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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

Austin Dillon Hunts Down The Cup Pole In Texas
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 – 8:07 | Comments Off on Austin Dillon Hunts Down The Cup Pole In Texas
Austin Dillon Hunts Down The Cup Pole In Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – North Carolina native and avid outdoorsman Austin Dillon is taking on the look of a naturalized Texan, courtesy of one hot lap Friday evening around Texas Motor Speedway.
Dillon will start Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 12th annual AAA Texas 500 on-pole after touring TMS’ high-banked/1.5-mile quadoval […]

Sauter Wins Texas; Is Dominating First Truck Series Chase
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 – 7:57 | Comments Off on Sauter Wins Texas; Is Dominating First Truck Series Chase
Sauter Wins Texas; Is Dominating First Truck Series Chase

FORT WORTH, Texas _ Johnny Sauter is threatening to turn the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase into a one-man show.
Sauter’s victory in Friday night’s 18th annual Striping Technology 350 at Texas Motor Speedway was his second in the Round of 6 that will determine which four drivers compete for the championship at Homestead-Miami […]

Hildebrand Signs With Carpenter
Friday, Nov 4, 2016 – 18:35 | Comments Off on Hildebrand Signs With Carpenter
Hildebrand Signs With Carpenter

Declaring he has “something to prove,” JR Hildebrand will contest the full 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule for Ed Carpenter Racing in the No. 21 Chevrolet vacated by fellow-American Josef Newgarden.
“Honestly, I just couldn’t be more ready to get started,” said Hildebrand, 28, a key member of ECR the past three years during the Month […]

Kyle Busch’s Texas Weekend Hits Early Wall
Friday, Nov 4, 2016 – 18:15 | Comments Off on Kyle Busch’s Texas Weekend Hits Early Wall
Kyle Busch’s Texas Weekend Hits Early Wall

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch will contest the AAA Texas 500 in a backup car after crashing his primary No. 18 Toyota Camry during Friday’s opening practice at Texas Motor Speedway.
Busch, of Joe Gibbs Racing, is among seven drivers looking to join six-time […]

Tifft To Race Full ’17 Xfinity Slate For Gibbs
Friday, Nov 4, 2016 – 15:05 | Comments Off on Tifft To Race Full ’17 Xfinity Slate For Gibbs
Tifft To Race Full ’17 Xfinity Slate For Gibbs

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Ohio-native Matt Tifft will drive a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry for the full, 33-race NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule in 2017.
Tifft, who underwent surgery to remove a benign brain tumor in July, has run a limited schedule in both the Xfinity and Camping World Truck series […]

Byron’s Career Began By Ringing Doorbells
Friday, Nov 4, 2016 – 7:19 | Comments Off on Byron’s Career Began By Ringing Doorbells
Byron’s Career Began By Ringing Doorbells

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – We interrupt William Byron’s improbable pursuit of the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship to revisit a not-so-long ago Halloween night and two doorbells well-rung.
Winner of the NCWTS night race at Texas Motor Speedway on June 10, Byron will look for the sweep Friday night […]

Truck Chase Intensifies This Weekend In Texas
Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 – 19:28 | Comments Off on Truck Chase Intensifies This Weekend In Texas
Truck Chase Intensifies This Weekend In Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas – With five drivers vying for three spots in NSACAR’s first Camping World Truck Series Chase, expect the intensity to ratchet-up Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway.
Series veteran Johnny Sauter secured the first berth in the Championship 4 race slated for Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 18 with his victory last Saturday at Martinsville […]

Brown Closes In On Championship
Sunday, Oct 30, 2016 – 8:00 | Comments Off on Brown Closes In On Championship
Brown Closes In On Championship

With all the enthusiasm of a self-described “little kid,” Antron Brown could be crowned a three-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion Sunday.
Brown will open eliminations at the 16th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a 148-point lead over runnerup Doug Kalitta, who outscored the two-time/reigning champion in qualifying points, […]

Hagan Looking Serious In Funnies
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 – 8:45 | Comments Off on Hagan Looking Serious In Funnies
Hagan Looking Serious In Funnies

Matt Hagan’s late-season rush for a third NHRA Funny Car world championship gained additional traction Friday, when the Don Schumacher Racing ace powered to the provisional pole after two rounds of qualifications for the 16th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals.
Hagan ran a track-record 1,000-foot elapsed time of 3.872-seconds at 329.18 mph in his Mopar Express Lane/Rocky […]

Six NHRA Drivers On Road To The Future
Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 – 14:43 | Comments Off on Six NHRA Drivers On Road To The Future
Six NHRA Drivers On Road To The Future

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Six rookies representing four NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series categories are candidates for the 2016 Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award.
Recognizing the series’ top rookie competitor, the award features a $20,000 prize and trophy to the winner. He or she will be honored during NHRA’s […]