Who Got More Noise At Talladega: Auburn Coach Gene Chizik Or Dale Earnhardt Jr.?

There's plenty of passion in Alabama for both football and NASCAR – but which was king at Talladega Superspeedway?

The two sports went head-to-head in driver introductions when Auburn head coach Gene Chizik was introduced to the crowd as the grand marshal for the Aaron's 499.

Chizik, whose team won the national championship last season, received a ton of noise – boos from Alabama fans, cheers from Auburn fans. In consulting with a couple of others, we determined it was about a 50-50 mix.

But the passion worked up for Chizik's intro still wasn't anything close to the noise level for the top two NASCAR drivers: Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon ruled the day. Considering it was Talladega, that's ultimately no surprise.

Another football-related reaction was for Michael Waltrip. Typically a fan favorite and always cheered, Waltrip actually heard a decent amount of boos. Why? Because he was driving the Auburn car, so Crimson Tide fans didn't feel like showing him any love.

One notable drop on this week's list: Kyle Busch didn't get as much noise as usual. This holds with our theory that when a driver has a poor qualifying effort, the crowd isn't quite prepared or warmed up when he's introduced (it's happened several times with Earnhardt Jr.).

Here are the results for this week (ranked in order of decibels measured by our handheld noise meter):

Name        dB Type of Noise Explanation
1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 85.7 Cheers What else did you expect at 'Dega?
2 Jeff Gordon 85.3 Mostly cheers A few holdouts still booed
3 Gene Chizik 83.9 Mix Auburn coach incites fan passion
4 Jimmie Johnson 83.7 Mostly boos Little love for eventual race winner
5 Mark Martin 83.1 Cheers Veteran always showered with cheers
6 Tony Stewart 82.7 Cheers Not a boo to be heard
7 Trevor Bayne 82.4 Cheers Bayne the new Kahne with ladies?
8 Kyle Busch 82.1 Boos Too far back in qualifying; crowd not warmed up
9 Carl Edwards 81.5 Mostly cheers They still remember Carl's 'Dega flight
10 Michael Waltrip 81.3 Mix First boos ever for Mikey?
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