Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Martinsville Crowd Reaction Indicator Of Another Most Popular Driver Win?

In one month, the NMPA/Wheaties Fuel Most Popular Driver Award will be presented at a ceremony in Las Vegas.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has won the last eight MPD awards and is going for his ninth straight (the record is 10 in a row). So does his recent success in the Gluckometer Ratings bode well for another MPD award?

Junior Nation was the loudest once again on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, where the cheers for Earnhardt Jr. got more noise than the boos for Kyle Busch.

Earnhardt Jr. and Busch have gotten the most noise in the vast majority of weeks this season (we measure the crowd reaction before most races with a handheld decibel meter).

Here are the Martinsville ratings:

Driver        dB Type of Noise Comment
1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 91.6 Cheers No surprise there
2 Kyle Busch 89.1 Boos Boos persist despite quiet Chase
3 Jimmie Johnson 88.9 Mostly boos JJ's reign nearing end
4 Jeff Gordon 88.7 Mix Fans cheered he passed for lead
5 Carl Edwards 88.3 Mostly cheers Points leader, pole-sitter
6 Mark Martin 86.8 Cheers Lots of love for the vet
7 Kevin Harvick 86.6 Cheers "Home" track
8 Tony Stewart 85.6 Cheers Lower than usual for some reason
T9 Juan Pablo Montoya 85.5 Boos Will JPM ever win fans over?
T9 Denny Hamlin 85.5 Cheers Virginia native
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