There was no Gluckometer in Phoenix – at least the actual decibelmeter itself. So in lieu of measuring the crowd noise scientifically last weekend, SB Nation asked some aspiring NASCAR writers to help out: Toby Christie of RubbingsRacing.com, Michael Myers of Queers4Gears.com and Farrah Kaye, who contributes to several sites.
We asked each of them to rate the drivers on a 1-10 basis using an old-fashioned tool: Their ears. After receiving their rankings (1 being the least, 10 being the most), the scores were added up and averaged out, which gives us this week's Gluckometer ranking.
Phoenix-area native Michael McDowell, in the No. 10 position, appears on this list for the first time ever thanks to a hearty reception from his hometown fans.
|Driver||Avg||Type of Noise||Comment/Explanation|
|1||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||9.7||Cheers||Most popular driver|
|2||Jimmie Johnson||8.3||Cheer/boo mix||Four-time champ|
|3||Kyle Busch||8.2||Boos||Busch Brother|
|4||Mark Martin||7.5||Cheers||Popular driver|
|5||Tony Stewart||6.5||Mostly cheers||Popular driver|
|6||Juan Montoya||6.2||Boos||Still hasn't won over fans|
|T7||Kurt Busch||6.0||Mostly boos||Busch Brother|
|T7||Carl Edwards||6.0||Cheer/boo mix||Keselowski fallout|
|T7||Jeff Gordon||6.0||Mostly cheers||Popular driver|
|10||Michael McDowell||5.2||Cheers||Hometown driver|