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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

Keselowski About To Be Showered by Awards
Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 – 9:02 | Comments Off
Keselowski About To Be Showered by Awards

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
On a to-do list topped by “Date a celebrity,” 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski has added “Buy a tank” en route to what appears to be the inside track to the Driver of the Year award.
We’ll get to that possible tank purchase by “Bad Brad” in a [...]

2012 Formula 1 Season Ends With A Vettel Triple
Monday, Nov 26, 2012 – 9:03 | Comments Off
2012 Formula 1 Season Ends With A Vettel Triple

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The message filling Sebastian Vettel’s helmet as he crossed the finish line behind Formula One’s Safety Car Sunday was loud-and-proud: “You’re a triple World Champion. You are The Man!”
Unfortunately, the radio in Vettel’s dinged-up race car was only half-working and his Red Bull Racing/Renault teammates couldn’t hear his reply. [...]

Hamilton Stays Hot, Wins F1 Pole In Brazil
Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 – 8:46 | Comments Off
Hamilton Stays Hot, Wins F1 Pole In Brazil

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday’s 2012 season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix on-pole, determined to close-out his mercurial McLaren/Mercedes career on a two-race winning streak while also playing spoiler in the World Driving Championship.
Hamilton toured the 2.677-mile Interlagos Circuit in Sao Paulo Saturday in 1-minute, 12.458-seconds during the 10-minute Q3 session to [...]

Top Fuel Driver Massey Dumped By Schumacher
Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 – 8:51 | 13 Comments
Top Fuel Driver Massey Dumped By Schumacher

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Black Friday was no career bargain for NHRA Top Fuel driver Spencer Massey, who was unceremoniously released by Don Schumacher Racing 12 days after finishing third in the 2012 Countdown to the Championship point chase.
Team-owner Don Schumacher announced Massey’s termination in a terse release emailed to media at 6 p.m. [...]

Elliott Sadler Lands Job At Joe Gibbs Racing
Thursday, Nov 22, 2012 – 10:35 | Comments Off
Elliott Sadler Lands Job At Joe Gibbs Racing

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Elliott Sadler and his primary sponsor have found a new home at Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series season.
Sadler, NNS championship runnerup by 23 points in 2012, will drive the No. 11 Toyota Camry next year with primary sponsorship from OneMain Financial, a personal loan solutions company. [...]

Hamilton And COTA Are The Big Winners At USGP
Monday, Nov 19, 2012 – 6:01 | Comments Off
Hamilton And COTA Are The Big Winners At USGP

The 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship will go down to the wire down in South America next weekend.
Lewis Hamilton’s victory over Sebastian Vettel in Sunday’s inaugural United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas allowed the latter to stretch his lead over Fernando Alonso from 10 to 13 points heading into Sunday’s Brazilian [...]

Kenseth Takes Last Look At Career With Roush
Sunday, Nov 18, 2012 – 9:01 | 7 Comments
Kenseth Takes Last Look At Career With Roush

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Only Mark Martin’s departure from Roush Fenway Racing in 2006 has stirred more memories and emotions than the impending conclusion of Matt Kenseth’s tenure from the House that Jack Built.
Sunday’s 2012 season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be Kenseth’s career 472nd and last NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start [...]

USGP Polesitter Vettel Charges Toward Championship
Sunday, Nov 18, 2012 – 8:38 | Comments Off
USGP Polesitter Vettel Charges Toward Championship

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Formula One superstar Sebastian Vettel, whose meteoric career was launched in the United States five years ago, is poised to move closer to an historic third consecutive World Driving Championship at America’s latest/greatest motorsports venue.
Vettel will start Sunday’s inaugural United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, [...]

France Dishes On Dirt, New Cars, Tweets, More
Saturday, Nov 17, 2012 – 18:42 | Comments Off
France Dishes On Dirt, New Cars, Tweets, More

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR’s “cool factor,” its Gen 6 race car and the quality of racing were among myriad topics discussed by chairman/CEO Brian Z. France and Steve O’Donnell, the sanctioning body’s vice president of racing operations, during a press conference Saturday morning at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Here is the complete transcript of what has [...]

End Of Season Could Be Start Of New RCR Era
Friday, Nov 16, 2012 – 15:26 | Comments Off
End Of Season Could Be Start Of New RCR Era

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
If the skinny surrounding Kevin Harvick’s done-deal exit from Richard Childress Racing after the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season is true, RCR’s future definitely will be all about family.
Brothers Austin and Ty Dillon – grandsons of team-owner Childress – are in the formative stages of their respective NASCAR careers, and [...]