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CONCORD, N.C. -- As 2016 comes to a close, we thought we would look back at an eventful year that culminated with Hendrick Motorsports' 12th NASCAR Cup Series championship.

We've already recapped the top social posts and stories of the year. Now, here are the top photo galleries of 2016.


NO. 16: GOING YELLOW: CARS GET CHASE MAKEOVER

Prior to the Sept. 18 race at Chicagoland Speedway, we took a behind-the-scenes look at the shops preparing Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson's Chevrolets for the first race of the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.


NO. 15: HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS CAMPUS EASTER EGG HUNT

In celebration of the Easter holiday, we sent you on a photo scavenger hunt on the Hendrick Motorsports campus for hidden Easter eggs.


NO. 14: CHASE ELLIOTT TAKES FLIGHT WITH THUNDERBIRDS

Before winning the pole and competing in his first career Daytona 500, Chase Elliott took to the skies with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds in Daytona.


NO. 13: INSIDE CHASE ELLIOTT'S DAYTONA 500 POLE CELEBRATION

Elliott started the season off strong by claiming his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole for the 58th Daytona 500.


NO. 12: DYNAMIC DUO: JOHNSON, EARNHARDT DON SUPER HERO FIRESUITS

We provided an up-close look at the "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" firesuits that Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. wore at Fontana.


NO. 11: UP CLOSE: DEWCISION PAINT SCHEMES FOR RICHMOND

Kasey Kahne, Elliott and Earnhardt raced DEWcision-themed paint schemes at Richmond International Raceway in April in order to promote Mountain Dew's summer campaign, where fans could vote to keep one of the flavors on shelves.


NO. 10: ELLIOTT MAKES HIS CO-HOSTING DEBUT ON MTV'S 'RIDICULOUSNESS'

We took you behind the scenes as Elliott appeared on an episode of MTV's "Ridiculousness" in Los Angeles.


NO. 9: INSIDE JOHNSON'S #SE7EN CHAMPIONSHIP CELEBRATION

Following his historic win at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20, Johnson celebrated both the victory and his seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in Victory Lane.


NO. 8: EARNHARDT UNVEILS AXALTA SCHEME FOR KANSAS

Earnhardt joined Hendrick Motorsports partner, Axalta, in Charlotte, North Carolina, to reveal the new paint scheme he would pilot at Kansas Speedway in May.


NO. 7: BEHIND THE SCENES: HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS AT THE MEDIA TOUR

To kick off the 2016 season, the four Hendrick Motorsports drivers joined the organization's owner, Rick Hendrick, at the NASCAR Hall of Fame for the Media Tour.


NO. 6: EARNHARDT'S 2016 GERMANY SCRAPBOOK

During the second off weekend of the season, Earnhardt and his fiancee, Amy Reimann, returned to the country where the driver proposed a year ago.


NO. 5: INSIDE THE UNVEILING OF DALE EARNHARDT JR.'S THROWBACK NATIONWIDE SCHEME

We provided an inside look at Earnhardt's day at Darlington Raceway as he and Nationwide revealed his "Gray Ghost" throwback paint scheme.


NO. 4: GORDON, HENDRICK HONOR TEAM MEMBERS WITH COMMEMORATIVE RINGS

You toured the Hendrick Motorsports campus with us as Jeff Gordon and Hendrick distributed rings commemorating Gordon's 23-year career at the organization.


NO. 3: ELLIOTT, GORDON TEAM UP FOR NAPA COMMERCIAL

This is where you got your first look at the NAPA AUTO PARTS commercial that Elliott and Gordon joined forces to film.


NO. 2: BEHIND-THE-SCENES EXCLUSIVE: EARNHARDT'S RETURN TO THE DRIVER'S SEAT

The announcement that Earnhardt was medically cleared to resume NASCAR competition in 2017 came after the driver and the No. 88 team participated in a test session at Darlington Raceway earlier in December.


NO. 1: UP CLOSE: JOHNSON AND EARNHARDT'S SUPER HERO SCHEMES

HendrickMotorsports.com is where you got your first exclusive peek at Johnson and Earnhardt's Super Hero paint schemes that they drove at Fontana -- where Johnson earned his second win of the season.