MN. As a U of M surgeon and also military leader, Greg has been great to partner with. He has balanced the needs of our patients, need to conserve personal protective equipment, expand capacity, and attend to the needs of our patients who don't have COVID, but still require our care.

Then on Wednesday, May 20th, we had the privilege of recognizing one of our own on No. 34—Aimee Fauni Merton. Aimee is an ER nurse, proud mom of two beautiful girls, and big sister of one of our employees.

Aimee Fauni Merton
  • Date of Birth: November 3, 1984
  • Hometown: Carson, CA
  • Employer: Kaiser Permanente South Bay
  • Occupation: ER Nurse

Aimee Fauni Merton has been an ER nurse with Kaiser Permanente South Bay for the past 11 years, and has been described as someone who shines in a difficult time. During the COVID-19 crisis, she has taken on additional responsibilities to guide and support her department, both as charge nurse and as an assistant to the nurse educator in onboarding 50 clinic nurses who were deployed to the ER. She has assisted with unit orientations, provided access to vital programs, and made sure all staff have been properly trained and kept safe. As Aimee continues to handle the COVID-19 crisis with her fellow front-liners, she maintains that focusing on the positive has been key to making everything else doable.

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We’re grateful to have had the opportunity to spotlight Dr. Beilman and Aimee, and to share their stories with NASCAR fans. Thank you, Aimee and Dr. Beilman, for serving and inspiring the families in your communities with your strength, courage, and selflessness.

Have a story to share about a front-line hero in your life? Tag @CarPartsCom and #TheRealHeroes in your posts on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

Meet the Team

Driver Profile

MichaelMcDowell

  • Birthdate: December 21, 1984
  • Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
  • Residence: Huntersville, NC
  • Wife: Jami
  • Children: Trace, Emma, Rylie, and Lucas

Career Highlights

  • World Karting Association Championship
  • 2 International Kart Federation Championships
  • 2002 - Formula Renault USA Championship
  • 2003 - Star Mazda Series Rookie of the Year
  • 2004 - Star Mazda Series Championship
  • 2007 - ARCA Re/MAX Series Rookie of the Year
  • 2011, 2013 - 2 NASCAR Xfinity Series Poles
  • 2016 - 1 NASCAR Xfinity Series Win

Michael McDowell has been on a race track almost his entire life. At the early age of three, when most kids were learning to ride a tricycle, McDowell began competing in bicycle motocross (BMX) events. At eight years old, he moved up to four wheels and started kart racing, traveling the country for the next 10 years – along the way winning 18 consecutive feature races, a World Karting Association championship and back-to-back International Kart Federation championships.

Still in his teens, McDowell graduated to larger open-wheel race cars, earning a championship in Formula Renault USA in 2002. Moving to the Star Mazda Series, he took Rookie of the Year honors in 2003 and yet another championship title in 2004, a season in which he had seven wins and six poles.

Continuing to climb the racing ladder, McDowell turned to sports car racing. He competed in 29 races in the Grand-Am Rolex Series over four seasons (2004-2007), earning a win and a pole, and finishing as high as fourth in points.

In 2007, the young driver took his talents to the world of stock car racing. Competing in his first full season in the ARCA Series, McDowell scored four wins and nine poles, claiming Rookie of the Year honors and finishing second in the championship. Later that same year, he got a taste of stock car racing’s highest levels of competition, tapped to run a handful of races in two of NASCAR’s national series, the Camping World Truck Series and the XFINITY Series.

Despite only running a few races, McDowell’s talent got noticed. And the following year, the 23-year-old was hand-picked by Michael Waltrip Racing to run full-time on NASCAR’s biggest stage, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, where he has now competed for 11 seasons. He also continued to race in the XFINITY Series, amassing one win, six top-five and 20 top-10 finishes, and two poles over nine seasons. He earned his best Cup series career finish in 2017, finishing fourth at Daytona International Speedway.

McDowell brought his vast racing repertoire to Front Row Motorsports in 2018 to race the team’s flagship No. 34 Ford. That season, he earned a top-10, two top-15 and 10 top-20 finishes, and averaged a starting position of 23rd, the best qualifying average in Front Row history.

Returning to the No. 34 for 2020, McDowell looks to keep adding on to team “bests” as the organization continues to grow and succeed.

Driver Profile

John HunterNemecheck

  • Birthdate: June 11, 1997
  • Hometown: Mooresville, NC
  • Height: 5’9”
  • Fast Fact: Son of “Front Row” Joe Nemechek

Career Highlights

  • 1 Career NASCAR Xfinity Series Win
  • 12 Career NASCAR Xfinity Series Top-5's
  • 3 Career Pole Awards in NASCAR’s Top 3 Series
  • 6 Career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Wins
  • 28 Career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Top-5's

John Hunter Nemechek capitalized on his part-time schedule in his first three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) seasons, collecting one win at the Chicagoland Speedway, nine top-five finishes, and 16 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 11.9 and producing an average finishing position of 10.4 across just 30 starts.

In addition to his successful NASCAR Camping World Truck Series campaign in 2015, Nemechek was named to the 2015-2016 NASCAR Next class, and was awarded the 2015 Most Popular Driver for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

The Mooresville, N.C., driver started his first full season of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition in 2016 with a win at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., in just his 32nd NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career start. Nemechek, who was 18 years, 8 months and 16 days old, became the youngest NASCAR national series winner at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. The season brought more success for Nemechek as he captured his first pole award in June at the Iowa Speedway and captured his career third win in September at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park located in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.

Victories at the Atlanta Motor Speedway and at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park established Nemechek’s early entry into the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase. In addition to the pole award and wins, Nemechek produced five top-five and 11 top-10 finishes and finished eighth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver point standings.