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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

With Kenseth Going, Along Comes Jones at JGR
Wednesday, Jul 12, 2017 – 7:09 | Comments Off on With Kenseth Going, Along Comes Jones at JGR
With Kenseth Going, Along Comes Jones at JGR

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Joe Gibbs Racing has selected Erik Jones of Furniture Row Racing to replace Matt Kenseth in the No. 20 Toyota Camry beginning with the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule.
Currently competing full-time for Barney Visser’s Furniture Row Racing, Jones sits 14th in Cup points and leads the Sunoco Rookie […]

Castroneves Climbs To Victory At Iowa Speedway
Monday, Jul 10, 2017 – 7:54 | Comments Off on Castroneves Climbs To Victory At Iowa Speedway
Castroneves Climbs To Victory At Iowa Speedway

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
With rumors of a sports car future at Team Penske emerging as an inconvenient truth, Helio Castroneves served notice Sunday he squarely is focused on punctuating the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season with his first championship.
The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner snapped a three-year, 54-race winless streak via a dominant drive […]

Healthy Torrence Rolls On In Norwalk
Monday, Jun 26, 2017 – 7:11 | Comments Off on Healthy Torrence Rolls On In Norwalk
Healthy Torrence Rolls On In Norwalk

A “mild heart attack” generously is defined as one suffered by someone other than yourself. So, one year after such a life-threatening medical issue forced him into the role of reluctant spectator, Steve Torrence won his Top Fuel-leading fourth event of the season Sunday via a final-round, hole shot pass to cap in the 11th […]

Hamilton Moves In On F1 Pole Record
Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 – 6:58 | Comments Off on Hamilton Moves In On F1 Pole Record
Hamilton Moves In On F1 Pole Record

Mercedes AMG’s Lewis Hamilton continued to rewrite Formula One history Saturday, when he qualified on-pole for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix at the expense of boyhood hero Ayrton Senna.
Hamilton’s fast lap of 1-minute, 40.593-seconds set a track qualifying record around the 3.730-mile/6.003-kilometer/20-turn Baku City Circuit. Hamilton’s hot lap was 0.434-seconds better than runnerup and teammate Valtteri […]

Foyt Back At Le Mans 50 Years After Legendary Win
Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 – 12:41 | Comments Off on Foyt Back At Le Mans 50 Years After Legendary Win
Foyt Back At Le Mans 50 Years After Legendary Win

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fifty years after he bid adieu to Le Mans behind a pair of sunglasses and a cocksure grin, A.J. Foyt Jr. has returned to the Circuit de la Sarthe to celebrate arguably the single greatest moment in Ford Motor Company’s storied racing history.
The pairing of “Super Tex” and Californian Dan […]

Speechless Hamilton Wins Canadian Pole
Sunday, Jun 11, 2017 – 8:06 | Comments Off on Speechless Hamilton Wins Canadian Pole
Speechless Hamilton Wins Canadian Pole

Lewis Hamilton was uncharacteristically speechless Saturday after qualifying on-pole for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix, but it had nothing to do with out-performing archrival Sebastian Vettel.
Standing before thousands of fans, the Mercedes AMG driver was taken aback when presented a real Ayrton Senna helmet from the Senna family collection for matching his idol’s second-place record of […]

Power Powers To Victory In ‘Intense” Texas Race
Sunday, Jun 11, 2017 – 7:58 | Comments Off on Power Powers To Victory In ‘Intense” Texas Race
Power Powers To Victory In ‘Intense” Texas Race

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Pack racing returned to the Verizon IndyCar Series Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway, where Will Power survived a massive battle of attrition to win the 21st annual Rainguard Water Sealers 600.
Power, of Team Penske, won under caution following the night’s ninth yellow flag on Lap 244 of […]

Race Fan Hinchcliffe Has Become Race Fan Favorite
Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 – 17:00 | Comments Off on Race Fan Hinchcliffe Has Become Race Fan Favorite
Race Fan Hinchcliffe Has Become Race Fan Favorite

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas _ James Hinchcliffe’s ever-expanding Verizon IndyCar Series fan base easily can be measured by a variety of social media metrics.
As self-proclaimed mayor of the fictional internet city of “Hinchtown,” James is well-versed in the power-and-profile of twitter, Facebook and instagram. But the 30-year-old native of Toronto, Canada, […]

Dirt Kid Bell Wins Texas Truck Race
Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 – 7:23 | Comments Off on Dirt Kid Bell Wins Texas Truck Race
Dirt Kid Bell Wins Texas Truck Race

FORT WORTH, Texas _ Christopher Bell, a self-described “dirt track kid” from Oklahoma, joined the list of first-time NASCAR pavement winners Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway.
Bell edged Chase Briscoe after a side-by-side, closing-laps battle to win the 21st annual winstaronlinegaming.com 400 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Bell, who started 21st in the 28-truck […]

Kimball Is The Big Star In Texas IndyCar Qualifying
Friday, Jun 9, 2017 – 19:54 | Comments Off on Kimball Is The Big Star In Texas IndyCar Qualifying
Kimball Is The Big Star In Texas IndyCar Qualifying

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Charlie Kimball checked another box off his Verizon IndyCar Series to-do list Friday afternoon when he qualified on-pole for the race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Kimball secured his first series pole by touring TMS’ repaved and re-profiled 1.5-mile oval with a record two-lap average of 222.556 mph, knocking Chip […]