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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

Hight In A Strong Position
Monday, Nov 2, 2009 – 7:28 | One Comment
Hight In A Strong Position

By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Robert Hight says there is nothing lucky about his methodical march toward the 2009 NHRA Funny Car world championship.
“We have just outmuscled these guys,”  Hight said after defeating “Fast” Jack Beckman in Sunday’s final of the ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals, penultimate round of the six-race Countdown to 1 playoff. Hight’s [...]

Force Hood Faces ‘Bummer’
Sunday, Nov 1, 2009 – 7:36 | 2 Comments
Force Hood Faces ‘Bummer’

A blockbuster first-round pairing Sunday between Robert Hight and Ashley Force Hood looms as the potential pivotal point in their intramural battle for the 2009 NHRA Funny Car world championship.
Featuring teammates at John Force Racing, the Hight vs. Ford Hood matchup was set into motion following the conclusion of qualifying for the ninth annual NHRA [...]

Mike Edwards Top Act In Vegas
Saturday, Oct 31, 2009 – 7:19 | One Comment
Mike Edwards Top Act In Vegas

Convinced that no lead is safe, Mike Edwards continued pursuit of his first NHRA Pro Stock world championship Friday at a blistering pace.
Edwards moved into position to earn his 15th No. 1 qualifying award of the season – and trimmed his magic number for clinching the title to 19 points – following the opening two [...]

Mission Impossible: Force Must Control His Emotions
Friday, Oct 30, 2009 – 9:09 | 2 Comments
Mission Impossible: Force Must Control His Emotions

Funny Car icon John Force is shifting his overly-amped emotions into neutral as son-in-law Robert Hight and daughter Ashley Force Hood vie for the 2009 NHRA world championship.
Hight holds a tenuous 13-point lead over John Force Racing teammate/sister-in-law Force Hood heading into the ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals, Round 5 of the six-race Countdown [...]

Antron Brown Now With DSR
Thursday, Oct 29, 2009 – 20:38 | Comments Off
Antron Brown Now With DSR

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Don Schumacher Racing’s vice-like grip on the NHRA’s Top Fuel class just got tighter.
Already home to six-time and reigning Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher, DSR announced Tuesday it has acquired the racing assets of the Antron Brown-driven Matco Tools team from Mike Ashley Racing. The sale is effective immediately.
The Matco [...]

NHRA Notes: Safety Measures Unveiled
Thursday, Oct 29, 2009 – 20:30 | One Comment
NHRA Notes: Safety Measures Unveiled

Funny Car points-leader Robert Hight has given the new helmet removal system NHRA will implement next season The Eric Medlen Project seal of approval.
NHRA announced earlier this week a series of technical initiatives designed to improve safety and reduce unwanted downtime due to oil down leakage in 2010. Prominent among the safety changes will be [...]

Wheldon To Return To Panther
Thursday, Oct 29, 2009 – 8:41 | One Comment
Wheldon To Return To Panther

By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Dan Wheldon is settling-in, and aiming-high, at Panther Racing. The Indianapolis-based team confirmed Wednesday that Wheldon will return to the cockpit of the No. 4 Dallara/Honda for the 2010 IndyCar Series season.
Wheldon, the 2005 IndyCar and Indianapolis 500 champion, finished 10th in the final 2009 point standings. His best result was [...]

Force Hood Wants Title For Team, Not Gender
Tuesday, Oct 27, 2009 – 17:00 | 3 Comments
Force Hood Wants Title For Team, Not Gender

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Don’t fault Ashley Force Hood if she is underwhelmed by the prospect of emerging as the NHRA’s first female Funny Car world champion.
“It’s not such a big deal to me, and the main reason is I am a female driver. I had nothing to do with that – God makes [...]

NHRA Notes: Dixon Is Out To Demote The Sarge
Friday, Oct 23, 2009 – 7:44 | 2 Comments
NHRA Notes: Dixon Is Out To Demote The Sarge

Larry Dixon’s next text message to Top Fuel rival Tony Schumacher might read: “Sarge: Game on!”
Dixon rolled into The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway one year ago a distant second to Schumacher and his 212-point lead. Needing only to qualify to earn his fifth consecutive and sixth overall NHRA Full Throttle Series world championship, [...]

Gossage Is Back But With New Priorities
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2009 – 13:58 | One Comment
Gossage Is Back But With New Priorities

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Irving, Texas – Despite being outshot by NASCAR star Carl Edwards, happiness is a warm gun – and cancer in remission – for Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage.
“I feel great. The doctor tells me I’m in complete remission – don’t have any sign of the cancer – so it’s [...]