At Homestead, Jimmie Johnson Wins In Both Championship And Crowd Noise

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:

Driver       dB Type of Noise Comment/Explanation
1 Jimmie Johnson 92.8 Mixed Got more cheers than usual; fans hoping to see history?
2 Kyle Busch 92.5 Boos Fans not keen on seeng weekend sweep
3 Denny Hamlin 91.6 Mixed Crowd not totally embracing Hamlin
4 Jeff Gordon 91.2 Cheers A new favorite of old-school fans?
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 89.3 Cheers Trumped by title contenders
6 Kasey Kahne 88.6 Cheers Pole-sitter
7 Kevin Harvick 87.6 Mixed A few boos mixed in with the cheers
8 Tony Stewart 87.3 Cheers Lower than usual this week
9 Juan Pablo Montoya 86.9 Boos Even booed at his home track
10 Mark Martin 86.7 Cheers Less noise than normal for popular veteran
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