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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

Kligerman Rides Red Horse To Top At Talladega
Sunday, Oct 7, 2012 – 7:57 | Comments Off
Kligerman Rides Red Horse To Top At Talladega

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Parker Kligerman posted his breakthrough NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory Saturday in the fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway, thanks to a career revived by Red Horse Racing – and his Racermom.
Kligerman’s first career win came when he used a push in the draft from Johnny Sauter to pass James [...]

Gordon’s Heroics Not Confined To Race Tracks
Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 – 7:47 | Comments Off
Gordon’s Heroics Not Confined To Race Tracks

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
His philanthropic work on behalf of children-in-need began in 1999, long before Jeff Gordon became a parent of two healthy children.
On his way to Talladega Superspeedway Thursday morning, Sir Jeff logged some quality time with a group of children not as fortunate as Ella and Leo Gordon, the beautiful and [...]

Austin Track Adds MotoGP
Thursday, Oct 4, 2012 – 16:26 | Comments Off
Austin Track Adds MotoGP

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
MotoGP, the world’s premier motorcycle racing world championship, will join the roster of events competing at Circuit of The Americas via a three-day schedule booked for April 19-21, 2013.
With the addition of MotoGP, the new circuit in Austin, Texas, will be the first North American venue to host both two-and [...]

2013 IndyCar Schedule Packed With Doubleheaders; Pocono Returns
Monday, Oct 1, 2012 – 7:24 | One Comment
2013 IndyCar Schedule Packed With Doubleheaders; Pocono Returns

An expanded 19-event lineup featuring three doubleheader weekends, and the return of open-wheel racing to Pocono Raceway, highlight the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule released Sunday night.
With a 400-mile race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., joining the 500-mile events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway in Southern California, sanctioning body INDYCAR [...]

DSR Heavyweights Keep Exchanging Blows
Sunday, Sep 30, 2012 – 8:46 | Comments Off
DSR Heavyweights Keep Exchanging Blows

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Don Schumacher Racing teammates Antron Brown and Spencer Massey remain in lockstep for the NHRA Top Fuel title nearing the mid-point of the 2012 Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship. And for Massey, staging against Brown is like staring through the looking glass.
“Oh yeah, that’s going to be a car [...]

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 [...]