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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

Force Looking Brutal As NHRA Season Begins
Saturday, Feb 8, 2014 – 8:04 | Comments Off
Force Looking Brutal As NHRA Season Begins

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
John Force launched defense of his latest NHRA Funny Car world championship in record-setting fashion Friday, twice lowering the track record during the opening day of qualifications for the 54th annual NHRA Circle K Winternationals.
The winningest driver in NHRA history, Force recorded a 3.966-second pass on his second 1,000-foot lap down [...]

Johnson Jr. Returns To The Show In Quality Ride
Friday, Feb 7, 2014 – 17:06 | Comments Off
Johnson Jr. Returns To The Show In Quality Ride

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Last time Tommy Johnson Jr. was employed fulltime as an NHRA Funny Car driver, Jay Leno had yet to retire the first time as host of “The Tonight Show.”
That was 2008, a lifetime in any form of professional motorsports. But the persistent Johnson has joined Don Schumacher Racing’s juggernaut for [...]

Force Faces Challenges On Track, In Board Room
Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 – 10:01 | Comments Off
Force Faces Challenges On Track, In Board Room

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Funny Car icon John Force says he would be willing to sit out the 2015 NHRA season in favor of daughter Brittany’s fledgling Top Fuel career if his current search for corporate funding falls short.
Brut Force on the sidelines would constitute the extreme worst-case scenario for both John Force Racing [...]

NASCAR Owner Haas Exploring Formula 1 Run
Friday, Jan 17, 2014 – 15:14 | One Comment
NASCAR Owner Haas Exploring Formula 1 Run

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas is exploring the possibility of fielding an American-based team in Formula One, reportedly beginning in 2015.
Haas is co-owner with three-time Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart of Stewart-Haas Racing. According to various reports, Haas’ interest in F1 is the result of an announcement in December [...]

Chili Bowl Going Live
Sunday, Jan 12, 2014 – 19:15 | Comments Off
Chili Bowl Going Live

Grassroots racing’s “Super Bowl” is headed for live, primetime TV.
The 28th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire will mark its inaugural live broadcast on MAVTV American Real for its championship round on Saturday night, Jan. 18.
Starting at 8:30 p.m. (EDT) and scheduled for three hours, the national broadcast will be the [...]

Investigators: Veering Off Trail Hurt Schumacher
Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 – 19:09 | Comments Off
Investigators: Veering Off Trail Hurt Schumacher

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
French prosecutors investigating Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident have confirmed that the former Formula One World Driving Champion was “off-piste” – off a marked path – when he fell and hit his head on a rock.
But police investigators continuing to review footage from Schumacher’s helmet camera added they do not believe [...]

Video Studied In Schumacher Ski Accident Probe
Sunday, Jan 5, 2014 – 21:15 | Comments Off
Video Studied In Schumacher Ski Accident Probe

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Footage from the helmet camera worn by Michael Schumacher on the morning he crashed while skiing in the French Alps is being examined by police trying to reconstruct the accident.
A seven-time Formula One World Driving Champion, Schumacher was injured when he fell and hit his helmeted head on a rock [...]

Pro Stock’s Edwards Sells Off His Racing Operation
Thursday, Jan 2, 2014 – 8:02 | 11 Comments
Pro Stock’s Edwards Sells Off His Racing Operation

Pro Stock driver Chris McGaha plans to contest the entire 24-race NHRA season in 2014 after acquiring the complete racing inventory of 2009 World Champion Mike Edwards.
The deal that apparently has sent Edwards into an unexpected retirement at age 56 was announced by McGaha via emailed news release from his hometown of Odessa, Texas, [...]

Update: Schumacher Has Second Brain Operation
Sunday, Dec 29, 2013 – 19:19 | Comments Off
Update: Schumacher Has Second Brain Operation

Michael Schumacher has undergone a second operation to remove another hematoma on his injured brain, reducing inter-cranial pressure the former Formula 1 World Driving Champion sustained in a skiing accident in the French Alps on Sunday.
While Schumacher’s condition reportedly has shown slight improvement, the seven-time champion remained in an induced coma in critical condition.
According to [...]

Dirty Kurty Cleaned Up His Act During Terrific 2013
Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013 – 10:21 | 3 Comments
Dirty Kurty Cleaned Up His Act During Terrific 2013

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Colleague/boss Jim Pedley, founder and managing editor of RacinToday.com, emailed me on the morning after the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards telecast to note that he just cannot bear to watch the program anymore.
“Like fingernails on blackboard watching these guys try to be funny,” Jim said. And I bet [...]