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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

Force Looks Back, Moves Up
Monday, Nov 1, 2010 – 8:03 | Comments Off
Force Looks Back, Moves Up

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Motivated by a team meeting and a highlight reel of his old “Brute” self, John Force has a record 15th NHRA Funny Car championship squarely in his sights.
Force raced to an emotional victory in the 10th annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals on Sunday, cutting series leader Matt Hagan’s lead in [...]

Force Hood Is P1 In Vegas
Sunday, Oct 31, 2010 – 5:57 | Comments Off
Force Hood Is P1 In Vegas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A mischievous Ashley Force Hood retained the No. 1 spot during Funny Car qualifications for the 10th annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals Saturday, when an inordinate amount of oil-downs on The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway tested the stamina of competitors and fans.
Force Hood posted her fifth pole of [...]

NHRA Notes: McClenathan Needs To Hustle Points
Friday, Oct 29, 2010 – 12:59 | Comments Off
NHRA Notes: McClenathan Needs To Hustle Points

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Cory McClenathan will be points-racing without apology this weekend in a late-season bid for his first NHRA Top Fuel world championship.
McClenathan trails two-time champ Larry Dixon of Al-Anabi Racing by 89 points heading into the opening two rounds of qualifications Friday afternoon for the 10th annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals [...]

Matt Hagan Looking To Put Force Out To Pasture
Thursday, Oct 28, 2010 – 9:22 | Comments Off
Matt Hagan Looking To Put Force Out To Pasture

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Matt Hagan is a guy who is comfortable not only in his own skin, but also in his own bib overalls.
It’s the outfit of choice on Hagan’s 800-acre farm and Angus cattle ranch in Christiansburg,Va., where the NHRA’s Funny Car points-leader is an authority on all topics agrarian.
“Farming, I’ve always [...]

NHRA Notes: Force Faces A Weighty Problem
Friday, Oct 22, 2010 – 8:07 | Comments Off
NHRA Notes: Force Faces A Weighty Problem

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
John Force’s slip from first to second place in the NHRA’s Funny Car point standings has prompted the 14-time world champion to put his hot rod on a diet.
A first-round loss two weeks ago in the 26th annual Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway dropped Force 64 points [...]

Ganassi Won’t Mess With Winning Formula
Thursday, Oct 14, 2010 – 10:41 | One Comment
Ganassi Won’t Mess With Winning Formula

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Despite a list of high-profile free-agents, team-owner Chip Ganassi says he likely will steer clear of adding a third driver to his IZOD IndyCar Series championship pairing of Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon for the 2011 season.
“I’m perfectly happy with the two guys I have whether these free agents became [...]

NHRA Notes: Anderson Is A Player Once Again
Friday, Oct 8, 2010 – 6:36 | Comments Off
NHRA Notes: Anderson Is A Player Once Again

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Greg Anderson’s infamous mood swings are directly tied to his most recent NHRA elapsed time slip.
With back-to-back Pro Stock victories at zMax Dragway and Texas Motorplex in his log book, Anderson will roll into the 26th annual Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals today as Mr. Sunshine. Anderson’s victory over Mike Edwards [...]

IndyCar Series Honors Champs
Monday, Oct 4, 2010 – 20:00 | Comments Off
IndyCar Series Honors Champs

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Three-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti is celebrating his latest title with a $1 million bonus check, and a new trophy that truly fits the description of unique.
“You mean the naked guy riding the unicycle?” Franchitti quipped during an interview on “Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain” Sunday night on [...]

Kanaan Becomes Free Agent
Monday, Oct 4, 2010 – 19:44 | One Comment
Kanaan Becomes Free Agent

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Former IZOD IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan has been informed by Andretti Autosport that he is a free agent heading into the 2011 season.
Kanaan’s No. 11 car is losing primary sponsorship from 7-Eleven, Inc. The Dallas-based convenience store chain notified Andretti Autosport over the weekend that it would not continue [...]

It’s Party Time For IndyCar Champ Franchitti
Sunday, Oct 3, 2010 – 6:21 | Comments Off
It’s Party Time For IndyCar Champ Franchitti

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In celebration of his first two IZOD IndyCar Series championships, Dario Franchitti’s open-wheel peers conspired to serve him with a pie in the face and dunk him fully-clothed into a swimming pool.
“God, I forgot about that,” Franchitti deadpanned Saturday night, shortly after securing his record-tying third driver’s championship at Homestead-Miami [...]