Changes to the Pocono 400

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There are many changes to this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Pocono Raceway. For starters, The race on Sunday is only 400 miles, instead of 500 miles, as in years past. Five-time Pocono winner, Jeff Gordon says,"the shorter race will make for a better race, especially for the fans." Another major difference is the track's surface. Pocono Raceway was repaved this year, making for what is expected to be a faster racetrack. But, another difference, will be the absence of the track's founder Doc Mattioli, who died earlier this year. Driver Mark Martin says, "It's a sad weekend, to be here and not see Doc. He was a good friend, and he is missed." Before Sunday's race, there will be a tribute to Mr. Mattioli, at the track.