Gluckometer: Measuring NASCAR Fan Reactions During Driver Introductions

Which drivers got the most cheers and boos last weekend? Our noise meter has the answers.

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Denny Hamlin Wobbles His Way Into Positive Fan Reaction At Bristol

When Denny Hamlin was first introduced to the crowd before Saturday night's NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway, there wasn't much more than a lukewarm reaction.

Hamlin asked the crowd for more noise, waving his hands to get them louder. Still, there wasn't much of a response.

And then? This happened (video found on YouTube):

Did you hear that? As Hamlin danced to V.I.C.'s "Wobble," the fans went nuts – and it gave Hamlin the second-most noise in this week's "Gluckometer" (which measures the volume of fan reaction in pre-race introductions).

No, it wasn't enough to topple the No. 1 noise-getter – Dale Earnhardt Jr., whose reception was as loud as if Peyton Manning had come back to play one more game for the Tennessee Vols.

Here's the top 10, as ranked by number of decibels (a big factor was what they said to the crowd):

Driver dB Type of Noise Comment
1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 102.1 Cheers NASCAR's version of The Beatles
2 Denny Hamlin 100.4 Shocked "gahhh" Wobble, baby, wobble
3 Kyle Busch 99.4 Boos To fans: "Who's ready to get ROWDY?"
4 Jeff Gordon 98.8 Mix To fans: "Thanks for all the support"
5 Tony Stewart 98.6 Cheers To fans: "Hi, I'm Dale Earnhardt Jr."
6 Jimmie Johnson 98.3 Mostly boos To fans: "I know you want to vote for me"
7 Brad Keselowski 95.7 Mix To fans: "Have some Miller Time on me"
8 Marcos Ambrose 94.7 Cheers To fans: "This is the best track in the world!"
9 Carl Edwards 92.7 Cheers To fans: "It's gonna be a wild one tonight"
10 Kevin Harvick 90.8 Cheers Came out to Dierks Bentley song

Some other notable comments to the crowd from drivers who didn't make the top 10:

• Travis Kvapil: "No. 93 in your programs, No. 1 in your hearts."

• Jason Leffler: "Let's get weird tonight."

• Landon Cassill: "I brought my boxing gloves, it's gonna get brutal out there."

RELATED: The full list of songs from Bristol's driver introductions

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At Daytona, Bill Elliott And Michael Waltrip Get Warm Reception From NASCAR Fans

The Gluckometer is back with another appearance this week after a nearly two-month hiatus.

It's been harder than usual to get accurate readings this season for a variety of reasons. Dover had Kenny Wallace announce the drivers, which didn't generate the typical noise; some tracks are using more bass music than in years past, which messes with the decibel meter; and some venues don't have the attendance they once did, which makes for crowd noise too low to measure.

But the circumstances were ideal at Daytona International Speedway last weekend, and so we're able to bring you another measurement of the fan reaction during driver introductions.

There were a couple surprises: Bill Elliott was fourth – ahead of even Tony Stewart, who ended up winning the race – and Michael Waltrip made the top 10 (tied with Carl Edwards) despite not driving many races this season.

Here are the complete rankings at Daytona, as measured with a decibel meter:

Driver dB Type of Noise
1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 89.4 Cheers
2 Kyle Busch 89.1 Boos
3 Jeff Gordon 88.4 Mostly cheers
4 Bill Elliott 86.8 Cheers
5 Tony Stewart 86.4 Cheers
6 Kevin Harvick 85.3 Cheers
7 Jimmie Johnson 84.9 Mix
T8 Carl Edwards 84.3 Cheers
T8 Michael Waltrip 84.3 Cheers
10 Kasey Kahne 83.9 Cheers

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At Darlington, Danica Patrick Receives Warm (And Loud) Welcome From NASCAR Fans

The Gluckometer returns this week for the third update of the season – but the first-ever edition that includes Danica Patrick.

