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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

The Biff Man Makes His Return In A Truck
Thursday, Mar 28, 2019 – 19:51 | Comments Off on The Biff Man Makes His Return In A Truck
The Biff Man Makes His Return In A Truck

Greg Biffle is making a return to the cockpit. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

FORT WORTH, Texas – The “Biff-Man” is back and hot-lapping at Texas Motor Speedway.

Greg Biffle, who has not competed in a NASCAR event since the 2016 Cup Series season-finale, logged 18 laps during Thursday afternoon’s opening […]

Herta Getting Up To Speed As A Race Team Owner
Friday, Mar 15, 2019 – 8:38 | Comments Off on Herta Getting Up To Speed As A Race Team Owner
Herta Getting Up To Speed As A Race Team Owner

Team owner Bryan Herta issues orders to his Hyundai drivers. (Photo by Andrew Modena)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Former Indy car/sports car driver Bryan Herta humbly downplays the suggestion that he and longtime running buddy Michael Andretti are positioning themselves as team-owners who eventually will emerge as the second comings of motorsports moguls Roger Penske […]

Q and A: Wickens Hopes To Drive And Dance Again
Saturday, Mar 9, 2019 – 8:31 | Comments Off on Q and A: Wickens Hopes To Drive And Dance Again
Q and A: Wickens Hopes To Drive And Dance Again

IndyCar driver Roberts Wickens, who was paralyzed as the result of a crash at Pocono, has big plans for his future. (File photo)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Five months after confirming that he is a paraplegic, Robert Wickens is working to realize his dream of returning to competition in the NTT IndyCar Series. But first, […]

TMS’ Gossage: Give NASCAR A Break Already
Saturday, Mar 2, 2019 – 9:28 | Comments Off on TMS’ Gossage: Give NASCAR A Break Already
TMS’ Gossage: Give NASCAR A Break Already

The new-look Cup Series cars are in Las Vegas this weekend. Texas Motor Speedway’s Eddie Gossage said this week that he is a fan of the rules package that debuted at Atlanta last weekend. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

FORT WORTH, Texas _ Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage has […]

Torrence To Arrive At Pomona As The Top Dog
Thursday, Feb 7, 2019 – 16:29 | Comments Off on Torrence To Arrive At Pomona As The Top Dog
Torrence To Arrive At Pomona As The Top Dog

Steve Torrence will attempt to back up his remarkable 2018 Top Fuel campaign with another in 2019. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

On the November afternoon when Steve Torrence publicly was honored by his hometown folks, the reigning NHRA Top Fuel world champion was reminded about his place in the […]

Sponsorship Woes Park Schumacher For Winternationals
Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019 – 8:16 | Comments Off on Sponsorship Woes Park Schumacher For Winternationals
Sponsorship Woes Park Schumacher For Winternationals

Top Fuel ace Tony Schumacher will sit out the upcoming Winternationals. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Garry Eller)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Lack of sponsorship will prevent eight-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion Tony Schumacher from competing in this weekend’s prestigious 59th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals. The event at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in […]

NASCAR Officials To Get Tough On Cheaters
Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019 – 8:10 | Comments Off on NASCAR Officials To Get Tough On Cheaters
NASCAR Officials To Get Tough On Cheaters

NASCAR teams and drivers found to be cheating will face disqualification in 2019. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

NASCAR will accelerate its post-race inspection process for the 2019 season, with immediate disqualification facing vehicles and teams found guilty of fudging the rules.

Chief among announcements emanating from the sanctioning body’s headquarters in […]

Daly To Drive For Andretti In The 2019 500
Friday, Feb 1, 2019 – 9:06 | Comments Off on Daly To Drive For Andretti In The 2019 500
Daly To Drive For Andretti In The 2019 500

Conor Daly, who drove for A.J. Foyt Racing in the past, will be driving for Andretti Autosport in May.

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Second-generation racer Conor Daly will compete in the 103rd edition of the Indianapolis 500 in May with an Andretti Autosport team figuratively waving the flag at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Daly will drive the […]

John Force Racing Adds Top Tuner Grubnic
Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019 – 19:14 | Comments Off on John Force Racing Adds Top Tuner Grubnic
John Force Racing Adds Top Tuner Grubnic

Clay Millican became a force with David Grubnic turning the wrenches. In the upcoming NHRA season, Grubnic hopes to become a force with Force.

By John Sturbin/Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Veteran crew chief David Grubnic has joined John Force Racing to oversee Brittany Force’s pursuit of the 2019 NHRA Top Fuel world championship.

JFR’s revised lineup _ minus Courtney Force […]

This Year’s Indy 500 To Be All About Mario
Friday, Jan 11, 2019 – 7:58 | Comments Off on This Year’s Indy 500 To Be All About Mario
This Year’s Indy 500 To Be All About Mario

Mario Andretti will be honored at Indy this year on the 50th anniversary of his victory in the big race.

By John Sturbin/Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Indianapolis Motor Speedway will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mario Andretti’s lone Indianapolis 500 victory in May with a variety of activities, including a featured exhibit within the Speedway’s museum and a […]