Typically, drivers are introduced to the crowd before a race in reverse order of how they qualified: The driver with the 43rd starting position comes out first, followed by 42nd, 41st and so on.
But at Homestead, NASCAR changed things up. It introduced the starting 43 drivers, but held out championship contenders Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin – saving them for last.
The result was Johnson getting the most crowd noise of anyone, and Hamlin getting what may have been his most noise of the season – even more than at his home track, Richmond.
Johnson even got a significant amount cheers to go along with his typical boos, perhaps a sign that some fans in attendance wanted to see history (he was showered with cheers after the race).
Here are the final Gluckometer ratings for this season:
Type of Noise
Got more cheers than usual; fans hoping to see history?
Fans not keen on seeng weekend sweep
Crowd not totally embracing Hamlin
A new favorite of old-school fans?
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Trumped by title contenders
A few boos mixed in with the cheers
Lower than usual this week
Juan Pablo Montoya
Even booed at his home track
Less noise than normal for popular veteran