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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

Chassis Change Heats Up Vettel’s Texas Weekend
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 – 8:31 | No Comment
Chassis Change Heats Up Vettel’s Texas Weekend

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Sebastian Vettel’s bid to close the gap to Formula One point-leader Lewis Hamilton during the United States Grand Prix weekend has taken on another layer of drama.
Vettel, of Scuderia Ferrari, trails Hamilton and his Mercedes by 59 points (306-247) heading into Round 17 of the 20-race schedule Sunday at Circuit […]

Alonso To Stick With McLaren In 2018
Friday, Oct 20, 2017 – 16:12 | No Comment
Alonso To Stick With McLaren In 2018

Buoyed by an impending switch from Honda to Renault power, Fernando Alonso has signed a “long-term partnership” with McLaren beginning with the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship season.
Alonso’s decision, confirmed Thursday, ended speculation the two-time World Driving Champion could leave the team after a frustrating campaign that saw the Spaniard skip the prestigious Monaco […]

Torrence Ready To Resume Countdown
Thursday, Oct 19, 2017 – 8:21 | No Comment
Torrence Ready To Resume Countdown

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Steve Torrence’s pursuit of his first NHRA Top Fuel world championship will resume in Round 5 of the Countdown to the Championship in a new Capco Contractors dragster and the full support of his family.
Forty-eight hours after smacking the concrete guard wall at Texas Motorplex in Ennis at more than […]

Hight’s Countdown-Roll Picks Up Steam
Sunday, Oct 15, 2017 – 20:01 | No Comment
Hight’s Countdown-Roll Picks Up Steam

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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ENNIS, Texas – When Robert Hight looks at the calendar, he is convinced it reads “Procktober.”
Hight and crew chief/tuning wizard Jimmy Prock continued their pursuit of the 2017 NHRA Funny Car world championship Sunday with a victory over point-leader Ron Capps in the final of the 32nd annual AAA Texas […]

Top Fuel’s Top Dog Wrecks At The ‘Plex
Sunday, Oct 15, 2017 – 14:19 | No Comment
Top Fuel’s Top Dog Wrecks At The ‘Plex

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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ENNIS, Texas – Top Fuel point-leader Steve Torrence walked away from a grinding, parts-spewing crash Sunday afternoon in his quarterfinal race of the 32nd annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals.
Moments after Torrence had defeated Richie Crampton, his Capco Contractors dragster took a hard-left into the concrete retaining wall at over 300 […]

NHRA Crown Chasers Have Eyes On Weather
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 – 20:37 | No Comment
NHRA Crown Chasers Have Eyes On Weather

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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ENNIS, Texas – Reigning NHRA Funny Car world champion Ron Capps admittedly has been monitoring Sunday’s forecast for North Texas with the passion of The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore.
“It’s funny how you start looking at so many little things,” said Capps, the class point-leader heading into Sunday’s final eliminations of […]

Torrence Off And Rolling In Home State Of Texas
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 – 8:20 | No Comment
Torrence Off And Rolling In Home State Of Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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ENNIS, Texas – Accompanied by his favorite adult beverage, Steve Torrence officially christened a wide-flat-open pursuit of his first Top Fuel victory at Texas Motorplex Friday night.
“I’m in Texas now, and I can do what I want,” Torrence joked, a reference to the can of Miller Lite in his hand […]

Langdon Crossing Over To Funnier Stuff
Friday, Oct 13, 2017 – 20:12 | No Comment
Langdon Crossing Over To Funnier Stuff

ENNIS, Texas – Shawn Langdon’s tenure as an NHRA Top Fuel driver is down to its final three races, but this is a good thing.
Kalitta Motorsports announced Friday that Langdon, the 2013 NHRA Top Fuel world champion, will compete in the Funny Car category beginning with the 2018 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. Langdon’s […]

INDYCAR Likes What It Sees In ‘Young’ Portland
Friday, Oct 13, 2017 – 7:53 | No Comment
INDYCAR Likes What It Sees In ‘Young’ Portland

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule features a return to Portland International Raceway, a familiar Pacific Northwest venue that apparently fits INDYCAR’s “See What’s NEXT” marketing campaign.  
“We like the scene in Portland,” Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, the owner of INDYCAR, said during a teleconference on Thursday. […]

IndyCar Unveils 2018 Schedule: Historic Watkins Glen Dropped
Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 – 16:22 | No Comment
IndyCar Unveils 2018 Schedule: Historic Watkins Glen Dropped

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Return of a favored track in the Pacific Northwest _ and the exit of an historic venue in the Northeast _ highlight INDYCAR’s announcement of a 17-race Verizon IndyCar Series schedule for 2018.
Sixteen of 17 races from this year’s season return in 2018, with most falling in the same spot […]