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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

Young Nemechek Is So Composed That It’s Scary
Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 – 9:06 | Comments Off on Young Nemechek Is So Composed That It’s Scary
Young Nemechek Is So Composed That It’s Scary

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Teenager John Hunter Nemechek is carrying on his family’s NASCAR legacy _ times three _ into the Camping World Truck Series with a level of composure he is convinced borders on the otherworldly.
John Hunter is the son of Joe Nemechek, known as “Front Row Joe” in […]

Worsham Adds Funny Car Championship To His Nitro Resume
Monday, Nov 16, 2015 – 9:09 | Comments Off on Worsham Adds Funny Car Championship To His Nitro Resume
Worsham Adds Funny Car Championship To His Nitro Resume

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Drag-racing “lifer” Del Worsham ignited an extended version of Kalitta Motorsports’ signature mosh-pit starting line celebration Sunday at Auto Club Raceway, an emotional tribute to Connie and Scott Kalitta and his own stellar 25-year career.
Worsham claimed his second NHRA world championship, and first in Funny Car, with a semifinal […]

Worsham Has Loads Of Incentives As He Chases Funny Car Championship
Sunday, Nov 15, 2015 – 9:39 | Comments Off on Worsham Has Loads Of Incentives As He Chases Funny Car Championship
Worsham Has Loads Of Incentives As He Chases Funny Car Championship

There is an X-factor in Del Worsham’s relentless pursuit of the 2015 NHRA Funny Car world championship that archrival “Fast Jack” Beckman and master tuner Jimmy Prock may be unable to match.
The 2011 NHRA Top Fuel world champion, Worsham could join Kenny Bernstein and Gary Scelzi as the only drivers to win titles in the […]

Johnson Jr. Steps Up Pursuit Of Funny Car Championship
Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 – 7:46 | Comments Off on Johnson Jr. Steps Up Pursuit Of Funny Car Championship
Johnson Jr. Steps Up Pursuit Of Funny Car Championship

Tommy Johnson Jr. checked-off the first item on his long-shot laundry list in pursuit of the 2015 NHRA Funny Car world championship Friday when he raced to the provisional pole during qualifications for the 51st annual Auto Club NHRA Finals.
Johnson powered his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T to a track-record 1,000-foot performance of 3.917-seconds at 324.67 […]

Savoie Hopes To Ride ‘Moto-Scooter’ Past Big Boys
Friday, Nov 13, 2015 – 9:38 | Comments Off on Savoie Hopes To Ride ‘Moto-Scooter’ Past Big Boys
Savoie Hopes To Ride ‘Moto-Scooter’ Past Big Boys

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Jerry Savoie’s quixotic quest for the 2015 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider’s title resumes Friday during the 51st annual Auto Club NHRA Finals, where the colorful-and-quotable Louisiana alligator farmer is conceding nothing to multiple world champions Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec.
Hines trailered Savoie in the final round at the most […]

Jimmie The Spoiler Turned Heat Up For Phoenix
Thursday, Nov 12, 2015 – 12:31 | Comments Off on Jimmie The Spoiler Turned Heat Up For Phoenix
Jimmie The Spoiler Turned Heat Up For Phoenix

FORT WORTH, Texas – Jimmie Johnson winning a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway officially has fallen into the dog-bites-man category, with Sunday’s 11th annual AAA Texas 500 the latest example.
On a day when pole-sitter Brad Keselowski led a record 312 of 334 laps, Johnson pulled off the winning pass with four […]

Kyle Busch Out To Do A Rewrite On Chase Script
Monday, Nov 9, 2015 – 13:18 | One Comment
Kyle Busch Out To Do A Rewrite On Chase Script

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Conspiracy theorists have speculated about scripted finishes to NASCAR races _ you know, results a little too goody-two-shoes-to-be-true _ dating to Richard Petty’s 200th win at Daytona International Speedway three decades ago.
For those NASCAR fans born pre-internet, Petty posted his landmark (and last) Sprint Cup Series […]

Gordon’s Goal: To Ride Off Into Sunset At Very Top
Sunday, Nov 8, 2015 – 9:56 | One Comment
Gordon’s Goal: To Ride Off Into Sunset At Very Top

FORT WORTH, Texas – In a sport where sentiment is tantamount to weakness, it suddenly has become OK to believe in Jeff Gordon and the power of magic.
Even throughout the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage area, home to testosterone-fueled egos, it truly is  cool to think that Sir Jeff can crank-out one last championship hurrah […]

For Truex, The Race For Respect Rages On
Saturday, Nov 7, 2015 – 16:11 | Comments Off on For Truex, The Race For Respect Rages On
For Truex, The Race For Respect Rages On

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Martin Truex Jr. and Furniture Row Racing are poised to play underdog at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, and perhaps all the way into NASCAR’s Championship 4.
Truex sits third in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship point-standings heading into Sunday’s 11th annual AAA Texas 500 […]

Buescher Hopes To Celebrate Homecoming At TMS
Saturday, Nov 7, 2015 – 8:45 | Comments Off on Buescher Hopes To Celebrate Homecoming At TMS
Buescher Hopes To Celebrate Homecoming At TMS

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – We interrupt Chris Buescher’s pursuit of his first NASCAR XFINITY Series driver’s championship for this Friday night football score:
Prosper High School Eagles 21, Denison Yellow Jackets 10.
A Prosper native, Buescher has enjoyed a crammed week of business and family-related travel as well as media obligations in […]