As expected, Jeff Gordon was given a rousing ovation at Infineon Raceway, which is mere miles from his hometown of Vallejo.
But it wasn't enough to top Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Still, Gordon received all cheers and no audible trace of boos – which is rare at nearly every other track except for Sonoma.
The Gordon love spilled over to fellow Californian Jimmie Johnson as well, who heard far more cheers than usual.
One note: Because the crowd was so spread out, there weren't enough fans to record a decibel reading on the device we used to measure the Gluckometer's sound. So we relied on the traditional ear method this week.
|Driver||Rating||Type of Noise||Comment/Explanation|
|1||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||8.0||Cheers||Most Popular Driver|
|2||Jeff Gordon||7.5||Cheers||Warm reception in hometown|
|3||Kyle Busch||7.0||Boos||Many fans' least favorite|
|T4||Jimmie Johnson||6.5||Mostly cheers||California crowd|
|T4||Tony Stewart||6.5||Cheers||Frank Stoddard later booed|
|6||Mark Martin||6.0||Cheers||Popular driver|
|7||Kasey Kahne||5.5||Cheers||High-pitched cheers|
|8||Kevin Harvick||5.0||Mix||Firesuit fallout|
|T9||Jamie McMurray||4.0||Cheers||Intro'd as Daytona 500 champ|
|T9||Juan Pablo Montoya||4.0||Boos||No love for former winner|