From the pictures I had saw via Twitter, the track itself seemed a bit heavy. Granted it was brand new clay on the surface & a ton of rain didn't help either. Bubba (w/ a little help from the crowd), busted his butt to get that track into the best surface he could on Sunday night. He could have waited one more night to let the track dry out, but, you're already in the hole, missing 4 nights prior due to rain.
As far as the drivers choosing not to race, it's their prerogative. Most of the ones that chose not to run, are in it for the long 80+ race haul. It's the beginning of the season & on top of it, how many out of the ones that chose not to run (and a few ASCoC drivers that were missing entirely), will be in the running for All-Star points in October???? I'm not saying the drivers are right or wrong with their decisions, but you have to look at it in the long run of their schedules/season.
The fans should be glad they got to see a race Sunday evening....
"Take a nice cool drink..."2014 Race Counter
Grandview - 5
Lanco - 3
Port Royal - 1
Williams Grove - 4