Will the No. 13 be Kyle Busch's Biggest Downfall for the 2010 Season?

Sal Sigala Jr.Senior Analyst IDecember 18, 2009

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 21:  Kyle Busch (R), driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, talks with crew chief Dave Rogers in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2009 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
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Kyle Busch the gambler? It does sound kind of odd that a driver who was born and raised in a city that is world famous for its gambling adventures, would even consider taking a chance that fate would take away from him the way it has done so many people who have stepped through the doors of the unknown.

I’m sure Busch has heard, and probably witnessed with his own eyes just how brutal fate can be, especially when you put it all the line in hopes of getting a chance to taste the fruits of success. 

Busch, who just became the Camping World Truck series newest owner, is taking a gamble that his team will be successful both on and off the track, along with gambling that his reputation won’t get tarnished any further.

The gamble that we see here, is a type that has put the odds in this young owners hands, since it is he who has control of how his season will play out.

Whether he wins or loses, he alone can wipe the slate clean of the childish behavior that he was quick to let the fans know about whenever things didn’t go his way.

Busch will be gambling race after race that his team will meet his expectations, and that in turn will dictate the attitude that he walks away with which we already know can go either way.

Now there is another type of gamble that Busch has already taken on probably without knowing about it, and its one that is completely out of his hands. The gamble is one that is as mysterious as the chase itself, and so far to date it has yet to be beaten.

It carries a perfect 100 percent success rate, with the odds highly stacked against any driver who chooses to play this game of chance.

Six drivers to date have already fallen victim, which makes Busch No. 7 to try his luck at beating the odds when the chase begins next season.

The number 13 has very rich history of brining bad luck to those who come in contact with it, especially around the town where Busch grew up.

This past season Busch took his chances with the No. 13, while playing the odds that one driver was able to battle back from the 13th unlucky spot with two races remaining, while earning the privilege to do battle for the Sprint Cup Championship.

Busch was snake bitten and left out of the post season party where he would eventually finish in that unlucky No. 13 spot, the same spot that cost him his chance at to do battle for his first cup championship.

Just how safe is finishing 13th at the end of the season, knowing that this unlucky number is waiting in the shadows for its next victim?

Maybe Busch hasn’t taken the time to look at the past history of the chase, or he feels that he is invincible against any type of myth that might come between him and the shiny piece of hardware.

After all he just won the 2009 Nationwide championship, which also came with a very low success rate of becoming a cup champion.

In the 27 year history of the Busch/Nationwide series, Bobby Labonte has been the only driver that has won a championship in Nationwide series (1991), and the Sprint cup series (2000). First off to become a cup champion, a driver first has to make the chase in order to have that chance.

Kyle Thomas Busch might have sealed his own fate for the 2010 season as far as his championships dreams are concerned, because you see during the six year span of the chase, not one driver who has finished in that unlucky No. 13 spot in the standings has ever made the chase the following year.

Only time will tell if Busch, who grew up in Las Vegas, has learned anything about gambling.


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