Denny Hamlin was relaxing in his hotel room after a victory in last weekend's NASCAR race at Phoenix, admiring the trophy he'd just won in the Subway Fresh Fit 500.
Suddenly, it dawned on him: Hamlin went to Victory Lane in a race sponsored by the company that was his first employer.
Yep, that's right. Hamlin is a former Subway "sandwich artist" who made it big.
"It was a part of my life, it was a part of me growing up," he said. "It's been such a ride getting to the spot where I am right now, sometimes you forget the peaks and the valleys you go through. It's amazing to me when you look back at it."
Back in the day, Hamlin was a Virginia teenager making Subway sandwiches and collecting $4.75 an hour, pouring every bit he had into his beloved truck.
"That (truck) is all I cared about," he said. "Even though things are all great and glamorous now, your level of happiness is not that much different than what it was then. It's all relative."
So was Hamlin a talented sandwich artist?
"The only thing I was good at was going back and eating all the cookie dough in the freezer," Hamlin said as reporters laughed. "Their cookies are really good!"