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John Sturbin, Senior Writer

John Sturbin joined the staff of RacinToday.com after a 35-year career in the daily newspaper business, the last 12 as nationally recognized motorsports beat writer at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He was point-man for the paper’s expanded and award-winning motorsports coverage beginning in the mid-1990s, centered around NASCAR and IndyCar series events at Texas Motor Speedway. Sturbin covered his first Indianapolis 500 in 1980, and has staffed “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” every year since. He regularly has covered the National Hot Rod Association’s annual event at Texas Motorplex in Ennis since the mid-1980s. A native of Rome, N.Y., Sturbin first followed the careers of NASCAR Modified champions Richie Evans and Jerry Cook at Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, N.Y., as a fan before eventually covering both drivers as sports writer at The Daily Sentinel. While at The Sentinel, Sturbin began staffing Formula One’s annual autumn visit to Watkins Glen International during the mid-1970s. Since moving to Fort Worth in October 1978, he has covered Formula One events on street circuits in Dallas and Phoenix and at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sturbin’s international travels while covering professional boxing led to a freelance assignment staffing the 1989 24 Hours of Le Mans for The Associated Press. He also has authored freelance articles for numerous clients, including Texas Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway. John has served as a voting member of the Driver of the Year media panel since 1996, as well as various industry-related hall of fame selection committees. Sturbin received the prestigious Bloys Britt Award in motorsports, as judged by The Associated Press, for a feature on IndyCar icon A.J. Foyt Jr.’s rehabilitation from devastating foot and leg injuries. He also is a past recipient of the National Hot Rod Association’s Media Award. During his tenure at the Star-Telegram, Sturbin received numerous in-house awards for motorsports coverage, including Editorial Employee of the Month and Spot News Story of the Year for his report on the death of seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt in February 2001. In addition to his motorsports resume, Sturbin logged two stints covering the Dallas Cowboys as backup beat writer. He also has covered the NFL, Major League Baseball, NBA, NHL, NCAA football and basketball, World Gymnastics Championships and various high school and semi-pro sports. A graduate of Utica (N.Y.) College, Sturbin is a classic car and motorcycle enthusiast. He resides in Southwest Fort Worth.

Articles by John Sturbin

Dixon Departs; Al-Anabi Shake-Up Continues
Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011 – 7:57 | Comments Off
Dixon Departs; Al-Anabi Shake-Up Continues

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Larry Dixon has followed Del Worsham out the door at Alan Johnson Racing, leaving the Al-Anabi Racing team that has won the last two National Hot Rod Association Top Fuel world championships temporarily – and shockingly – without any drivers for the 2012 season.
The subject of rumors in various media [...]

Hagan Finally Overcame NHRA’s Irresistible Force
Friday, Dec 9, 2011 – 17:11 | Comments Off
Hagan Finally Overcame NHRA’s Irresistible Force

With his first NHRA Funny Car title in 2011, Matt Hagan joined an elite “Gang of Four” roll call of world champions operating outside the John Force Racing juggernaut.
Beginning with his first title in 1990, Force and respective former/current teammates Tony Pedregon and Robert Hight have captured 17 of 22 National Hot Rod Association Funny [...]

Tony Stewart And Friends Party Las Vegas Style
Saturday, Dec 3, 2011 – 12:35 | Comments Off
Tony Stewart And Friends Party Las Vegas Style

Accompanied by a “hot date” and 160 team employees, Tony Stewart celebrated his 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship Friday night with equal parts humor and humility.
Stewart, who clinched his third Cup trophy with a victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20, added a champion’s ring and a check for $5.8-million to his Champion’s [...]

Black Friday Dawns Brightly For Race Fans
Friday, Nov 25, 2011 – 10:35 | Comments Off
Black Friday Dawns Brightly For Race Fans

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It’s Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when normally rational Americans whip out their credit cards and spend like a drunken sailor. Or, maybe the rush to the nearest mall has more to do with escaping assorted family members who conveniently have confused your home with Extended Stay America.
Anyone for [...]

Krawiec Delivers For Harley-Davidson in 2011
Friday, Nov 25, 2011 – 8:53 | Comments Off
Krawiec Delivers For Harley-Davidson in 2011

By John Sturbin |Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
There is no debating the quarter-mile path to Eddie Krawiec’s second NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world championship was personally more satisfying than the first.
Unlike his 2008 title, Krawiec’s 2011 Full Throttle Drag Racing Series championship was stamped by the sense of accomplishment that only one-two-three-four national event victories can bring.
“Yes, it [...]

Top Fuel Champion Del Worsham Calls It Quits
Monday, Nov 21, 2011 – 20:24 | Comments Off
Top Fuel Champion Del Worsham Calls It Quits

Recently crowned National Hot Rod Association world champion Del Worsham joked last week that he did not feel like a “full-fledged Top Fuel driver,” one day after clinching his title during the 2011 season-ender at Pomona, Calif.
“I’m a little wider and heavier than most Top Fuel drivers,” Worsham said, “but I have a great crew [...]

Lotus Speeding Its Way Into IndyCar
Friday, Nov 18, 2011 – 9:14 | One Comment
Lotus Speeding Its Way Into IndyCar

Lotus Motorsport, a direct descendant of the company founded by Englishman Colin Chapman over 60 years ago, will partner as engine supplier to Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, Bryan Herta Autosport and HVM Racing for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season.
The partnership agreements announced Thursday during the Los Angeles Auto Show will enable the teams to [...]

F1 To Texas Promoters: Show Us The Money
Thursday, Nov 17, 2011 – 22:36 | Comments Off
F1 To Texas Promoters: Show Us The Money

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has given organizers of Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, one week to agree on a contract and produce a letter of credit guaranteeing payment of a $25-million sanctioning fee to stage the U.S. Grand Prix on Nov. 18, 2012.
Without a guarantee or letter [...]

Panther To Bring Back Hildebrand
Thursday, Nov 17, 2011 – 11:48 | Comments Off
Panther To Bring Back Hildebrand

Star-crossed JR Hildebrand – whose rookie IZOD IndyCar Series season featured an infamous crash and “battle scar” in the Indianapolis 500 and a less-publicized knee injury suffered during a media event in Texas – will continue to drive Panther Racing’s No. 4 National Guard entry in 2012 and 2013.
“I’m super-stoked that I’m going to be [...]

Updated: Austin F1 Track Suspends Construction
Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011 – 16:48 | Comments Off
Updated: Austin F1 Track Suspends Construction

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
(Editor’s note: The following story has been updated today by its author.)
Organizers of Circuit of The Americas, a $300-million motorsports/entertainment venue being developed in Austin, Texas, abruptly suspended construction Tuesday in a contract dispute involving promoter Full Throttle Productions LP and circuit officials.
Full Throttle Productions, headed by Austin businessman Tavo [...]