It should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed NASCAR for more than one week that Dale Earnhardt Jr. received the most cheers at Talladega – the capital of Junior Nation.
Just how popular is Dale Jr. at 'Dega? His winning margin in SB Nation's weekly noise meter was one of the largest of the season.
Runner-up Mark Martin was greeted with an even warmer reception than he gets at other tracks, perhaps indicating the Talladega fans have appreciation for the old-school drivers.
Here are the complete rankings:
|Driver||dB||Type of Noise||Comment/Explanation|
|1||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||85.9||Cheers||Was there any doubt?|
|2||Mark Martin||83.1||Cheers||Love for old-school driver|
|4||Jimmie Johnson||81.3||Boos||Boos louder as fifth title gets closer|
|5||Kyle Busch||81.0||Boos||Cool Truck win did little to change fans' opinions|
|6||Jeff Gordon||80.7||Mix||Actually heard some audible cheers...at Dega!|
|7||Juan Pablo Montoya||79.4||Boos||Pole-sitter|
|8||Michael Waltrip||79.2||Cheers||Fan favorite makes his return|
|9||Ryan Newman||79.1||Cheers||Warm reception at track that hasn't been kind to him|
|10||Kurt Busch||78.8||Boos||Busch Brother|