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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

Alonso To Start F1 Season On The Bench
Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 – 19:26 | Comments Off
Alonso To Start F1 Season On The Bench

Fernando Alonso’s highly anticipated return to McLaren F1 has begun with a thud.
On the advice of his doctors, the two-time World Driving Champion will sit-out the 2015 season-opening Australian Grand Prix on March 15 after suffering a concussion in a crash while testing at Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 22.
Alonso’s McLaren/Honda will be handled at Albert [...]

Roman Conquerors Ride Again On Television
Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 – 9:05 | 2 Comments
Roman Conquerors Ride Again On Television

The cars that provided the heartbeat of the NASCAR Modified division’s most storied rivalry – and put Rome, N.Y., forever on the racing map – are about to take their places in American automotive culture.
A No. 61 Pinto-bodied Modified formerly owned and driven by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans and a replica No. 38 [...]

Crafton Blows Truck Field Away In Georgia
Sunday, Mar 1, 2015 – 8:37 | Comments Off
Crafton Blows Truck Field Away In Georgia

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Matt Crafton finally visited Victory Circle at his “favorite racetrack” Saturday, blitzing the field in the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The two-time/reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, Crafton’s Toyota Tundra overtook Daniel Suarez on Lap 59 of the scheduled 130 around AMS’ 1.54-mile quadoval. At the [...]

Kvapil, Team Succumb To Grand Theft Auto
Friday, Feb 27, 2015 – 18:25 | Comments Off
Kvapil, Team Succumb To Grand Theft Auto

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Police have found the Sprint Cup car that was stolen from a hotel parking lot in Georgia.
The car was found in Loganville, Ga., north of Atlanta on Saturday.
Team Xtreme Racing had withdrawn from Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway because somebody had [...]

500 Telecast Produces Big Numbers For Fox
Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 – 19:17 | Comments Off
500 Telecast Produces Big Numbers For Fox

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Joey Logano’s victory in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500 was witnessed by 13.4-million viewers on FOX, a 44 percent increase over the 9.3-million diehards who waited-out last year’s day-long, rain-delayed telecast at Daytona International Speedway.
The network reported Thursday that a total of 23.5-million viewers watched all or [...]

Ragan To Sub For Kyle Busch; Champ Rips Safety Effort
Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 – 8:13 | Comments Off
Ragan To Sub For Kyle Busch; Champ Rips Safety Effort

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
David Ragan will replace Kyle Busch as driver of the No. 18 M&Ms Crispy Toyota Camry fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing beginning with Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Meanwhile, Daytona 500 runnerup Kevin Harvick used his “Bully Pulpit” position as reigning Cup [...]

Regan Smith To Drive 41 At Atlanta
Monday, Feb 23, 2015 – 20:05 | Comments Off
Regan Smith To Drive 41 At Atlanta

Regan Smith will make a second consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start as replacement driver for the suspended Kurt Busch in the Folds of Honor 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 1, Stewart-Haas Racing announced Monday.
Smith will return to the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS during an open test session at AMS [...]

Kurt Busch Out Of Appeals – And The 500
Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 – 8:08 | 2 Comments
Kurt Busch Out Of Appeals – And The 500

Embattled NASCAR driver Kurt Busch lost a pair of appeal procedures Saturday stemming from his indefinite Sprint Cup Series suspension, ending the former champion’s bid to compete in Sunday’s season-opening 57th annual Daytona 500.
NASCAR slapped Busch with the indefinite suspension Friday afternoon in the aftermath of a Delaware family court’s finding earlier that “by a [...]

Hagan Jumps To Pole In Arizona
Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 – 7:59 | Comments Off
Hagan Jumps To Pole In Arizona

Two-time/reigning world champion Matt Hagan will attempt to notch season-opening, back-to-back Funny Car victories from P1 Sunday after recording his first career sub-4-second run during final qualifications for the 31st annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.
Crew chief Dickie Venables turned up the wick on Hagan’s Rocky Boots/Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T during the fourth [...]

Schumacher Roars To Provisional Pole In Arizona
Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 – 8:30 | Comments Off
Schumacher Roars To Provisional Pole In Arizona

Ambushed by teammate Antron Brown during the NHRA season-opener two weeks ago, Tony Schumacher rallied with a career-best pass during Top Fuel qualifying Friday for the 31st annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.
Schumacher recorded a 1,000-foot performance of 3.722-seconds at 325.61 mph during the final pairing of cars in the second session at Wild Horse [...]