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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

Jimmie Looking For Momentum At TMS
Saturday, Apr 7, 2018 – 19:49 | Comments Off on Jimmie Looking For Momentum At TMS
Jimmie Looking For Momentum At TMS

FORT WORTH, Texas _ Mired in a career-worst slump, Jimmie Johnson _ Who else?_ paced Saturday afternoon’s weather-delayed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice for the 22nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
The defending event champion, Johnson ran only three laps around TMS’ 1.5-mile oval during the 40-minute session but wound […]

Blaney Drives To Dominating XFinity Series Win In Texas
Saturday, Apr 7, 2018 – 19:07 | Comments Off on Blaney Drives To Dominating XFinity Series Win In Texas
Blaney Drives To Dominating XFinity Series Win In Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas – Pole-winner Ryan Blaney extended the growing legacy of Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford team Saturday afternoon, dominating the field en route to victory in the 22nd annual My Bariatrics Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Blaney handed the team led by crew chief Brian Wilson its third consecutive NASCAR Xfinity Series victory […]

NASCAR, TMS Hoping For Needed TV Help
Saturday, Apr 7, 2018 – 12:10 | Comments Off on NASCAR, TMS Hoping For Needed TV Help
NASCAR, TMS Hoping For Needed TV Help

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – NASCAR’s sagging TV ratings could receive a much-needed bump at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend via “saturation coverage” on the FOX Network, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes.
With the exception of February’s season-opening Daytona 500, the other five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races run to-date […]

KuBu On Texas Pole
Friday, Apr 6, 2018 – 20:12 | Comments Off on KuBu On Texas Pole
KuBu On Texas Pole

FORT WORTH, Texas – Kurt Busch was fastest in practice and fastest in Round 1 of knockout qualifying Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, and that was enough to secure pole position for the 22nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 500.
The threat of lightning around TMS prompted NASCAR officials to cancel Rounds 2 and 3 of time […]

There Was A Sadler Sighting At TMS On Friday
Friday, Apr 6, 2018 – 18:35 | Comments Off on There Was A Sadler Sighting At TMS On Friday
There Was A Sadler Sighting At TMS On Friday

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – NASCAR Xfinity Series point-leader Elliott Sadler walked into his media availability at Texas Motor Speedway’s infield media center Friday brandishing extra identification, just in case anyone dared ask…who are you?
“I’m so nervous right now. I haven’t been in a media availability in so long I forgot how […]

Buescher Added New ‘Teammate’ Last Weekend
Friday, Apr 6, 2018 – 16:44 | Comments Off on Buescher Added New ‘Teammate’ Last Weekend
Buescher Added New ‘Teammate’ Last Weekend

FORT WORTH, Texas – The majority of NASCAR drivers likely spent their Easter holiday off-weekend coloring eggs with the kids, watching the remainder of their NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket implode or knocking items off their honey-do lists.
Native Texan Chris Buescher added a partner for life.
“We went and got married over Easter weekend, so that […]

Mario, Phoenix Take A Look Back
Friday, Apr 6, 2018 – 7:11 | Comments Off on Mario, Phoenix Take A Look Back
Mario, Phoenix Take A Look Back

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
ISM Raceway, most recently known as Phoenix Raceway, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Mario Andretti’s final Indy car victory in conjunction with this weekend’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix.
The 250-lap/255.5-mile event Saturday night (NBC Sports Network, 9 p.m., EDT) is Round 2 of the 2018 Verizon […]

Burkart Back; Looking To Shake Things Up In Vegas
Thursday, Apr 5, 2018 – 7:17 | Comments Off on Burkart Back; Looking To Shake Things Up In Vegas
Burkart Back; Looking To Shake Things Up In Vegas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Veteran Funny Car driver Phil Burkart Jr. will reunite with team-owner Robert Schwab during this weekend’s inaugural version of the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas.
A second-generation drag racer from Yorkville, N.Y., Burkart qualified for three national events in 2017 _ Pomona 1, Phoenix and Las Vegas […]

Suarez Wearing, Using His Heritage Proudly
Tuesday, Apr 3, 2018 – 17:33 | Comments Off on Suarez Wearing, Using His Heritage Proudly
Suarez Wearing, Using His Heritage Proudly

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DALLAS – NASCAR driver Daniel Suarez walked into the bustling Consulate de Mexico here recently as a humble national hero, carrying a message he hopes will resonate throughout Latin America.
“It means a lot to me to be the first Mexican-born driver (in the NASCAR Cup Series),” Suarez said during his […]

Montoya To Make His Le Mans Debut In ’18
Wednesday, Mar 28, 2018 – 18:06 | Comments Off on Montoya To Make His Le Mans Debut In ’18
Montoya To Make His Le Mans Debut In ’18

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Juan Pablo Montoya will add another line to his world-class racing resume while pursuing the Triple Crown of Motorsport this summer when he makes his competitive debut in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
United Autosports confirmed Tuesday that Montoya will join the team for the twice-around-the-clock classic in France. The […]