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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

Q&A: Schumacher Talks About Countdowns And U.S. Nationals
Sunday, Feb 8, 2015 – 8:22 | Comments Off on Q&A: Schumacher Talks About Countdowns And U.S. Nationals
Q&A: Schumacher Talks About Countdowns And U.S. Nationals

Reigning NHRA Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher and crew chief Mike Green have had their marching orders re-issued for the 2015 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season: Install six-disc clutch…hit throttle…rule the world.
It’s a formula that carried Schumacher, Green and the U.S. Army dragster to victories in three-of-six Countdown to the Championship playoff races […]

Langdon Sets Record, Earns Pole In Rainy Pomona
Sunday, Feb 8, 2015 – 8:08 | Comments Off on Langdon Sets Record, Earns Pole In Rainy Pomona
Langdon Sets Record, Earns Pole In Rainy Pomona

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Former world champion Shawn Langdon, whose 2015 season was placed in financial jeopardy one month ago, raced to the quickest Top Fuel time in NHRA history Saturday during a rain-shortened day of qualifications for the 55th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals.
The fourth and final round of qualifying was cancelled due […]

Tweaks Put Johnson On Provisional Pole In Pomona
Saturday, Feb 7, 2015 – 8:12 | Comments Off on Tweaks Put Johnson On Provisional Pole In Pomona
Tweaks Put Johnson On Provisional Pole In Pomona

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Tommy Johnson Jr., Doug Kalitta and Jason Line rolled into historic Auto Club Raceway in Southern California rust-free Friday, each emerging as provisional No. 1 qualifiers after the opening two rounds of time trials for the 55th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals.
Johnson Jr. (Funny Car), Kalitta (Top Fuel) and Line […]

Champion Hagan Can’t Wait To Show Off New Car
Friday, Feb 6, 2015 – 16:57 | Comments Off on Champion Hagan Can’t Wait To Show Off New Car
Champion Hagan Can’t Wait To Show Off New Car

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Matt Hagan begins defense of his 2014 NHRA Funny Car world championship this weekend armed with his typical optimism and a new body, courtesy of his manufacturer.
Hagan’s offseason included a visit to the Fiat Chrysler Automotive headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich., where the 2015 Dodge Charger R/T carbon-fiber body he […]

Connolly Trades Doors For Nitro In 2015
Friday, Feb 6, 2015 – 8:57 | Comments Off on Connolly Trades Doors For Nitro In 2015
Connolly Trades Doors For Nitro In 2015

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Dave Connolly’s door-slamming days are so-over, as the one-time Pro Stock prodigy breathes-in the rarified nitro air synonymous with driving an NHRA Top Fuel dragster.
Connolly is scheduled to make his competitive debut in the C&J Energy Services dragster fielded by Bob Vandergriff Racing Friday during the first two of four […]

Force Racing Set To Campaign Bulked-Up Camaros
Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015 – 19:24 | Comments Off on Force Racing Set To Campaign Bulked-Up Camaros
Force Racing Set To Campaign Bulked-Up Camaros

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Funny Car icon John Force’s brand-switch from Ford to Chevrolet bodywork for the 2015 NHRA season has come gift-wrapped with a weight penalty that will have the 16-time world champion counting not only 60-foot times but also calories.
The Chevrolet Camaro hot rods Force, daughter Courtney and son-in-law Robert Hight will […]

Fogarty, Stallings Roll Out The Future In Dallas
Monday, Feb 2, 2015 – 19:13 | Comments Off on Fogarty, Stallings Roll Out The Future In Dallas
Fogarty, Stallings Roll Out The Future In Dallas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DALLAS – Sports car ace Jon Fogarty says Hyundai’s management team “needs a vision of who they want to be” in the door-slamming world of sedan sports car racing.
“It is my ambition to be a part of forming what that vision is,” said Bob Stallings, owner of the Hyundai Genesis […]

Brasilia Withdrawal Shakes Up IndyCar’s Season-Opening Plans
Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 – 9:26 | Comments Off on Brasilia Withdrawal Shakes Up IndyCar’s Season-Opening Plans
Brasilia Withdrawal Shakes Up IndyCar’s Season-Opening Plans

INDYCAR officials are exploring options to save the Verizon IndyCar Series’ 2015 season-opening weekend in the aftermath of an unexpected cancellation of the scheduled March 6-8 event in Brasilia, Brazil.
The Indianapolis-based sanctioning body was blindsided Thursday when BAND, promoter of the race scheduled for the 3.4-mile Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet road-course, pulled the plug on […]

Jilted Johnson Unveils 2015 Top Fuel Plans
Friday, Jan 30, 2015 – 8:33 | Comments Off on Jilted Johnson Unveils 2015 Top Fuel Plans
Jilted Johnson Unveils 2015 Top Fuel Plans

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Alan Johnson Racing will open the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season next week with a single Top Fuel entry for former world champion Shawn Langdon at the 55th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif.
AJR’s future was placed in jeopardy on Jan. 5, when the Qatar […]

New Bow Tie Looks Good On Force And NHRA
Monday, Jan 19, 2015 – 9:33 | 5 Comments
New Bow Tie Looks Good On Force And NHRA

Drag racing’s self-described “P.T. Barnum on the road at 300 mph” donned a Gold Bowtie, waved his barker’s cane and reiterated that you better believe this show will go on.
Translation: John Force and his family-centric racing organization have entered into a multi-year manufacturer’s partnership with Chevrolet beginning with the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag […]