Tony Stewart Wins NASCAR Championship, Race And Tops Homestead Gluckometer Rankings

Booming bass music from DJ Irie and gusty winds prevented an accurate reading from my decibel meter for the final race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway, forcing me to rely on the old-fashioned method: Ears.

One thing was for certain, though: Tony Stewart had the most noise in pre-race introductions, even more than Dale Earnhardt Jr.

At the time, I remember thinking I'd be writing this final Gluckometer post with the headline: "Tony Stewart Tops Noise Rankings But Loses Title."

Like many others, I guessed wrong.

The fans who contributed to the last Gluckometer ratings of the season were treated to one of the great championship races in NASCAR history. Here's how the drivers ranked:

Driver        dB Type of Noise Comment
1 Tony Stewart 10 Cheers Fans wanted a Smoke win
2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 9 Cheers Will win Most Popular again
T3 Carl Edwards 8.5 Cheers Cheers for then-points leader
T3 Kyle Busch 8.5 Boos Bad year to be a Busch
T5 Jimmie Johnson 8 Mix Final race in champ's reign
T5 Jeff Gordon 8 Cheers Boos have mostly faded
7 Mark Martin 7.5 Cheers Last full-time race
8 Kasey Kahne 7 Cheers Missing Chase hurt cheers
T9 Kevin Harvick 6 Mostly cheers Popular driver
T9 Juan Pablo Montoya 6 Mix Miami's local driver
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