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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Today before the race, the driver of the No. 34 #FordMustang @Mc_Driver will be hosting a LIVE Q&A over on his Facebook page! Join him at 11am PT/ 2pm ET at LINK IN BIO and have your questions ready #34CarPartscom #DrivingMemories #CarPartscom #NASCAR #NASCARonFox #Ford #Mustang #FordPerformance #Racing #RaceDay https://fal.cn/38jZg
Today before the race, the driver of the No. 34 #FordMustang @Mc_Driver will be hosting a LIVE Q&A over on his Facebook page! Join him at 11am PT/ 2pm PT at https://t.co/yvkm0oub24 and have your questions ready!#34CarPartscom #DrivingMemories #CarPartscom #NASCAR #QandA pic.twitter.com/63FdPxgBnY— CarParts.com (@CarPartscom) May 28, 2020
Race day!— Michael McDowell (@Mc_Driver) May 28, 2020
Ready to wheel my No. 34 @CarPartscom Ford Mustang tonight at 7pm ET on @FS1, under the lights at @CLTMotorSpdwy.
If you haven’t already, check out https://t.co/FkHUhhI8m4 and help support brands that support our sport! pic.twitter.com/CghlxNJw9z
Our @CarPartscom and @ScagPower Ford Mustang’s are both rolling off in the top-5 tonight at @CLTMotorSpdwy.@Mc_Driver: P3@JHNemechek: P5— Front Row Motorsports (@Team_FRM) May 28, 2020
Be sure to tune in at 7pm ET/4pm PT on @FS1! pic.twitter.com/GFE9fJlWtn
We were ready to go tonight and we’ll be ready to go tomorrow! https://t.co/LXhU2EC4MQ— Front Row Motorsports (@Team_FRM) May 28, 2020
We’re excited to welcome @CarPartscom back aboard @Mc_Driver's No. 34 Ford Mustang today at Charlotte!— Front Row Motorsports (@Team_FRM) May 27, 2020
While we are hoping that we get to stay on the track this season, we want you to stay on the road! Visit https://t.co/4bxQjIpCfP and get ready to drive.#DrivingMemories pic.twitter.com/xpMySAxZYU
Excited to get back behind the wheel of the No. 34 @CarPartscom Ford Mustang tomorrow night under the lights at @CLTMotorSpdwy!— Michael McDowell (@Mc_Driver) May 26, 2020
Head over to https://t.co/FkHUhhI8m4 for all of your vehicle needs. pic.twitter.com/IDcKHzQpvu
Are you ready for another mid-week race? Join us in cheering on @Mc_Driver in the @CarPartsCom No. 34 #Ford #Mustang! Starting P3 on the grid, we can't wait for the green flag to drop on the #Alsco500 at @CLTMotorSpdwy #NASCARisBack #34CarPartscom #DrivingMemories pic.twitter.com/3yRt1MwRhj— CarParts.com (@CarPartscom) May 27, 2020
They're back!— Front Row Motorsports (@Team_FRM) May 21, 2020
We're excited to announce that @CarPartscom will once again join @Mc_Driver and the No. 34 team for Wednesday's race at @CLTMotorSpdwy!
Press Release: https://t.co/ewl3FcTqBV pic.twitter.com/JdHGQnBk50
Next Wednesday, May 27th @CarPartsCom is back to NASCAR with @Team_FRM and @Mc_Driver! To watch the race live from @CLTMotorSpdwy tune into @FS1 at 8PM ET/ 5PM PT. #34CarPartsCom #DrivingMemories#AmericasHomeForRacing #NASCAR #NASCARonFox pic.twitter.com/79HIqaQrzf— CarParts.com (@CarPartscom) May 22, 2020
Really proud of everybody on our No. 34 @CarPartscom team tonight! We made a lot of improvements to our car since Sunday’s race, unfortunately the weather decided to join the party with less than 30 laps to go, ending our night early.— Michael McDowell (@Mc_Driver) May 21, 2020
What did everyone think of tonight’s race? pic.twitter.com/xwmwa6kzIa
I’m honored to have ER Nurse, Aimee Fauni Merton’s name riding along on my No. 34 @CarPartscom Ford Mustang for tonight’s race at @TooToughToTame.— Michael McDowell (@Mc_Driver) May 20, 2020
Thank you Aimee, for all that you are doing during the COVID-19 crisis! pic.twitter.com/bBb5wYdEJg
Thank you @Team_FRM and @NASCAR for the opportunity to celebrate the family of the @CarPartscom Team tonight! The race may have ended early due to rain, but we will be back on the track with @Mc_Driver next Wednesday at @CLTMotorSpdwy! For updates, visit https://t.co/FjuhjIkRhW pic.twitter.com/1T6taGWwVK— CarParts.com (@CarPartscom) May 21, 2020
Today at 6PM ET/ 3PM PT @CarPartsCom is joining @Team_FRM and @Mc_Driver for the second time! To watch the @NASCAR action at @TooToughtoTame tune in on FS1. #34CarPartsCom #DrivingMemories #NASCAR #NASCARCupSeries pic.twitter.com/CKN2N5Pgmf— CarParts.com (@CarPartscom) May 20, 2020
Today at 12:30PM PST the @CarPartscom com No.34 hits the track for the first time with @Mc_Driver and @Team_FRM. Be sure to tune in! For more info visit https://t.co/k9GXTwNtpE #34CarPartsCom #DrivingMemories #RealHeroes400 #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/iRa3Kcv8JF— CarParts.com (@CarPartscom) May 17, 2020
Hey fans, want the chance to win an autographed @Mc_Driver | @CarPartscom hat? It’s simple.— Front Row Motorsports (@Team_FRM) May 16, 2020
Follow @CarPartscom, retweet this photo and tag 3 friends in the comments!
