I'm going to say Miller put as much as they could into a new, unproven track so fans in the region might be able to experience a national event. Not all venues are the same but going to a national is fun. It is a carnival atmosphere with more to take in other than a race.
The reviews of the track from the racers were mixed with some hating to some thinking it was just okay. Osborne embraces a facility such as Miller with hard pits and a nice facility. Nicolletti hates the place. RV and ET were able to take a lemon and make lemonade. Even Mookie made the best of it.
Didn't see Peick complaining. For the underdogs he was the star of the show.
I would rather have been at that race instead of being home watching it on the DVR. Tony Alessi would agree.