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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

Indy Wreck Halts Hamilton’s Texas Return
Tuesday, Jun 1, 2010 – 17:52 | One Comment
Indy Wreck Halts Hamilton’s Texas Return

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Davey Hamilton’s drive in the 94th Indianapolis 500 was over before he could say “The Biggest Spectacle in Greatness.”
A spinout and crash on the first of 200 laps relegated Hamilton to a 33rd and last-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. And on Monday, the [...]

Gossage Welcomes F1 To Austin; Not IRL To Houston
Thursday, May 27, 2010 – 6:33 | 3 Comments
Gossage Welcomes F1 To Austin; Not IRL To Houston

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage says he would not consider the announced addition of Austin to the 2012 Formula One schedule as “an invasion” of Speedway Motorsports Inc.’s Lone Star State turf.
“I hope they have success because that’s what makes more race fans,” said Gossage, [...]

Castroneves’s Mind On One As He Goes For Four
Thursday, May 27, 2010 – 6:11 | Comments Off
Castroneves’s Mind On One As He Goes For Four

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In his bid to win a record-tying fourth Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, pole-sitter Helio Castroneves will rely upon spotter Rick Mears to help him avoid another Come-to-Jesus moment.
Like the one, for instance, Castroneves said he experienced Saturday during Pole Day qualifications for the 94th edition of the race under the [...]

Sturbin: Penske Has Golden Touch
Sunday, May 23, 2010 – 11:29 | Comments Off
Sturbin: Penske Has Golden Touch

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Roger Penske has developed a strict set of criteria when scouting drivers for his IndyCar and NASCAR teams. A signature victory schtick isn’t necessarily one of them. But the drivers who generated headline news for Team Penske on Saturday – Helio Castroneves and Kurt Busch – have created two of [...]

Race Within A Race Is On
Saturday, May 22, 2010 – 11:50 | 2 Comments
Race Within A Race Is On

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves looks at the Month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a race-within-a-race-within-a-race. And greedily, Helio wants to win them all.
“Every team that comes here wants to be the fastest and get the Triple Crown of the pole, the pit stop competition and [...]

Kyle Busch Resurfaces Late To Win Richmond
Saturday, May 1, 2010 – 21:55 | Comments Off
Kyle Busch Resurfaces Late To Win Richmond

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Kyle Busch took another bow on the eve of his birthday Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway, where the then soon-to-be 21-year-old snapped a 21-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winless streak with a victory in the Heath Calhoun 400.
Busch moved around Jeff Gordon on a restart with five laps to [...]

The “Dad Hat” Is Off For McReynolds
Thursday, Apr 29, 2010 – 7:27 | One Comment
The “Dad Hat” Is Off For McReynolds

Fort Worth, Texas – Larry McReynolds has carved out highly successful careers as celebrated NASCAR crew chief, and “countrified” TV racing analyst. It’s a combination that has made McReynolds one of the most recognized and respected personalities in domestic motorsports.
But drive a stock car?
“I couldn’t drive a nail,” McReynolds deadpanned during a recent ARCA test [...]

Ford Teams Step Up To Plates With New Engines
Friday, Apr 23, 2010 – 8:16 | 2 Comments
Ford Teams Step Up To Plates With New Engines

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The restrictor plate version of Ford Racing’s FR9 engine will be available to all Roush Fenway Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend.
Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 will be the first points race in which a majority of Ford Fusions will have access to [...]

Big Picture Could Be A Masterpiece
Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 – 9:13 | One Comment
Big Picture Could Be A Masterpiece

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Recuperating from knee surgery, Denny Hamlin says he won NASCAR’s Samsung Mobile 500 Monday afternoon operating at maybe 60 percent. By design, the same figure also may apply to the current state of his Sprint Cup team at Joe Gibbs Racing.
“I told everyone on Media Day [...]

Sturbin: Blades Appeared To Cut It At Texas
Monday, Apr 19, 2010 – 20:15 | One Comment
Sturbin: Blades Appeared To Cut It At Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Did the blade merit a passing grade at Texas Motor Speedway?
That largely depended on how many panels of your Sprint Cup car were wadded-up during the running of the rain-delayed Samsung Mobile 500. Monday’s 334-lap race on TMS’ high-banked, 1.5-mile quadoval widely was considered the first [...]