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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

Wickens Wreck Mars IndyCar Race At Pocono
Sunday, Aug 19, 2018 – 19:34 | Comments Off on Wickens Wreck Mars IndyCar Race At Pocono
Wickens Wreck Mars IndyCar Race At Pocono

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Robert Wickens reportedly was “awake and alert” in an Allentown, Pa., hospital Sunday after triggering a violent, multi-car crash in the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway.
The 200-lap/500-mile race was red-flagged to a halt on Lap 9 following a crash initially involving Wickens of Schmidt Peterson […]

Q and A: Dixon Can’t Get Enough
Saturday, Aug 18, 2018 – 8:21 | Comments Off on Q and A: Dixon Can’t Get Enough
Q and A: Dixon Can’t Get Enough

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Chip Ganassi Racing’s longest-tenured driver will continue to add to that legacy, apparently well past his 40th birthday.
Scott Dixon, a four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion and current point-leader, has signed a “multi-year” contract extension that will see the 38-year-old Kiwi compete with CGR for a record 18th season in 2019 in […]

Alonso And McLaren To Split
Thursday, Aug 16, 2018 – 7:14 | Comments Off on Alonso And McLaren To Split
Alonso And McLaren To Split

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fernando Alonso’s desire to “explore new adventures” in motorsports will continue in 2019, albeit not in Formula One.
A two-time F1 World Driving Champion, Alonso confirmed this week he will not compete with McLaren/Renault in the FIA’s F1 World Championship in 2019 _ without addressing his full-time future plans.
“After 17 wonderful […]

‘Poison Lil’ Is Still Looking Seductive At 82
Tuesday, Aug 14, 2018 – 7:59 | Comments Off on ‘Poison Lil’ Is Still Looking Seductive At 82
‘Poison Lil’ Is Still Looking Seductive At 82

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Auto racing historians Bill Green and Jim Scaptura welcomed a lifetime friend back to downtown Watkins Glen last week, when “Poison Lil” gently rolled off a trailer and into the International Motor Racing Research Center.
Looking resplendent and forever-racy in its red-and-black livery, this is the 1936 Maserati V8RI open-wheel/single-seater in which […]

Brown Wins Northwest Nats To Secure Career Victory No. 50
Monday, Aug 6, 2018 – 7:13 | Comments Off on Brown Wins Northwest Nats To Secure Career Victory No. 50
Brown Wins Northwest Nats To Secure Career Victory No. 50

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Three-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion Antron Brown recorded a career milestone Sunday with a victory over Don Schumacher Racing teammate Leah Pritchett in the finals of the 31st annual CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals.
Brown _ who scored his third consecutive victory at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash. _ became only […]

Elliotts Party On The Glen Road Course
Sunday, Aug 5, 2018 – 19:59 | Comments Off on Elliotts Party On The Glen Road Course
Elliotts Party On The Glen Road Course

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Like father, like son played out like anything but a cliché Sunday afternoon at Watkins Glen International, where Chase Elliott mirrored father Bill en route to his first NASCAR Cup Series victory.
Nearly 35 years after “Awesome Bill” scored the first of his 44 Cup victories on the now-defunct Riverside (Calif.) […]

Logano Lights Up Zippo
Saturday, Aug 4, 2018 – 19:48 | Comments Off on Logano Lights Up Zippo
Logano Lights Up Zippo

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Joey Logano persevered through a rainstorm, a red flag stoppage and late-race run for the lead by Penske teammate Brad Keselowski to win Saturday’s 24th annual Zippo 200 at The Glen NASCAR Xfinity Series race.
Logano’s path to his third Xfinity Series win on Watkins Glen International’s historic 2.45-mile/11-turn layout was cleared […]

Truex Has Become Cup’s King Of The Roads
Saturday, Aug 4, 2018 – 17:34 | Comments Off on Truex Has Become Cup’s King Of The Roads
Truex Has Become Cup’s King Of The Roads

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. _ In addition to his title as reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion, Martin Truex Jr. proudly has emerged as a bona fide road-racing ace.
Truex captured his first win at Watkins Glen International last summer, and followed it with a victory at Sonoma Raceway in Northern California earlier […]

Bell Looking To Make It A Record Four At WGI
Friday, Aug 3, 2018 – 19:32 | Comments Off on Bell Looking To Make It A Record Four At WGI
Bell Looking To Make It A Record Four At WGI

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Christopher Bell will be chasing Xfinity Series history Saturday afternoon at Watkins Glen International, where NASCAR’s latest phenom will go heel-and-toe with “The Birthplace of American Road-Racing.”
The winner of three consecutive races on ovals of various sizes, Bell spent a rainy Friday analyzing his impending first […]

Air Races Coming Back To TMS
Friday, Jul 27, 2018 – 7:03 | Comments Off on Air Races Coming Back To TMS
Air Races Coming Back To TMS

FORT WORTH, Texas – The skies of Texas will play host to the 2018 season-finale of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
Texas Motor Speedway has been selected as the eighth and final stop Nov. 17-18 for the globetrotting series that began the season in February in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and competes in […]