Since the Daytona 500 driver introductions were held in the rain and few people were in the stands at the time, I wasn't able to get a good reading in Patrick's other Sprint Cup Series start.

But with ideal conditions at Darlington – no wind, loud fans and no pyrotechnics to mess up the decibel meter – I got some very accurate numbers.

How did Danica stack up against the rest of the Cup drivers? Here are the Gluckometer results from Darlington (and here's the background on this):

Driver dB Type of Noise Comment
1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 90.0 Cheers No surprise here
2 Kyle Busch 88.8 Boos Poor Mama Busch
3 Tony Stewart 88.6 Cheers Fans of sarcasm?
4 Danica Patrick 88.4 Mostly cheers Seeing immediate support
5 Jimmie Johnson 88.1 Mix But they cheered afterward
6 Jeff Gordon 87.7 Mostly cheers Still a few haters from the '90s
7 Mark Martin 87.0 Cheers Love for the veteran
8 Carl Edwards 85.7 Cheers Usually more of a mix
9 Juan Pablo Montoya 85.2 Boos Angry jet dryer supporters?
10 Kasey Kahne 85.1 Cheers Popular for entire career

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At Martinsville, Richard Petty And Trace Adkins Nearly Steal The Show

On a typical week, no one can come close to topping the noise for Dale Earnhardt Jr. or Kyle Busch during pre-race driver introductions.

But the combination of NASCAR royalty and a country music star nearly did just that on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway.

Richard Petty and Trace Adkins, who have an ongoing "battle" to decide which headache powder – Goody's or BC – is better, were introduced together prior to Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race and received a huge roar.

It was almost enough to topple Earnhardt Jr. and Busch, but ultimately the Petty/Adkins duo fell short.

Here's how we calculate the "Gluckometer," and here's the top 10 from Martinsville:

Driver dB Type of Noise Comment
1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 87.4 Cheers Like a rock star
2 Kyle Busch 87.1 Boos Fans still mad for...what?
3 R. Petty/T. Adkins 86.7 Cheers Combo received thunderous cheer
4 Jeff Gordon 85.6 Cheers 7-time M'ville winner
5 Carl Edwards 85.1 Mostly cheers Louder reaction than usual
6 Tony Stewart 84.9 Mix Usually gets all cheers
7 Jimmie Johnson 84.8 Boos Negative reception for JJ
8 Kevin Harvick 84.3 Mix Sounded like 50-50 split
9 Kasey Kahne 84.2 Cheers Pole-sitter
10 Denny Hamlin 83.0 Mix Virginia driver

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NASCAR At Phoenix: Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart Lead Noise Ratings

The boos for Kyle Busch were louder than the cheers for defending NASCAR champ Tony Stewart prior to Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix.

Busch earned the most attention from the crowd, even though he hasn't done anything lately to rile fans.

Pole-sitter Mark Martin – who always gets a good reception in Phoenix – was third, edging Dale Earnhardt Jr. for a podium spot.

Matt Kenseth made a rare appearance in the top 10 after his Daytona 500 win, and Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh grabbed the final position, thanks to fans showering him with the "Suuuuuuh" chant.

Here's the top 10 at Phoenix (and here's how we got these measurements):

Driver dB Type of Noise Comment
1 Kyle Busch 87.2 Boos Not fans of Ms. Brown M&M?
2 Tony Stewart 86.8 Cheers Lots of love for the champ
3 Mark Martin 86.4 Cheers Pole-sitter
4 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 86.3 Cheers Starting 30th hurt cheers
5 Jeff Gordon 85.4 Mix Defending race winner
6 Jimmie Johnson 85.2 Mix More cheers than usual
7 Matt Kenseth 84.5 Cheers First race since Daytona win
8 Juan Pablo Montoya 84.2 Boos Lots of jet dryer fans?
9 Kevin Harvick 83.7 Mix Usually gets all cheers
10 Ndamukong Suh 83.2 "Suuuuuuuh" Lions DT was grand marshal

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