Tony Stewart Gets Loud, Positive Fan Reaction At Daytona International Speedway

Tony Stewart's anti-blocking actions and comments at Infineon Raceway did nothing to detract from his image with NASCAR fans. In fact, it may have enhanced it.

Stewart received the second-most crowd noise in this week's Gluckometer, the highest rating since he topped the ratings at Texas. The ratings are based on decibel readings from a handheld decibel meter used when drivers are introduced to the crowd before the race.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. got the most noise of any driver – it is Daytona, after all – and Kyle Busch dropped to fourth this week. The crowd wasn't as vocal as usual for Busch, likely because his qualifying position was so far back (the fans get louder as drivers closer to the pole position are introduced).

One of the biggest surprises: The fans had a very subdued reaction for five-time champ Jimmie Johnson. We're not sure why that was the case.

Here are the full noise ratings from Daytona International Speedway:

Driver        dB Type of Noise Explanation
1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 89.9 Cheers It's Daytona. Duh.
2 Tony Stewart 87.8 Cheers Approval for Sonoma actions?
3 Jeff Gordon 87.6 Cheers Gordon's thoughts on the subject
4 Kyle Busch 86.5 Boos Crowd wasn't warmed up yet
5 Carl Edwards 86.0 Cheers Night went south after this
6 Kevin Harvick 84.1 Cheers Fans had ingested many Buds by this time
T7 Trevor Bayne 84.0 Cheers Daytona 500 winner returns
T7 Mark Martin 84.0 Cheers Pole-sitter
T9 Jimmie Johnson 82.9 Mostly cheers Very mild reaction; not sure why
T9 David Reutimann 82.9 Cheers Cheers for Florida driver
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