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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

Mustangs Headed To Cup
Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018 – 17:08 | Comments Off on Mustangs Headed To Cup
Mustangs Headed To Cup

Ford Motor Company’s iconic Mustang nameplate and emblem will be the focal point in two of America’s most popular forms of motorsports in 2019.
Stock car racing’s most brand-centric rivalry will return to its “Muscle Car” roots on NASCAR’s premier tour next season, when Ford campaigns its Mustang in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series […]

Rutherford Feted By Road Racers
Saturday, Apr 14, 2018 – 8:20 | Comments Off on Rutherford Feted By Road Racers
Rutherford Feted By Road Racers

Three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Johnny Rutherford was honored for his distinguished career by his peers in the Road Racing Drivers Club Thursday night as a prelude to this weekend’s 44th running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The RRDC Evening with Johnny Rutherford Presented by Firestone was held at the Hilton Hotel before a […]

TV Numbers: Not Everything Bigger In Texas
Friday, Apr 13, 2018 – 10:38 | Comments Off on TV Numbers: Not Everything Bigger In Texas
TV Numbers: Not Everything Bigger In Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Last Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway failed to reverse a season-long trend of sagging TV viewership numbers.
The 22nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 reportedly posted a 1.7 rating and 2.82-million viewers on FOX Sports 1 _ down a staggering 37 […]

The Bow Is Back: Kyle Busch Wins In Texas
Sunday, Apr 8, 2018 – 19:24 | Comments Off on The Bow Is Back: Kyle Busch Wins In Texas
The Bow Is Back: Kyle Busch Wins In Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Kyle Busch brushed-off his signature bow to the fans Sunday afternoon for the first time this season at Texas Motor Speedway after outlasting Kevin Harvick en route to victory in the 22nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 500.
Busch scored his first win of the Monster Energy NASCAR […]

SMI Touts Vegas Four-Wide Success
Sunday, Apr 8, 2018 – 16:18 | Comments Off on SMI Touts Vegas Four-Wide Success
SMI Touts Vegas Four-Wide Success

FORT WORTH, Texas – Top executives of Speedway Motorsports Inc. are attending today’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway while keeping track of what’s happening at a sister property in Las Vegas.
TMS founder O. Bruton Smith, executive chairman of SMI, has accompanied son Marcus Smith, SMI president/CEO, to Cowtown for today’s Monster Energy […]

Jimmie Looking For Momentum At TMS
Saturday, Apr 7, 2018 – 19:49 | Comments Off on Jimmie Looking For Momentum At TMS
Jimmie Looking For Momentum At TMS

FORT WORTH, Texas _ Mired in a career-worst slump, Jimmie Johnson _ Who else?_ paced Saturday afternoon’s weather-delayed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice for the 22nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
The defending event champion, Johnson ran only three laps around TMS’ 1.5-mile oval during the 40-minute session but wound […]

Blaney Drives To Dominating XFinity Series Win In Texas
Saturday, Apr 7, 2018 – 19:07 | Comments Off on Blaney Drives To Dominating XFinity Series Win In Texas
Blaney Drives To Dominating XFinity Series Win In Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas – Pole-winner Ryan Blaney extended the growing legacy of Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford team Saturday afternoon, dominating the field en route to victory in the 22nd annual My Bariatrics Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Blaney handed the team led by crew chief Brian Wilson its third consecutive NASCAR Xfinity Series victory […]

NASCAR, TMS Hoping For Needed TV Help
Saturday, Apr 7, 2018 – 12:10 | Comments Off on NASCAR, TMS Hoping For Needed TV Help
NASCAR, TMS Hoping For Needed TV Help

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – NASCAR’s sagging TV ratings could receive a much-needed bump at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend via “saturation coverage” on the FOX Network, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes.
With the exception of February’s season-opening Daytona 500, the other five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races run to-date […]

KuBu On Texas Pole
Friday, Apr 6, 2018 – 20:12 | Comments Off on KuBu On Texas Pole
KuBu On Texas Pole

FORT WORTH, Texas – Kurt Busch was fastest in practice and fastest in Round 1 of knockout qualifying Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, and that was enough to secure pole position for the 22nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 500.
The threat of lightning around TMS prompted NASCAR officials to cancel Rounds 2 and 3 of time […]

There Was A Sadler Sighting At TMS On Friday
Friday, Apr 6, 2018 – 18:35 | Comments Off on There Was A Sadler Sighting At TMS On Friday
There Was A Sadler Sighting At TMS On Friday

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – NASCAR Xfinity Series point-leader Elliott Sadler walked into his media availability at Texas Motor Speedway’s infield media center Friday brandishing extra identification, just in case anyone dared ask…who are you?
“I’m so nervous right now. I haven’t been in a media availability in so long I forgot how […]