NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Johnny Sauter has a new number this year, switching from No. 13 to the No. 98 just prior to the start of the 2013 season. And along with that new number, it would seem that the driver behind the wheel of that renumbered 98 ThorSport Racing Toyota is a new man, of sorts, at least when it comes to the start of this season compared to 2012.
Here it is, well into April, and the Truck Series has only taken to the track twice so far this year, with races at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, and Sauter already has two wins on the season. Yes, Sauter is two-for-two early on in 2013.
“Two for two starting out,” Sauter said in victory lane following Saturday’s win at Martinsville. “This is amazing.”
The feat of two wins in two races is, indeed, amazing, especially considering that there probably aren’t any two tracks on the circuit more different than Daytona and Martinsville and also taking into consideration Sauter’s somewhat lackluster season in 2012.
Sauter won two races, total, over the course of the entire 2012 season — the same number of wins he already has after just two races in 2013. That is, indeed, a pretty good number in a series that only ran 22 races last year. But, still, Sauter finished ninth in points in 2012, following a 2011 season in which he was series runner-up.
I’m not suspecting that Sauter’s superstitious. He may be, but then again, he may not. Maybe it’s just a coincidence that the best-as-possible start to a season comes on the heels of dumping the No. 13, a number notoriously considered by many to be bad luck.
By that, I don’t mean to imply that Sauter’s two wins this early in 2013 should be attributed to luck. What I’m wondering is if it’s possible for his misfortune last year to be attributed to bad luck brought forth by unlucky No. 13.
Besdies, as I’ve mentioned several times already, the 2013 season is only two races old. Who knows what’ll happen over the course of the rest of the season? Also worth nothing — that second-place season in 2011 also came from behind the wheel of the No. 13.
There’s probably, really, nothing to the whole luck thing — good or bad. Luck is probably just something that manifests itself in our head. It’s just something to ponder.