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|