Though a steady rain fell during driver introductions at Daytona, fans still provided plenty of noise to measure with our decibel meter.
And there was no surprise who received the most noise: Dale Earnhardt Jr., who won the Nationwide Series race in the No. 3 car a night earlier.
The loudest cheers of the night may have come after driver introductions, though: Fans in the stands went crazy when Kyle Busch wrecked (though we didn't measure it).
|Driver||dB||Type of Noise||Comment/Explanation|
|1||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||88.9||Cheers||Fans loved 3's win|
|2||Jimmie Johnson||88.2||Mix||Almost topped Dale Jr.|
|3||Kyle Busch||86.9||Boos||Heard cheers when he crashed|
|4||Jeff Gordon||85.3||Mix||Aggressiveness draws attention|
|5||Tony Stewart||84.8||Mix||Defending race winner|
|6||Mark Martin||83.9||Cheers||Fell out of Chase afterward|
|7||Carl Edwards||83.8||Cheers||Popular despite tough season|
|8||Jamie McMurray||83.4||Cheers||Daytona 500 winner|
|T9||Kasey Kahne||82.5||Cheers||Popular driver|
|T9||Kurt Busch||82.5||Boos||Recent cheers disappeared|