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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

Rules Have Screamin’ Eagle Riders Screamin’ Foul
Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 – 8:10 | One Comment
Rules Have Screamin’ Eagle Riders Screamin’ Foul

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
ENNIS, Texas – Season-long form failed to prevail Sunday afternoon at the Texas Motorplex, where neither Eddie Krawiec nor Andrew Hines and their Harley-Davidsons rolled out of the tunnel and into the Pro Stock Motorcycle final of the 27th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals.
New Braunfels, Texas resident Michael Ray [...]

A Championship Would Cap Capps’ Career
Friday, Sep 21, 2012 – 17:31 | Comments Off
A Championship Would Cap Capps’ Career

ENNIS, Texas – Ron Capps is to the NHRA Funny Car class what Mark Martin is to NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series – arguably, the best driver never to have won a championship.
Capps’ pursuit of that elusive first world title recently prompted him to network with a driver familiar with the art of closing the deal, [...]

Race Is Back On For The ‘Race-Within-A-Race’
Friday, Sep 21, 2012 – 7:49 | Comments Off
Race Is Back On For The ‘Race-Within-A-Race’

DALLAS – Courtney Force’s impressive rookie NHRA Funny Car season has produced her first pole, first victory and first Countdown to the Championship appearance.
Next up is Force’s first “race-within-a-race,” a format that traces its roots to the Texas Motorplex in Ennis. Led by top-seed Ron Capps, eight Funny Car drivers will vie for a [...]

With Power Down, Hunter-Reay Becomes Champ
Sunday, Sep 16, 2012 – 5:31 | Comments Off
With Power Down, Hunter-Reay Becomes Champ

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
His Saturday dawned with a contract extension and ended with a late-night championship. It was the 500 miles of racing in-between that were a blur for Ryan Hunter-Reay, the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series driver’s champion.
“I have no idea (how I won this championship),” Hunter-Reay said after his fourth-place finish in [...]

Rules Force Massive Shake-up Of Fontana Grid
Saturday, Sep 15, 2012 – 7:30 | Comments Off
Rules Force Massive Shake-up Of Fontana Grid

With the exception of front-row starters Marco Andretti and Ryan Briscoe, INDYCAR’s “fresh engine rule” will re-shape the starting grid for Saturday night’s IZOD IndyCar Series season-ending MAVTV 500, almost to the point of confusion.
Fourteen drivers – including championship leader Will Power and runnerup Ryan Hunter-Reay – will incur 10 grid-spot penalties from the sanctioning [...]

Advantage Power As Final Weekend Begins
Friday, Sep 14, 2012 – 7:22 | Comments Off
Advantage Power As Final Weekend Begins

Championship leader Will Power exited a day-long practice at Auto Club Speedway with a pronounced psychological advantage over runnerup Ryan Hunter-Reay, as preparations continue for Saturday night’s IZOD IndyCar Series MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships season-finale.
Team Penske’s Power emerged as third-fastest of 22 cars testing during an eight-hour private session Wednesday around the D-shaped, 2-mile [...]

Annual Evans Day Brings Back Fans, Memories
Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 – 7:20 | 2 Comments
Annual Evans Day Brings Back Fans, Memories

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
ROME, N.Y. – In what has become an annual rite of summer, Central New York racing fans recently honored the legacy of Modified hero Richie Evans at the track where he made his stock car debut – astonishingly – 50 years ago.
Utica-Rome Speedway was in its infancy when Evans and [...]

Turner Motorsports Announces Crew Swap
Wednesday, Aug 22, 2012 – 19:47 | Comments Off
Turner Motorsports Announces Crew Swap

Turner Motorsports owner Steve Turner has announced that his organization’s No. 30 and No. 38 NASCAR Nationwide Series teams immediately will interchange their entire crews – including crew chiefs – in an effort to evaluate performance and prepare for the 2013 season.
Trent Owens, who has led James Buescher and Nelson Piquet Jr. to NNS victories [...]

Schumacher Covers The Top Fuel Field In Brainerd
Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 – 7:26 | Comments Off
Schumacher Covers The Top Fuel Field In Brainerd

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Tony Schumacher’s unwavering belief in the enclosed cockpit for Top Fuel dragsters paid an immediate dividend Friday at Brainerd International Raceway, where the seven-time NHRA world champion raced to the provisional pole for the 31st annual Lucas Oil Nationals.
Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Sr. [...]

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 [...]