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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

‘Fast Jack’ Gets Off To Faster Start In 2016
Sunday, Feb 14, 2016 – 8:10 | Comments Off on ‘Fast Jack’ Gets Off To Faster Start In 2016
‘Fast Jack’ Gets Off To Faster Start In 2016

Jack Beckman began the 2015 NHRA schedule as a spectator after failing to qualify his Funny Car for the season-opening Circle K Winternationals. Flipping the calendar ahead one year, “Fast Jack” will chase victory Sunday in the 56th edition of the prestigious event from P1 at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif.
Beckman rallied to post […]

2016 NHRA Season Begins With Lots Of Newness
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 – 9:15 | Comments Off on 2016 NHRA Season Begins With Lots Of Newness
2016 NHRA Season Begins With Lots Of Newness

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NHRA’s revised Pro Stock rules package gave Greg Anderson a new perspective on his “Factory Hot Rod” the first time he rolled into the staging lanes during preseason testing for the 2016 season.
“I said to myself, ‘Did they move the ‘Christmas Tree’ back 20 feet at the track? Is somebody […]

Vickers Subs For Injured Stewart
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 – 9:04 | Comments Off on Vickers Subs For Injured Stewart
Vickers Subs For Injured Stewart

Stewart-Haas Racing has named Brian Vickers interim driver of its No. 14 Chevrolet SS for all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events during 2016 Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway.
Vickers replaces three-time Cup champion Tony Stewart, whose final season will begin on the sidelines after suffering a fracture in his back in an all-terrain vehicle accident.
Vickers has […]

Tony Pedregon Switches Seats
Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 – 15:26 | Comments Off on Tony Pedregon Switches Seats
Tony Pedregon Switches Seats

Tony Pedregon says his move from NHRA Funny Car owner/driver to FOX Sports color analyst has been all about timing, and a guy named Jeff.
“My biggest problem is I decided to get out of the seat and Jeff Gordon did the same thing,” Pedregon joked during a recent interview. “So, many of you didn’t hear […]

Stewart To Begin Final Cup Season On Sidelines
Thursday, Feb 4, 2016 – 16:29 | Comments Off on Stewart To Begin Final Cup Season On Sidelines
Stewart To Begin Final Cup Season On Sidelines

Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart will miss the 2016 Daytona 500 later this month _ the start of his final season as driver _  after suffering a fracture in his back in an all-terrain vehicle accident Sunday.
Stewart-Haas Racing reported Thursday that Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet SS, sustained a burst […]

Honda To Again Join Chevy As IndyCar Engine Suppliers
Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016 – 17:31 | Comments Off on Honda To Again Join Chevy As IndyCar Engine Suppliers
Honda To Again Join Chevy As IndyCar Engine Suppliers

INDYCAR and Honda have announced a multi-year extension to the agreement that will continue the manufacturer’s presence as an engine supplier to the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Honda will be in competition with Chevrolet for the fifth consecutive season in 2016, with both manufacturers producing 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engines. Additionally, beginning in 2015, both Honda and Chevrolet […]

Alan Johnson Added To John Force’s Stable
Saturday, Jan 30, 2016 – 8:58 | Comments Off on Alan Johnson Added To John Force’s Stable
Alan Johnson Added To John Force’s Stable

Drag racing tuning guru Alan Johnson has added the role of “technical consultant” for Brittany Force’s Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster to his 2016 to-do list, beginning with next month’s season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals.
The owner of Alan Johnson Racing (AJR) in Brownsburg, Ind., Johnson also will continue to work as technical consultant for Steve […]

Texas Terry Adds One More ‘Cool Thing’ To Resume
Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 – 8:58 | One Comment
Texas Terry Adds One More ‘Cool Thing’ To Resume

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – With a hug from his daughter and a bow from the reigning Sprint Cup Series champion, native Texan Terry Labonte humbly joined the immortals of stock car racing as a member of the 2016 NASCAR Hall of Fame.
“You know, I got to do a lot of cool […]

NASCAR Welcomes Emotional Cook To ‘Our House’
Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 – 8:15 | Comments Off on NASCAR Welcomes Emotional Cook To ‘Our House’
NASCAR Welcomes Emotional Cook To ‘Our House’

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Aided by a walker _ one on wheels, of course _ Jerry Cook carefully strode to the dais to take his place among stock car racing’s elite at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
True to his unassuming personality, Cook termed the moment “overwhelming.”
“For me, it’s always been NASCAR,” […]

Pioneering Track Builder Smith Welcomed To HOF
Friday, Jan 22, 2016 – 19:25 | Comments Off on Pioneering Track Builder Smith Welcomed To HOF
Pioneering Track Builder Smith Welcomed To HOF

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Courtesy of winter storm Jonas, residents of “The Queen City” awoke Friday to a snowy, icy coating that would stress-out even the weather-blessed spirit of NASCAR founder Big Bill France.
The inclement weather forced postponement of Friday night’s scheduled induction ceremonies for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class […]