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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

INDYCAR Introduces New Engine
Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 – 9:25 | Comments Off
INDYCAR Introduces New Engine

Engine regulations designed to create a “level playing field” for the IZOD IndyCar Series’ various manufacturers through the 2016 season were released by INDYCAR officials on Friday.
Consumer-relevant, 2.2-liter, direct-injected turbocharged V-6 engines supplied by Chevrolet, Honda and Lotus will make their competitive debuts in five weeks at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on [...]

Texas F1 Track On Pace
Sunday, Feb 12, 2012 – 18:45 | Comments Off
Texas F1 Track On Pace

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Despite nearly two inches of winter rain this month, excavation work at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, continues on-pace for the facility scheduled to play host to its inaugural Formula One United States Grand Prix in November.
“We are good. We are locked down and focused on our target [...]

Coughlin Ends Hiatus, Climbs Back Into Pro Stock
Sunday, Feb 12, 2012 – 8:55 | Comments Off
Coughlin Ends Hiatus, Climbs Back Into Pro Stock

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
His self-imposed exile over, four-time world champion Jeg Coughlin is eager to re-introduce himself to the current players in NHRA’s Pro Stock wars.
“I got to sit on the sidelines and watch the action for the season,” said Coughlin, who chose not to compete in the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series [...]

Force May Turn To Top Fuel, Another Daughter
Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012 – 8:42 | One Comment
Force May Turn To Top Fuel, Another Daughter

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
John Force Racing will chase the NHRA Funny Car world championship with a four-car Ford Mustang lineup in 2012, a season featuring Courtney Force’s highly anticipated nitro debut.
But team-owner John Force, a 15-time Funny Car world champion, says as many as two Top Fuel cars – driven by daughters Brittany [...]

Sturbin: Evans Was The Dean Of Modified Drivers
Sunday, Jan 22, 2012 – 8:06 | 6 Comments
Sturbin: Evans Was The Dean Of Modified Drivers

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
ROME, N.Y. – There is a James Dean-like fascination with the life and times and death of NASCAR Modified champion Richie Evans here in his hometown, where “The Rapid Roman” is remembered as a complex country boy who was too fast to live, too young to die.
Winner of nine NASCAR [...]

Sturbin: Ten Big Memories From 2011 Season
Sunday, Jan 1, 2012 – 10:28 | One Comment
Sturbin: Ten Big Memories From 2011 Season

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Completely sober when the ball in New York City’s Times Square dropped – and failed to land anywhere close to Lady Gaga – I admit to immediately clicking over to ESPN to watch extreme sports dudes Robbie Maddison and Levi LaVallee ring-in 2012 via record-setting ramp-to-ramp jumps on a motorcycle [...]

Langdon To Drive For Al-Anabi
Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011 – 16:43 | Comments Off
Langdon To Drive For Al-Anabi

Shawn Langdon has joined Al-Anabi Racing, one day after three-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion Larry Dixon’s abrupt departure following a successful three-year tenure.
Langdon begins his Al-Anabi Racing employment immediately with the team owned by His Highness Sheik Khalid al Thani of Qatar and managed by Alan Johnson in Brownsburg, Ind.
“This is probably one of [...]

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 [...]