One of the biggest ongoing mysteries in the Gluckometer ratings every week is the surprising lack of noise for Denny Hamlin.
Hamlin was anointed as the top preseason threat to Jimmie Johnson, was in the headlines for his clash with Brad Keselowski and has become a regular presence at the front of the field.
And yet, when he's introduced to the crowd every week, the noise barely registers.
Hamlin has cracked the Gluckometer top 10 just once all season – at Martinsville, his best track. But finally, he got some love from his home fans at Richmond to move him to a season-high sixth in the noise ratings.
Here's how Hamlin stacked up, along with the rest:
|Driver||dB||Type of Noise||Comment/Explanation|
|1||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||86.6||Cheers||Most popular driver|
|2||Jimmie Johnson||86.2||Boos||Boos dominate cheers|
|T3||Kyle Busch||85.9||Boos||Busch Brother|
|T3||Tony Stewart||85.9||Cheer/boo mix||Popular driver|
|5||Jeff Gordon||85.7||Boos||Surprising amount of boos|
|T6||Mark Martin||85.3||Cheers||Lowest Hendrick driver|
|T6||Denny Hamlin||85.3||Cheers||Hometown favorite|
|8||Kurt Busch||85.2||Boos||Busch Brother|
|9||Carl Edwards||85.1||Cheers||Popular driver|
|10||Kasey Kahne||84.9||Cheers||Popular driver|