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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

Dixon Has Eye On A Sweep In Houston, Points Lead
Sunday, Oct 6, 2013 – 8:00 | Comments Off
Dixon Has Eye On A Sweep In Houston, Points Lead

Scott Dixon hacked into Helio Castroneves’ IZOD IndyCar Series point-lead big-time Saturday afternoon with a victory in Race 1 of the Shell Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston. And as he did at the doubleheader on the Streets of Toronto in mid-July, Dixie now is whistling…sweep!
Dixon’s fourth win of 2013, and third on a street circuit, [...]

Street Fight Brewing In Houston
Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 – 8:16 | Comments Off
Street Fight Brewing In Houston

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
IZOD IndyCar Series championship contenders Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon continued to measure one another during Friday’s opening practice session for the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader, while Justin Wilson and Will Power significantly lowered lap times in the second 45-minute session.
Wilson, driver of the No. 19 [...]

Junior Cooks Up New Plan: Swing For The Fences
Friday, Oct 4, 2013 – 7:49 | Comments Off
Junior Cooks Up New Plan: Swing For The Fences

ROANOKE, Texas – NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. figures he’ll have to do some major point-shaving if he has any chance of contending for the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.
Junior is in 10th place and 57 points behind championship leader Matt Kenseth heading into Round 4 of the 10-event Chase, Sunday’s Hollywood Casino [...]

Hornish Jr. On The Cusp Of Title, Joblessness
Friday, Sep 27, 2013 – 8:06 | 3 Comments
Hornish Jr. On The Cusp Of Title, Joblessness

Sam Hornish Jr. could end the season as 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion – and unemployed.
“I’m in the offer-taking stage right now. At this point they don’t have anything for me at Penske (Racing) next year,” Hornish said during an interview with RacinToday.com on Thursday. “It’s not anything performance-wise. It’s strictly money and not on [...]

Q&A: Foyt Talks Racing, Health, More Racing
Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 – 10:00 | Comments Off
Q&A: Foyt Talks Racing, Health, More Racing

He is An American Original, big as Texas and tougher than a well-worn pair of Nocona Chocolate Brown cowboy boots.
Anthony Joseph Foyt Jr. has been banging around racetracks for 60 years, starting on the small dirt tracks around his Houston hometown in 1953 and graduating in rapid fashion to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway and [...]

Texas-Sized Changes Announced For TMS
Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 – 8:19 | Comments Off
Texas-Sized Changes Announced For TMS

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Fans attending NASCAR and INDYCAR races at Texas Motor Speedway in 2014 invariably will find themselves locked in a stare-down with Big Hoss TV, a “monumental” addition to Eddie Gossage’s No Limits Wild Asphalt Circus.
“Big Hoss is unquestionably the biggest, baddest big-screen in the world. Not [...]

Car Out Of Hock, Enders-Stevens Going For Championship
Sunday, Sep 22, 2013 – 7:42 | Comments Off
Car Out Of Hock, Enders-Stevens Going For Championship

ENNIS, Texas – Her historic, gender-breaking NHRA Pro Stock victory was capped by a marriage proposal, a series of real-world events fit for a second storybook Disney Channel movie.
As the cynics in the press box are wont to say…you can’t make this stuff up!
Erica Enders’ marriage to Richie Stevens Jr. is doing just fine, thanks. [...]

Life No Longer a Drag For ‘Better Person’ Massey
Saturday, Sep 21, 2013 – 8:32 | Comments Off
Life No Longer a Drag For ‘Better Person’ Massey

ENNIS, Texas – The life and times of NHRA Top Fuel driver Spencer Massey took a turn for the cursed last fall, the result of an indiscretion inflicted by a self-described “spoiled kid.”
“I believe I’m a better person now, and hopefully a better race car driver,” Massey said Friday afternoon at the Texas Motorplex in [...]

Brown Itching To Get Back Into The Show
Friday, Sep 20, 2013 – 7:10 | Comments Off
Brown Itching To Get Back Into The Show

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
(Editor’s note: Friday’s qualifying sessions were washed out by rain.)
DALLAS – When his Top Fuel dragster is pumping-out a 1,000-foot pass on all cylinders, reigning NHRA world champion Antron Brown says he is an accident waiting to happen.
Strange words from a guy who failed to qualify for Round 1 of [...]

Q&A: Mario’s Life And Career Have Been A RUSH
Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013 – 13:54 | 2 Comments
Q&A: Mario’s Life And Career Have Been A RUSH

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
He never has parallel-parked a train, but for a generation of motorsports fans Mario Andretti truly is The Most Interesting Man in the World.
Consider these accomplishments:
– Only driver to win NASCAR’s Daytona 500 (1967), Indianapolis 500 (1969) and Formula One World Driving Championship (1978).
– Along with Phil Hill, only the [...]