Denny Hamlin had an average finish of 11.75, which was the fifth best among all drivers last year.
Denny Hamlin ended the 2016 season with a five-race streak of top-10s after finishing ninth in the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Denny Hamlin finished seventh in the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and had the third-most points during the third round of the Chase, but his 4,107 markers were six short of advancing to Homestead-Miami Speedway with a shot at the Cup.
Denny Hamlin missed 15 minutes of the first practice session when the team made a late decision to work on qualification trim instead of race trim.
Denny Hamlin has scored three top-10s, of which two were top-fives, in his last four Phoenix International Raceway attempts.
Denny Hamlin finished ninth in the AAA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Denny Hamlin failed post-qualification inspection and was forced to give up his pit stall selection.
Denny Hamlin has been struggling on the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks since this race last year.
Denny Hamlin finished third in the Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
Denny Hamlin posted the fastest single lap among Chase contenders in Friday’s practice session for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
Denny Hamlin finished 39th this spring in the STP 500, which is one of only four sub-15th-place finishes for him at Martinsville Speedway and his career-worst result on this track.
Denny Hamlin finished third in the Hellmann's 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway by a bumper width and advanced to the third round of the Chase based on a tiebreaker.
Since last year’s edition of the Alabama 500, Denny Hamlin’s restrictor-plate, superspeedway results have been a mixed bag of results ranging from first to 37th.
Denny Hamlin was one of only two drivers in the first practice session for the Hollywood Casino 400 who recorded 10 or more consecutive laps; he was the quickest at 186.256 mph.