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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

Litton Is Top NHRA Rookie At 61
Thursday, Nov 15, 2018 – 9:40 | No Comment
Litton Is Top NHRA Rookie At 61

Top Fuel driver Bill Litton received the Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award during the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series awards ceremony Monday at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Southern California.
The award, determined via a vote of national motorsports media, recognizes NHRA’s Rookie of the […]

Todd, Smith Claim Titles On Final Day Of NHRA Season
Monday, Nov 12, 2018 – 12:14 | No Comment
Todd, Smith Claim Titles On Final Day Of NHRA Season

J.R. Todd and Matt Smith clinched world championships Sunday during the 54th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, where Steve Torrence celebrated playoff perfection.
Todd clinched his first career Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car title during the opening round of eliminations when point-runner-up Robert Hight lost his match against […]

Pro Stock Becomes A Gray Area
Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 – 9:31 | No Comment
Pro Stock Becomes A Gray Area

Teen-ager Tanner Gray became the youngest professional class champion in NHRA history Saturday when he qualified in the top half of the Pro Stock ladder for the 54th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Pomona.
At 19 years and 6 months, Gray qualified sixth in the 16-car field and will close-out the drag racing portion of […]

Smith Riding Toward Pole At Season-Ender
Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 – 13:13 | No Comment
Smith Riding Toward Pole At Season-Ender

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Point-leader Matt Smith’s bid for a third Pro Stock Motorcycle world championship began with a record-setting pass Friday during the opening sessions of time trials for the 54th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
Smith covered the famed quarter-mile in Southern California in a track-record speed […]

Carl Edwards Welcomed Into Texas Hall of Fame
Friday, Nov 9, 2018 – 18:15 | No Comment
Carl Edwards Welcomed Into Texas Hall of Fame

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – He wasn’t packing a helmet and he declined several requests to reprise his signature back flip off a stage. With that, retired NASCAR star Carl Edwards celebrated his induction into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame as 2017 classmate to popular IndyCar Series driver Helio Castroneves.
Edwards […]

A Happy Harvick’s Headed To Homestead
Monday, Nov 5, 2018 – 8:10 | No Comment
A Happy Harvick’s Headed To Homestead

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – It was Kevin Harvick all day long into dusk and overtime Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, where the Stewart-Haas Racing star won the AAA Texas 500 for the second consecutive year.
Harvick’s eighth win of the season provided him an automatic berth into the Championship 4 round […]

Spotlight Is On Logano vs. Truex In Texas
Sunday, Nov 4, 2018 – 9:03 | No Comment
Spotlight Is On Logano vs. Truex In Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Joey Logano received a text message from Martin Truex Jr. Sunday night following their controversial bump-and-run encounter at Martinsville Speedway,  the exact contents of which remain Classified Information.
The last-lap dust-up on Martinsville’s famed half-mile oval secured Logano’s spot in NASCAR’s Championship Four lineup later this month […]

Custer’s Late Pass Is A Winner
Sunday, Nov 4, 2018 – 8:42 | No Comment
Custer’s Late Pass Is A Winner

FORT WORTH, Texas _ Cole Custer pulled off a dramatic, last-lap pass under Tyler Reddick to win Saturday’s 14th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Custer became the first Round of 8 Playoff contender to punch his ticket into the Championship Four at Homestead-Miami Speedway in two weeks. Custer […]

Blaney’s 200 mph Lap Puts Him On TMS Pole
Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 – 8:31 | No Comment
Blaney’s 200 mph Lap Puts Him On TMS Pole

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Ryan Blaney recorded the second 200 mph NASCAR Cup Series qualifying lap on a 1.5-mile racetrack Friday evening during time trials for the 14th annual AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Blaney’s lap in 26.932-seconds at 200.505 mph was posted nearly one year after Kurt Busch […]

Haley Streaks To Truck Win At TMS
Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 – 8:13 | No Comment
Haley Streaks To Truck Win At TMS

FORT WORTH, Texas – Justin Haley won Friday night’s 20th annual JAG Metals 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race when Todd Gilliland ran out of fuel half-a-lap away from Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway.
“That was amazing. Thought we had a loss there,” said Haley, driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado. Haley scored […]