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Surging Greg Biffle won the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway.
DOVER, Del. -- Jeff Gordon
said he loves Joe and Rose Mattioli, owners of Pocono Raceway. But he isn't in love with the track.
"It's outdated and needs a ton of upgrades," Gordon said. "The fact that it's in the Northeast is a positive, but I'm shocked it has had two [Sprint Cup] races as long as it has. I'd be surprised if it stayed that way for the future, just because of other markets where we need to be."
Gordon had heard that Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman Bruton Smith was interested in buying Pocono. But the Mattiolis say it isn't for sale and Smith's interest has turned to Dover International Speedway, which may be for sale.
Smith wants to buy another facility that has Cup races so he can move a race to Kentucky Speedway, which he is in the process of purchasing. He also wants a second date for Las Vegas.
But Gordon believes Dover deserves to keep its races.
"This is the type of track we need, a 1-mile, high-banked oval," he said. "Now if we could pick it up and move it to one of three of four other locations, that would be great.
"There's a lot going on with Bruton these days. I'm as anxious as everybody else to see how it all unfolds."
Terry Blount covers motorsports for ESPN.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.