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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

Kenseth, Gordon Put Feud on Hold
Saturday, Apr 10, 2010 – 13:09 | Comments Off
Kenseth, Gordon Put Feud on Hold

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Arlington, Texas – Matt Kenseth’s career path took a brief detour into the gutter earlier this week, courtesy of a bowling-oriented promotion that admittedly left the NASCAR star embarrassed.
But Kenseth and four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon both chose the high road at Phoenix International Raceway Friday during separate post-mortems [...]

Radical IRL Car Gets Test
Tuesday, Apr 6, 2010 – 7:50 | One Comment
Radical IRL Car Gets Test

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DeltaWing’s radical IZOD IndyCar Series chassis – a prototype that conjurs up comparisons to the iconic designs of stylist Harley Earl – is headed to the wind tunnel.
Indianapolis-based DeltaWing LLC, which introduced its proposed chassis for the 2012 IndyCar season at the Chicago Auto Show in February, is scheduled to [...]

Force Gives Four-Wide A Thumbs Sideways
Friday, Apr 2, 2010 – 6:50 | One Comment
Force Gives Four-Wide A Thumbs Sideways

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
By any measuring device, last weekend’s inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals was a runaway success for John Force Racing.
But despite an historic victory in the rain-delayed Funny Car final at zMAX Dragway, Brut Force is suggesting that four-wide might better serve all vested parties as an all-star-style, non-points event on the [...]

Power Wins Second Straight Race
Monday, Mar 29, 2010 – 11:37 | 2 Comments
Power Wins Second Straight Race

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Driving for a juggernaut apparently has transformed Will Power into one.
Power claimed his second IZOD IndyCar Series victory in as many starts this season on Monday in the rain-delayed sixth annual Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Power, the record-setting pole-sitter, held off Justin Wilson by 0.8244-of-a-second around the 1.8-mile, [...]

Power Tops IndyCar Qualifying
Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 – 15:14 | Comments Off
Power Tops IndyCar Qualifying

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Will Power of Team Penske continued his out-of-the-box domination of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series Saturday afternoon, winning the pole for today’s sixth annual Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in record-setting fashion.
Power, winner of the season-opener two weeks ago on another temporary circuit in Sao Paulo, Brazil, toured the [...]

Power Supplies Speed in St. Pete
Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 – 6:40 | Comments Off
Power Supplies Speed in St. Pete

IZOD IndyCar Series points-leader Will Power, who won the 2010 season-opener two weeks ago in Sao Paulo, Brazil, topped the lap time chart on another temporary street circuit Friday following opening practices for the sixth annual Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Power, driver of the No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Honda, toured the 1.8-mile, 14-turn layout in [...]

Rahal Resumes Career In St. Pete
Friday, Mar 26, 2010 – 7:30 | 4 Comments
Rahal Resumes Career In St. Pete

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Thanks to an unlikely alliance between popular IndyCar owner/driver Sarah Fisher and one of the series’ aspiring American stars, “IGTBG.”
That’s the message on Graham Rahal’s personalized Ohio license plate, vanity-speak for “It’s Good To Be Graham.” Actually, 1986 Indianapolis 500 champion Bobby Rahal put that tag on his son at [...]

Sturbin: Is Four A Crowd In NHRA?
Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 – 10:46 | 2 Comments
Sturbin: Is Four A Crowd In NHRA?

In a sporting universe operating on a 24/7 news cycle, perhaps four-wide drag racing was inevitable. Whether or not side-by-side-by-side-by-side straight-line competition has a shelf life beyond the curiosity stage largely will be determined during this weekend’s inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
For the first time in the National Hot Rod Association’s 59-year history, competitors in Top [...]

Road Trip For Fort Worth Reps
Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 – 7:43 | One Comment

By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – One of Texas Motor Speedway’s staunchest supporters is Fort Worth mayor Mike Moncrief, a fixture at practically every major racing and corporate event scheduled at “The Great American Speedway.”
Moncrief is acutely aware that Fort Worth is competing with a number of Metroplex communities for fan traffic and their [...]

Texas ‘Has At It’ With Edwards Vs. Keselowski Ads
Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 – 6:25 | One Comment
Texas ‘Has At It’ With Edwards Vs. Keselowski Ads

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Eddie Gossage says his use of the controversial wreck involving Sprint Cup antagonists Carl Edwards and an airborne Brad Keselowski as an advertising tool at Texas Motor Speedway is the residue of NASCAR’s “Have at it, boys” philosophy – and a staple of Promotion 101.
Gossage, the [...]