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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

Veteran Drivers Being Displaced by Cheaper Labor
Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 – 17:33 | One Comment
Veteran Drivers Being Displaced by Cheaper Labor

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The current lame duck status of longtime NASCAR Cup Series regulars Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth, and the unsettled future of Kurt Busch, might best be summed-up in one word:
Recalculate!
As the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winds toward the conclusion of its 26-race regular season and the impending 10-race […]

Suarez’s Upward Mobility Continues At The Glen
Sunday, Aug 6, 2017 – 20:22 | Comments Off on Suarez’s Upward Mobility Continues At The Glen
Suarez’s Upward Mobility Continues At The Glen

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Thrown into the deep end of the NASCAR Cup Series pool at the beginning of 2017, Daniel Suarez admittedly was content to tread water for half of his rookie season. Based upon his last four races, however, Suarez is performing a lot like Olympic champion Michael […]

Kyle Busch Picks Up Glen Pole
Sunday, Aug 6, 2017 – 16:02 | Comments Off on Kyle Busch Picks Up Glen Pole
Kyle Busch Picks Up Glen Pole

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Kyle Busch positioned himself for a rare NASCAR road-racing sweep at Watkins Glen International Sunday afternoon, when he qualified on-pole for the 32nd annual I LOVE NEW YORK 355 at The Glen.
Busch toured the 2.45-mile/11-turn natural-terrain layout in 69.490-seconds and 126.925 mph to pace a field of 12 Monster Energy NASCAR […]

Playoff Outsider Logano Glad For The Glen
Sunday, Aug 6, 2017 – 7:56 | One Comment
Playoff Outsider Logano Glad For The Glen

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Green Bay Packers superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers perhaps said it best about facing pressure: “World War II was a ‘must-win.’ ” With that nugget as historical background, Joey Logano insists his shot at qualifying for NASCAR’s Cup Series postseason has not yet reached “must-win” status.
Then again, […]

Junior’s Farewell Tour Has Not Been Socko
Saturday, Aug 5, 2017 – 16:47 | Comments Off on Junior’s Farewell Tour Has Not Been Socko
Junior’s Farewell Tour Has Not Been Socko

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Appreci88tion NASCAR tour has barnstormed into Upstate New York as a cultural and commercial success, worthy of NASCAR’s perennial Most Popular Driver.
But away from the ever-upbeat Fan Fests, autograph sessions and guest appearances on QVC, Earnhardt’s final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series campaign has turned almost funereal. That […]

Haas Newbie Ferrucci Meets The F1 Big Boys
Friday, Aug 4, 2017 – 19:22 | Comments Off on Haas Newbie Ferrucci Meets The F1 Big Boys
Haas Newbie Ferrucci Meets The F1 Big Boys

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Haas F1 Team development driver Santino Ferrucci’s two days of Formula One testing saw the aspiring American come to grips with Pirelli’s Red supersoft tires … and the red blur that is Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
Ferrucci completed his second and final day of testing in Haas F1’s current Ferrari-powered VF-17 […]

New Indy Car Tests Twisties; Deemed ‘More Fun’
Wednesday, Aug 2, 2017 – 7:11 | Comments Off on New Indy Car Tests Twisties; Deemed ‘More Fun’
New Indy Car Tests Twisties; Deemed ‘More Fun’

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDYCAR’s new-for-2018 universal aero kit promises to raise the degree of difficulty and magnify mistakes when Verizon IndyCar Series drivers compete on the “twisties” and “mean streets.”
The new aero kit _ developed by chassis-supplier Dallara for use by all competitors beginning next season _ was run in road course/street […]

Todd Makes History In Sonoma
Monday, Jul 31, 2017 – 9:17 | Comments Off on Todd Makes History In Sonoma
Todd Makes History In Sonoma

 
J.R. Todd checked-off a lengthy list of professional, personal and emotional “firsts” Sunday, when he won the Funny Car portion of the 30th annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals.
Todd’s Funny Car Wally trophy sent him into drag racing’s record book as the first African-American driver to win in the class. Todd also was the first […]

Hight Tops 339 In Sonoma
Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 – 7:31 | Comments Off on Hight Tops 339 In Sonoma
Hight Tops 339 In Sonoma

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Robert Hight reset the NHRA record book with the fastest pass in any category and nearly eclipsed the next major speed milestone _ 340 mph _ during Funny Car qualifying Friday for the 30th annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway.
Following a 4.507-second, 1,000-foot pass at 184.62 mph […]

Porsche Exiting WEC, Switching To Batteries
Friday, Jul 28, 2017 – 16:23 | Comments Off on Porsche Exiting WEC, Switching To Batteries
Porsche Exiting WEC, Switching To Batteries

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Porsche, the world’s most successful endurance sports car racing nameplate, will exit the LMP1 class of the FIA’s World Endurance Championship at the end of the 2017 season and transition into competition in the Formula E Championship with a factory team beginning in 2019.
Porsche confirmed “with great regret” the end […]