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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

Vickers Is Done For The Season
Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 – 7:02 | Comments Off on Vickers Is Done For The Season
Vickers Is Done For The Season

Brian Vickers’ star-crossed journey through the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been dealt another potentially career-ending setback.
Team co-owner Michael Waltrip announced Tuesday that David Ragan will drive the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota Camry in place of Vickers for the remainder of the 2015 Cup season, beginning May 9 at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway.
Vickers, […]

Crampton Riding A Rocket In Houston
Friday, Apr 24, 2015 – 10:33 | Comments Off on Crampton Riding A Rocket In Houston
Crampton Riding A Rocket In Houston

While driving a 320-plus mph Top Fuel car never will be classified as easy, Richie Crampton insists his comfort level is growing exponentially with each pass this season in the Lucas Oil dragster.
The NHRA’s reigning Rookie of the Year, Crampton hasn’t lost a first-round matchup through five races in 2015 – a streak capped by […]

Castroneves Sets Record, Wins Pole In Long Beach
Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 – 7:30 | Comments Off on Castroneves Sets Record, Wins Pole In Long Beach
Castroneves Sets Record, Wins Pole In Long Beach

It took only eight minutes during the first of three rounds of knockout qualifying Saturday for the track record to start falling at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The rewriting began when Verizon IndyCar Series veteran Tony Kanaan logged a lap in 1 minute, 06.7442-seconds around on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn street circuit. During the […]

RCR Appeal Denied But Penalties Reduced
Friday, Apr 17, 2015 – 7:22 | Comments Off on RCR Appeal Denied But Penalties Reduced
RCR Appeal Denied But Penalties Reduced

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The National Motorsports Appeals Panel upheld the P5-level penalties levied against Richard Childress Racing’s No. 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team Thursday, slightly reducing the point deductions and fines stemming from tire tampering violations detected last month at Auto Club Speedway.
The three-member panel – John Capels, Hunter Nickell and Dale […]

Johnson Drives To Victory In Fort Worth – Again
Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 – 7:58 | Comments Off on Johnson Drives To Victory In Fort Worth – Again
Johnson Drives To Victory In Fort Worth – Again

By John Sturbin| Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus and a worn-out 1.5-mile racetrack continue to be game/set/match for all contenders in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Johnson continued his recent domination of Cup races at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday night, rallying after a late pit stop for a victory in the 19th […]

Mortality Confronts Larson
Saturday, Apr 11, 2015 – 20:15 | Comments Off on Mortality Confronts Larson
Mortality Confronts Larson

By John Sturbin
NASCAR Wire Service
FORT WORTH, Texas – Kyle Larson’s recent sheet time at hospitals in Martinsville, Va., and Charlotte drove home a fact of life most 22-year-olds are not ready to accept.
“Yeah, definitely when you are young you think you are bulletproof, and that’s just one little instance that shows you that you aren’t,” […]

Teen Jones Gives Xfinity Vets A Driving Lesson In Texas
Saturday, Apr 11, 2015 – 7:30 | Comments Off on Teen Jones Gives Xfinity Vets A Driving Lesson In Texas
Teen Jones Gives Xfinity Vets A Driving Lesson In Texas

By John Sturbin
NASCAR Wire Service
FORT WORTH, Texas – Teen-ager Erik Jones turned his first NASCAR XFINITY Series pole at Texas Motor Speedway into his first series victory Friday night, schooling Sprint Cup stars Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr. en route to the checkered flag in the 19th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 300.
Jones, 18, held […]

Gordon Says Driving TMS Is Always A Thrill Ride
Friday, Apr 10, 2015 – 18:49 | Comments Off on Gordon Says Driving TMS Is Always A Thrill Ride
Gordon Says Driving TMS Is Always A Thrill Ride

By John Sturbin
NASCAR Wire Service
FORT WORTH, Texas – Six Flags over Texas is located in nearby Arlington, but Jeff Gordon doesn’t need to hustle over to Interstate 30 for a roller-coaster ride. The four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion says he gets a thrill every time he buckles-up at Texas Motor Speedway.
“I like to relate […]

RCR To Appeal Penalties
Thursday, Apr 9, 2015 – 19:54 | Comments Off on RCR To Appeal Penalties
RCR To Appeal Penalties

FORT WORTH, Texas – NASCAR team-owner Richard Childress has informed the sanctioning body it plans to appeal the penalties levied against driver Ryan Newman, crew chief Luke Lambert and the No. 31 Sprint Cup Series team for a tire rules infraction detected at Auto Club Speedway last month.
“Our appeal is scheduled for Thursday, April 16,” […]

On To NOLA: De Silvestro Gets Another Shot
Wednesday, Apr 8, 2015 – 7:36 | Comments Off on On To NOLA: De Silvestro Gets Another Shot
On To NOLA: De Silvestro Gets Another Shot

Simona de Silvestro’s Verizon IndyCar Series comeback tour will continue this weekend in a fourth Andretti Autosport entry for the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana.
The 2010 IndyCar Rookie of the Year, de Silvestro started 11th and finished 18th in the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Fla.) on March 29. The Streets of […]