Throughout the last few years there has been many from NASCAR calling for change within its stops at Poconco Raceway. The drivers have been campaigning this the most as the 500 mile race is long and draining for drivers. The 2.5 mile track has had two 500 mile races since it's opening, and for the first time, on June 10, 2012, it will feature a 400 mile race.
As NASCAR faces financial challenges and keeping the grandstands full, some thought Pocono was endangered to losing an entire race, or being cut out of the circuit completely. The track only features NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series and ARCA. It does NOT host a race of either of NASCAR's other featured series, Nationwide or the Craftsman Truck Series. Leaving a dull weekend come race week.
Although the intial thoughts from fans are negative being that races will be shorter... the racing might prove otherwise. A condensed race at such a track should lead to more action and intensity. 500 miles at Pocono allows a lot of time for drivers to methodically move up through the field. 400 miles forces the field to change their strategy and make their move quicker.