If there's any track that attracts old-school fans, you'd think it would be Darlington.
That might help explain a shakeup in the Gluckometer ratings this week: According to our decibelmeter, Jeff Gordon got the most noise in pre-race introductions for the first time this season – mostly on the strength of some loud boo-birds.
The old-school fans also probably don't like Jimmie Johnson (perhaps for some of the same reasons they dislike Gordon) and Kyle Busch, but they do like drivers such as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mark Martin and Tony Stewart.
Juan Pablo Montoya draws boos every week, but he heard a larger-than-normal amount for the Southern 500. We're not sure why, but could it be because some Darlington fans are xenophobic? Feel free to leave your comments below if you agree or disagree.
|Driver||dB||Type of Noise||Comment/Explanation|
|1||Jeff Gordon||98.7||Mostly boos||Stirs strong emotions in old-school fans|
|2||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||97.2||Cheers||Most popular driver|
|3||Jimmie Johnson||95.4||Boos||Anybody But Jimmie crowd|
|4||Kyle Busch||94.7||Boos||Busch Brother|
|5||Mark Martin||94.6||Cheers||Old-school fans, old-school driver|
|6||Tony Stewart||92.1||Cheers||Popular driver|
|7||Kasey Kahne||87.7||Cheers||L.L. Cool K|
|8||Juan Pablo Montoya||87.3||Boos||Dislike for foreigners?|
|9||Carl Edwards||86.8||Cheers||Popular driver|
|10||Denny Hamlin||86.7||Cheers||Popular driver|