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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

Rain Dashes Clash; Added To Sunday Schedule
Sunday, Feb 19, 2017 – 8:50 | Comments Off on Rain Dashes Clash; Added To Sunday Schedule
Rain Dashes Clash; Added To Sunday Schedule

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Persistent rain forced NASCAR officials to postpone Saturday night’s Advance Auto Parts Clash until Sunday morning at 11:35 a.m. (EST), creating a Daytona International Speedway doubleheader for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
In addition to the Clash _ a non-points event _ Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday. The race […]

The Changes Just Keep Coming For Cup’s Buescher
Friday, Feb 17, 2017 – 9:16 | Comments Off on The Changes Just Keep Coming For Cup’s Buescher
The Changes Just Keep Coming For Cup’s Buescher

Second-year Cup driver Chris Buescher’s personal offseason of change admittedly has been compounded by NASCAR’s sweeping package of rules “enhancements” for the 2017 season.
A radical format featuring three-stage races in all Monster Energy NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series events; a complicated system of awarding points and a revamped route into the playoffs […]

Hagan Collects ‘Real Special’ Win In Pomona
Monday, Feb 13, 2017 – 9:08 | 2 Comments
Hagan Collects ‘Real Special’ Win In Pomona

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Matt Hagan took care of family business on personal and professional levels Sunday, scoring an emotional Funny Car victory in the 2017 season-opening 57th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals.
Hagan dedicated his final-round victory over Courtney Force to the memory of his younger brother, Kyle, who died of natural causes last […]

Hometown Girl Pritchett On Pole In Pomona
Sunday, Feb 12, 2017 – 9:05 | Comments Off on Hometown Girl Pritchett On Pole In Pomona
Hometown Girl Pritchett On Pole In Pomona

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Californian Leah Pritchett completed her first pass down a drag strip at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in a Jr. Dragster when she was 8-years-old. Twenty years later, Pritchett raced to her second career Top Fuel pole at her home track as qualifications concluded Saturday afternoon for the 57th annual […]

Big Dreamers Ready To Take On The Big Boys
Friday, Feb 10, 2017 – 9:23 | 3 Comments
Big Dreamers Ready To Take On The Big Boys

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Drag racing kindred spirits Phil Burkart Jr. and Robert Schwab have reunited this weekend in Pomona, Calif., the 2017 launching pad for a Funny Car dream spanning the globe from Central New York to Adelaide, South Australia.
The latter is home to Schwab, who along with wife/team manager Lisa, has hired […]

‘Red Dragon’ To Fly Porsche Colors In ’17
Thursday, Feb 9, 2017 – 10:00 | Comments Off on ‘Red Dragon’ To Fly Porsche Colors In ’17
‘Red Dragon’ To Fly Porsche Colors In ’17

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
After consecutive Pirelli World Challenge campaigns run with a Hyundai and a McLaren, sports car team-owner Bob Stallings has decided there is no substitute.
Dallas-based GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing is in full test-mode of the Porsche 911 GT3 R Jon Fogarty will pilot in the series’ GT Championship in 2017. The latest […]

Texas Repave Hits The Pits
Friday, Feb 3, 2017 – 8:10 | Comments Off on Texas Repave Hits The Pits
Texas Repave Hits The Pits

FORT WORTH, Texas – A complete repaving of pit road has been added to Texas Motor Speedway’s major offseason capital improvements project, which is entering its final phase on-schedule.
Announced on Jan. 6 and begun three days later, repaving of the entire 1.5-mile racing surface of “The Great American Speedway” will complete a four-stage process. “Paving […]

Pigot To Take Wheel For Carpenter In The Twisties
Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017 – 18:37 | Comments Off on Pigot To Take Wheel For Carpenter In The Twisties
Pigot To Take Wheel For Carpenter In The Twisties

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Spencer Pigot has found his niche at Ed Carpenter Racing.
The 2015 Indy Lights champion, Pigot has retained his seat as road and street-course specialist in the No. 20 Chevrolet for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season. After joining ECR partway through 2016 in the same role, Pigot will compete in […]

2018 Indy Cars Will Roll Without Aero Doo-Dads
Saturday, Jan 14, 2017 – 9:09 | Comments Off on 2018 Indy Cars Will Roll Without Aero Doo-Dads
2018 Indy Cars Will Roll Without Aero Doo-Dads

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDYCAR’s return to a universal/generic bodywork kit for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season will emphasize bottom-side downforce as the key element of a “reverse-engineering exercise” addressing aesthetics as much as performance.
In other words, the next generation of Indy car needs to look good and run fast sans aerodynamic doo-dads. […]

Prock To Make Forceful Return
Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 – 19:14 | Comments Off on Prock To Make Forceful Return
Prock To Make Forceful Return

Funny Car icon John Force will chase a record 17th NHRA world championship in 2017 with crew chief Jimmy Prock calling the shots following his prodigal return to John Force Racing after a two-year stint with archrival Don Schumacher Racing.
Prock, who tuned Force to the 2013 NHRA world title, will join co-crew chief Chris Cunningham […]