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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

GAINSCO Boys Earn Pole In Jersey
Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 – 15:15 | Comments Off
GAINSCO Boys Earn Pole In Jersey

By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing will bid for its belated first victory of the 2010 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series season from the pole position Sunday, courtesy of Jon Fogarty’s record-extending qualifying effort at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Fogarty claimed his Daytona Prototype record 15th pole Saturday during qualifying for the New Jersey Motorsports Park [...]

Beckman Record-Breaking Fast At Infineon
Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 – 6:05 | Comments Off
Beckman Record-Breaking Fast At Infineon

Jack Beckman drove to the provisional Funny Car pole in style at Infineon Raceway Friday evening, setting both ends of the track record while also beating a local noise curfew.
Beckman cranked-out a stout second -round pass of 4.063-seconds at 311.56 mph on the opening day of the 23rd annual FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals to grab both [...]

NHRA Implements New Safety Rules
Friday, Jul 16, 2010 – 7:38 | Comments Off
NHRA Implements New Safety Rules

Reacting to a pair of tragic accidents in its Sportsman ranks, the National Hot Rod Association has issued safety updates relating to rear and front brakes, and an additional tethering device for parachutes covering a variety of its classes.
NHRA announced Thursday that rear carbon fiber brake rotors and pads will become mandatory equipment in Top [...]

DeltaWing Designers Take Issue
Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 – 21:28 | Comments Off
DeltaWing Designers Take Issue

The generally positive buzz created Wednesday by the IZOD IndyCar Series’ announcement of its Future Car Strategy has drawn its first public negative response from DeltaWing Racing Cars.
Indianapolis-based DeltaWing was one of four manufacturers passed over when the Indy Racing League’s ICONIC Advisory Committee voted to partner with long-time supplier Dallara Automobili on a platform [...]

IRL Introduces Cars With Changeable Clothes
Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 – 7:43 | 3 Comments
IRL Introduces Cars With Changeable Clothes

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Borrowing from the auto industry’s “global platform” concept – and the fashion industry’s “project runway” concept – the IZOD IndyCar Series will compete in 2012 and beyond with a basic rolling chassis covered with changeable bodywork.
The IndyCar Safety Cell to be manufactured by longtime series partner Dallara Automobili [...]

First Test In The West Completed
Monday, Jul 12, 2010 – 8:23 | Comments Off
First Test In The West Completed

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Cory McClenathan and Greg Anderson exited the 23rd annual NHRA Northwest Nationals Sunday evening as event champions, and the only players still standing in what looms as an historic race-within-a-race.
McClenathan posted his third Top Fuel victory of 2010 and Anderson won in Pro Stock for the second consecutive event, as [...]

NHRA In Mourning Again
Monday, Jul 12, 2010 – 8:12 | Comments Off
NHRA In Mourning Again

By John Sturbin |Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Post-race celebrations at Pacific Raceways were muted Sunday evening following the death of popular Top Alcohol Dragster driver Mark Niver during the NHRA Northwest Nationals.
Niver, a 60-year-old resident of Phoenix, Ariz., was killed when his dragster crashed in the shutdown area during eliminations at the facility in Kent, Wash., near Seattle.
NHRA [...]

Hight Leads Ford Parade In Northwest
Friday, Jul 9, 2010 – 21:29 | Comments Off
Hight Leads Ford Parade In Northwest

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Reigning Funny Car world champion Robert Hight and crew chief Jimmy Prock served notice Friday night they are aiming for the fences during the NHRA’s annual Western Swing.
Hight drove to the provisional No. 1 position after the opening two rounds of qualifying for the 23rd annual NHRA Northwest Nationals. Hight, [...]

Anderson Finds Rhythm In Time for Western Swing
Friday, Jul 9, 2010 – 9:50 | One Comment
Anderson Finds Rhythm In Time for Western Swing

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Greg Anderson is a three-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion _ and the eternal pessimist.
Nobody in the National Hot Rod Association’s ultra-competitive “Factory Hot Rod” class beats up on Anderson more than himself. But buoyed by his recent sweep of the Pro Stock events at Norwalk, Ohio – and uplifting [...]

Wilkerson Tuning Up For Western Swing
Thursday, Jul 8, 2010 – 8:50 | 2 Comments
Wilkerson Tuning Up For Western Swing

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Only seven professional drivers have swept the National Hot Rod Association’s famed Western Swing during its 21-year history, and Tim Wilkerson is not one of them.
It’s a situation that Wilkerson, unofficial “Hot Track Master” of the Funny Car ranks, plans to remedy beginning with the NHRA Northwest Nationals Friday through Sunday [...]