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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

Spotlight Is On Logano vs. Truex In Texas
Sunday, Nov 4, 2018 – 9:03 | Comments Off on Spotlight Is On Logano vs. Truex In Texas
Spotlight Is On Logano vs. Truex In Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Joey Logano received a text message from Martin Truex Jr. Sunday night following their controversial bump-and-run encounter at Martinsville Speedway,  the exact contents of which remain Classified Information.
The last-lap dust-up on Martinsville’s famed half-mile oval secured Logano’s spot in NASCAR’s Championship Four lineup later this month […]

Custer’s Late Pass Is A Winner
Sunday, Nov 4, 2018 – 8:42 | Comments Off on Custer’s Late Pass Is A Winner
Custer’s Late Pass Is A Winner

FORT WORTH, Texas _ Cole Custer pulled off a dramatic, last-lap pass under Tyler Reddick to win Saturday’s 14th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Custer became the first Round of 8 Playoff contender to punch his ticket into the Championship Four at Homestead-Miami Speedway in two weeks. Custer […]

Blaney’s 200 mph Lap Puts Him On TMS Pole
Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 – 8:31 | Comments Off on Blaney’s 200 mph Lap Puts Him On TMS Pole
Blaney’s 200 mph Lap Puts Him On TMS Pole

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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FORT WORTH, Texas – Ryan Blaney recorded the second 200 mph NASCAR Cup Series qualifying lap on a 1.5-mile racetrack Friday evening during time trials for the 14th annual AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Blaney’s lap in 26.932-seconds at 200.505 mph was posted nearly one year after Kurt Busch […]

Haley Streaks To Truck Win At TMS
Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 – 8:13 | Comments Off on Haley Streaks To Truck Win At TMS
Haley Streaks To Truck Win At TMS

FORT WORTH, Texas – Justin Haley won Friday night’s 20th annual JAG Metals 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race when Todd Gilliland ran out of fuel half-a-lap away from Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway.
“That was amazing. Thought we had a loss there,” said Haley, driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado. Haley scored […]

Elliott In Need Of Texas-Sized Win
Friday, Nov 2, 2018 – 7:10 | Comments Off on Elliott In Need Of Texas-Sized Win
Elliott In Need Of Texas-Sized Win

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – NASCAR’s multi-tiered Cup Series Playoff system has cast Chase Elliott as a conundrum _ the driver who can’t win for winning.
Despite a pair of Playoff victories, Elliott stands sixth in points among the Round of 8 drivers prepping for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup […]

F1’s Ericsson To Drive For IndyCar’s Schmidt Peterson
Thursday, Nov 1, 2018 – 7:56 | Comments Off on F1’s Ericsson To Drive For IndyCar’s Schmidt Peterson
F1’s Ericsson To Drive For IndyCar’s Schmidt Peterson

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has signed Formula One veteran Marcus Ericsson to drive its No. 7 Honda during the 2019 IndyCar Series season.
A 28-year-old native of Sweden, Ericsson will be teamed with Canadian James Hinchcliffe and his No. 5 Honda.
Ericsson will replace Canadian Robert Wickens, the 2018 series rookie who confirmed last week that he is […]

Hamilton Reflects On World Championship No. 5
Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 – 14:24 | Comments Off on Hamilton Reflects On World Championship No. 5
Hamilton Reflects On World Championship No. 5

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Lewis Hamilton added his name and credentials to Formula One’s “Greatest of All Time” conversation Sunday, when the Mercedes AMG Petronas ace secured his fifth World Driving Championship in the Mexican Grand Prix.
Hamilton joined F1 icons Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina and Michael Schumacher of Germany after a fourth-place finish […]

Torrence Claims 2018 Top Fuel Championship
Monday, Oct 29, 2018 – 7:55 | Comments Off on Torrence Claims 2018 Top Fuel Championship
Torrence Claims 2018 Top Fuel Championship

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Now that he is a first-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion, Steve Torrence is determined to complete a relentless pursuit of personal perfection.
Three hundred-and-fifty days after enduring the biggest disappointment of his drag racing career, Torrence secured the 2018 Mello Yello Top Fuel Championship Sunday at The Strip at Las […]

Big Butner Move; Field Set In Las Vegas
Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 – 8:33 | Comments Off on Big Butner Move; Field Set In Las Vegas
Big Butner Move; Field Set In Las Vegas

Bo knows about shifting gears and Bo knows when to change careers.
The 2017 NHRA Pro Stock world champion, Bo Butner will exit the “Factory Hot Rod” ranks at season’s end to prepare for a full-time return to his Sportsman racing roots in 2019.
A multi-time NHRA division champion and Competition Eliminator world champ, Butner will race […]

Beckman Makes Most of His Run In The Sun
Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 – 8:28 | Comments Off on Beckman Makes Most of His Run In The Sun
Beckman Makes Most of His Run In The Sun

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“Fast” Jack Beckman adapted to a very non-traditional Friday qualifying schedule to take the provisional lead in Funny Car after the opening two rounds of time trials for the 18th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 
The 2012 world champion for Don Schumacher Racing, Beckman covered the 1,000-foot distance in […]