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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

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 [...]

Rain Sets Up A Texas Two-For
Sunday, Apr 18, 2010 – 18:40 | One Comment
Rain Sets Up A Texas Two-For

Fort Worth, Texas – Rain relegated NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide series teams to their haulers Sunday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway, where Bill Elliott spent time un-stocking the Wood Brothers’ pantry.
“The truck normally doesn’t have enough food on it if it rains,” Elliott deadpanned. “That’s the first thing that goes. You can go on [...]

Rain Sets Up Doubleheader
Saturday, Apr 17, 2010 – 18:08 | 2 Comments
Rain Sets Up Doubleheader

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – NASCAR intends to play two at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Day-long rain in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex forced NASCAR officials to postpone Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series race. The event has been rescheduled for 8 p.m. (CDT) Sunday, following conclusion of the Samsung Mobile [...]

Will Blades Cut It? Rain Gets In Way Of Note Taking
Saturday, Apr 17, 2010 – 17:37 | Comments Off
Will Blades Cut It? Rain Gets In Way Of Note Taking

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – A steady rain washed-out two scheduled NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practices at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday, leaving the majority of the soggy garage area occupants with incomplete notebooks for the Samsung Mobile 500.
Not so for Juan Pablo Montoya and crew chief Brian Pattie.
“I was well-prepared,” said [...]

Gillett Talks Racing Without Kahne
Friday, Apr 16, 2010 – 13:38 | Comments Off
Gillett Talks Racing Without Kahne

Fort Worth, Texas – The co-owner of Richard Petty Motorsports fully expects lame duck NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne to fulfill his contract with the Ford Racing team in 2010.
“Not only do I expect that, the one thing that I do know well is what a gentleman Kasey Kahne is,” Foster Gillett, son [...]

Nur Ali Has Come A Long Way In Racing
Friday, Apr 16, 2010 – 11:43 | 3 Comments
Nur Ali Has Come A Long Way In Racing

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – When Barkat and Farida Ali touched-down with their family at DFW Airport in 1983, son Nur already was fluent in German, Urdu and Hindi.
That won’t get an 8-year-old boy very far on the streets of Fort Worth, the city that proudly proclaims it is “Where the [...]

Piquet Loving Life In The Land Of Opportunity
Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 – 17:28 | One Comment
Piquet Loving Life In The Land Of Opportunity

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – The Americanization of Nelson Piquet Jr. continues in a stock car this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, where the Brazilian with the famous surname is attempting to distance himself from an international scandal.
Piquet Jr., son of three-time Formula One World Driving Champion Nelson Piquet, is scheduled [...]

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 [...]