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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

Sato, Dixon Score In Portland
Monday, Sep 3, 2018 – 8:12 | Comments Off on Sato, Dixon Score In Portland
Sato, Dixon Score In Portland

Takuma Sato padded his Verizon IndyCar Series resume with a strategic victory in Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portland, where championship leader Scott Dixon emerged from an opening-lap crash as the dustiest-and-luckiest man in the Pacific Northwest.
Dixon salvaged what began as a disastrous day by finishing fifth in the series’ return to Portland  International Raceway in […]

Power On Portland Pole
Sunday, Sep 2, 2018 – 7:38 | Comments Off on Power On Portland Pole
Power On Portland Pole

Add Portland International Raceway to the list of Indy car tracks where Will Power is a certified qualifying ace.
Having qualified seventh for his two previous starts at the facility in The Great Northwest _ in 2006 and ’07 _ Power blitzed the Verizon IndyCar Series field Saturday to raise his list of pole-winning tracks to […]

Tasca Honors Glidden At U.S. Nationals
Saturday, Sep 1, 2018 – 8:01 | Comments Off on Tasca Honors Glidden At U.S. Nationals
Tasca Honors Glidden At U.S. Nationals

Funny Car driver Bob Tasca III is paying tribute to drag racing legend Bob Glidden this weekend with a throwback paint scheme honoring Glidden’s 1987 Pro Stock championship-winning Ford Thunderbird during the 64th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Brownsburg, Ind.
“He was an incredible racer, no doubt, but the qualities of his life that he […]

NHRA Countdown Clock Is Down To 1
Friday, Aug 31, 2018 – 16:21 | Comments Off on NHRA Countdown Clock Is Down To 1
NHRA Countdown Clock Is Down To 1

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nine points separate Top Fuel contenders Scott Palmer, Mike Salinas and Richie Crampton for what could be the final two spots in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
With final regular-season spots to be determined during this weekend’s prestigious 64th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis, every […]

New TMS-IndyCar Pact Opens Up Texas Market
Wednesday, Aug 29, 2018 – 7:08 | Comments Off on New TMS-IndyCar Pact Opens Up Texas Market
New TMS-IndyCar Pact Opens Up Texas Market

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Texas Motor Speedway’s recently announced four-year contract extension with INDYCAR insures the Verizon IndyCar Series will be competing under the lights at the Fort Worth facility past the quarter-century mark, while also opening the door for the sanctioning body to race in potentially lucrative new Southwest markets.
The extension covering 2019-2022 […]

Haas F1 Doubles Up At Spa
Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018 – 7:15 | Comments Off on Haas F1 Doubles Up At Spa
Haas F1 Doubles Up At Spa

American-owned Haas F1 Team earned a double-points result for the second straight race and the third time this season during Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix, with Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen finishing seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 13th round of the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship.
The 10 points from the collective result of Grosjean […]

Power Was The Man Of The Hour At Gateway
Sunday, Aug 26, 2018 – 8:16 | Comments Off on Power Was The Man Of The Hour At Gateway
Power Was The Man Of The Hour At Gateway

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Will Power went from worst-to-first at Gateway Motorsports Park in the span of a year Saturday night, and in the process, inched closer into contention for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship.
Charging from the start, Power took control over the final 100 laps of the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented […]

Wickens Recovering From Back Surgery
Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018 – 7:13 | Comments Off on Wickens Recovering From Back Surgery
Wickens Recovering From Back Surgery

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Verizon IndyCar Series driver Robert Wickens is recovering from surgery at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pa., to stabilize a thoracic spinal fracture associated with a spinal cord injury sustained during the INDYCAR event at Pocono Raceway on Sunday.
Titanium rods and screws successfully were placed in Wickens’ spine during […]

Surgery Scheduled For Wickens’ Spine Injury
Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018 – 7:24 | Comments Off on Surgery Scheduled For Wickens’ Spine Injury
Surgery Scheduled For Wickens’ Spine Injury

By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Verizon IndyCar Series driver Robert Wickens, injured in a violent multiple-car crash at Pocono Raceway Sunday, was scheduled to undergo surgery Monday evening in a Pennsylvania hospital for a spinal injury.
Wickens continues to be treated at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pa., following injuries sustained during the ABC Supply 500 on […]

Elder Torrence Rules At Brainerd
Monday, Aug 20, 2018 – 8:12 | Comments Off on Elder Torrence Rules At Brainerd
Elder Torrence Rules At Brainerd

Billy Torrence defied the odds, avenged his son and wrote an improbable ending to Sunday’s 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals by scoring his first career Top Fuel victory at Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota.
The 60-year-old Texan and founder of Capco Contractors, Inc., applied an exclamation point to his pole-winning weekend with a final-round victory […]