Gluckometer, Atlanta: Fans Get Rowdy During Driver Introductions

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s lackluster qualifying performance left him behind several other drivers in the Gluckometer ratings this week.

The crowd always warms up and gets louder as drivers are introduced, so those toward the front of the field usually receive more noise than those in the back.

Typically, this hasn't affected Earnhardt Jr. But this week, it did.

Tony Stewart and even Mark Martin received more cheers than Earnhardt Jr., and the sport's most popular driver got only the fifth-most noise overall.

Is this a trend, or a one-week fluke? Stay tuned.

The ratings:

Driver      dB Type of Noise Comment/Explanation
1 Kyle Busch 89.3 Boos Fans not so loving to Rowdy
2 Tony Stewart 88.1 Cheers Media battles don't affect his image
3 Jimmie Johnson 88.0 Boos Weary of JJ, despite slump
4 Mark Martin 87.7 Cheers Sentimental favorite for many
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 87.1 Cheers Bad starting spot, crowd not warmed up
6 Carl Edwards 86.3 Mixed Return to the site of BradK flip
7 Ryan Newman 86.0 Cheers Outside pole position
8 Jeff Gordon 85.8 Mixed Reception depends on track
9 Kasey Kahne 85.3 Cheers Popular driver
10 Denny Hamlin 85.2 Cheers Pole position
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