FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2018, file photo, Kurt Busch celebrates after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race, in Bristol, Tenn. Kurt Busch arrived at Phoenix this weekend feeling like he was holding a full house.
The Las Vegas native is coming off a second consecutive top-five run, this time at his home track, and felt as if his Chip Ganassi Racing team _ and their Chevrolet power plants _ were finally catching up to the Ford and Toyota teams that have dominated the early part of the Cup season. To top it off, his No. 1 team announced Friday, March 8, 2019, a new sponsorship deal with Global Poker, one of the world’s leading online gaming sites _ no small news when motorsports backing is hard to find.(AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)