With the way NASCAR fans react to Kyle Busch, this was somewhat predictable.
Busch received the most noise during driver introductions at Dover International Speedway, as measured by our handheld decibel meter – but only boos could be heard. Many fans apparently sided with Kevin Harvick in the drivers' incident at Darlington Raceway, which ended with both on probation.
It seems that when Busch stays out of the spotlight for a few weeks, Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets the most noise when drivers are introduced to the crowd. But if Busch does anything controversial, he riles up the fans like no other driver.
Worth noting: The noise was quieter than other tracks because Dover has the drivers announce themselves to the crowd. This doesn't make for much of a pre-race atmosphere, since many drivers just walk up to the microphone, flatly state their name and move on.
Here are the noise ratings this week, ranked in order of which driver's crowd noise measured the most decibels:
|Driver||dB||Type of Noise||Explanation|
|1||Kyle Busch||83.3||Boos||Dover fans apparently sided with Harvick|
|2||Jeff Gordon||81.4||Mix||Sponsor DuPont's backyard|
|3||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||80.9||Cheers||Fans a bit more subdued than usual|
|4||Mark Martin||80.2||Cheers||He loves Dover; Dover fans love him|
|5||Kevin Harvick||79.9||Mostly cheers||Apparently won PR battle with Kyle Busch|
|6||Tony Stewart||79.5||Cheers||Was highlight of Stewart's miserable day|
|7||Denny Hamlin||78.6||Cheers||Higher than normal|
|8||Jimmie Johnson||78.4||Boos||Bizarrely low; sounded louder, but decibel meter disagreed|
|9||Martin Truex Jr.||78.3||Cheers||Friendly fans at home track|
|10||Juan Pablo Montoya||78.1||Boos||No love for JPM|