The nuances of Darlington's creaky surface proved too much for several expected major players, including Kahne who faded badly to 21st in the second half of the race and sixth place starter Elliott Sadler, who finished 29th.
Despite more than half the starting field earning a Darlington stripe during the course of the evening there were relatively few incidents of note with the caution flag waving just six times and only four drivers retiring.
Brian Vickers was the only driver to leave Darlington with any significant damage after smacking the inside wall off turn two on lap 27 while Roush teammates Jamie McMurray and Carl Edwards both failed to finish after experiencing identical oil pump failures.
Kevin Harvick also had a rough time of things for after making good early progress from 14th on the grid he then ran over a piece of broken track surface during the first caution of the race for Vickers accident and was forced to pit to repair a holed radiator. The driver of the #29 Richard Childress Racing returned to the track more than a dozen laps down in 41st position but due to the low rate of attrition he was only able to advance to 37th by the chequered flag.