May 15, 2022; Kansas City, Kansas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch (45) celebrates on victory lane after winning the AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Amy Kontras-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Jordan is in his second year as a NASCAR team owner and despite the issues that come from being a new team, he’s been somewhat successful. Along with Denny Hamlin, 23XI Racing won its first race last year as Bubba Wallace won a rain-shortened Talladega race.

Expanding to a two-car team in 2022, the team added Cup Series champion Kurt Busch and the Chicago sports fan made quick work getting into victory lane, winning at Kansas in an Air Jordan sponsored Toyota.

On top of the win and getting in a position to make the playoffs, Kurt got an added bonus with the victory. Talking with ESPN’s Marty Smith back in February, Kurt revealed that he had a Michael Jordan rookie card that he gave to MJ to sign but instead of getting it back, he told his car owner to keep the card and “when we win together, I get it back.”

“Here’s the deal I made with MJ. I said, ‘You sign this but you keep it, and when we win together, I get it back.’ He says, ‘Deal.’”

It took until May but not only did Kurt get the win, he’s going to get his Jordan rookie card back with MJ’s autograph. Not a bad day on the track.


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