The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has reached the halfway point of its 2015 regular season. That means it's time to hand out midterm report cards for teams in the top 20 in the points.
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Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
Grade: B. Quietly, the Ganassi outfit is putting together a pretty good season, with Jamie McMurray seventh in points and 20th-place Kyle Larson coming off his best finish of the year, a third at Dover International Speedway.
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Furniture Row Racing
Grade: A. Although Martin Truex Jr. is still hunting that elusive first victory of the season, he's second in points on the basis of top-10 finishes in 12 of 13 points races so far this year.
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Grade: A+. Not much debate here. As a team, Hendrick Motorsports has the most victories with five -- four by Jimmie Johnson and one by Dale Earnhardt Jr. All four Hendrick drivers are in the top nine in points and all would make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup if the season ended today.
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Joe Gibbs Racing
Grade: B+. This is a hard team to grade. JGR was woeful at the start of the year but fast lately. None of the team's four drivers is in the top 10 in points, but Matt Kenseth (11th), Denny Hamlin (14th) and Carl Edwards (16th) have all won races. The return of Kyle Busch will help, too.
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Michael Waltrip Racing
Grade: C-. Honestly, MWR has been one of the more disappointing teams of 2015, with Clint Bowyer 17th in points and new-kid-on-the-team David Ragan 23rd. Bowyer, who finished second in the championship in 2012, hasn't finished better than seventh in a single race this year.
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Richard Childress Racing
Grade: C+. The more things change, the more they remain the same. RCR drivers Paul Menard (12th) and Ryan Newman (13th) are on the periphery of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, but neither has been a consistent threat to win. Austin Dillon is having a disappointing sophomore season, mired in 24th in points. This team hasn't won a race since November 2013.
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Richard Petty Motorsports
Grade: C+. So far, Aric Almirola has been a model of consistency, having completed 4,316 of a possible 4,321 laps run this season. That's why he's 10th in points despite just a single top-10 finish. He partner Sam Hornish Jr. is 25th in points and struggling to get untracked.
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Grade: B+. File this one under "best of times, worst of times." Kevin Harvick leads the points, has nine top-two finishes and stands a strong chance of repeating as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. Despite missing the first three races of the season, Kurt Busch has won a race and is 15th in points. Danica Patrick has improved and is up to 18th in the standings, but Tony Stewart is way back in 28th and dragging the team's grade down.
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GRADE: A-. Both Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski already have won races, with Logano currently fourth in the points and Keselowski sixth. Logano has been particularly stout, winning the season-opening Daytona 500 and already registering six top-five and nine top-10 finishes in the first 13 races.
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Roush Fenway Racing
Grade: D. Put bluntly, Roush Fenway Racing is the most disappointing of the high profile teams. Once a championship quality team, Roush's only driver in the top 20 in points right now is Greg Biffle in 19th. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is 27th, four spots ahead of Trevor Bayne. Ouch.