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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

Could Fun 500 Lead To More Prime Time Racing?
Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 – 10:23 | One Comment
Could Fun 500 Lead To More Prime Time Racing?

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DALLAS – Fast as he is, Matt Kenseth hasn’t had time to sit back and review his victory in NASCAR’s rain-delayed and incident-marred Daytona 500. But the overnight TV numbers have stamped the 54th edition of “The Great American Race” as “boffo!”
Kenseth’s dramatic win over Dale Earnhardt Jr. in a [...]

Texas IndyCar Test Sparks Rumors
Monday, Feb 27, 2012 – 15:49 | One Comment
Texas IndyCar Test Sparks Rumors

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Testing of the IZOD IndyCar Series’ new Dallara DW12 chassis at Texas Motor Speedway has re-ignited long-standing concerns over the inherent dangers of pack racing.
And while rumors of a possible boycott by series drivers created buzz on several websites, former champion Tony Kanaan said he is confident team engineers and [...]

Rookie Mistake Leads To Rookie Victory At DIS
Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 – 8:48 | One Comment
Rookie Mistake Leads To Rookie Victory At DIS

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Staring at the prospect of a third green/white/checkered flag restart Friday night, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie John King’s thoughts wandered to his post-race apology to Johnny Sauter.
Contact between King and Sauter during the second GWC laps around the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway sent the latter crashing into the [...]

INDYCAR Boss Touts Series, Slams Critics
Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 – 8:17 | One Comment
INDYCAR Boss Touts Series, Slams Critics

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Addressing what he termed the “many critics” of the IZOD IndyCar Series, CEO Randy Bernard promised the 2012 season will provide “one helluva ride” when it hits the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., next month.
“It’s time for everyone to put its faith back in INDYCAR,” Bernard said during a State [...]

INDYCAR Introduces New Engine
Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 – 9:25 | Comments Off
INDYCAR Introduces New Engine

Engine regulations designed to create a “level playing field” for the IZOD IndyCar Series’ various manufacturers through the 2016 season were released by INDYCAR officials on Friday.
Consumer-relevant, 2.2-liter, direct-injected turbocharged V-6 engines supplied by Chevrolet, Honda and Lotus will make their competitive debuts in five weeks at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on [...]

Texas F1 Track On Pace
Sunday, Feb 12, 2012 – 18:45 | Comments Off
Texas F1 Track On Pace

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Despite nearly two inches of winter rain this month, excavation work at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, continues on-pace for the facility scheduled to play host to its inaugural Formula One United States Grand Prix in November.
“We are good. We are locked down and focused on our target [...]

Coughlin Ends Hiatus, Climbs Back Into Pro Stock
Sunday, Feb 12, 2012 – 8:55 | Comments Off
Coughlin Ends Hiatus, Climbs Back Into Pro Stock

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
His self-imposed exile over, four-time world champion Jeg Coughlin is eager to re-introduce himself to the current players in NHRA’s Pro Stock wars.
“I got to sit on the sidelines and watch the action for the season,” said Coughlin, who chose not to compete in the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series [...]

Force May Turn To Top Fuel, Another Daughter
Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012 – 8:42 | One Comment
Force May Turn To Top Fuel, Another Daughter

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
John Force Racing will chase the NHRA Funny Car world championship with a four-car Ford Mustang lineup in 2012, a season featuring Courtney Force’s highly anticipated nitro debut.
But team-owner John Force, a 15-time Funny Car world champion, says as many as two Top Fuel cars – driven by daughters Brittany [...]

Sturbin: Evans Was The Dean Of Modified Drivers
Sunday, Jan 22, 2012 – 8:06 | 6 Comments
Sturbin: Evans Was The Dean Of Modified Drivers

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
ROME, N.Y. – There is a James Dean-like fascination with the life and times and death of NASCAR Modified champion Richie Evans here in his hometown, where “The Rapid Roman” is remembered as a complex country boy who was too fast to live, too young to die.
Winner of nine NASCAR [...]

Sturbin: Ten Big Memories From 2011 Season
Sunday, Jan 1, 2012 – 10:28 | One Comment
Sturbin: Ten Big Memories From 2011 Season

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Completely sober when the ball in New York City’s Times Square dropped – and failed to land anywhere close to Lady Gaga – I admit to immediately clicking over to ESPN to watch extreme sports dudes Robbie Maddison and Levi LaVallee ring-in 2012 via record-setting ramp-to-ramp jumps on a motorcycle [...]