Drivers line up in a four-wide formation to salute the fans prior to the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Check out the most compelling photos from an action-packed 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular season.
Changing of the guard
Chase Elliott gets a high-five from Jeff Gordon's son, Leo, as he prepares to climb into the four-time champion's former ride for the Daytona 500.
Getty ImagesJared C. Tilton
Close Daytona 500 finish
Denny Hamlin (11) edged Martin Truex Jr. (78) by a narrow 0.010 second margin to win NASCAR's biggest race.
Fueled by burnt bacon
Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 43 Smithfield Ford, burnt his bacon after his car caught fire following a crash at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Getty ImagesKevin C. Cox
Another close one
Kevin Harvick (4) beat Carl Edwards (19) by 0.010 seconds to win the Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway -- the same margin between Hamlin and Truex in the Daytona 500.
NASCAR via Getty ImagesJonathan Ferrey
Salute to the flag
Brad Keselowski carries the American Flag after winning the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Getty ImagesTodd Warshaw
Young Money goes airborne
Kyle Larson got some good air after slamming the wall hard at Auto Club Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson soars through the air in a Superman pose in Victory Lane after winnin at Auto Club Speedway.
Taking a bow
Kyle Busch takes his signature bow to the crowd following his victory at Texas Motor Speedway.
Carl Edwards performs his signature back flip after winning the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond.
NASCAR via Getty ImagesDaniel Shirey
Rookie Chris Buescher goes for a wild ride in the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Shortly after Buescher's flip at Talladega, Matt Kenseth (20) experiences a similar situation, also involving Danica Patrick (10).
Young guns battle
Kyle Larson (42) narrowly crosses the finish line ahead of Chase Elliott (24) to win the Sprint Showdown during All-Star race weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Tony Stewart (14) and Kasey Kahne collide, tearing up the infield grass during the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. celebrates in Victory Lane after leading 392 of 400 laps to win NASCAR's longest race -- the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
A win sweeter than strawberry wine
After missing the first eight races of the year due to a serious off-season back injury, Tony Stewart scored an emotional victory at Sonoma Raceway, making the Chase in his final Sprint Cup season.
Getty ImagesJared C. Tilton
The Big One
Many big-name drivers were collected in a massive pile up during the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
Kyle Larson celebrates his first career Sprint Cup victory at Michigan International Speedway.
Getty ImagesSean Gardner
After winning at Bristol Motor Speedway in August, Kevin Harvick invited car owner Tony Stewart to celebrate with him on the frontstretch following Smoke's final race at the Tennessee short track.
Getty ImagesRey Del Rio
Dale Jr. out
After announcing he would miss the remainder of the 2016 Sprint Cup season due to concussion-like symptoms, Dale Earnhardt Jr. shares a smile while speaking with members of the media at Darlington Raceway.
Getty ImagesBlaine Ohigashi
Tough brotherly love
Kurt Busch spins under the checkered flag after being tapped by brother Kyle Busch coming to the finish of the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond.