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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

Beckman Wins Sonoma; Swing Hopes Remain Alive
Monday, Aug 3, 2015 – 8:02 | Comments Off on Beckman Wins Sonoma; Swing Hopes Remain Alive
Beckman Wins Sonoma; Swing Hopes Remain Alive

“Fast” Jack Beckman emerged as last man standing in pursuit of sweeping the NHRA’s 2015 Western Swing Sunday, when he polished-off a near-perfect weekend with a Funny Car victory in the 28th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals.
Beckman trailered Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. in the final at Sonoma Raceway to keep alive his bid […]

Jeggie Returns To Cockpit In Sonoma
Friday, Jul 31, 2015 – 7:21 | Comments Off on Jeggie Returns To Cockpit In Sonoma
Jeggie Returns To Cockpit In Sonoma

Erica Enders’ pursuit of a second consecutive NHRA Pro Stock world championship figures to receive a high-profile boost this weekend, when five-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. rolls out of a self-imposed retirement and into the staging lanes at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway.
Sitting between multiple world champions Greg Anderson and Jason line in the point standings, […]

Derrick Walker Out At INDYCAR
Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 – 13:25 | Comments Off on Derrick Walker Out At INDYCAR
Derrick Walker Out At INDYCAR

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Derrick Walker, President of Competition & Operations, INDYCAR, announced Thursday morning he will relinquish his duties with the open-wheel series effective Aug. 31, 2015, in order to pursue other professional opportunities.
Mark Miles, CEO, Hulman & Company, said a search for Walker’s replacement is underway.
“I have appreciated the opportunity to work […]

Morgan Is New ‘King Of The Mountain’
Monday, Jul 27, 2015 – 7:14 | Comments Off on Morgan Is New ‘King Of The Mountain’
Morgan Is New ‘King Of The Mountain’

An unflappable Larry Morgan won a classic Pro Stock starting line burn-down against Allen Johnson en route to a hole-shot victory that ended the latter’s reign as “King of The Mountain” during Sunday’s upset-filled finals of the 36th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals.
Following a stubborn staging duel that lasted 1 minute, 45 seconds, Morgan covered […]

Hunter-Reay Leads American Sweep In Iowa
Sunday, Jul 19, 2015 – 7:47 | Comments Off on Hunter-Reay Leads American Sweep In Iowa
Hunter-Reay Leads American Sweep In Iowa

Ryan Hunter-Reay’s season-long nightmare is over.
Mired in a baffling and borderline embarrassing slump, Hunter-Reay led a sweep by American drivers of the top four finishing positions and six of the top seven – en route to Victory Lane after Saturday night’s ninth annual Iowa Corn 300. RHR’s initial Verizon IndyCar Series win of the 2015 season […]

Customizing Icon Winfield Still Hammering Away
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 – 8:20 | Comments Off on Customizing Icon Winfield Still Hammering Away
Customizing Icon Winfield Still Hammering Away

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – At an age when many folks look forward to a hot delivery from Meals on Wheels, Gene Winfield is planning to pound out his next/best hot rod.
Legendary car customizer Robert Eugene Winfield celebrated his 88th birthday on June 16 with family at his home in Mojave, Calif., […]

NHRA To Split With ESPN, Join Fox In 2016
Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 – 16:34 | Comments Off on NHRA To Split With ESPN, Join Fox In 2016
NHRA To Split With ESPN, Join Fox In 2016

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The National Hot Rod Association and longtime partner ESPN mutually have agreed to terminate their television coverage agreement following the 2015 season, with the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series to be staged on FOX Sports starting in 2016.
NHRA and FOX Sports officials jointly announced Tuesday afternoon that starting in 2016 […]

IndyCar Notes: Newgarden Fastest As Series Takes To Milwaukee Mile
Sunday, Jul 12, 2015 – 7:28 | Comments Off on IndyCar Notes: Newgarden Fastest As Series Takes To Milwaukee Mile
IndyCar Notes: Newgarden Fastest As Series Takes To Milwaukee Mile

CFH Racing’s Josef Newgarden was quickest among 24 drivers turning laps during Saturday’s initial practice for the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers.
Newgarden’s hot lap of 21.5415-seconds at 169.626 mph picked up where he left off on the historic 1.015-mile oval in West Allis, Wis. Newgarden recorded […]

Dillon: Daytona Crash Gives Me Confidence
Friday, Jul 10, 2015 – 7:11 | Comments Off on Dillon: Daytona Crash Gives Me Confidence
Dillon: Daytona Crash Gives Me Confidence

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Austin Dillon experienced the cliché – from checkers-to-wreckers – last weekend at Daytona International Speedway, where his victory in Saturday night’s Subway Firecracker 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race was trumped by his horrifying crash in the Sprint Cup Series Coke 400 that ended early Monday morning.
As Dale Earnhardt Jr. sped […]

INDYCAR Boss: Ooops On Fontana Downforce Call
Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 – 18:29 | Comments Off on INDYCAR Boss: Ooops On Fontana Downforce Call
INDYCAR Boss: Ooops On Fontana Downforce Call

INDYCAR boss Mark Miles said Wednesday the “compelling” and “at times hard to watch” record-setting pack racing that unfolded during Saturday’s MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway largely was the result of aerodynamic happenstance.
“Clearly different tracks present different styles and getting the best setup is not an exact science,” Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., […]