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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

NHRA Slaps Torrence With Big Fine
Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 – 8:54 | One Comment
NHRA Slaps Torrence With Big Fine

Steve Torrence’s big push resulted in a big penalty from the NHRA.

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Steve Torrence’s second NHRA Top Fuel world championship now carries an asterisk, courtesy of a five-figure fine.

NHRA officials docked Torrence $25,000 for a physical altercation with Cameron Ferre after their first-round pairing during the season-ending 55th annual Auto Club NHRA […]

Hight Wins Funny Car Title In A Stalled Car
Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019 – 14:46 | Comments Off on Hight Wins Funny Car Title In A Stalled Car
Hight Wins Funny Car Title In A Stalled Car

Robert Hight earned his third Funny Car championship on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Robert Hight joined the ranks of NHRA royalty Sunday when he clinched his third Funny Car world championship…ironically enough, stranded in the left lane at Auto Club Raceway.

Hight’s championship-winning scenario capped a bizarre day at […]

Western Swing: Torrence Takes Shot At Ferre
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019 – 9:47 | Comments Off on Western Swing: Torrence Takes Shot At Ferre
Western Swing: Torrence Takes Shot At Ferre

Steve Torrence won the 2019 Top Fuel championship on Sunday but he lost the respect of many of the fans in Pomona. (Photo courtesy of the NHRA)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

En route to winning his second consecutive NHRA Top Fuel world championship Sunday, Steve Torrence lost his cool, got physical and played the role […]

Top Fuel Title Is Torrence’s To Lose
Sunday, Nov 17, 2019 – 9:06 | 2 Comments
Top Fuel Title Is Torrence’s To Lose

Steve Torrence will begin the final day of the 2019 NHRA season with a points lead and from the pole. (Photo courtesy of the NHRA)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Reigning NHRA Top Fuel world champion Steve Torrence will begin defense of his title from a position of strength Sunday after qualifying on-pole for the season-ending […]

NHRA To Settle Things This Weekend In Pomona
Friday, Nov 15, 2019 – 16:14 | Comments Off on NHRA To Settle Things This Weekend In Pomona
NHRA To Settle Things This Weekend In Pomona

Doug Kalitta needs to keep it clean in Top Fuel this weekend. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Doug Kalitta knows he will need to keep his “laundry” neatly and securely packed this weekend if he has any chance of emerging as a first-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion.

Kalitta heads into […]

Now Playing: Il Commendatore v. Hank the Deuce
Thursday, Nov 14, 2019 – 16:28 | Comments Off on Now Playing: Il Commendatore v. Hank the Deuce
Now Playing: Il Commendatore v. Hank the Deuce

The No. 2 Ford GT40 takes the checkered flag at Le Mans. It was a moment fit for Hollywood.

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

You’ve read one or maybe two of the many books on the subject, seen the movie trailer and, as a bona fide car-guy, have Ford v Ferrari squarely atop your must-see flick […]

Driving Race Cars Is Not Tifft’s Biggest Concern
Thursday, Nov 7, 2019 – 21:01 | Comments Off on Driving Race Cars Is Not Tifft’s Biggest Concern
Driving Race Cars Is Not Tifft’s Biggest Concern

Matt Tifft has not had a wonderful last couple of years. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Ashley R Dickerson)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

FORT WORTH, Texas – Matt Tifft’s courageous battle against his self-described medical “demons” has placed his NASCAR Cup Series career with Front Row Motorsports on hold, perhaps permanently.

Tifft, who suffered a seizure at Martinsville […]

TMS Winner Harvick Prepping For Miami
Tuesday, Nov 5, 2019 – 8:52 | Comments Off on TMS Winner Harvick Prepping For Miami
TMS Winner Harvick Prepping For Miami

Courtesy of his strong showing at Texas Motor Speedway, Kevin Harvick is heading back to Miami to run for a second Cup championship. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Barry Cantrell)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

FORT WORTH, Texas – Kevin Harvick soldiered through 29 consecutive winless NASCAR Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway before scoring his first […]

Bell’s Home Victory Makes Him One of 4
Sunday, Nov 3, 2019 – 14:51 | Comments Off on Bell’s Home Victory Makes Him One of 4
Bell’s Home Victory Makes Him One of 4

Christopher Bell is headed to Homestead. (RacinToday/HHP photo)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

FORT WORTH, Texas – Christopher Bell stopped counting NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff points Saturday night, the by-product of his evolving patience and victory in the 15th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 300.

Bell won Stages 1 and 2 and led a race-high 101 of 200 […]

Hamlin/Logano Spat Bleeds Over Into Texas
Saturday, Nov 2, 2019 – 17:10 | Comments Off on Hamlin/Logano Spat Bleeds Over Into Texas
Hamlin/Logano Spat Bleeds Over Into Texas

Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin got into a brawl after Sunday’s Cup race at Martinsville last week. Cooler heads are not prevailing. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Garry Eller)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

FORT WORTH, Texas – The simmering NASCAR feud between Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano has resumed at Texas Motor Speedway, complete with references […]