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."