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Poll overwhelmingly gives positive grade to racing with new package

Auto Club Speedway - Auto Club 400

FONTANA, CA - MARCH 20: Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 American Ethanol Chevrolet, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet, lead a pack of cars at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 20, 2016 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

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The Century Poll, a monthly survey of 100 members of the NASCAR community, has given the racing with the new low-downforce package in the Sprint Cup Series an average grade of an A- after four races.

The poll, which asks 50 media members and 50 members of the NASCAR garage one question every month, found an average grade of 90.81 among the votes. That number combines from combining the total averages of the media and garage votes.

This month’s question: After running three distinct track lengths this season – 1-mile (Phoenix), 1.5-mile (Atlanta and Las Vegas) and 2-mile (Fontana) -- what early season grade would you give the 2016 Sprint Cup low downforce rules package?

The garage voters gave six more A votes than the media, while also giving the four lowest grades out of the 100 taken – two Bs, one C and one C-. Media voters made up most of the difference by awarding eight more Bs, with no grade out of their 50 being below a B.

Compared to a similar vote after the first five races of 2015, this year’s poll gave the racing seven more points (90.81 with 58 As vs. 83.42 with six As).

Here’s the total votes for each grade.

A+ 6
A 33
A- 19
B+ 23
B 15
B- 2
C+ 0
C 1
C- 1
D 0
F 0
Average: 90.81

Now it’s your turn to vote.

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