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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

Power and Franchitti Split The Take In Fort Worth
Sunday, Jun 12, 2011 – 4:43 | Comments Off
Power and Franchitti Split The Take In Fort Worth

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – An animated Will Power leaped out of his car in Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday night, putting a proper exclamation point on the IZOD IndyCar Series’ inaugural Firestone Twin 275s.
The series points-leader as the night began, Power scored his third victory this season and [...]

Vette Fans Can Ride Along At Le Mans
Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 – 8:46 | Comments Off
Vette Fans Can Ride Along At Le Mans

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Endurance racing fans will have an all-access view of this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, with exclusive features that include “riding along” with Corvette Racing for the entire event.
SPEED will televise 17 hours of live coverage beginning Saturday at 3 p.m. locally (9 a.m., EDT). And via a partnership [...]

Hornaday Steals Truck Series Victory At Texas
Saturday, Jun 11, 2011 – 6:28 | Comments Off
Hornaday Steals Truck Series Victory At Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas –  Ron Hornaday Jr. was handed victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 400k Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway when race-leader Johnny Sauter was black-flagged for illegally changing lanes on the night’s final restart.
Sauter, who had passed Hornaday for the lead with [...]

Tags Is It Again In Qualifying
Friday, Jun 10, 2011 – 19:43 | One Comment
Tags Is It Again In Qualifying

Fort Worth, Texas – Alex Tagliani celebrated his second consecutive IZOD IndyCar Series pole Friday afternoon with a shout-out to his team, and a not-so-subtle message aimed squarely at one of his rivals.
“Being on the pole on an oval is great,” said Tagliani, who bagged P1 for Saturday night’s inaugural Firestone Twin 275s with a [...]

When It Comes To Turns, Danica Is A Leftist
Friday, Jun 10, 2011 – 15:59 | Comments Off
When It Comes To Turns, Danica Is A Leftist

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Danica Patrick has made it no secret that she digs the ovals, meaning the “exhibition” format for Saturday night’s inaugural Firestone Twin 275s at Texas Motor Speedway could play right into her wheelhouse.
A TMS open-wheel record 30 entries began practicing Friday afternoon for Saturday night’s pair [...]

Buescher Wins Home-State Pole
Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 – 20:45 | Comments Off
Buescher Wins Home-State Pole

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – If James Buescher truly is the proverbial win-waiting-to-happen, he’s picked the perfect locale for all parties concerned.
After scoring his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pole Thursday evening at Texas Motor Speedway, the native Texan began focusing on Friday night’s 15th annual WinStar World Casino 400k [...]

Germain Is Fueled By Bodine, Gaughan Blood
Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 – 19:02 | Comments Off
Germain Is Fueled By Bodine, Gaughan Blood

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – When Germain Racing teammates Todd Bodine and Brendan Gaughan do the math at Texas Motor Speedway, the numbers purposely come out a little crooked.
“Six is more than four,” Bodine pointed out for Gaughan’s benefit during a news conference here Thursday afternoon, referring to his NASCAR Camping [...]

JR Hildebrand Stumbles Into More Trouble In Texas
Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011 – 22:01 | Comments Off
JR Hildebrand Stumbles Into More Trouble In Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Rookie JR Hildebrand’s star-crossed fortunes took another bizarre twist Wednesday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway, where the 2011 Indianapolis 500 runnerup suffered what has been described as “an injury to his left knee” during a promotion for the inaugural Firestone Twin 275s.
Hildebrand was competing against IZOD [...]

Big Texas Field Set For IndyCar Double-Header
Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011 – 10:46 | Comments Off
Big Texas Field Set For IndyCar Double-Header

Fort Worth, Texas – A track-record 30 entries will compete in the Firestone Twin 275s at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday night, eclipsing the previous high car-count of 28.
The last time an IZOD IndyCar Series race outside the Indianapolis 500 featured more than 30 cars occurred during the season-finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Oct. [...]

IndyCar To Run At Motegi Road Course This Season
Friday, Jun 3, 2011 – 16:35 | Comments Off
IndyCar To Run At Motegi Road Course This Season

Twin Ring Motegi’s 2.98-mile natural terrain road-course will play host to the IZOD IndyCar Series’ ninth and final visit to Japan this fall.
The Indy Japan 300 on Sept. 18 originally was scheduled for the 1.5-mile, egg-shaped oval that sustained damage during the March earthquakes. Raised ridges to the track’s surface will prevent the series’ open-wheel [...]