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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

Rahal Resumes Career In St. Pete
Friday, Mar 26, 2010 – 7:30 | 4 Comments
Rahal Resumes Career In St. Pete

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Thanks to an unlikely alliance between popular IndyCar owner/driver Sarah Fisher and one of the series’ aspiring American stars, “IGTBG.”
That’s the message on Graham Rahal’s personalized Ohio license plate, vanity-speak for “It’s Good To Be Graham.” Actually, 1986 Indianapolis 500 champion Bobby Rahal put that tag on his son at [...]

Sturbin: Is Four A Crowd In NHRA?
Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 – 10:46 | 2 Comments
Sturbin: Is Four A Crowd In NHRA?

In a sporting universe operating on a 24/7 news cycle, perhaps four-wide drag racing was inevitable. Whether or not side-by-side-by-side-by-side straight-line competition has a shelf life beyond the curiosity stage largely will be determined during this weekend’s inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
For the first time in the National Hot Rod Association’s 59-year history, competitors in Top [...]

Road Trip For Fort Worth Reps
Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 – 7:43 | One Comment

By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – One of Texas Motor Speedway’s staunchest supporters is Fort Worth mayor Mike Moncrief, a fixture at practically every major racing and corporate event scheduled at “The Great American Speedway.”
Moncrief is acutely aware that Fort Worth is competing with a number of Metroplex communities for fan traffic and their [...]

Texas ‘Has At It’ With Edwards Vs. Keselowski Ads
Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 – 6:25 | One Comment
Texas ‘Has At It’ With Edwards Vs. Keselowski Ads

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Eddie Gossage says his use of the controversial wreck involving Sprint Cup antagonists Carl Edwards and an airborne Brad Keselowski as an advertising tool at Texas Motor Speedway is the residue of NASCAR’s “Have at it, boys” philosophy – and a staple of Promotion 101.
Gossage, the [...]

Weekend Will Be A Drag For Busch
Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 – 16:34 | One Comment
Weekend Will Be A Drag For Busch

NASCAR champion Kurt Busch will spend the first off-weekend of the 2010 Sprint Cup season getting his racing career straightened out.
Busch, winner of Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and the 2004 Cup champion, will revisit his drag racing roots during the 41st annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals beginning Thursday at historic Gainesville (Fla.) [...]

Q & A: Franchitti Set To Defend
Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 – 7:31 | 2 Comments
Q & A: Franchitti Set To Defend

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – They don’t hand out an official “Comeback Driver of the Year Award” in the IZOD IndyCar Series, so Dario Franchitti’s second championship trophy in three years was all-encompassing.
Franchitti marked his return from an aborted foray into NASCAR by winning the 2009 Indy Racing League driver’s championship [...]

Law Claims Miami GP Pole
Saturday, Mar 6, 2010 – 9:29 | One Comment
Law Claims Miami GP Pole

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Jon Fogarty’s Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series pole qualifying streak was snapped Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway by a margin that redefines the term “miniscule.”
Darren Law claimed the Daytona Prototype pole for Saturday’s Grand Prix of Miami by touring the 2.3-mile, 11-turn road-course in Homestead, Fla., in 1 minute and 11.806-seconds [...]

Sturbin: Hunter Back On The Beat
Friday, Mar 5, 2010 – 7:32 | One Comment
Sturbin: Hunter Back On The Beat

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – He wasn’t listed among the special guest speakers taking the ballroom stage during Texas Motor Speedway’s annual Media Day, the sort of corporate function Jim Hunter has fronted seemingly forever.
Hunter’s official NASCAR title is vice president of corporate communications, an all-encompassing job description that for media [...]

Helton: Spoilers To Be In Place By Texas
Monday, Mar 1, 2010 – 23:09 | Comments Off
Helton: Spoilers To Be In Place By Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – NASCAR president Mike Helton says there is a “doggone good chance” that Sprint Cup cars will be sporting rear spoiler blades in place of their current raised wings at Texas Motor Speedway next month.
That doesn’t necessarily mean the Samsung Mobile 500 scheduled on April 18 will [...]

Hungry Force Is Shaping Up Nicely
Friday, Feb 19, 2010 – 9:40 | Comments Off
Hungry Force Is Shaping Up Nicely

Funny Car icon John Force says his winless 2009 NHRA season can be traced in large part to a lack of physical strength in his legs, the residue of a laundry list of injuries suffered in a grinding crash in ’07 and a condition he admittedly hid from his corporate sponsors.
“I can tell you now, [...]