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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

Junior Heads To Desert Hoping To End Drought
Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 – 14:45 | 3 Comments
Junior Heads To Desert Hoping To End Drought

 
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Dale Earnhardt Jr. went on vacation last weekend promising to “raise a little hell.” What could it hurt? Considering Junior’s lackluster start to the 2009 Sprint Cup season, perhaps some sort of personal exorcism was in order for NASCAR’s most scrutinized star.
“I don’t know. You tell […]

Hit The Road Jack: Bowyer Moves To General Mills
Friday, Apr 10, 2009 – 8:33 | Comments Off on Hit The Road Jack: Bowyer Moves To General Mills
Hit The Road Jack: Bowyer Moves To General Mills

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In the sponsor-driven world of NASCAR, one must be willing to adapt.
For example, Clint Bowyer basically has traded a shot glass for a box of crayons and a sauce pan this season in his role as spokesman for his newest sponsors.
Bowyer spent the first three seasons of his NASCAR Sprint […]

Gordon Puts Brakes on Two Skids At Texas
Monday, Apr 6, 2009 – 13:59 | 2 Comments
Gordon Puts Brakes on Two Skids At Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com 
Fort Worth, Texas – Win in Texas? Finally, Jeff Gordon got ‘er done.
Gordon ended a 12-year/16-race run of futility at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon with a textbook NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory in the Samsung 500. A four-time series champion and current points leader, Gordon also snapped a career-worst […]

Texas Motor Speedway Boss Busts His Humpy For Fans
Sunday, Apr 5, 2009 – 13:38 | Comments Off on Texas Motor Speedway Boss Busts His Humpy For Fans
Texas Motor Speedway Boss Busts His Humpy For Fans

 
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – With the exit last year of H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler from the employ of Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Eddie Gossage has assumed the title of promoter extraordinaire at Speedway Motorsports Inc.
Gossage, president and general manager of Texas Motor Speedway, has overseen every aspect of “The Great American Speedway!” […]

Gordon On A Slump-Busting Mission in Texas
Sunday, Apr 5, 2009 – 11:40 | Comments Off on Gordon On A Slump-Busting Mission in Texas
Gordon On A Slump-Busting Mission in Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – His mounting frustration at Texas Motor Speedway has been compounded by a  career-long  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winless streak. Believe it when Jeff Gordon says he is aware of the numbing numbers: 0-for-16 at TMS; 0-for-47 since his most recent Cup victory.
“I’m aware of it because […]

Kyle Busch Dominates Texas Nationwide Race
Saturday, Apr 4, 2009 – 18:49 | Comments Off on Kyle Busch Dominates Texas Nationwide Race
Kyle Busch Dominates Texas Nationwide Race

 
By John Sturbin |Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Kyle Busch was “bad fast” Saturday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway, and the Nationwide Series record book took a beating because of it.
Busch won the O’Reilly 300 in dominating fashion, leading an event- record 178 of 200 laps around the 1.5-mile TMS quadoval en route to victory […]

Edwards Fires Back: Everything is Fine
Saturday, Apr 4, 2009 – 15:16 | Comments Off on Edwards Fires Back: Everything is Fine
Edwards Fires Back: Everything is Fine

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Carl Edwards briefly bared his fangs Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, where he is poised to rewrite the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series record book a second time.
Edwards became the first Cup driver to sweep both races on the 1.5-mile quadoval last year, part of his series-leading […]

Andretti Will Connect with Danica This Season
Friday, Apr 3, 2009 – 22:20 | One Comment
Andretti Will Connect with Danica This Season

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Reluctantly, Michael Andretti has added another job title to his IndyCar Series to-do list.
The co-owner of Andretti Green Racing and promoter of two Indy Racing League events, Andretti will serve as the radio “conscience” of Danica Patrick in 2009, calling race-day strategy for arguably the series’ most recognizable star.
[…]

GM Woes Spread Concern In NASCAR
Friday, Apr 3, 2009 – 18:45 | Comments Off on GM Woes Spread Concern In NASCAR
GM Woes Spread Concern In NASCAR

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – President Barack Obama lowered the broom earlier this week on General Motors chairman/CEO Rick Wagoner,  forcing him out of his high-profile role in a “restructuring” that has not fully caught up with NASCAR.
Perhaps it never will. The effect the government’s intervention into the private sector might […]

Reutimann Earns Cup Pole at Texas
Friday, Apr 3, 2009 – 17:35 | Comments Off on Reutimann Earns Cup Pole at Texas
Reutimann Earns Cup Pole at Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – David Reutimann says qualifying a Sprint Cup car at Texas Motor Speedway can be painful, even under the best of circumstances.
“When you leave pit road here for qualifying, you better be up on the wheel as hard as you can go,” Reutimann said Friday afternoon. “The […]