Dale Earnhardt Jr. Is (Of Course) Most Popular At Talladega; But Who Was Second?

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
3 Tony Stewart 82.7 Cheers Popular
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
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