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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

Martin Makes Peace With His Place In History
Saturday, Nov 7, 2009 – 18:29 | 2 Comments
Martin Makes Peace With His Place In History

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Mark Martin’s conscience will not allow him to tell a lie. Not even to himself.
And so, maybe it is true that Martin – second in Chase points to Jimmie Johnson – is just not good enough to become NASCAR Sprint Cup champion.
“Obviously, the performance of the [...]

Two In The Hand for Busch at TMS
Saturday, Nov 7, 2009 – 15:39 | One Comment
Two In The Hand for Busch at TMS

Fort Worth, Texas – Kyle Busch took another bow at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon. And on Sunday, he might just thumb his nose at the NASCAR record book.
Busch followed up his win in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series Friday night with another Victory Lane visit after dominating the O’Reilly Challenge Nationwide Series event in [...]

Gordon Exploring Ownership Of Land In Texas
Friday, Nov 6, 2009 – 21:22 | One Comment
Gordon Exploring Ownership Of Land In Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Jeff Gordon’s comfort level has grown exponentially during the last calendar year at Texas Motor Speedway, a personal purgatory for much of his stellar Sprint Cup Series career.
Gordon qualified on-pole Friday afternoon for Sunday’s Dickies 500, extending a streak that has seen him claim at least one [...]

Drivers Put Out Welcome-Danica Mat
Friday, Nov 6, 2009 – 19:38 | One Comment
Drivers Put Out Welcome-Danica Mat

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – If you are already weary of keeping up with the latest Danica Patrick-to-NASCAR buzz, imagine how an established Sprint Cup Series star feels.
For instance, Carl Edwards, who didn’t sugar-coat his opinion about Danica’s reported contract negotiations with JR Motorsports, the Nationwide Series team owned by Cup [...]

Newman Reflects on Crash, Tragedy
Friday, Nov 6, 2009 – 18:11 | Comments Off
Newman Reflects on Crash, Tragedy

Fort Worth, Texas – Ryan Newman’s continued concern over his latest wild ride at Talladega Superspeedway has been mitigated by Thursday’s deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood, an Army base with ties to Newman’s NASCAR Sprint Cup team…and his heartstrings.
Newman is nearing completion of his first year as driver of the No. 39 Haas Automation [...]

NHRA Notes: Massey Amasses Points
Friday, Nov 6, 2009 – 16:52 | 2 Comments
NHRA Notes: Massey Amasses Points

The operative term in boxing is “stealing a round” – a flurry of punches fired-off during the final 10 or so seconds to impress the ringside judges right before they mark their scorecards.
Similarly, Top Fuel rookie Spencer Massey scored big style points in his bid for the 2009 Auto Club Road to the Future Award [...]

Hight In A Strong Position
Monday, Nov 2, 2009 – 7:28 | One Comment
Hight In A Strong Position

By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Robert Hight says there is nothing lucky about his methodical march toward the 2009 NHRA Funny Car world championship.
“We have just outmuscled these guys,”  Hight said after defeating “Fast” Jack Beckman in Sunday’s final of the ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals, penultimate round of the six-race Countdown to 1 playoff. Hight’s [...]

Force Hood Faces ‘Bummer’
Sunday, Nov 1, 2009 – 7:36 | 2 Comments
Force Hood Faces ‘Bummer’

A blockbuster first-round pairing Sunday between Robert Hight and Ashley Force Hood looms as the potential pivotal point in their intramural battle for the 2009 NHRA Funny Car world championship.
Featuring teammates at John Force Racing, the Hight vs. Ford Hood matchup was set into motion following the conclusion of qualifying for the ninth annual NHRA [...]

Mike Edwards Top Act In Vegas
Saturday, Oct 31, 2009 – 7:19 | One Comment
Mike Edwards Top Act In Vegas

Convinced that no lead is safe, Mike Edwards continued pursuit of his first NHRA Pro Stock world championship Friday at a blistering pace.
Edwards moved into position to earn his 15th No. 1 qualifying award of the season – and trimmed his magic number for clinching the title to 19 points – following the opening two [...]

Mission Impossible: Force Must Control His Emotions
Friday, Oct 30, 2009 – 9:09 | 2 Comments
Mission Impossible: Force Must Control His Emotions

Funny Car icon John Force is shifting his overly-amped emotions into neutral as son-in-law Robert Hight and daughter Ashley Force Hood vie for the 2009 NHRA world championship.
Hight holds a tenuous 13-point lead over John Force Racing teammate/sister-in-law Force Hood heading into the ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals, Round 5 of the six-race Countdown [...]