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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

Haas: F1 Team Needs To Pick Up The Pace
Sunday, Feb 25, 2018 – 16:45 | Comments Off on Haas: F1 Team Needs To Pick Up The Pace
Haas: F1 Team Needs To Pick Up The Pace

Preseason testing for the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship gets underway Monday at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya, with the series’ only American team returning for its third campaign featuring the same driver lineup from last year amid relatively unchanged technical regulations.
Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen will take the wheel of […]

Courtney Force Rides Record Run To Rise To P1 At Wild Horse Pass
Sunday, Feb 25, 2018 – 9:20 | Comments Off on Courtney Force Rides Record Run To Rise To P1 At Wild Horse Pass
Courtney Force Rides Record Run To Rise To P1 At Wild Horse Pass

Courtney Force set both ends of the Funny Car track record Saturday at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park as qualifying concluded for the 34th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals.
Force earned her first pole at the facility in Chandler, Ariz., with a 1,000-foot pass in 3.826-seconds at 335.98 mph. The lap ended a streak that had seen […]

“The Sarge” Tames Wild Horse In Day 1 Of Qualifying
Saturday, Feb 24, 2018 – 9:03 | Comments Off on “The Sarge” Tames Wild Horse In Day 1 Of Qualifying
“The Sarge” Tames Wild Horse In Day 1 Of Qualifying

Tony Schumacher and Clay Millican laid down the three fastest Top Fuel passes in NHRA history Friday during opening day qualifying for the 34th annual Arizona Nationals, with “The Sarge” ultimately emerging as provisional pole-sitter at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
Schumacher began the afternoon by covering the 1,000-foot distance in 3.649-seconds at 334.65-mph in his […]

Brittany Force Says Her Wild Ride In Pomona Was A Blur
Friday, Feb 23, 2018 – 8:14 | Comments Off on Brittany Force Says Her Wild Ride In Pomona Was A Blur
Brittany Force Says Her Wild Ride In Pomona Was A Blur

Brittany Force says she has no recollection of the grinding crash that launched the defense of her NHRA Top Fuel world championship nearly two weeks ago. But what she does remember _ backed by video she reluctantly has reviewed _ is akin to an out-of-body experience.
Force crashed during her first-round match Feb. 11 at the […]

Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace Is Enjoying Ridin’ With The King
Monday, Feb 19, 2018 – 9:29 | Comments Off on Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace Is Enjoying Ridin’ With The King
Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace Is Enjoying Ridin’ With The King

After finishing third in his Can-Am Duel race Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. was greeted by his “bodyguard.”
You may have heard of the guy.
“His name is Richard Petty,” said Wallace, referring to the NASCAR Hall of Famer and his Cup Series car-co-owner. “I have never seen him that excited before.  […]

Haas Takes Wraps Off VF-18
Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 – 12:38 | Comments Off on Haas Takes Wraps Off VF-18
Haas Takes Wraps Off VF-18

American-owned Haas F1 Team has unveiled its 2018 race car _ featuring the FIA-mandated “halo” frontal cockpit protection device _ as a prelude to the start of testing for the Formula One World Championship season later this month.
The VF-18 is an evolution of the team’s second car, the VF-17, which carried industrialist Gene Haas’ […]

Brittany Force Leaves Hospital
Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018 – 8:14 | Comments Off on Brittany Force Leaves Hospital
Brittany Force Leaves Hospital

Reigning Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force was released from the hospital Monday, one day after escaping serious injury in a crash during the NHRA’s season-opening race in Pomona, Calif.
A statement released by John Force Racing reported that Force, 31, showed no lingering effects from the crash with the exception of “some upper body soreness.” […]

Hagan Tops Hight As NHRA Season Begins
Monday, Feb 12, 2018 – 10:22 | Comments Off on Hagan Tops Hight As NHRA Season Begins
Hagan Tops Hight As NHRA Season Begins

Matt Hagan once again had the Funny Car field covered from start-to-finish en route to the winner’s circle in Sunday’s season-opening 58th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at Pomona, Calif.
A two-time Funny Car world champion, Hagan started race day at Auto Club Raceway as the No. 1 qualifier and defending event-winner, a title he also […]

Champ Force OK After Big Crash In Pomona
Sunday, Feb 11, 2018 – 21:32 | 2 Comments
Champ Force OK After Big Crash In Pomona

Brittany Force’s defense of her NHRA Top Fuel world championship began _ and temporarily has ended _with a grinding, first-round crash Sunday during the season-opening 58th annual NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif.
Force, 31, escaped serious injury at Auto Club Raceway when her Monster Energy dragster went out of control during a pass that started in […]

Millican Climbs To Pole At Winternationals
Sunday, Feb 11, 2018 – 8:59 | Comments Off on Millican Climbs To Pole At Winternationals
Millican Climbs To Pole At Winternationals

Clay Millican claimed pole position in Top Fuel in record-setting style Saturday as qualifying concluded for the 2018 season-opening 58th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif.
Millican re-set the national elapsed time record for 1,000-feet with a pass of 3.628-seconds at 322.04 mph in his Great Clips/Parts Plus dragster. […]