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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

Stewart Pondering Return To IndyCar Cockpit
Thursday, Oct 11, 2018 – 7:12 | Comments Off on Stewart Pondering Return To IndyCar Cockpit
Stewart Pondering Return To IndyCar Cockpit

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Retired three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart says he has no itch to return to the grind that is the Monster Energy Cup Series. But the Indy Racing League’s first “Poster Boy” believes there is still one more Indianapolis 500 run in him, perhaps for the race’s […]

Torrence Has Perfect Response At The Plex
Monday, Oct 8, 2018 – 7:03 | Comments Off on Torrence Has Perfect Response At The Plex
Torrence Has Perfect Response At The Plex

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
ENNIS, Texas – Steve Torrence found redemption disguised as revenge Sunday afternoon at Texas Motorplex, where the Lone Star State native made a major move toward securing his first NHRA Top Fuel world championship.
Fifty-one weeks after a grinding crash at The Plex arguably cost him the 2017 title, Torrence […]

Millican Is Counting On Countdown Format
Sunday, Oct 7, 2018 – 8:10 | Comments Off on Millican Is Counting On Countdown Format
Millican Is Counting On Countdown Format

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
ENNIS, Texas – Competing for Top Fuel championships is hardly a new sensation for Clay Millican. The ever-upbeat Tennessee resident claimed six International Hot Rod Association titles before transitioning to the NHRA ranks and his current gig with car-owner Doug Stringer and crew chief David Grubnic.
“The biggest difference,” said Millican, […]

Smith Has Simple Plan For Winning Countdown
Saturday, Oct 6, 2018 – 8:21 | Comments Off on Smith Has Simple Plan For Winning Countdown
Smith Has Simple Plan For Winning Countdown

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
ENNIS, Texas – Matt Smith’s blueprint for securing the 2018 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world championship is as simple as 1-2-3 aboard a bike he affectionately has described as “hateful, mean and nasty.”
That’s a blunt way of stating that Matt Smith Racing has emerged as a bona fide title contender […]

Texas’ Torrence Looking To Break Motorplex Hex
Friday, Oct 5, 2018 – 7:16 | Comments Off on Texas’ Torrence Looking To Break Motorplex Hex
Texas’ Torrence Looking To Break Motorplex Hex

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
ENNIS, Texas – Native Texan Steve Torrence admittedly has returned to the Texas Motorplex with mixed emotions for this weekend’s 33rd annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals.
Torrence openly loves the Motorplex, the all-concrete surface on which he has logged more laps than any other and where he won a pair of […]

Carl Edwards Heads Into Texas HOF
Thursday, Oct 4, 2018 – 17:40 | Comments Off on Carl Edwards Heads Into Texas HOF
Carl Edwards Heads Into Texas HOF

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Carl Edwards shocked NASCAR Nation when he unexpectedly announced his retirement from big-time stock car racing in January 2017. But the man who punctuated each victory with his signature back flip off the door of his race car will return next month to Texas Motor Speedway, […]

Five-Timer Dixon Is IndyCar Man Of The Hour
Thursday, Oct 4, 2018 – 7:24 | Comments Off on Five-Timer Dixon Is IndyCar Man Of The Hour
Five-Timer Dixon Is IndyCar Man Of The Hour

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Scott Dixon has settled into INDYCAR’s lengthy offseason with a seven-figure bonus, a new teammate and the red-carpet launch of a feature documentary about his life and times.
Now a five-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion, Dixon and his Chip Ganassi Racing team were honored at the recent INDYCAR Victory Lap celebration […]

NHRA’s Gray’s Career About To Make A Left Turn
Thursday, Sep 27, 2018 – 17:41 | One Comment
NHRA’s Gray’s Career About To Make A Left Turn

NHRA Championship Drag Racing will lose one of its rising stars to NASCAR at season’s end, perhaps as a one-and-done world champion.
Pro Stock point-leader Tanner Gray _ who proudly brandishes a stock car-style No. 15 on his Chevrolet Camaro SS _ will transition to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East fulltime in 2019 with DGR-Crosley. […]

Hight Wins Gateway Just Before His Funny Car Explodes
Monday, Sep 24, 2018 – 9:14 | Comments Off on Hight Wins Gateway Just Before His Funny Car Explodes
Hight Wins Gateway Just Before His Funny Car Explodes

 
Robert Hight was forced to skip the Victory Circle celebration at Gateway Motorsports Park Sunday afternoon following an engine explosion that sent the two-time/reigning Funny Car world champion to a St. Louis-area hospital for evaluation.
The latest in a season-long series of Funny Car engine explosions at John Force Racing saw Hight drive to victory over […]

Courtney Force On Provisional Pole At Gateway
Saturday, Sep 22, 2018 – 8:01 | Comments Off on Courtney Force On Provisional Pole At Gateway
Courtney Force On Provisional Pole At Gateway

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Courtney Force continued her qualifying dominance Friday night at Gateway Motorsports Park, racing to the provisional Funny Car pole during the opening day of time trials for the seventh annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals in Madison, Ill.
Currently third in the Countdown to the Championship point standings, Force covered the […]