Gluckometer: Bristol

The Gluckometer was ready to rock and roll at Bristol – along with the drivers' theme songs – but unfortunately prerace introductions were a big letdown.

Bristol had fans introduce the drivers via prerecorded video, which was played on the Sprint Vision screens. Instead of a public address announcer hyping up the drivers' names, fans read the names – often in unexcited voices – and drew little reaction from the crowd.

It was likely a good idea gone bad, and the whole prerace intros lacked juice.

That's a major factor why Brad Keselowski, who received a noise rating of 85.6 decibels in the Nationwide race (mostly boos), didn't even rate for the Sprint Cup race. He got about the same reaction as Terry Cook, who didn't even show for intros.

Unfortunately, the crowd just wasn't into it, and only nine Cup drivers moved the needle.

The ratings:

Driver dB Type of Noise Comment/Explanation
1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 90.3 Cheers Most popular driver
2 Jimmie Johnson 89.2 Mostly boos Won't stop winning
3 Carl Edwards 87.5 Cheer/boo mix Atlanta wreck controversy
4 Jeff Gordon 87.4 Cheers Fans hope he can stop JJ?
5 Mark Martin 87.0 Cheers Popular driver
6 Tony Stewart 86.3 Cheers Popular driver
7 Kyle Busch 85.2 Boos Polarizing figure
8 Juan Pablo Montoya 84.7 Boos Not embraced by fans
9 Kasey Kahne 84.2 Cheers Popular driver
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