Denny Hamlin has advanced to the Chase for the Sprint Cup Round of 8 following Sunday's elimination race at Talladega Superspeedway. Above, Hamlin takes the checkered flag in the Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International earlier this year, adding to his long list of career highlights. Check out many of them in these photos.
In the beginning
Hamlin (far right) poses with Joe Gibbs Racing team president J.D. Gibbs (far left) and vice president Jimmy Makar (right) to announce Hamlin as the new driver of the No. 11 FedEx Chevrolet during a press conference at the Dickies 500 in November of 2005 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Hamlin celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona in February of 2006.
Hamlin inspects the No. 20 Chevy during qualifying for a then-Busch Series race at Nashville Superspeedway in Tennessee in April of 2006. Hamlin won the pole for the race.
Prince of Pocono
Hamlin celebrates his first win in NASCAR's Premier Series at Pocono Raceway in June of 2006. The Cup rookie would go on to sweep both Pocono races in his inaugural season.
Denny sends Daytona dirt flying
Hamlin spins out as he crosses the finish line in the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona in February of 2007, sending dirt and grass flying everywhere.
Flying high with Ford
Hamlin celebrates in Victory Lane with his first Cup crew chief, Mike Ford, after winning one of the Gatorade Duels 150 races at Daytona in February of 2008.
Hamlin displays his anger as he argues a point with Tony Eury Sr., then the crew chief of the No. 88 Navy Chevy, on pit road following an altercation in the Carquest Auto Parts 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in what was then the Nationwide Series.
Hamlin celebrates winning the Nationwide Series race at Daytona in July of 2008.
Hearty hug for Hamlin
JGR team president J.D. Gibbs gives Hamlin a hug in Victory Lane after Hamlin won again at Pocono in August of 2009.
Rock & Roll at Richmond
Hamlin in Victory Lane with Miss Sprint Cup after winning the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway in September of 2009.
Four's the charm
Hamlin flashes four fingers after capturing his fourth win of the season in the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November of 2009. He also scored a career-high 15 top-five finishes that season.
Shoot 'em up
Hamlin celebrates Texas-style by shooting off a pair of Turnbull 45 Colt-style, single-action revolvers in Victory Lane after winning the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in April of 2010.
Hamlin celebrates with a burnout after securing a sweep of both 2010 Martinsville races with a win in the fall race. Hamlin won a career-high eight races in the season overall while finishing a career-high second in the points standings.
Celebrating with Coach
Car owner Joe Gibbs, known affectionately in the JGR shop as "Coach" after his days with the NFL's Washington Redskins, celebrates what was Hamlin's seventh win of the 2010 season. It also earned Hamlin another coveted grandfather clock trophy that stands in the background.
Cooling off with a Coke
Hamlin douses himself with a Coca-Cola after winning at Michigan International Speedway in June of 2011.
Crusing at Kansas
Hamlin takes the checkered flag in the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway in April of 2012.
Denny the dad
Hamlin and his long-time girlfriend Jordan Fish hold their daughter, Taylor James, prior to a race at Michigan in June of 2013.
Dustup with Danica
Hamlin tries to explain himself in a heated confrontation with fellow Sprint Cup driver Danica Patrick after an in-race incident during a Budweiseer Duel race at Daytona in February of 2015.
Closest Daytona 500 finish ever
Hamlin's No. 11 FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota edges the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota of Martin Truex Jr. to come out on top in the closest finish in Daytona 500 history.
Down with Daytona
A jubliant Hamlin celebrates with the Harley J. Earl trophy and shows off his champion's ring after winning the Daytona 500, NASCAR's most prestigious race, in February of 2016.
Hamlin and Jordan Fish pose with the Harley Jr. Earl trophy after Hamlin's huge Daytona 500 victory.
Winding down at Watkins Glen
Hamlin was so aggressive with his celebratory burnout at Watkins Glen that he blew his tires and tore his No. 11 FedEx Toyota up enough that he had to walk to Victory Lane.
Winner ... again!
Hamlin celebrates with his team after scoring his first career win on the road course at Watkins Glen. It was the 28th career win for him in NASCAR's top series.