Darlington rookies Danica Patrick and Travis Pastrana finished on the lead lap in 12th and 17th places respectively, no mean feat at the difficult egg-shaped oval nicknamed "The Lady in Black" with a talent for drawing the unwary driver into the wall at the slightest opportunity.
The highest-placed series rookie was Austin Dillon, who finished in fifth position. That made him the second best finisher of the night among the drivers registered for Nationwide Series points right behind Sam Hornish Jr., and just ahead of reigning champion and current points leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. who had started the race from pole position and led the first 18 laps, but who never got back in front again after being displaced by Hamlin.
Full race results, qualifying and practice
times and Nationwide Series points standings