The Talladega crowd wasn't quite as loud as expected, but the result was certainly predictable: Dale Earnhardt Jr. got the most noise in the capital of Junior Nation.
There weren't too many surprises this week, other than David Reutimann almost making the top 10 (he was driving a University of Alabama car) and Carl Edwards receiving more boos than normal since the Brad Keselowski incident (Keselowski typically gets mildly booed every week, but this week was mildly cheered).
Another trend: Mark Martin, who was either No. 1 or No. 2 in noise almost all of last season, has been in the bottom half of the top 10 recently. We aren't sure why.
|Driver||dB||Type of Noise||Comment/Explanation|
|1||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||87.2||Cheers||Most popular driver|
|2||Jimmie Johnson||86.6||Boos||Got cheers when he wrecked|
|3||Tony Stewart||85.6||Cheers||Popular driver|
|4||Jeff Gordon||85.4||Cheer/boo mix||Fans like threat to Jimmie|
|5||Kyle Busch||84.6||Boos||Least-favorite for many fans|
|6||Mark Martin||84.0||Cheers||Dropped since first few weeks|
|7||Kurt Busch||82.4||Boos||Busch Brother|
|8||Carl Edwards||82.0||Cheer/boo mix||More boos than usual|
|9||Kevin Harvick||81.9||Cheers||Popular driver|
|10||Kasey Kahne||81.4||Cheers||Popular driver|