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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

Langdon Lands Kalitta Ride
Friday, Apr 7, 2017 – 7:05 | Comments Off on Langdon Lands Kalitta Ride
Langdon Lands Kalitta Ride

By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Team Kalitta will field 2013 NHRA Top Fuel world champion Shawn Langdon in a third, full-time team sponsored by Global Electronic Technology beginning with Round 5 of the 2017 schedule later this month at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas.
Langdon competed in 30 national events for Don Schumacher Racing while “on loan” […]

Book Brings Blue Oval Memories Back To Life
Thursday, Apr 6, 2017 – 8:08 | Comments Off on Book Brings Blue Oval Memories Back To Life
Book Brings Blue Oval Memories Back To Life

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – I’m a “Chevy guy,” have been since 1971. But I grew up in a Ford family.
First car I drove was my father, John Sr.’s, black-with-white-top 1953 Ford Crown Victoria; learned to drive a manual transmission on his black 1961 Falcon station wagon, complete with three-on-the-tree; got […]

Las Vegas Is Brown’s Town
Monday, Apr 3, 2017 – 7:11 | Comments Off on Las Vegas Is Brown’s Town
Las Vegas Is Brown’s Town

Nitro aces Tommy Johnson Jr. and Antron Brown collaborated to give Don Schumacher Racing its respective 299th and 300th NHRA victories Sunday, capping an historic ending to the 18th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals.
In addition to DSR’s performances by Johnson in Funny Car and Brown in Top Fuel, 17-year-old Tanner Gray became the youngest […]

Earnhardt Jr.: Repaved Tracks Are A Challenge
Friday, Mar 31, 2017 – 9:16 | Comments Off on Earnhardt Jr.: Repaved Tracks Are A Challenge
Earnhardt Jr.: Repaved Tracks Are A Challenge

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DALLAS – Concussion symptoms in his rearview mirror, NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. is one week away from his next career challenge _ the repaved and re-profiled racing surface at Texas Motor Speedway.
Earnhardt and his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series peers will roll onto the 1.5-mile oval in Fort Worth as […]

Ferrari vs. Mercedes Thriller Shaping Up In F1
Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017 – 12:23 | Comments Off on Ferrari vs. Mercedes Thriller Shaping Up In F1
Ferrari vs. Mercedes Thriller Shaping Up In F1

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Reigning World Driving Champion Nico Rosberg began the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship season Sunday in his new role as Josef Fan.
And after the checkered flag had fallen upon Sebastian Vettel and Scuderia Ferrari at the Australian Grand Prix, Rosberg felt compelled to tweet: “Congrats Sebastian/Ferrari. Respect. Could be […]

Haas F1 To Start ’17 High On Confidence, Grid
Saturday, Mar 25, 2017 – 17:09 | Comments Off on Haas F1 To Start ’17 High On Confidence, Grid
Haas F1 To Start ’17 High On Confidence, Grid

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
American-owned Haas F1 Team will begin its second season in the FIA Formula One World Championship Sunday searching for the elusive “incremental improvements” that separate a mid-pack organization from a potential title contender.
That process was accelerated Saturday, when lead driver Romain Grosjean qualified sixth on the 20-car grid for the […]

Barber Test A Honda vs. Chevy Power Struggle
Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 – 7:33 | Comments Off on Barber Test A Honda vs. Chevy Power Struggle
Barber Test A Honda vs. Chevy Power Struggle

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Team Penske’s Will Power led a parade of 22 Verizon IndyCar Series drivers turning test laps at Barber Motorsports Park Tuesday in advance of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama _ third of 17 races on this year’s schedule, set for April 21-23.
A total of 1,147 laps were run on […]

Schumacher Collects A Record Fifth Victory In Gainesville
Monday, Mar 20, 2017 – 8:00 | Comments Off on Schumacher Collects A Record Fifth Victory In Gainesville
Schumacher Collects A Record Fifth Victory In Gainesville

Tony Schumacher name-dropped his way into the Gainesville Raceway record book Sunday as winningest NHRA Top Fuel driver in the history of the famed Florida facility.
Schumacher’s victory over Don Schumacher Racing teammate Antron Brown in the final of the 48th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals was the fifth for “The Sarge,” an eight-time world […]

Gator Guy Savoie Eyes GatorNats Championship
Sunday, Mar 19, 2017 – 9:22 | Comments Off on Gator Guy Savoie Eyes GatorNats Championship
Gator Guy Savoie Eyes GatorNats Championship

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In Jerry Savoie’s work-a-day world, straddling his 58-year-old body over the tank of a Pro Stock Motorcycle at speeds approaching 200 mph qualifies as borderline mundane. That’s because Savoie’s other profession _ alligator farmer _ might be viewed as borderline insane.
One of drag racing’s bona fide characters, Savoie will launch […]

Force Racing Shuffles Crews
Friday, Mar 17, 2017 – 8:39 | Comments Off on Force Racing Shuffles Crews
Force Racing Shuffles Crews

Drag racing icon John Force has orchestrated an early-season shakeup of two of his three Funny Car teams heading into this weekend’s 48th annual NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.
In what rates as the latest layer of intrigue surrounding the relationship between Force and prodigal crew chief Jimmy Prock, “Brute” Force and John Force Racing President […]