Midterm report cards: Grading your favorite drivers through the first half of 2015 Tom Jensen @tomjensen100 Oct 20, 2016 at 4:47p ET Grading on the curve With 18 of 36 races complete, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has reached the mid-point, and that means it’s time for Midterm Report Cards. Check out this gallery to see how your favorite driver did. Sean Gardner AJ Allmendinger, C- The ‘Dinger posted top-10 finishes in two of the first three races of the season, but hasn’t finished better than 20th in the last seven races. Getty Images Matt Sullivan Aric Almirola, C An OK season so far for Almirola, who has finished in the top 15 in 10 of his 18 starts. Getty Images Sean Gardner Trevor Bayne, D The entire Roush Fenway Racing team has struggled. Bayne didn’t get his first top-10 finish this year until race No. 15 at Michigan. Getty Images Daniel Shirey Greg Biffle, D More proof of Roush Fenway Racing’s woes: Aside from a runner-up finish in the Coca-Cola 600, Biffle has just one other top-10 finish this season. Chris Graythen Clint Bowyer, C Bowyer hasn’t forgotten how to drive, but he hasn’t had fast race cars in 2015, although his performance has picked up in recent weeks. Getty Images Daniel Shirey Kurt Busch, A Once his off-track problems went away, the elder Busch turned up the wick and won at Richmond and Michigan. A legitimate championship contender. NASCAR via Getty Images Sean Gardner Kyle Busch, A With victories in two of the last three races, Busch the younger is the hottest driver in NASCAR right now. But will he make the Chase? NASCAR via Getty Images Matt Sullivan Austin Dillon, C- The one time Dillon finished better than 10th this year, he wound up in the Daytona catchfence in the wee hours of the morning. Getty Images Jared C. Tilton Dale Earnhardt Jr., A It’s been quite a year on and off track for Junior, who won twice on restrictor-plate tracks and proposed to longtime girlfriend Amy Reimann in a German church. NASCAR via Getty Images Chris Trotman Carl Edwards, C While Edwards won the Coca-Cola 600 on a fuel-mileage gamble, he’s 17th in points with only three top-10 finishes. NASCAR via Getty Images Sarah Crabill Jeff Gordon, C After coming close to making the Championship Round of the Chase last year, Gordon has struggled to come to grips with the new NASCAR aero platform. NASCAR via Getty Images Jeff Zelevansky Denny Hamlin, B More good news than bad for Hamlin, who already has a victory and five top-five finishes. But he also has seven finishes outside the top 20. NASCAR via Getty Images Nick Laham Kevin Harvick, A The defending Sprint Cup champion leads the series in points, top fives, top 10s and laps led. One of the favorites to win it all. Getty Images Chris Graythen Jimmie Johnson, A The six-time champion has four race victories in the powerhouse No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. No one else has won more than twice. NASCAR via Getty Images Jeff Zelevansky Kasey Kahne, C Although he still stands a good shot at making the Chase, Kahne is lowest in points of the four Hendrick drivers and has rarely contended for victories. Getty Images Ed Zurga Matt Kenseth, B Steady as always, Kenseth has finished in the top six in five of the last eight races. He could be a threat by year-end. NASCAR via Getty Images Todd Warshaw Brad Keselowski, B- Honestly, Keselowski’s been a bit of a disappointment. He won at Auto Club Speedway by leading just the last lap, but he hasn’t had a top-five finish since Texas. Getty Images Jared C. Tilton Kyle Larson, C- After generating tremendous buzz as a rookie, Larson hasn’t done much this year, when he’s been outrun by teammate Jamie McMurray. NASCAR via Getty Images Sarah Crabill Joey Logano, A The season began with Logano winning the Daytona 500 and he hasn’t slowed down since, posting four top fives in the last five races. Chris Trotman Jamie McMurray, B+ After the first two races of the season, McMurray was 32nd in points. But largely on the basis of consistency, he’s climbed all the way to seventh. NASCAR via Getty Images Daniel Shirey Casey Mears, B- Considering that he drives for a small, single-car team, Mears should be pleased to be 20th in points. That’s better than some of the big dogs in the sport. Getty Images Jeff Zelevansky Paul Menard, B+ Although it hasn’t been a great year for Richard Childress Racing, Menard is highest in points (13th) of any of the team’s drivers. NASCAR via Getty Images Jeff Zelevansky Ryan Newman, B- Last year, Newman damn near snuck in and won the championship. This year, he hasn’t seemed like much of a threat at all. NASCAR via Getty Images Brian Lawdermilk Danica Patrick, C Two early top-10 finishes were cause for optimism among Patrick’s fans. Lately, though, good results have been hard to come by. NASCAR via Getty Images Sean Gardner David Ragan, C This year’s super-sub, Ragan has filled in respectably for both Kyle Busch and Brian Vickers. Getty Images Jerry Markland Tony Stewart, D- Arguably the most disappointing driver this year is three-time Sprint Cup champion Stewart, who is a woeful 28th in points. NASCAR via Getty Images Jeff Zelevansky Martin Truex Jr., A The breakout star of 2015 is Truex, who opened the year with 14 top-10 finishes in the first 15 races, including a victory at Pocono. NASCAR via Getty Images Jeff Zelevansky Next Gallery 20 Celebrate National Burger Day with these paint schemes Start Gallery » FOX Fantasy Auto Form a Racing Team, Compete for Prizes Play Now!