We’ll choose a winner on Monday.#DrivingMemories | #34CarPartsCom pic.twitter.com/jvq76SwZfx
As we head to Darlington for the #RealHeroes400, Ford wants to see the heroes in the fans’ lives.— Michael McDowell (@Mc_Driver) May 16, 2020
Post a story about a hero in your life on social media and tag @fordperformance and #BuiltFordProud. Ford will be randomly choosing stories to send these heroes a Ford gift package! pic.twitter.com/2XHXN93l7w
We are just one day away from the return of @NASCAR. Will you be tuning in to watch @Mc_Driver behind the wheel of the @CarPartsCom No. 34 Ford Mustang? Let us know! #34CarPartsCom #DrivingMemories pic.twitter.com/RknjJVcGn2— CarParts.com (@CarPartscom) May 16, 2020
@NASCAR is making a return to TV this weekend! But did you know @CarPartscom will be taking part in the #RealHeroes400 with @Team_FRM and the driver of the No. 34 Ford Mustang @Mc_Driver!? To learn more visit https://t.co/L3BzuSczBP#TeamJCWhitney #CarPartsCom #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/F3Ri1H3NMY— CarParts.com (@CarPartscom) May 16, 2020
Soon the @CarPartscom No. 34 will be out of the garage and onto the track with @Mc_Driver behind the wheel! Will you be tuning in to the #RealHeroes400? For where to watch and the latest updates, visit https://t.co/R7uiu7E889#CarPartsCom #NASCAR #NASCARonFox pic.twitter.com/86RSenmF3t— CarParts.com (@CarPartscom) May 15, 2020
Are you in need of a replacement part or looking for some to upgrade your daily driver? Check out @CarPartscom for all of your vehicle needs!— Michael McDowell (@Mc_Driver) May 15, 2020
Their website site is super easy to navigate and prices are extremely fair.
Check them out! ⬇️https://t.co/FkHUhhI8m4 pic.twitter.com/dxiAeQo27P
We are excited to announce that this Sunday we will be partnering up with @Team_FRM for the first @NASCAR Cup Series race back to television with @Mc_Driver behind the wheel of the No. 34 #FordMustang at @DarlingtonRaceway. #CarPartsCom #NutsAndBolts #NASCAR #TheRealHeroes pic.twitter.com/QpFwEYuKmj— CarParts.com (@CarPartscom) May 13, 2020
Engines will soon roar at @TooToughToTame and @Mc_Driver will take the green flag in the No. 34 @CarPartscom Ford Mustang at both the Sunday and Wednesday races. Please join us in welcoming @CarPartscom to the FRM family!— Front Row Motorsports (@Team_FRM) May 13, 2020
Press Release: https://t.co/4JPLYB6Ppw pic.twitter.com/7lVCssXEjh
I’m thankful for the opportunity to return to racing this weekend at @TooToughToTame, and also to welcome a new partner to the @Team_FRM family! Our No. 34 Ford Mustang is going to look great with @CarPartscom on board. I encourage you to check them out!https://t.co/FkHUhhI8m4 pic.twitter.com/B9fqaWqxB7— Michael McDowell (@Mc_Driver) May 13, 2020
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. 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 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.
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!
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.
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.