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|