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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

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 [...]

INDYCAR Heading To China
Thursday, Nov 10, 2011 – 17:06 | Comments Off
INDYCAR Heading To China

A culturally and economically historic summertime IZOD IndyCar Series race in China is among four international destinations announced Thursday by INDYCAR officials for the 2012 season.
The IndyCar Series will race on a 3.87-mile street circuit in Qingdao, China – the Yellow Sea coastal city of 8.7-million between Beijing and Shanghai that played host to the [...]

RCR Gives Fans 3 Reasons To Support Dillon
Thursday, Nov 10, 2011 – 7:43 | Comments Off
RCR Gives Fans 3 Reasons To Support Dillon

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Austin Dillon will graduate into NASCAR’s Nationwide Series in 2012 as the future of Richard Childress Racing, albeit with a bow to the organization’s legendary past.
Dillon and Richard Childress Racing will campaign the “stylized” No. 3 – the number forever synonymous with seven-time NASCAR champion Dale [...]

Sturbin: Stewart Is Only Worried About Stewart
Monday, Nov 7, 2011 – 10:13 | One Comment
Sturbin: Stewart Is Only Worried About Stewart

FORT WORTH, Texas – On his way down pit road to Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday evening, Tony Stewart rolled to a halt at the sight of Carl Edwards. NASCAR’s championship protagonists briefly exchanged smiles and words before tapping hands in a sign of mutual respect.
“I just told him, ‘Good job,’ ” Edwards [...]

Kenny Wallace Defends Lame Duck Cup Drivers
Sunday, Nov 6, 2011 – 17:59 | 3 Comments
Kenny Wallace Defends Lame Duck Cup Drivers

FORT WORTH, Texas – Veteran NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace has rallied to the defense of lame duck Sprint Cup drivers David Reutimann and David Ragan, whose sponsorship woes have them scrambling for fulltime rides in 2012.
“I’m just absolutely shocked with all these Cup drivers losing their rides, and they’re winning drivers,” Wallace said Saturday at [...]

Busch May Learn Lesson That ‘Karma’s A Bitch’
Saturday, Nov 5, 2011 – 14:39 | 7 Comments
Busch May Learn Lesson That ‘Karma’s A Bitch’

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – The hangover from Kyle Busch’s lost weekend at Texas Motor Speedway could carry over into early next week, as officials from NASCAR and Joe Gibbs Racing mull the fate of stock-car racing’s pre-eminent Bad Boy.
NASCAR announced Saturday morning it had barred Busch, 26, from competing in [...]