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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

McMillen Finally Tastes Victory
Monday, Oct 30, 2017 – 9:50 | Comments Off on McMillen Finally Tastes Victory
McMillen Finally Tastes Victory

Top Fuel veteran Terry McMillen picked a fine time to score his career-first NHRA victory Sunday, upsetting the playoff field during the 17th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
McMillen, who made his professional debut in 2007, earned his first Wally trophy with a 1,000-foot pass in 3.870-seconds at 253.99 […]

Vettel Heads Off Hamilton In F1 Qualifying
Sunday, Oct 29, 2017 – 11:36 | Comments Off on Vettel Heads Off Hamilton In F1 Qualifying
Vettel Heads Off Hamilton In F1 Qualifying

Sebastian Vettel of Scuderia Ferrari momentarily delayed the inevitable Saturday, qualifying on-pole for Formula One’s Mexican Grand Prix two spots ahead of point-leader Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes AMG.
Vettel also protected a nugget of personal history by denying Max Verstappen’s bid to become F1’s youngest-ever pole-sitter. Verstappen, of Red Bull Racing, was sitting P1 until Vettel […]

Pro Stocker Johnson Wants To Exit With A Bang
Friday, Oct 27, 2017 – 7:17 | Comments Off on Pro Stocker Johnson Wants To Exit With A Bang
Pro Stocker Johnson Wants To Exit With A Bang

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NHRA’s quarter-mile timers quickly are counting down Allen Johnson’s all-in-the family Pro Stock career.
Only two events remain on Johnson’s 2017 “Factory Hot Rod” itinerary. And while a second world championship has eluded the veteran Mopar loyalist, a late-season victory would serve as a worthy consolation prize.
Johnson, who announced his retirement […]

F1’s Alonso Seeks To Win A Rolex In Daytona
Thursday, Oct 26, 2017 – 15:49 | Comments Off on F1’s Alonso Seeks To Win A Rolex In Daytona
F1’s Alonso Seeks To Win A Rolex In Daytona

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fernando Alonso’s quest to challenge himself across the wide world of motorsports will see the Formula One superstar compete with United Autosports in the 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona, America’s most prestigious endurance sports car race.
A two-time Formula One World Driving Champion, Alonso will co-drive the team’s Ligier JS P217 […]

The King Hires Bubba To Drive The 43 Car
Thursday, Oct 26, 2017 – 8:10 | Comments Off on The King Hires Bubba To Drive The 43 Car
The King Hires Bubba To Drive The 43 Car

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Having passed his audition with Richard Petty Motorsports last summer, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. is ready to continue breaking barriers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
RPM, the team co-owned by NASCAR icon “King” Richard Petty, will field Wallace as new driver of the No. 43 car fulltime in 2018. […]

New Indy Car Chassis Put Through Paces At TMS
Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017 – 17:58 | Comments Off on New Indy Car Chassis Put Through Paces At TMS
New Indy Car Chassis Put Through Paces At TMS

FORT WORTH, Texas – INDYCAR’s sleeker, slimmer and sexier universal chassis made its 1.5-mile testing debut Monday at Texas Motor Speedway, the last bastion of pack racing heading into the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.
Four-time series champion Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing and James Hinchcliffe of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports put their Honda-powered machines […]

Happy Hamilton Wins Formula 1 Race At COTA
Monday, Oct 23, 2017 – 8:10 | Comments Off on Happy Hamilton Wins Formula 1 Race At COTA
Happy Hamilton Wins Formula 1 Race At COTA

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
As has become the norm at Circuit of The Americas, the eyes of Texas squarely were upon Lewis Hamilton at the conclusion of Sunday’s Formula One United States Grand Prix.
Hamilton scored his fifth victory in the six-year history of the FIA Formula One World Championship event in Austin, Texas, a […]

Chassis Change Heats Up Vettel’s Texas Weekend
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 – 8:31 | Comments Off on Chassis Change Heats Up Vettel’s Texas Weekend
Chassis Change Heats Up Vettel’s Texas Weekend

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Sebastian Vettel’s bid to close the gap to Formula One point-leader Lewis Hamilton during the United States Grand Prix weekend has taken on another layer of drama.
Vettel, of Scuderia Ferrari, trails Hamilton and his Mercedes by 59 points (306-247) heading into Round 17 of the 20-race schedule Sunday at Circuit […]

Alonso To Stick With McLaren In 2018
Friday, Oct 20, 2017 – 16:12 | Comments Off on Alonso To Stick With McLaren In 2018
Alonso To Stick With McLaren In 2018

Buoyed by an impending switch from Honda to Renault power, Fernando Alonso has signed a “long-term partnership” with McLaren beginning with the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship season.
Alonso’s decision, confirmed Thursday, ended speculation the two-time World Driving Champion could leave the team after a frustrating campaign that saw the Spaniard skip the prestigious Monaco […]

Torrence Ready To Resume Countdown
Thursday, Oct 19, 2017 – 8:21 | Comments Off on Torrence Ready To Resume Countdown
Torrence Ready To Resume Countdown

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Steve Torrence’s pursuit of his first NHRA Top Fuel world championship will resume in Round 5 of the Countdown to the Championship in a new Capco Contractors dragster and the full support of his family.
Forty-eight hours after smacking the concrete guard wall at Texas Motorplex in Ennis at more than […]