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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

Tonglet Back In The White Gator Saddle Again
Wednesday, Apr 25, 2018 – 17:41 | Comments Off on Tonglet Back In The White Gator Saddle Again
Tonglet Back In The White Gator Saddle Again

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Call it a reunion of Louisiana Lightnin’.
LE Tonglet, the 2010 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion, will return to Jerry Savoie’s White Alligator Racing beginning with this weekend’s ninth annual NKG Spark Plugs Four-Wide Nationals at  zMAX Dragway.
Tonglet, a native and resident of Metairie, La., will race the KPK/Nitrofish Suzuki as […]

Baytown-Winner Todd Starting To Feel A Bit Funny
Monday, Apr 23, 2018 – 8:40 | Comments Off on Baytown-Winner Todd Starting To Feel A Bit Funny
Baytown-Winner Todd Starting To Feel A Bit Funny

Twenty-nine races removed from his NHRA Top Fuel career, J.R. Todd says he truly has the look and the feel of a nitromethane-burning Funny Car driver.
“My fire suit is dirty and my hands are dirty and I’m still driving it all over the place,” Todd said Sunday afternoon at Royal Purple Raceway. “So I’m trying […]

Pritchett On Pole In Baytown
Sunday, Apr 22, 2018 – 8:54 | Comments Off on Pritchett On Pole In Baytown
Pritchett On Pole In Baytown

Leah Pritchett served notice Saturday she and veteran crew chief Todd Okuhara are ready to snap out of their season-long Top Fuel funk.
Pritchett set the Top Fuel elapsed-time track record during the final qualifying session at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, to claim pole position for the 31st annual NHRA SpringNationals. The defending event […]

Newgarden Loves Going To Barber
Saturday, Apr 21, 2018 – 7:27 | Comments Off on Newgarden Loves Going To Barber
Newgarden Loves Going To Barber

Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden has found a comfort zone at his home-away-from home racetrack.
Winner of two of the last three Honda Grand Prix of Alabama races, Newgarden paced practice Friday around Barber Motorsports Park in preparation for this year’s ninth annual edition on Sunday. Newgarden toured the picturesque 2.3-mile/17-turn permanent road-course in 1 […]

‘Vette To Pace 500 Field
Friday, Apr 20, 2018 – 17:45 | Comments Off on ‘Vette To Pace 500 Field
‘Vette To Pace 500 Field

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Chevrolet’s Corvette will serve as Official Pace Car for the Indianapolis 500 a record 15th time next month, when a 2019 ZR1 will lead the traditional field of 33 drivers to the flying start of the race’s 102nd edition on May 27.
No other vehicle has served as Indy 500 Pace […]

Ford To Add Muscle To Cup Series
Thursday, Apr 19, 2018 – 7:42 | Comments Off on Ford To Add Muscle To Cup Series
Ford To Add Muscle To Cup Series

Those of us fortunate (and now old) enough to have experienced the original “Muscle Car Street Wars” of the mid-1960s to mid-1970s might recall these lyrics from a 1968 Ford Mustang TV commercial:
Only Mustang makes it happen, only Mustang makes life great
Mustang moves you, Mustang grooves you
Mustang, Mustang ’68.
Only Mustang makes it happen, let it […]

Mustangs Headed To Cup
Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018 – 17:08 | Comments Off on Mustangs Headed To Cup
Mustangs Headed To Cup

Ford Motor Company’s iconic Mustang nameplate and emblem will be the focal point in two of America’s most popular forms of motorsports in 2019.
Stock car racing’s most brand-centric rivalry will return to its “Muscle Car” roots on NASCAR’s premier tour next season, when Ford campaigns its Mustang in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series […]

Rutherford Feted By Road Racers
Saturday, Apr 14, 2018 – 8:20 | Comments Off on Rutherford Feted By Road Racers
Rutherford Feted By Road Racers

Three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Johnny Rutherford was honored for his distinguished career by his peers in the Road Racing Drivers Club Thursday night as a prelude to this weekend’s 44th running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The RRDC Evening with Johnny Rutherford Presented by Firestone was held at the Hilton Hotel before a […]

TV Numbers: Not Everything Bigger In Texas
Friday, Apr 13, 2018 – 10:38 | Comments Off on TV Numbers: Not Everything Bigger In Texas
TV Numbers: Not Everything Bigger In Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Last Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway failed to reverse a season-long trend of sagging TV viewership numbers.
The 22nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 reportedly posted a 1.7 rating and 2.82-million viewers on FOX Sports 1 _ down a staggering 37 […]

The Bow Is Back: Kyle Busch Wins In Texas
Sunday, Apr 8, 2018 – 19:24 | Comments Off on The Bow Is Back: Kyle Busch Wins In Texas
The Bow Is Back: Kyle Busch Wins In Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Kyle Busch brushed-off his signature bow to the fans Sunday afternoon for the first time this season at Texas Motor Speedway after outlasting Kevin Harvick en route to victory in the 22nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 500.
Busch scored his first win of the Monster Energy NASCAR […]