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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

Race Fan Hinchcliffe Has Become Race Fan Favorite
Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 – 17:00 | Comments Off on Race Fan Hinchcliffe Has Become Race Fan Favorite
Race Fan Hinchcliffe Has Become Race Fan Favorite

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas _ James Hinchcliffe’s ever-expanding Verizon IndyCar Series fan base easily can be measured by a variety of social media metrics.
As self-proclaimed mayor of the fictional internet city of “Hinchtown,” James is well-versed in the power-and-profile of twitter, Facebook and instagram. But the 30-year-old native of Toronto, Canada, […]

Dirt Kid Bell Wins Texas Truck Race
Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 – 7:23 | Comments Off on Dirt Kid Bell Wins Texas Truck Race
Dirt Kid Bell Wins Texas Truck Race

FORT WORTH, Texas _ Christopher Bell, a self-described “dirt track kid” from Oklahoma, joined the list of first-time NASCAR pavement winners Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway.
Bell edged Chase Briscoe after a side-by-side, closing-laps battle to win the 21st annual winstaronlinegaming.com 400 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Bell, who started 21st in the 28-truck […]

Kimball Is The Big Star In Texas IndyCar Qualifying
Friday, Jun 9, 2017 – 19:54 | Comments Off on Kimball Is The Big Star In Texas IndyCar Qualifying
Kimball Is The Big Star In Texas IndyCar Qualifying

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Charlie Kimball checked another box off his Verizon IndyCar Series to-do list Friday afternoon when he qualified on-pole for the race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Kimball secured his first series pole by touring TMS’ repaved and re-profiled 1.5-mile oval with a record two-lap average of 222.556 mph, knocking Chip […]

Vautier Takes Gutierrez Seat For TMS IndyCar Race
Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 – 21:35 | Comments Off on Vautier Takes Gutierrez Seat For TMS IndyCar Race
Vautier Takes Gutierrez Seat For TMS IndyCar Race

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Former Formula One regular Esteban Gutierrez’s lack of oval-track experience _ he has none _ has paved the way for Tristan Vautier to compete in Saturday night’s Rainguard Water Sealers 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Gutierrez was black-flagged, in a good way, by INDYCAR officials who cited […]

Slumping Nemechek Sets Sights On Fun At TMS
Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 – 20:38 | Comments Off on Slumping Nemechek Sets Sights On Fun At TMS
Slumping Nemechek Sets Sights On Fun At TMS

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Teenager John Hunter Nemechek has the perfect attitude to deal with a promising NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season that has morphed into a slump.
“I still have fun, no matter if it’s a bad day or a good day,” said Nemechek, who will look to snap […]

Dallara To Make New IndyCar Chassis
Wednesday, Jun 7, 2017 – 20:01 | Comments Off on Dallara To Make New IndyCar Chassis
Dallara To Make New IndyCar Chassis

Longtime INDYCAR partner Dallara Automobili will manufacture the universal bodywork kit that will fit the current Dallara IR-12 chassis for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
The universal kit to be used by all teams next season was a collaboration between INDYCAR and Dallara with the style design support of Chris Beatty, a concept design and […]

Wallace And NASCAR Set To Take ‘Huge Step’
Tuesday, Jun 6, 2017 – 15:13 | Comments Off on Wallace And NASCAR Set To Take ‘Huge Step’
Wallace And NASCAR Set To Take ‘Huge Step’

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. will make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut this weekend at Pocono Raceway, substituting for the recuperating Aric Almirola in the No. 43 Ford Fusion fielded by Richard Petty Motorsports.
A graduate of NASCAR’s Diversity Program, Wallace owns five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins and […]

Rahal Will Hitch Ride To Texas With New Buddy Mo
Monday, Jun 5, 2017 – 11:45 | Comments Off on Rahal Will Hitch Ride To Texas With New Buddy Mo
Rahal Will Hitch Ride To Texas With New Buddy Mo

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Graham Rahal says he is a “huge, huge believer” in the power of mo-mentum.
After completing an historic sweep of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader Sunday, Rahal and Mr. Mo will arrive at Texas Motor Speedway as pre-race favorite to defend his victory in Saturday’s version of “America’s Original Nighttime […]

500-Winner Sato Earns Sunday’s Pole
Sunday, Jun 4, 2017 – 14:45 | Comments Off on 500-Winner Sato Earns Sunday’s Pole
500-Winner Sato Earns Sunday’s Pole

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
If it’s Sunday…better keep an eye on Takuma Sato in Motown.
Sato kept the momentum from his historic Indianapolis 500 victory going Sunday morning, winning the Verizon P1 Award and pole position in record fashion for this afternoon’s second race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear doubleheader.
The driver […]

Confident Rahal Hoping To Double Up In Detroit
Sunday, Jun 4, 2017 – 8:54 | Comments Off on Confident Rahal Hoping To Double Up In Detroit
Confident Rahal Hoping To Double Up In Detroit

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Here’s guessing that Graham Rahal probably didn’t sleep great Saturday night either. It’s called anticipation…
Rahal led 55 of 70 laps around the Raceway at Belle Isle Park’s 2.35-mile/14-turn temporary street circuit Saturday afternoon en route to a dominating victory in the first race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented […]