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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

Winning The 500 Came With Bonuses For Busch
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 – 8:53 | Comments Off on Winning The 500 Came With Bonuses For Busch
Winning The 500 Came With Bonuses For Busch

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Newly-minted Daytona 500 champion Kurt Busch says his victory in last Sunday’s “Great American Race” has come gift-wrapped with a “sense of calm” for the remainder of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
Sense of calm? KuBu? Recently married and all grown up? Incredible.
“It’s an incredible feeling to win […]

Haas F1 Team Gets In A Wet Workout In Spain
Friday, Mar 3, 2017 – 8:44 | Comments Off on Haas F1 Team Gets In A Wet Workout In Spain
Haas F1 Team Gets In A Wet Workout In Spain

Simulated wet-weather lapping of tire-supplier Pirelli’s new/wider rubber added another element to Romain Grosjean’s workload Thursday, as American-owned Haas F1 Team closed the opening week of preseason testing for the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Grosjean completed a session-best 118 laps around the 2.892-mile/4.655-kilometer/16-turn layout in Spain in the second generation […]

Glitches Arise For Haas F1 In Barcelona Test
Thursday, Mar 2, 2017 – 10:43 | Comments Off on Glitches Arise For Haas F1 In Barcelona Test
Glitches Arise For Haas F1 In Barcelona Test

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Haas F1 Team lead driver Romain Grosjean logged his first test laps of the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship season Wednesday during a “methodical” session plagued by setup and electrical issues at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Grosjean, who returns for his second season with Gene Haas’ American-owned team, recorded 56 laps […]

Haas Driver Magnussen Piling Up The Laps
Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017 – 8:50 | Comments Off on Haas Driver Magnussen Piling Up The Laps
Haas Driver Magnussen Piling Up The Laps

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Haas F1 Team newcomer Kevin Magnussen shattered the second-year, American-owned organization’s single-day test mileage total _ and lowered his best lap time _ during Day 2 of preseason testing Tuesday for the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Magnussen began hot-lapping in his No. 20 Haas VF-17 […]

TV Numbers For Daytona 500 Rise Slightly
Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 – 18:37 | Comments Off on TV Numbers For Daytona 500 Rise Slightly
TV Numbers For Daytona 500 Rise Slightly

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Kurt Busch’s last-lap pass to victory in NASCAR’s 59th annual Daytona 500 capped a lengthy, crash-marred Sunday afternoon of racing around the high-banked/2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway, with 23.3-million viewers tuning in for all or part of the FOX network telecast.
An average audience of 12-million watched the race across the FOX […]

Haas F1 Rolls Out Gen 2 Car In Barcelona
Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 – 8:42 | Comments Off on Haas F1 Rolls Out Gen 2 Car In Barcelona
Haas F1 Rolls Out Gen 2 Car In Barcelona

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Second-generation car. Revamped international driver lineup. Same “can-do” American attitude.
That was the package Haas F1 Team rolled out Monday at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain on the official opening day of testing for the 2017 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.
Kevin Magnussen, who joined the team during the offseason, was the […]

Pritchett Makes It Two Straight
Monday, Feb 27, 2017 – 9:15 | Comments Off on Pritchett Makes It Two Straight
Pritchett Makes It Two Straight

Leah Pritchett repeated as Top Fuel winner at the 33rd annual NHRA Arizona Nationals on Sunday, stirring what could prove to be prophetic comparisons to Gary Scelzi in the process.
Pritchett, of Don Schumacher Racing, defeated Brittany Force in the final at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz., for the second consecutive year. Winner […]

Jimmie’s Drive Through History Continues
Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 – 8:14 | Comments Off on Jimmie’s Drive Through History Continues
Jimmie’s Drive Through History Continues

Jimmie Johnson will be crowned NASCAR’s “Eighth Wonder” with his next championship, the one that will separate the Hendrick Motorsports superstar from Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.
The long and grinding Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series road moves into full race mode Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway, where drivers and teams will […]

Rain Dashes Clash; Added To Sunday Schedule
Sunday, Feb 19, 2017 – 8:50 | Comments Off on Rain Dashes Clash; Added To Sunday Schedule
Rain Dashes Clash; Added To Sunday Schedule

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Persistent rain forced NASCAR officials to postpone Saturday night’s Advance Auto Parts Clash until Sunday morning at 11:35 a.m. (EST), creating a Daytona International Speedway doubleheader for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
In addition to the Clash _ a non-points event _ Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday. The race […]

The Changes Just Keep Coming For Cup’s Buescher
Friday, Feb 17, 2017 – 9:16 | Comments Off on The Changes Just Keep Coming For Cup’s Buescher
The Changes Just Keep Coming For Cup’s Buescher

Second-year Cup driver Chris Buescher’s personal offseason of change admittedly has been compounded by NASCAR’s sweeping package of rules “enhancements” for the 2017 season.
A radical format featuring three-stage races in all Monster Energy NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series events; a complicated system of awarding points and a revamped route into the playoffs […]