Jeff Gordon's late spike on the Gluckometer was enough to top Dale Earnhardt Jr. in this week's ratings.
Gordon's crowd noise was in the low 86 decibel range, but suddenly it spiked to 87.4 dB for a split second. I wasn't sure if I should count it, but after a little research, I decided the reading was legit.
Tony Stewart likely would have passed Earnhardt Jr. too, but he only had a so-so qualifying effort. Crowd noise always builds as the pole-sitter gets closer to being introduced (it's louder in the top 10 than for drivers 20-11, for example).
The most interesting note of the week is that Brad Keselowski got slightly more noise than Carl Edwards. It seems both made the top 10 (keeping drivers like Kasey Kahne and Kevin Harvick out) as a result of their Gateway incident.
|Driver||dB||Type of Noise||Comment/Explanation|
|1||Jeff Gordon||87.4||Cheers||Back home in Indiana|
|2||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||86.6||Cheers||Beat Hoosier fav. Stewart|
|3||Tony Stewart||85.9||Cheers||Mediocre starting spot hurt|
|4||Jimmie Johnson||85.4||Boos||Fans didn't want JJ to kiss bricks|
|5||Mark Martin||85.3||Cheers||Respect for veteran|
|6||Kyle Busch||84.9||Boos||Any cheers drowned out by boos|
|7||Juan Pablo Montoya||84.2||Boos||Unloved, even in Indy|
|8||*Dallas Clark||83.3||Cheers||Popular grand marshal|
|9||Brad Keselowski||81.7||Mix||Slightly more cheers than boos|
More boos than cheers