Denny Hamlin celebrated his second straight triumph Sunday night, looking more and more like he’ll be the driver to beat heading into the Sprint Cup playoff.

Jeff Gordon was kicking himself for letting a desperately needed win slip away, while Martin Truex Jr. couldn’t help but wonder just what it will take to get back to victory lane.

Hamlin took advantage of a fortuitous yellow flag with three laps to go, beating Truex off pit road and fending off Gordon on the final lap in a green-white-checkered finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway.