Trucks on break, but Crafton is busy

SANDUSKY, Ohio - The NASCAR Truck Series might be in the midst of a five-week break, but Matt Crafton is anything but idle. "I think I've been busier the last couple of weeks than if we were racing," said Crafton, the driver of the No. 88 ...

SANDUSKY, Ohio - The NASCAR Truck Series might be in the midst of a five-week break, but Matt Crafton is anything but idle.

"I think I've been busier the last couple of weeks than if we were racing," said Crafton, the driver of the No. 88 Menards/Enzyme Magic Chevrolet Silverado.

Last weekend, Crafton split his time between serving as a crew chief for one racing effort and as the spotter for another.

On Saturday, April 26, he served as crew chief for his wife, Jocelyn, as she raced in the hobby stock class at Sandusky (Ohio) Speedway. She finished fourth in her heat race and was running fourth in the feature event before transmission problems slowed her. She eventually retired from the event due to transmission failure.

"She really did well," Crafton said. "This was only the second time she's raced. We're not sure yet when she'll race again. Hopefully she'll get to run again in a couple of weeks. The way she's progressing, I think she has a chance to win a race soon."

On Sunday, April 27, Crafton worked as the spotter for Paul Menard in the ARCA RE/Max Series race at the Salem (Ind.) Speedway. Menard finished fourth in the event, his series debut.

"Paul did great," Crafton said. "He qualified second and led some of the early laps. He was in the top-five all day and finished fourth. He was the only guy in the top five that had never raced at Salem before."

Crafton returns to the driver's seat May 5-6 as the NASCAR Truck Series participates in a test session in Concord, N.C. The circuit makes its debut at the Charlotte-area track with the Hardee's 200 Friday, May 16.

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