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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

McLaren Woes Sending Alonso To Indianapolis
Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 – 11:24 | Comments Off on McLaren Woes Sending Alonso To Indianapolis
McLaren Woes Sending Alonso To Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fernando Alonso admits that his startling decision to compete in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 next month was triggered by the sad fact that McLaren Honda _ after only three of 20 races _ is not a player for the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship.
“Yeah, definitely,” said […]

Critics: Alonso ‘Barking Mad’ To Race At Indy
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 – 11:54 | Comments Off on Critics: Alonso ‘Barking Mad’ To Race At Indy
Critics: Alonso ‘Barking Mad’ To Race At Indy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner says Formula One superstar Fernando Alonso of arch-rival McLaren F1 is “barking mad” for his decision to compete in next month’s Indianapolis 500.
Alonso, a two-time F1 World Driving Champion, announced Wednesday he will drive in the 101st running of the Indy 500 on […]

IndyCar Drivers Get Taste Of ‘Crazy’ New TMS
Friday, Apr 14, 2017 – 8:07 | Comments Off on IndyCar Drivers Get Taste Of ‘Crazy’ New TMS
IndyCar Drivers Get Taste Of ‘Crazy’ New TMS

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Fourteen Verizon IndyCar Series drivers experienced their first laps through Texas Motor Speedway’s repaved and re-profiled Turns 1 and 2 with eyes, throttles _ and apparently mouths _ wide-open.
“It’s a big difference going down there into (turns) 1 and 2,” Graham Rahal said at the close […]

IndyCar Drivers Go Gaga Over Alonso News
Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 – 19:02 | Comments Off on IndyCar Drivers Go Gaga Over Alonso News
IndyCar Drivers Go Gaga Over Alonso News

By John Sturbin |Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Verizon IndyCar Series drivers testing on Texas Motor Speedway’s repaved and re-profiled pavement Wednesday enthusiastically greeted the sensational news that Formula One superstar Fernando Alonso would be joining them for the 101st edition of the Indianapolis 500.
“Yeah, that’s cool! Big news,” said Scott Dixon, the 2008 Indy […]

Johnson Returns To Victory Lane In Texas
Sunday, Apr 9, 2017 – 16:34 | Comments Off on Johnson Returns To Victory Lane In Texas
Johnson Returns To Victory Lane In Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas – Jimmie Johnson has returned to his NASCAR “wheelhouse,” otherwise known as Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway. And for the record, not all of J.J.’s 81 career Cup victories have been scored in Cowtown.
Mired in a mild slump through five races, Johnson jump-started his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season with […]

It’s Biz As Usual: Jones Wins Xfinity Race At TMS
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 – 17:16 | Comments Off on It’s Biz As Usual: Jones Wins Xfinity Race At TMS
It’s Biz As Usual: Jones Wins Xfinity Race At TMS

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Drop the green flag on a NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, and Erik Jones is money.
Jones scored his second series victory in five starts in Cowtown Saturday afternoon, dominating the 110-lap third segment of the 21st annual My Bariatric Solutions 300.
Jones, who also […]

Harvick Sweeps His Way To Pole In Texas
Friday, Apr 7, 2017 – 20:08 | Comments Off on Harvick Sweeps His Way To Pole In Texas
Harvick Sweeps His Way To Pole In Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Kevin Harvick will start on-pole for the 21st annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 after completing a three-segment sweep of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knockout qualifying Friday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway.
Harvick toured TMS’ repaved and re-profiled 1.5-mile oval in 27.217-seconds and 198.405 mph in […]

Stewart Jacked About Hitting The Dirt In Texas
Friday, Apr 7, 2017 – 17:44 | Comments Off on Stewart Jacked About Hitting The Dirt In Texas
Stewart Jacked About Hitting The Dirt In Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas – Tony Stewart will showcase his passion for dirt track racing Friday and Saturday nights as host of Tony Stewart’s Texas Sprint Car Nationals presented by Machinery Auctioneers.
Stewart and protégé Christopher Bell will headline a full field of ASCS Sprint Cars at the 0.4-mile Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track, which has seating […]

Langdon Lands Kalitta Ride
Friday, Apr 7, 2017 – 7:05 | Comments Off on Langdon Lands Kalitta Ride
Langdon Lands Kalitta Ride

By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Team Kalitta will field 2013 NHRA Top Fuel world champion Shawn Langdon in a third, full-time team sponsored by Global Electronic Technology beginning with Round 5 of the 2017 schedule later this month at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas.
Langdon competed in 30 national events for Don Schumacher Racing while “on loan” […]

Book Brings Blue Oval Memories Back To Life
Thursday, Apr 6, 2017 – 8:08 | Comments Off on Book Brings Blue Oval Memories Back To Life
Book Brings Blue Oval Memories Back To Life

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – I’m a “Chevy guy,” have been since 1971. But I grew up in a Ford family.
First car I drove was my father, John Sr.’s, black-with-white-top 1953 Ford Crown Victoria; learned to drive a manual transmission on his black 1961 Falcon station wagon, complete with three-on-the-tree; got […]