LUBBOCK, Texas – The Hi-Plains Building Division team owned by Leighton Crouch has a half dozen drivers lined up to compete during the 35th annual Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout next month.
Brenham Crouch and Jake Hagopian will be doing double duty by competing in multiple classes during the marquee event, held Jan. 1-4 inside the River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Okla.
Joey Starnes, John Binz, Hayden Baughman and Carson Reutzel will each tackle one division apiece.
“I’d like every car to make the A Main,” Leighton Crouch said. “Everybody really has a shot. I’d like for Jake to go back to back, but obviously with so many cars the competition is going to be fierce. It’s a prestige thing. If you win a driller it propels you to want to win more and do bigger things. It brings out the fight in everybody to try to get to that point.”
Hagopian led the team to its first driller during the 2019 edition of the marquee event when he claimed the Winged ‘A’ Class title.
“We ended the race second, but the driver in first was disqualified,” Crouch said. “We were declared the winner, but we want to win it outright this time.”
Hagopian will defend his title in the Winged ‘A’ Class and he will also compete in the Winged Outlaw division.
Brenham Crouch is set to race in the Winged ‘A’ Class and Restricted ‘A’ Class divisions.
The Tulsa Shootout will kick off a busy year for he and team manager Joey Starnes, as both drivers will race full time with the Lucas Oil National Open Wheel 600 Series presented by Hi-Plains Building Division.
“Brenham earned multiple national and regional wins last season so we’re excited for what 2020 entails,” Leighton Crouch said. “And Joey is a huge part of our team. He manages our racing program and has been a successful driver, picking up several victories in 2019. John Binz will run a limited schedule next year so we’re excited to have him running the Tulsa Shootout, too.
“John does a great job as our crew chief year-round so he’s also a big part of the team.”
Starnes and Binz will both invade the Winged ‘A’ Class division.
Baughman will be in the Restricted ‘A’ Class category and Reutzel in the Junior Sprint class.
“We’re glad to have Hayden, who is Josh Baughman’s son, along with Aaron Reutzel’s son, Carson, a part of our team as well,” Crouch said. “The expectation for the team is to do well, but also to have a fun week at one of the biggest events in short-track racing.”