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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

Hamilton Dominates; Haas Scores At COTA
Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016 – 8:44 | Comments Off on Hamilton Dominates; Haas Scores At COTA
Hamilton Dominates; Haas Scores At COTA

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Lewis Hamilton extended his uncanny mastery around Circuit of The Americas_ and momentarily put the brakes on teammate Nico Rosberg’s championship bid _ by recording his milestone 50th Formula One victory in Sunday’s fifth annual United States Grand Prix.
The three-time/reigning World Driving Champion, Hamilton scored his seventh victory of the season […]

Brown Closes In On Top Fuel Crown
Sunday, Oct 16, 2016 – 19:42 | Comments Off on Brown Closes In On Top Fuel Crown
Brown Closes In On Top Fuel Crown

ENNIS, Texas – Antron Brown got fitted for a black cowboy hat Sunday afternoon at Texas Motorplex, and it may as well pass for another Top Fuel crown.
Brown trailered nearest point rival Doug Kalitta during the second round of eliminations before dispatching Texan Steve Torrence in the final to win the 31st edition of the […]

Field Set At FallNationals
Sunday, Oct 16, 2016 – 8:49 | One Comment
Field Set At FallNationals

 
ENNIS, Texas – Antron Brown, Robert Hight and Jason Line locked-up pole positions in their respective professional classes Saturday afternoon at Texas Motorplex, where the starting fields were set for the 31st annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals.
The lone change atop a ladder from the Friday “Night of Fire” session was in Pro Stock Motorcycle, where […]

Savoie A Grateful Biker At The Texas Motorplex
Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 – 20:48 | Comments Off on Savoie A Grateful Biker At The Texas Motorplex
Savoie A Grateful Biker At The Texas Motorplex

ENNIS, Texas – It wasn’t enough for Jerry Savoie to routinely thank his crew after posting his first Pro Stock Motorcycle pole of the 2016 NHRA season Saturday afternoon at Texas Motorplex.
“Everybody says, ‘Yeah, I thank my crew,’ but with me it’s personal,” Savoie said after his quarter-mile pass in 6.805-seconds at 197.31 mph earned […]

Brown’s Goal Is To Grab Every Point He Can In Top Fuel Countdown
Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 – 8:20 | Comments Off on Brown’s Goal Is To Grab Every Point He Can In Top Fuel Countdown
Brown’s Goal Is To Grab Every Point He Can In Top Fuel Countdown

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
ENNIS, Texas – Antron Brown says a driver never can get too greedy in drag racing, so pardon the two-time/reigning NHRA Top Fuel world champion for treating every bonus qualifying point like solid gold.
“This is what I always say about our sport _ our sport is such a no-flaw sport […]

Kalitta Adds Coughlin
Friday, Oct 14, 2016 – 20:54 | Comments Off on Kalitta Adds Coughlin
Kalitta Adds Coughlin

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
ENNIS, Texas _ Kalitta Motorsports will expand to a sixth nitro entry for the first time in its 57-year history in 2017, when the organization founded and owned by drag racing legend Connie Kalitta will field a third Top Fuel dragster driven by Troy Coughlin Jr.
Announced Friday during the 31st […]

Force Vs. Schumacher Rivalry Arrives In Texas
Friday, Oct 14, 2016 – 7:17 | Comments Off on Force Vs. Schumacher Rivalry Arrives In Texas
Force Vs. Schumacher Rivalry Arrives In Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship playoff season launches into its second half Friday afternoon at Texas Motorplex, where the Funny Car rivalry between Don Schumacher Racing and John Force Racing is, in a word…well, what is the word, Courtney Force?
“I wouldn’t say it’s ‘bitter,’ it just makes […]

Sebastien Bourdais Flipping Back To Coyne
Thursday, Oct 13, 2016 – 14:43 | Comments Off on Sebastien Bourdais Flipping Back To Coyne
Sebastien Bourdais Flipping Back To Coyne

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Sebastien Bourdais will contest the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season with Dale Coyne Racing, where he will be reunited with the engineer who guided him to four consecutive Champ Car World Series titles.
Craig Hampson orchestrated Bourdais’ impressive title run from 2004-2007 at Newman/Haas Racing. In 56 total starts during that […]

Rossi To Remain With IndyCar, Andretti-Herta
Tuesday, Oct 4, 2016 – 8:00 | Comments Off on Rossi To Remain With IndyCar, Andretti-Herta
Rossi To Remain With IndyCar, Andretti-Herta

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Alexander Rossi’s decision to continue his Verizon IndyCar Series career with Andretti-Herta Autosport has ended his pursuit of a full-time Formula One career for the foreseeable future, and perhaps forever.
The reigning Indianapolis 500 champion and 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year, Rossi confirmed on Monday his 2017 return to the […]

INDYCAR Notes: Newgarden Bolts ECR
Friday, Sep 30, 2016 – 17:40 | 2 Comments
INDYCAR Notes: Newgarden Bolts ECR

Ed Carpenter Racing has confirmed the longest-running rumor of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season _ rising American star Josef Newgarden has left the building in Speedway, Ind.
Newgarden, who finished a career-best fourth in this year’s championship, informed team-owner/driver Ed Carpenter on Thursday that he will not be returning to the team for the 2017 […]