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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

Hagan’s Job Is To Take Down The People’s Choice
Friday, Oct 25, 2013 – 7:32 | One Comment
Hagan’s Job Is To Take Down The People’s Choice

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Matt Hagan’s pursuit of a second NHRA Funny Car world championship has cast him in the role of villain, the fate of any number of drivers chasing drag racing icon John Force.
“Well, if you read Facebook there ain’t no Matt Hagan fans out there. That drives you,” said Hagan, who [...]

Kenseth Exits Test With Tires, Jimmie On His Mind
Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 – 7:07 | Comments Off
Kenseth Exits Test With Tires, Jimmie On His Mind

FORT WORTH, Texas – Matt Kenseth’s participation in Day 2 of a three-day NASCAR Sprint Cup Series open test at Texas Motor Speedway ended abruptly Tuesday in the Turn 1 wall, which will require a fresh coat of white paint before the AAA Texas 500 on Nov. 3.
“I have mixed feelings, I guess, on testing,” [...]

IndyCar Champion Dixon Says He’s Ready To Represent
Monday, Oct 21, 2013 – 12:05 | Comments Off
IndyCar Champion Dixon Says He’s Ready To Represent

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Unaccustomed as he is to public speaking, Scott Dixon says he is ready to represent the IndyCar Series as its reigning and three-time driver’s champion.
“Absolutely. I’m not saying I don’t enjoy doing that stuff,” said Dixon, who clinched the 2013 title with a fifth-place finish in the season-ending MAVTV 500 [...]

Dixon Wins His Third IndyCar Series Crown
Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 – 23:27 | Comments Off
Dixon Wins His Third IndyCar Series Crown

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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When he clinched his third IZOD IndyCar Series championship within 10 years Saturday night, Scott Dixon joined a short list of domestic open-wheel drivers who clearly can be defined as “elite.”
At Target Chip Ganassi Racing, however, the adjective used to describe a driver like Dixon is “hardcore” – as in [...]

Dixon, Castroneves Both Vow To Win Season Finale
Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 – 8:05 | Comments Off
Dixon, Castroneves Both Vow To Win Season Finale

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Helio Castroneves’ bid for the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship took a beating two weekends ago on the mean streets of Houston, where his once-robust 49-point lead over Scott Dixon morphed into a deflating, 25-point deficit during the course of two races in less than 24 miserable hours.
But Helio has [...]

IndyCar Releases 2014 Schedule On Eve Of 2013 Finale
Friday, Oct 18, 2013 – 7:34 | Comments Off
IndyCar Releases 2014 Schedule On Eve Of 2013 Finale

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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An unprecedented pair of point-paying events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Month of May and return of doubleheader weekends in Detroit, Houston and Toronto highlight the IndyCar Series’ 18-race schedule for 2014.
Spread over 15 event weekends, next year’s schedule is down one race from the current campaign and will [...]

Busch’s Final FRR Days Being Filled With Wonder
Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 – 8:09 | Comments Off
Busch’s Final FRR Days Being Filled With Wonder

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Kurt Busch and his enigmatic personality will be running full-bore – from farcical reincarnation of Ricky Bobby to staunch supporter of America’s wounded troops – during his final five starts with Furniture Row Racing.
It’s been NASCAR’s version of a shotgun marriage, one that has re-invented and re-branded driver and team.
“I [...]

Truex Victim Of Scandal Fallout
Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 – 20:28 | One Comment
Truex Victim Of Scandal Fallout

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Martin Truex Jr. is not part of the “reorganization” announced by Michael Waltrip Racing for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, as the team continues to deal with the fallout from a cheating scandal preceding the current Chase for the Championship.
MWR announced Monday it will downsize from three to [...]

NHRA Schedule Features Topeka Switch
Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 – 18:41 | One Comment
NHRA Schedule Features Topeka Switch

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A return to racing on Memorial Day weekend with the NHRA Kansas Nationals highlights the 24-race 2014 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
NHRA’s 26th annual visit to Heartland Park Topeka is set for May 23-25, 2014, as the series returns to one of the premier weekends of any racing season with competition in Top Fuel, [...]

Vettel: We’ll Keep Pushing Until The Job Is Done
Monday, Oct 14, 2013 – 8:13 | Comments Off
Vettel: We’ll Keep Pushing Until The Job Is Done

Sebastian Vettel continued his methodical march to a fourth consecutive Formula One World Driving Championship with a victory in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix.
But not even Vettel’s career-best fifth consecutive victory was enough to clinch the 2013 title, as Fernando Alonso’s fourth-place finish mathematically was enough to extend the inevitable to at least the Airtel Indian [...]