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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

Texas Motor Speedway Schedules Major Facelift
Friday, Jan 6, 2017 – 19:24 | Comments Off on Texas Motor Speedway Schedules Major Facelift
Texas Motor Speedway Schedules Major Facelift

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Texas Motor Speedway has absorbed enough of the wet stuff from Mother Nature. And get ready for a triumphant return of the Texas Tire Monster to “The Great American Speedway” in 2017.
Following a 2016 season during which rain and subsequent track-drying efforts tested the patience of […]

Book Picks: Cuddle Up With These Winning Reads
Saturday, Dec 24, 2016 – 18:37 | Comments Off on Book Picks: Cuddle Up With These Winning Reads
Book Picks: Cuddle Up With These Winning Reads

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
When the weather outside is frightful this holiday season…it’s the perfect time to crack open a book. So put on a pot of coffee, slip into your blue Snuggie (only because your favorite red one is in the wash with a guacamole stain) and feed your brain for a change. […]

Chilton Out To Solve ‘American Way Of Racing’
Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016 – 16:55 | Comments Off on Chilton Out To Solve ‘American Way Of Racing’
Chilton Out To Solve ‘American Way Of Racing’

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The Americanization of Max Chilton will continue at Chip Ganassi Racing in 2017, with the Brit set to contest the full Verizon IndyCar Series schedule in the No. 8 Honda with primary sponsorship from Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Chilton joined CGR in February 2016 after competing in Indy Lights in […]

Kalitta Shakes Up Driver Lineup
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016 – 8:03 | Comments Off on Kalitta Shakes Up Driver Lineup
Kalitta Shakes Up Driver Lineup

Kalitta Motorsports has acted in-house to fill the Funny Car vacancy created by the unexpected departure of 2015 NHRA world champion Del Worsham.
Top Fuel regular J.R. Todd will drive the DHL Toyota Camry during the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. Meanwhile, Troy Coughlin Jr.’s previously announced part-time/sixth team schedule has been upgraded […]

Shocker: F1 Champion Rosberg Retires
Friday, Dec 2, 2016 – 15:39 | Comments Off on Shocker: F1 Champion Rosberg Retires
Shocker: F1 Champion Rosberg Retires

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Newly crowned Formula One World Driving Champion Nico Rosberg is won-and-done.
Rosberg shocked the motorsports universe Friday, announcing his retirement from Mercedes AMG and the FIA Formula One World Championship during a press conference in Vienna, Austria, where he and Mercedes were scheduled to collect their 2016 championship trophies at the […]

Rosberg Earns Controversial World Championship
Monday, Nov 28, 2016 – 10:51 | Comments Off on Rosberg Earns Controversial World Championship
Rosberg Earns Controversial World Championship

Nico Rosberg celebrated his first Formula One World Driving Championship with a burnout, mosh pit ride and tears on the podium Sunday, after his second-place finish to Lewis Hamilton in the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
And true-to-form, the finish between Rosberg and Mercedes AMG teammate/nemesis Hamilton was controversial. Hamilton, the three-time/reigning World Champion, began […]

It’s Hamilton vs. Rosberg In F1 Season-Ender
Sunday, Nov 27, 2016 – 8:57 | Comments Off on It’s Hamilton vs. Rosberg In F1 Season-Ender
It’s Hamilton vs. Rosberg In F1 Season-Ender

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Lewis Hamilton will launch his “Hail Mary” bid for a fourth Formula One World Driving Championship from pole position Sunday, after edging Mercedes teammate and point-leader Nico Rosberg for P1 during qualifying for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Hamilton toured the 3.451-mile/5.554-kilometer/21-turn Yas Marina Circuit in 1 minute, 38.755-seconds to […]

NHRA Notes: Worsham Leaves Kalitta
Wednesday, Nov 23, 2016 – 13:04 | Comments Off on NHRA Notes: Worsham Leaves Kalitta
NHRA Notes: Worsham Leaves Kalitta

Del Worsham, only the third driver to win NHRA world championships in Top Fuel and Funny Car, is returning to his racing roots. Worsham announced Tuesday he is leaving Kalitta Motorsports to rejoin father Chuck Worsham and his family-owned Funny Car team beginning in 2017.
“It was a hard decision to leave a championship-caliber team such […]

The Biff Man Parts Ways With Roush Fenway
Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016 – 10:14 | Comments Off on The Biff Man Parts Ways With Roush Fenway
The Biff Man Parts Ways With Roush Fenway

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Greg Biffle’s 19-year tenure at Roush Fenway Racing ended abruptly Monday, with the veteran NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver citing a relationship that had “kind of run its course.”
Biffle, RFR’s longest-tenured driver, has raced the No. 16 Ford in Cup since 2002. Biffle joined Roush Fenway in 1998, winning championships […]

Sauter Collects Inaugural Truck Chase Crown
Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 – 9:50 | Comments Off on Sauter Collects Inaugural Truck Chase Crown
Sauter Collects Inaugural Truck Chase Crown

Growing up as one of 12 children in a racing family, Johnny Sauter learned early-on what it means to compete…for everything.
Sauter, a son of legendary Midwest short-track racer Jim Sauter, added to the family legacy Friday night when his third-place finish in the Ford EcoBoost 200 secured the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship at […]