Phoenix Crowd Noise Ratings: Fans Friendly To Most Drivers

Phoenix NASCAR fans seemed to be in a good mood on Sunday, offering more cheers than usual for drivers who normally get booed.

For example: Jimmie Johnson actually got a fair number of cheers to go along with his typical boos, and Jeff Gordon received mostly cheers instead of his usual 50/50 mix.

Who wasn't greeted as warmly? Kyle Busch led all drivers in noise and was observed to be the recipient of several Kyle-style finger salutes from the crowd (likely a regular occurrence, we just happened to be paying attention this week).

One note of interest: Though championship contenders Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick were both in the top five for most noise, points leader Denny Hamlin wasn't even in the top 10. For some reason, fans still don't get fired up about Hamlin one way or the other.

Of course, that could change after Homestead.

The full ratings from Phoenix:

Driver  dB Noise Comment/Explanation
1 Kyle Busch 93.9 Boos Some fans returned Kyle's 'salute'
T2 Jimmie Johnson 90.2 Mixed More cheers near West Coast
T2 Jeff Gordon 90.2 Cheers Warm reception for veteran
4 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 89.9 Cheers Bad quals spot, crowd wasn't warmed up
5 Kevin Harvick 89.1 Cheers Happy's fan base passionate out West
6 Mark Martin 87.7 Cheers Love for veteran driver
7 Tony Stewart 86.4 Cheers Smoke has gotten cheered all year
8 Carl Edwards 84.1 Cheers Pole-sitter's eventual win well-received
9 Juan Pablo Montoya 83.5 Boos Consistently booed everywhere
10 Ryan Newman 82.5 Cheers Veterans fare well at Phoenix
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