Gluckometer: Crowd Noise Rankings During Driver Introductions

Each week, SB Nation brings you the "Gluckometer" rankings: A semi-scientific measurement of NASCAR driver popularity.

Typically, I use a decibel meter (sound-measuring device) to rank the crowd noise during driver introductions. The higher the decibels, the higher the ranking.

At Phoenix, however, the decibel meter couldn't overcome the loud bass music being played as drivers were being introduced. So I had to use the old-fashioned decibel meter: My ears.

Something strange happened, though – for the most part, all I heard was cheers. Jimmie Johnson – who typically gets booed – got mostly cheers. Even Kyle Busch, who is usually the most booed of them all, got a 50/50 mix of cheers and boos.

The explanation for this? All I can say is that everyone in Phoenix was in a great mood.

On a 1-10 scale (10 being the loudest), here's how the top 10 drivers in noise ranked at Phoenix:

Driver    Noise Type of Noise Comment/Explanation
1 Kyle Busch 9 Cheer/boo mix Most cheers ever for Kyle?
T2 Tony Stewart 8.5 Cheers Phoenix loves Smoke
T2 Carl Edwards 8.5 Cheers Pole-sitter
T4 Jimmie Johnson 8 Mostly cheers Close to home state
T4 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 8 Cheers Low qualifying spot, fans not warmed up
T6 Mark Martin 7.5 Cheers Sentimental favorite
T6 Jeff Gordon 7.5 Cheers Eventual race winner well-received
8 Trevor Bayne 7 Cheers Daytona 500 winner
9 Kevin Harvick 6 Cheers Long history in Phoenix
10 JJ Yeley 5 Cheers Hometown guy
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