Ifan Forum:/I Most Improved Driver

Who do you think was the most improved driver and who was the biggest disappointment this season?

Post your choice on the RacingOne message boards in this week's first installment of Fan Forum 2004. We will then tally the votes and post them next week in the first annual RacingOne Fan Awards.

Who do you think was the most improved driver in 2004?

Elliott Sadler (2003 points finish-22nd): gets my pick for most improved driver of 2004 and the numbers speak for itself. His "Chase for the Championship" hopes might have gone down the drain after Martinsville in October, but Sadler and the M&M's team definitely earned their ninth-place spot in the final standings after a excellent 2004 in only his second season with Robert Yates Racing. Sadler scored career highs this year with two wins, eight top-fives and 14 top-10's. He also got the year off to a great start at Daytona winning the Gatorade 125 and the outside pole for the "Great American Race."

Runnerup - Jamie McMurray (2003 points finish-13th): If not for a 25-point penalty at Bristol for failing to meet the X-measurement of the rear window, McMurray would of made the "Chase for the Championship", better yet he could of finished fourth in the final standings. McMurray, who did not reach Victory Lane in 2004, but posted 23 top-10's, would have also made the top-10 by finishing seventh if the old points system were still in place. He will now have to settle for the 11th-place $1 million bonus that he will collect on Friday.

Who is your pick? Is it Sadler, McMurray, Champion Kurt Busch, Mark Martin, Casey Mears or someone else? Post your pick HERE

Which driver was the biggest disappointment in 2004?

This question opens the doors to a bunch of names, even some who made the top-10, but I'm going to say Kevin Harvick was the biggest disappointment this season. Harvick, who finished a career-best fifth in the standings in 2003, failed to reach Victory Lane and the top-10 in the standings in 2004. He has now gone 51 races since his last win in the 2003 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This season he posted 14 top-10 finishes and no poles. On the bright side, next season I think Harvick will continue his trend of participating every other year in the awards banquet as he will return to the top-10 starting with a win at Daytona.

Post your pick HERE for which driver was the biggest disappointment in 2004.

You can also email your vote to: jeff.wackerlin@rmg3.com

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