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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

TMS Officials Brush Aside NRA Controversy
Friday, Apr 12, 2013 – 15:21 | 2 Comments
TMS Officials Brush Aside NRA Controversy

FORT WORTH, Texas _ With the exception of a U.S. senator from Connecticut, Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage says there is no controversy surrounding the National Rifle Association’s title sponsorship of Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race here.
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy has sent a letter to News Corp. media mogul Rupert Murdoch requesting [...]

NASCAR To See If Gen-6 Cars Mesh With Texas
Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 – 20:27 | Comments Off
NASCAR To See If Gen-6 Cars Mesh With Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – When NASCAR’s Gen-6 race cars finally are fully-sorted, they’ll be branded as “Texas Tough.”
On-track teething of the Chevrolet SS, Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry continued Thursday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway in preparation for Saturday’s NRA 500, Race No. 7 of the Sprint Cup Series schedule. [...]

Allmendinger Savoring A Trip To The Barber
Friday, Apr 5, 2013 – 7:57 | Comments Off
Allmendinger Savoring A Trip To The Barber

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Team Penske has won all three IZOD IndyCar Series races run at Barber Motorsports Park, with Will Power (2011 and ‘12) and Helio Castroneves (2010) prevailing. That brief history has given A.J. Allmendinger the confidence
that the car he’ll drive in Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is fully capable [...]

Roush Set To Hang Hat In Texas’ Hall Of Fame
Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013 – 12:06 | Comments Off
Roush Set To Hang Hat In Texas’ Hall Of Fame

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Beginning with a sweep of the track’s inaugural NASCAR race weekend by Mark Martin and Jeff Burton in April 1997, Texas Motor Speedway has morphed into a “Roush House.”
Jack Roush’s run of success at “The Great American Speedway!” in Fort Worth features 18 victories as a car-owner across NASCAR’s top [...]

Vickers Joins Martin As Fill-Ins For Hamlin
Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 – 18:13 | Comments Off
Vickers Joins Martin As Fill-Ins For Hamlin

Mark Martin’s stint as substitute for injured NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin has been revised to a one-race deal.
Michael Waltrip Racing announced Friday that Martin will fill-in for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver in the No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry only at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, April 7. Martin will then return to [...]

Speeds Soar As IndyCars Arrive At Barber
Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 – 8:21 | Comments Off
Speeds Soar As IndyCars Arrive At Barber

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Record-setting speeds marked the first of a two-day IZOD IndyCar Series Open Test Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.
The session previewing the season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Fla., on March 24 produced these by-the-numbers highlights:
_ Twenty-five drivers who hot-lapped quicker than Will Power’s official record on [...]

Divine Intervention Powering Burkart Jr. At Firebird?
Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 – 9:10 | One Comment
Divine Intervention Powering Burkart Jr. At Firebird?

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
YORKVILLE, N.Y. – Phil Burkart Jr. is well-aware his 2013 NHRA Funny Car schedule could end this weekend at Firebird International Raceway, throttled by a lack of sponsorship. Even if that’s the case, Burkart will savor a two-race stint made possible by car-owner/chassis builder Steve Plueger…and perhaps Phil Sr.
Cold-turkey, Burkart [...]

Courtney Force Finishes Off Big Day For Women
Monday, Feb 18, 2013 – 8:09 | Comments Off
Courtney Force Finishes Off Big Day For Women

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR’s Danica Patrick wasn’t the only woman creating motorsports headlines Sunday.
Drag racer Courtney Force began her second season in the NHRA’s Funny Car ranks with a victory in the 53rd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
After posting the third [...]

More Top Fuelers Involved In NHRA Cover Up
Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013 – 10:41 | One Comment
More Top Fuelers Involved In NHRA Cover Up

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A growing number of NHRA Top Fuel drivers will be blasting down the 1,000-foot distance this season with a sunroof overhead.
What’s next…Sirius Satellite Radio and cup-holders?
Actually, the cockpit canopy introduced by seven-time Top Fuel world champion Tony Schumacher of Don Schumacher Racing last season and approved by the NHRA Technical [...]

Andretti Adds Viso, Fourth Car To Lineup
Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 – 9:03 | 2 Comments
Andretti Adds Viso, Fourth Car To Lineup

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In what rates as an open-wheel marriage of convenience, Andretti Autosport’s championship-winning organization has signed IZOD IndyCar Series veteran E.J. Viso to drive a fourth fulltime entry for the 2013 season.
A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Viso will drive the No. 5 Team Venezuela PDVSA Dallara/Chevrolet during his sixth IndyCar season [...]