New season, same Dale Earnhardt Jr. Prior to the 2011 Daytona 500, the "Gluckometer" (a fan measurement of crowd noise using a decibel meter) recorded the sport's most popular driver getting the most overall cheers today.
Kyle Busch was second – he received all boos, as usual – but there was a huge gap between Busch and third-place Jimmie Johnson (somewhat surprising).
Johnson and the rest of the top 10 drivers were relatively closely bunched together. For some reason, the crowd wasn't quite as loud as we expected.
Maybe they just needed to get warmed up for the start of the season.
|Driver||dB||Type of Noise||Comment/Explanation|
|1||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||89.4||Cheers||Dale dominates Daytona decibels|
|2||Kyle Busch||86.8||Boos||New season, but Kyle still villain to fans|
|3||Jimmie Johnson||83.1||Boos||No love for five-time|
|T4||Jeff Gordon||82.8||Mixed||Still a divisive figure for fans|
|T4||Jamie McMurray||82.8||Cheers||Defending Daytona 500 champ|
|6||Michael Waltrip||82.7||Cheers||Sentimental favorite|
|7||Kasey Kahne||82.6||Cheers||A lot of new Red Bull fans|
|8||Tony Stewart||82.5||Cheers||Smoke's supporters show up|
|9||Carl Edwards||82.3||Mostly cheers||Some still haven't forgiven him for BradK wrecks|
|10||Mark Martin||82.1||Cheers||Not as many cheers as usual for veteran|