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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

Texas Is Big For NNS Driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Thursday, Nov 1, 2012 – 7:09 | Comments Off
Texas Is Big For NNS Driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Reigning NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. currently is second in the point standings, six behind leader Elliott Sadler of Richard Childress Racing.
Stenhouse padded his NNS points lead with a sixth-place finish last November for Roush Fenway Racing at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, site of Saturday night’s O’Reilly Auto Parts [...]

Funny Car Fracas Heats Way Up In Las Vegas
Monday, Oct 29, 2012 – 6:57 | Comments Off
Funny Car Fracas Heats Way Up In Las Vegas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Teammates Ron Capps and Jack Beckman are taking their intramural squabble for the 2012 NHRA Funny Car world championship to the end of the line, in what promises to be two weeks of 24/7 obsessing at Don Schumacher Racing.
Capps posted his Full Throttle Drag Racing Series-best fifth Funny Car victory [...]

Antron Brown Moves In On Championship, History
Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 – 10:32 | Comments Off
Antron Brown Moves In On Championship, History

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Despite his worst qualifying effort of the season, NHRA Top Fuel point-leader Antron Brown is closing on the next milestone in drag racing’s “drive for diversity.”
Brown is poised to become the first African-American to win a major American auto racing season championship. Eight rounds of racing remain in the six-event [...]

Pro Stock Protagonists Revitalized For Vegas
Friday, Oct 26, 2012 – 7:56 | Comments Off
Pro Stock Protagonists Revitalized For Vegas

The good-natured championship rivalry between NHRA Pro Stock protagonists Allen Johnson and Jason Line extends from the racetrack to the dynamometer to the teleconference.
That was evident during a recent Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship session with national media previewing this weekend’s 12th annual Big O Tires NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas [...]

DSR Strikes Gold At Funny Car Swap Meet
Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 – 8:21 | Comments Off
DSR Strikes Gold At Funny Car Swap Meet

When Don Schumacher Racing’s Jack Beckman and Ron Capps discuss “team orders,” it typically has nothing to do with orchestrating the outcome of an NHRA Funny Car race.
By order of their team-owner, Beckman and Capps swapped crew chiefs and teams in early April, four races into the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season. Half-a-year later, [...]

Resignation Adds To INDYCAR Ownership Saga
Monday, Oct 22, 2012 – 13:48 | One Comment
Resignation Adds To INDYCAR Ownership Saga

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Speculation surrounding Tony George’s ownership pursuit of INDYCAR was rekindled over the weekend following his resignation from the board of directors of Hulman & Company.
The board issued a statement accepting George’s resignation, effective Friday, from his family’s Terre Haute, Ind.-based business.
“Tony George has made the difficult decision to resign from [...]

TV News: F1, Speed Break Up While Fox, NASCAR Renew Vows
Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 – 8:27 | 3 Comments
TV News: F1, Speed Break Up While Fox, NASCAR Renew Vows

Formula 1 will have a new broadcast platform beginning next season, with NBC Sports Group securing the rights via a four-year contract that marks the end of the series’ long-standing partnership with Speed.
Four of the 20 races on the 2013 schedule will be carried on NBC, with the remainder on NBC Sports Network –which also is [...]

New Cars Won’t Take Sting Out Of Plate Racing
Monday, Oct 15, 2012 – 8:24 | 3 Comments
New Cars Won’t Take Sting Out Of Plate Racing

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – NASCAR’s retooled-for-2013 Sprint Cup cars, with their emphasis on showroom-style bodywork and mechanical grip, will not necessarily change what Greg Biffle calls the “hornet’s nest” that is restrictor plate racing.
“You’re always going to have plates. I don’t think it’s going to change it an ounce,” Biffle [...]

NASCAR Looking For Inner Beauty In 2013 Cars
Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 – 7:25 | One Comment
NASCAR Looking For Inner Beauty In 2013 Cars

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – If beauty is in the eyes of the car-owner, then NASCAR star Greg Biffle believes Ford fans will have plenty to like about the 2013 version of the Sprint Cup Series Fusion.
But it’s all the mechanical stuff underneath the updated sheet metal that has “The Biff-Man” [...]

Kligerman Rides Red Horse To Top At Talladega
Sunday, Oct 7, 2012 – 7:57 | Comments Off
Kligerman Rides Red Horse To Top At Talladega

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Parker Kligerman posted his breakthrough NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory Saturday in the fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway, thanks to a career revived by Red Horse Racing – and his Racermom.
Kligerman’s first career win came when he used a push in the draft from Johnny Sauter to pass James [...]