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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

COTA Is About To Make American History
Friday, Nov 16, 2012 – 8:36 | Comments Off
COTA Is About To Make American History

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Formula One’s honeymoon with Circuit of The Americas continued Thursday, less than 24 hours before opening practice for the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.
Speaking during the $400-million circuit’s first official press briefing, two-time World Driving ChampionFernando Alonso of Spain said he initially lapped the 3.4-mile, 20-turn layout via [...]

Awesome Austin Track Steps Into World Spotlight
Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 – 10:30 | Comments Off
Awesome Austin Track Steps Into World Spotlight

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Formula One will add another chapter to its nomadic and disjointed history in America this weekend when Circuit of The Americas – and a pig farm – welcome the motorsports world’s elite, Texas-style.
Opening practice for Sunday afternoon’s latest/greatest edition of the United States Grand Prix is scheduled for 10 a.m. [...]

Courtney Has Become A Genuine Force In NHRA
Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 – 13:29 | Comments Off
Courtney Has Become A Genuine Force In NHRA

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
One day after playing a reluctant but pivotal role in the 2012 NHRA Funny Car championship, Courtney Force added another award to the John Force Racing trophy case.
Force was named winner of the $20,000 Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award, which recognizes the National Hot Rod [...]

Winners: They Beat Flames And Cancer
Sunday, Nov 11, 2012 – 21:50 | 2 Comments
Winners: They Beat Flames And Cancer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
On a day when he couldn’t get from Point A-to-B, Antron Brown made motorsports history.
Despite a fiery, first-round Top Fuel loss, Brown became the first African-American driver to win a major U.S. auto racing championship at the 48th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.
Brown – eliminated by Don [...]

Johnson Family’s NHRA Journey Peaks At Pomona
Sunday, Nov 11, 2012 – 8:45 | Comments Off
Johnson Family’s NHRA Journey Peaks At Pomona

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Allen and Roy Johnson celebrated their first NHRA Pro Stock world championship at opposite ends of Pomona Raceway Saturday afternoon, a father/son team of few words but 17 years-worth of emotion.
“It’s been quite the journey,” said Allen Johnson, who clinched the 2012 Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock title [...]

Capps, Beckman on Verge of Living Their Dreams
Friday, Nov 9, 2012 – 14:05 | Comments Off
Capps, Beckman on Verge of Living Their Dreams

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Jack Beckman was 7-years-old when he attended his first drag race.
Ron Capps was in the womb.
Thousands of time-slips later, fate has returned the Don Schumacher Racing teammates to their Southern California roots, where one will emerge Sunday as 2012 NHRA Funny Car world champion.
“Yeah, interesting stuff,” said Beckman, driver of [...]

Two To Go: Chase Is Taking On A Testy Sizzle
Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 – 8:28 | Comments Off
Two To Go: Chase Is Taking On A Testy Sizzle

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – A line of respect between Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson was drawn on Lap 327 of Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, where “Bad Brad” reiterated that as NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup begins to heat-up, he won’t back down.
Befitting his status as [...]

Sauter Chickens Out At Texas Motor Speedway
Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 – 20:06 | Comments Off
Sauter Chickens Out At Texas Motor Speedway

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Johnny Sauter’s season of disappointing double-digit results in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series does not include the two races run at Texas Motor Speedway.
When he races at TMS, Sauter conveniently develops a case of “Romnesia.”
“I’m worried about Tuesday and Mitt Romney winning (the presidential election)…that’s [...]

Bowyer Hopes The Frontrunners Will Stumble
Friday, Nov 2, 2012 – 18:17 | Comments Off
Bowyer Hopes The Frontrunners Will Stumble

FORT WORTH, Texas – Clint Bowyer concedes that, yes, Jimmie Johnson is the favorite to win the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver’s championship.
“Same old Chase. Same races, same racetracks and same guy (Johnson) you’re trying to beat for the championship,” said Bowyer, referring to NASCAR’s 10-event/12-driver playoff. “It’s damn sure the same Chase. But [...]

Danica Ready To Settle Down After ‘Standing Up’
Friday, Nov 2, 2012 – 10:38 | 4 Comments
Danica Ready To Settle Down After ‘Standing Up’

FORT WORTH, Texas – Danica Patrick will huddle-up with crew chief/mentor Tony Gibson for the first time Friday morning at Texas Motor Speedway, where her new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief likely will address a lingering issue.
That would be Mr. Landon Cassill, the Cup driver who became a YouTube curiosity when Patrick sent him [...]