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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

A Texas Post Card: From Stuttgart With Love
Monday, Apr 6, 2015 – 9:53 | Comments Off on A Texas Post Card: From Stuttgart With Love
A Texas Post Card: From Stuttgart With Love

 
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
KERRVILLE, Texas – The Hill Country was alive with the sounds of Porsches two weekends ago during an annual rite of spring situated in the seat of Kerr County and spilling over into surrounding Parts Unknown.
The 2015 Hill Country Rallye attracted 94 registered Porsches of various vintages and over 130 […]

NASCAR Modifies Superspeedway Qualifying
Monday, Mar 30, 2015 – 14:00 | One Comment
NASCAR Modifies Superspeedway Qualifying

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In the wake of criticism leveled by several top Sprint Cup Series drivers at Daytona International Speedway last month, NASCAR unveiled modifications to the qualifying format for superspeedway events across all three national series on Monday.
The updated format will take effect at Talladega Superspeedway for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and […]

Vettel Puts Ferrari On Top
Monday, Mar 30, 2015 – 7:42 | Comments Off on Vettel Puts Ferrari On Top
Vettel Puts Ferrari On Top

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Sebastian Vettel reintroduced Scuderia Ferrari to the top of the Formula One podium Sunday with a tactical and emotional victory in the Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix. And then the four-time World Driving Champion showed off his Italian.
“As I said to the whole team, ‘Grazie!’ ” a physically drained Vettel said […]

Hines Talks About Bikes And Being No. 1
Saturday, Mar 28, 2015 – 7:50 | Comments Off on Hines Talks About Bikes And Being No. 1
Hines Talks About Bikes And Being No. 1

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Andrew Hines’ defense of his 2014 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world championship momentarily became an afterthought during the season-opener for the two-wheel class two weeks ago.
A four-time world champion, Hines and his Harley-Davidson V-Rod were ambushed by Shawn Gann and his Buell during the quarterfinals of the 46th annual AMALIE […]

Biffle Baffled By Roush Woes
Sunday, Mar 22, 2015 – 15:31 | Comments Off on Biffle Baffled By Roush Woes
Biffle Baffled By Roush Woes

Greg Biffle and his Roush Fenway Racing teammates have been operating in the unusual roles of also-rans during the opening month of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
Flat-out speed was the nagging issue for the Ford Fusions driven by Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne during qualifying for Sunday’s Auto Club 400. Biffle qualified […]

Kurt Busch Returns To Driver’s Seat With A Bang
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 – 7:38 | Comments Off on Kurt Busch Returns To Driver’s Seat With A Bang
Kurt Busch Returns To Driver’s Seat With A Bang

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Kurt Busch says he is “putting the blinders on” in his return to the Sprint Cup Series following a NASCAR-imposed suspension for alleged domestic abuse.
Busch qualified on-pole Friday afternoon for Sunday’s Auto Club 400 in Fontana, Calif., five days after making a delayed 2015 debut at Phoenix International Raceway. Busch […]

Blood Problems Again Sideline Vickers
Friday, Mar 20, 2015 – 16:30 | Comments Off on Blood Problems Again Sideline Vickers
Blood Problems Again Sideline Vickers

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Brian Vickers’ NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career again has been placed on hold.
Vickers has experienced a reoccurrence of blood clots, prompting the 31-year-old to begin taking a blood-thinning medication that will prevent him from competing in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.
Michael Waltrip Racing has […]

Hamilton, Mercedes start ’15 the way they ended ’14
Sunday, Mar 15, 2015 – 8:05 | Comments Off on Hamilton, Mercedes start ’15 the way they ended ’14
Hamilton, Mercedes start ’15 the way they ended ’14

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Reigning World Driving Champion Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes AMG teammate Nico Rosberg continued their stranglehold on the FIA’s Formula One World Championship Sunday, posting a runaway 1-2 finish in the 2015 season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Pole-sitter Hamilton, a two-time world champion, finished 1.360-seconds in front of Rosberg at the conclusion of […]

Hamilton On Pole In Australia
Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 – 16:15 | Comments Off on Hamilton On Pole In Australia
Hamilton On Pole In Australia

Lewis Hamilton will launch defense of his Formula One World Driving Championship from P1 Sunday, as the Brit and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg swept the front row during knockout qualifying for the 2015 season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
In a reprise of their dominant 2014 form, Hamilton covered the 3.3-mile/16-turn Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne in 1 […]

Jeff Gordon Is Ready To Roll, Not Rock
Friday, Mar 13, 2015 – 7:56 | Comments Off on Jeff Gordon Is Ready To Roll, Not Rock
Jeff Gordon Is Ready To Roll, Not Rock

DALLAS – A rocking chair is the one parting gift Jeff Gordon doesn’t want to receive during his final full season as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series superstar. Because after vacating the cockpit of his trademark No. 24 Chevrolet in November, even “Sir Jeff” isn’t sure what seat he’ll jump into next.
“No rocking chairs, thankfully – […]