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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

Victory At WGI Revs Up RPM’s Hopes For Future
Friday, Aug 17, 2012 – 10:10 | Comments Off
Victory At WGI Revs Up RPM’s Hopes For Future

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Silly Season at Richard Petty Motorsports took a well-timed twist at Watkins Glen International, where Marcos Ambrose handed his team’s namesake a tongue-in-cheek bargaining chip in its contract negotiations with Ford Racing.
Ambrose’s dramatic, final-lap victory over Brad Keselowski of Penske Racing during Sunday’s 27th annual Finger Lakes 355 at The [...]

Edwards Enjoys Reliving Old Times With Old Pals
Sunday, Aug 12, 2012 – 7:34 | Comments Off
Edwards Enjoys Reliving Old Times With Old Pals

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Relegated to the role of spectator, Carl Edwards reported that he was warmly greeted in the NASCAR Nationwide Series garage as the weekend began at Watkins Glen International.
“We haven’t been on the track yet, so they’re all pretty happy to see me. So that’s good,” Edwards [...]

Gordon Hopes To Re-Open The Old Road Show
Saturday, Aug 11, 2012 – 7:30 | Comments Off
Gordon Hopes To Re-Open The Old Road Show

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – NASCAR superstar Jeff Gordon doesn’t spend time thumbing through his back pages, so the four Sprint Cup Series victories he has scored at Watkins Glen International are little more than a rainy day talking point in the summer of 2012.
“I’m very optimistic and excited about this [...]

First Victory Leaves Forces Semi Speechless
Monday, Aug 6, 2012 – 7:14 | Comments Off
First Victory Leaves Forces Semi Speechless

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Courtney Force’s first professional NHRA Wally trophy has been in the planning stages for three years. But even she was left (almost) speechless Sunday after defeating three world champions – including father/15-time title-holder John Force – to win the 25th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals presented by Super [...]

Capps Returns To Form At Qualifying In Seattle
Saturday, Aug 4, 2012 – 6:59 | One Comment
Capps Returns To Form At Qualifying In Seattle

An upset victim in Sonoma, Calif., six days ago, Ron Capps began the final leg of the NHRA’s Western Swing Friday by racing to the provisional Funny Car qualifying lead at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash.
Point-leaders Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Spencer Massey (Top Fuel) also emerged as qualifying leaders at the 25th annual O’Reilly [...]

Injury To Interrupt Charlie Kimball’s Season Of Growth
Friday, Aug 3, 2012 – 16:05 | Comments Off
Injury To Interrupt Charlie Kimball’s Season Of Growth

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A broken bone in his right hand will prevent IZOD IndyCar Series regular Charlie Kimball from participating in this weekend’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Kimball, driver of the No. 83 NovoLog Flex Pen Dallara/Honda, fractured the fifth metacarpal in his right hand while testing at Mid-Ohio on [...]

New-Look Course Will Greet INDY In Baltimore
Monday, Jul 30, 2012 – 17:53 | Comments Off
New-Look Course Will Greet INDY In Baltimore

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Three key alterations to the 2-mile, 12-turn temporary street circuit that will host the IZOD IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Baltimore over Labor Day Weekend will be incorporated into its construction, which was scheduled to begin overnight.
The track will run through downtown Baltimore’s Inner Harbor area with a southern loop [...]

Penalties Reshuffle Starting Order In Edmonton
Saturday, Jul 21, 2012 – 17:59 | Comments Off
Penalties Reshuffle Starting Order In Edmonton

Ryan Hunter-Reay’s celebration of his first IZOD IndyCar Series pole of the season was muted Saturday in Edmonton, Alberta, when INDYCAR officials served him with a 10 grid-spot penalty for an unapproved engine change.
Hunter-Reay, winner of the last three races and the series championship leader, was one of five drivers slapped with grid-spot penalties by [...]

Enders, Stealth Cobalt Ready For An Uphill Battle
Friday, Jul 20, 2012 – 7:37 | Comments Off
Enders, Stealth Cobalt Ready For An Uphill Battle

In its next life, the “stealth black” Chevrolet Cobalt Erica Enders drove into the NHRA history books likely will end up as a museum piece – perhaps fit for the Smithsonian.
But not so fast. While Enders became the first woman to win a National Hot Rod Association Pro Stock final at the O’Reilly Auto Parts [...]

Hunter-Reay, Andretti Put America Back On Top
Tuesday, Jul 17, 2012 – 7:26 | Comments Off
Hunter-Reay, Andretti Put America Back On Top

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Not since the glory days of Sam Hornish Jr. have fans of domestic open-wheel racing seen an American driver emerge with championship credentials.
But three consecutive IZOD IndyCar Series victories have propelled Floridian Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport into the point lead with only five races remaining. And while it’s a [...]