I can tell from your statement you have a very rigid predisposed attitude and opinion on The Mint 400. I won’t try and sway you but I will offer you my opinion:But it's the MINT 400!
BULLSHIT it's a MONEY THING
The end is near let's see what next year brings (que cricket sound)
I am ecstatic for this change because for a couple hundred volunteers out working for my team and the Mint 400, they get some actually down time between races that many were not going to get originally. The event also means that the majority of the Saturday race is in the light which makes it better as a professional spectator with only a lap or so in the dark for those that may be struggling or not at full speed.
The timing sucks. That is 100% true. but having a race for 40 cars on a over 100 mile course was not a valid race so they made the call to move it around.
One of the things that sets this group, The Martellis, apart from most other organizations is their not only ability, but desire to do things different. Every race has something different in it. Always re-inventing the event. I personally respect that and they have shown on many occasions that they accept criticism and feedback openly and adapt things for the next event.
For a million different reasons, the attendance for this race and others is down this year. My message time my team is constant. We will adapt, overcome and roll with it.
The sport doesn’t need failure. There is room for additional promoters put on quality events. Every single racer, crew, and spectator should wish this event the same success that we do every other race series out there. They give us options. They give us variables. They give us a place for our passion.