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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

The ‘Clawing’ Begins For Hunter-Reay
Sunday, Aug 4, 2013 – 6:40 | Comments Off
The ‘Clawing’ Begins For Hunter-Reay

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Well-aware it’s “go-for-broke” time, reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay gambled on tire selection Saturday afternoon en route to qualifying on-pole for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Hunter-Reay posted a lap of 1 minute, 05.3519-seconds/124.385 mph around the 2.258-mile/13-turn layout in Lexington, Ohio, to earn the [...]

Power Combines With Comfort To Produce Speed In Mid-Ohio
Saturday, Aug 3, 2013 – 7:08 | Comments Off
Power Combines With Comfort To Produce Speed In Mid-Ohio

Road-racing ace Will Power, admittedly baffled by the balance of his Dallara/Chevrolet all season, rallied to post the fastest lap of the day as time expired during Friday’s second IZOD IndyCar Series practice session for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Power, fastest among 24 drivers participating in the session, toured the 2.258-mile/13-turn [...]

Ford’s Exit Of NHRA Leaves Force In Limbo
Friday, Aug 2, 2013 – 7:19 | 3 Comments
Ford’s Exit Of NHRA Leaves Force In Limbo

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Neither John Force’s rat-tat-tat sponsorship spiels nor Courtney Force’s slightly naughty nudie magazine layout could convince Ford Racing to continue its team support programs in the NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series beyond 2014.
That’s one way to interpret Ford’s stunning decision to concentrate its drag racing dollars on NHRA’s grassroots [...]

Cars And Coffee Are Both Hot At Texas Outing
Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 – 18:04 | Comments Off
Cars And Coffee Are Both Hot At Texas Outing

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
PLANO, Texas – You have to get there early if you want to score a parking spot at Cars and Coffee Dallas, the first Saturday of the month gathering of all things automobilia hosted by Classic BMW.
For a couple of Porschephiles living in Fort Worth, “early” translated into a 5 [...]

‘Dixie’ Is Whistling His Way Into Record Books
Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 – 15:07 | Comments Off
‘Dixie’ Is Whistling His Way Into Record Books

Largely overshadowed by his more flamboyant teammate, Scott Dixon’s latest IZOD IndyCar Series victory has served as a reminder of a workmanlike career well-done.
Dixon, who turns 32 on July 22, earned his 30th Indy car win in the Pocono INDYCAR 400 Fueled by Sunoco last Sunday, breaking a tie with Team Penske superstar Rick Mears [...]

IndyCar Buzzed About Its Return To Pocono
Friday, Jul 5, 2013 – 6:57 | Comments Off
IndyCar Buzzed About Its Return To Pocono

All 24 IZOD IndyCar Series drivers participating in a one-day Open Test around the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway Thursday posted lap times better than the track record of 42.510-seconds/211.715 mph set by Emerson Fittipaldi on Aug. 19, 1989.
The session was a prelude to qualifying for Sunday’s Pocono INDYCAR 400 Fueled by Sunoco, as open-wheel racing returns [...]

Anderson Takes Digging Expedition To Norwalk
Thursday, Jul 4, 2013 – 7:57 | Comments Off
Anderson Takes Digging Expedition To Norwalk

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fourth of July weekend and the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, mark the start of the second half of the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. It’s the point where many drivers will accelerate their pushes towards a championship, including four-time Pro Stock world champion [...]

Trucker Jeb Burton Is Ready To ‘Do It Again’
Thursday, Jun 27, 2013 – 8:42 | Comments Off
Trucker Jeb Burton Is Ready To ‘Do It Again’

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Twenty days have passed since Jeb Burton scored his first Camping World Truck Series victory at Texas Motor Speedway. Practically speaking, the celebration lasted less than 24 hours after 20-year-old Jeb had added his name to the Burton family’s NASCAR legacy.
“Everything’s calmed down. It was a really cool experience, but [...]

Sonoma Win Takes Waltrip Back To ‘A Special Day’
Monday, Jun 24, 2013 – 6:52 | Comments Off
Sonoma Win Takes Waltrip Back To ‘A Special Day’

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Martin Truex Jr. didn’t break the longest non-winning streak among active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Sunday with his victory at Sonoma Raceway. That dubious record still belongs to 2000 Cup champion Bobby Labonte at 340 consecutive races…and counting.
There was a time when Truex’s team co-owner, Michael Waltrip, was burdened [...]

Buescher’s NNS Career Starts With A Road Trip
Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 – 6:56 | Comments Off
Buescher’s NNS Career Starts With A Road Trip

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – James Buescher will make his belated 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series debut this weekend with a clear conscience, and carrying a Texas-sized I-O-Y’all from his father-in-law.
The reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and a past NNS winner, Buescher will wheel the No. 34 Wolfpack Energy Services [...]