Gluckometer, All-Star: Sprint Showdown And All-Star Rankings

Since there were two races on Saturday, we're doubling your pleasure with two editions of the noise ratings, which are taken by a decibel meter every week during driver introductions to see which drivers get the most noise.

You'll notice the All-Star edition of the rankings features an unusual entry at No. 5: Brian Vickers and Casey Mears.

Mears was subbing in the All-Star race for Vickers, who is out for the season due to blood clots. At the sight of Vickers walking across the stage, fans gave a rousing ovation for the driver(s) of the No. 83 car. We assume the cheers were meant to welcome Vickers, but since Mears happened to be standing there, we're including him as well.

Here are the rankings, starting with the top five for the Sprint Showdown:

 

Driver    dB Type of Noise Comment/Explanation
1 Bill Elliott 86.6 Cheers 16-time Most Popular Driver
2 Carl Edwards 85.6 Cheers Won Sprint Fan Vote
3 Juan Pablo Montoya 85.3 Boos Never been loved in NASCAR
4 Jeff Burton 85.2 Cheers Fan Vote finalist
5 Michael Waltrip 85.0 Cheers Fans still fond of MW

 

Now, onto the Sprint All-Star Race ratings. A note about these numbers: If you notice, they are lower than the Sprint Showdown numbers. This is because I had to take the measurement from further away (on pit road, actually) for the All-Star race, lest the fireworks and loud music mess up the decibel meter from being too close. 
Driver    dB Type of Noise Comment/Explanation
1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 85.8 Cheers Most Popular Driver
2 Kyle Busch 84.4 Boos 'Old Kyle' showed up after race
3 Tony Stewart 83.9 Mix Won All-Star Race last season
4 Jimmie Johnson 82.6 Boos Fans thrilled when he spun out
5 B.Vickers/C.Mears 82.4 Cheers Vickers heard cheers in nice moment
6 Jeff Gordon 81.9 Boos Reception varies by track
7 Mark Martin 80.5 Cheers Cheers aren't as loud this year
8 Kasey Kahne 80.3 Cheers L.L. Cool K
9 Denny Hamlin 78.3 Mix Becoming a polarizing driver
10 Matt Kenseth 78.2 Cheers Crew wore crowns, purple robes
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