SWS: Matt Crafton, spotter for Souza

Crafton to spot for Souza in El Cajon. SANDUSKY, Ohio - Idle time won't lead to idle hands for Matt Crafton. While it's still more than a week until he returns to the track as a driver, Crafton will be participating in a NASCAR race this ...

Crafton to spot for Souza in El Cajon.

SANDUSKY, Ohio - Idle time won't lead to idle hands for Matt Crafton. While it's still more than a week until he returns to the track as a driver, Crafton will be participating in a NASCAR race this weekend.

He's headed to El Cajon, Calif. to work as the spotter for driver Todd Souza in the Coors Light 125 NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series (NFSS) race at the Cajon Speedway Saturday, April 5. Crafton is the 2000 champion of the NFSS.

"I worked with Todd as his spotter in the last race at Mesa Marin," Crafton said. "He drove a smart race and ended up fifth, his best finish there."

The Crafton/Souza relationship isn't new. While Crafton was winning the series championship in 2000, Souza earned the circuit's rookie of the year award. Crafton's team helped maintain Souza's Central Coast Cabinets Ford during that campaign.

"It's become more than just racing," Crafton said. "We've become friends. Todd and his wife, Kelly, were in our wedding last year when Jocelyn and I got married.

"It will be neat to go to El Cajon this weekend and be with them again. Todd has a shot at having a good run there, another top five."

Crafton knows what it takes to succeed at the Cajon Speedway. His first career NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series victory came at the track in 1998.

Crafton is in his third season as the driver of the No. 88 Menards/Enzyme Magic Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Truck Series. He's currently 14th in the series point standings. The NASCAR Truck Series continues with a race in Martinsville, Va. on Saturday, April 12.

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Series NASCAR , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Crafton