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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

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 [...]

Kenny Bernstein Announces Retirement, Folds Team
Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011 – 13:40 | 2 Comments
Kenny Bernstein Announces Retirement, Folds Team

Six-time NHRA world champion Kenny Bernstein has closed the book on his career as a competitor and Top Fuel team-owner, leaving son Brandon as a free-agent heading into the 2012 season.
“My wife Sheryl and I have come to a place in our lives where we want to pursue other interests,” Bernstein said in a statement [...]

NHRA Honors Champs, Arana Jr.
Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011 – 9:55 | Comments Off
NHRA Honors Champs, Arana Jr.

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Hector Arana Jr., newly crowned as the National Hot Rod Association’s Rookie of the Year, intends to show his peers “who’s boss” in the two-wheel class during 2012.
Arana Jr., son of the 2009 PSM world champion, received a $20,000 check as winner of the Automobile Club [...]

Mars Parks Kyle Busch
Friday, Nov 11, 2011 – 8:10 | One Comment
Mars Parks Kyle Busch

Mars, Inc., has disassociated itself from NASCAR driver Kyle Busch for the remaining two Sprint Cup Series races of the 2011 season, removing the paint scheme of primary sponsor M&M’S® from the No. 18 Toyota Camry until 2012.
The decision is the latest fallout from Busch’s actions during a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at [...]

Pro Stock Clinched At Pomona, But Not Much Else
Thursday, Nov 10, 2011 – 18:11 | Comments Off
Pro Stock Clinched At Pomona, But Not Much Else

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Jason Line’s victory party after clinching his second NHRA Pro Stock world championship lasted about as long as it took to clear security at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas for his return flight to Charlotte, N.C.
“Well, we took the redeye home,” said Line, who secured his second title via [...]