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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

Notes: Andretti To Remain With Honda
Friday, Sep 1, 2017 – 7:14 | Comments Off on Notes: Andretti To Remain With Honda
Notes: Andretti To Remain With Honda

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. _ Andretti Autosport, winner of three of the last four Indianapolis 500s, will continue to compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2018 with Honda power as part of a multi-year agreement.
The announcement by Michael Andretti, CEO of Andretti Autosport, ended speculation that Andretti’s organization was preparing to switch to Chevrolet twin-turbocharged […]

Newgarden Wins Gateway; Provokes Teammate
Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 – 7:33 | Comments Off on Newgarden Wins Gateway; Provokes Teammate
Newgarden Wins Gateway; Provokes Teammate

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
If big-time, open-wheel racing truly is a matter of trust and respect, a potential problem is percolating at Team Penske.
Josef Newgarden’s daring pass under teammate Simon Pagenaud gave the first-year Penske driver a victory in the Verizon IndyCar Series’ return to a refurbished Gateway Motorsports Park Saturday night.
Newgarden passed […]

Penske’s Power To Start Gateway In Historic Position
Saturday, Aug 26, 2017 – 9:14 | Comments Off on Penske’s Power To Start Gateway In Historic Position
Penske’s Power To Start Gateway In Historic Position

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The irony of his latest open-wheel accomplishment was not lost on Will Power, road-racing ace turned ovalmeister.
Power joined an elite list of “fitty-time” Indy car pole-winners Friday when he captured the Verizon P1 Award in record-setting fashion during qualifying around Gateway Motorsports Park’s recently repaved short oval. The Team Penske […]

DeJoria Back In Gear; Wins In Brainerd
Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017 – 7:11 | Comments Off on DeJoria Back In Gear; Wins In Brainerd
DeJoria Back In Gear; Wins In Brainerd

A resilient Alexis DeJoria launched a late-season rush toward the NHRA’s Funny Car playoffs Sunday with a victory in the 36th annual  Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. 
DeJoria recorded her first win of the season, fifth of her career and the 250th women’s victory in NHRA history when she defeated Tommy Johnson Jr. […]

Sato Overcomes Nerves To Earn IndyCar Pole At Pocono
Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 – 8:32 | Comments Off on Sato Overcomes Nerves To Earn IndyCar Pole At Pocono
Sato Overcomes Nerves To Earn IndyCar Pole At Pocono

Last in the qualifying order, first on the speed chart.
Takuma Sato put the blinders on and his foot to the floor following a grinding crash by Andretti Autosport teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay to qualify on-pole for Sunday’s ABC Supply Verizon IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway.
Long-regarded for a fearless demeanor on the racetrack, Sato put together […]

Leader Newgarden Triangulates In On Another Win
Saturday, Aug 19, 2017 – 7:55 | Comments Off on Leader Newgarden Triangulates In On Another Win
Leader Newgarden Triangulates In On Another Win

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
After closing-out July with back-to-back victories, Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden is enjoying his status as the first American driver to lead the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings since Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport in 2014.
While that’s a point of pride for the 26-year-old native of Hendersonville, Tenn., waving the flag […]

Veteran Drivers Being Displaced by Cheaper Labor
Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 – 17:33 | One Comment
Veteran Drivers Being Displaced by Cheaper Labor

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The current lame duck status of longtime NASCAR Cup Series regulars Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth, and the unsettled future of Kurt Busch, might best be summed-up in one word:
Recalculate!
As the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winds toward the conclusion of its 26-race regular season and the impending 10-race […]

Suarez’s Upward Mobility Continues At The Glen
Sunday, Aug 6, 2017 – 20:22 | Comments Off on Suarez’s Upward Mobility Continues At The Glen
Suarez’s Upward Mobility Continues At The Glen

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Thrown into the deep end of the NASCAR Cup Series pool at the beginning of 2017, Daniel Suarez admittedly was content to tread water for half of his rookie season. Based upon his last four races, however, Suarez is performing a lot like Olympic champion Michael […]

Kyle Busch Picks Up Glen Pole
Sunday, Aug 6, 2017 – 16:02 | Comments Off on Kyle Busch Picks Up Glen Pole
Kyle Busch Picks Up Glen Pole

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Kyle Busch positioned himself for a rare NASCAR road-racing sweep at Watkins Glen International Sunday afternoon, when he qualified on-pole for the 32nd annual I LOVE NEW YORK 355 at The Glen.
Busch toured the 2.45-mile/11-turn natural-terrain layout in 69.490-seconds and 126.925 mph to pace a field of 12 Monster Energy NASCAR […]

Playoff Outsider Logano Glad For The Glen
Sunday, Aug 6, 2017 – 7:56 | One Comment
Playoff Outsider Logano Glad For The Glen

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Green Bay Packers superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers perhaps said it best about facing pressure: “World War II was a ‘must-win.’ ” With that nugget as historical background, Joey Logano insists his shot at qualifying for NASCAR’s Cup Series postseason has not yet reached “must-win” status.
Then again, […]