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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

Sturbin: The Sarge Is In Command Again
Friday, Oct 2, 2009 – 12:00 | One Comment
Sturbin: The Sarge Is In Command Again

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Tony Schumacher’s return to the NHRA Top Fuel points lead is full of juicy irony, in that “The Sarge” knocked off the team of former tuner Alan Johnson in the final at Texas Motorplex last Sunday.
Schumacher  – the six-time and reigning world champion – stormed to his fifth victory of [...]

Vitor Meira Is Back In The Saddle After Horrific Crash
Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009 – 21:19 | Comments Off
Vitor Meira Is Back In The Saddle After Horrific Crash

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Monitored by open-wheel icon A.J. Foyt Jr., Vitor Meira hot-lapped around Indianapolis Motor Speedway Wednesday for the first time since his horrific crash during the Indianapolis 500 in May.
Foyt’s verdict? Vitor’s still got the “want-to” necessary to compete in the IndyCar Series.
Meira completed a total of 65 laps around the [...]

Hight To Face One Swede Ride In Super Stockholm Elimination
Saturday, Sep 26, 2009 – 19:27 | One Comment
Hight To Face One Swede Ride In Super Stockholm Elimination

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Ennis, Texas – Robert Hight’s quest for his first NHRA Funny Car championship goes global on Sunday.
Hight emerged from four rounds of professional qualifying at Texas Motorplex Saturday afternoon on-pole for the 24th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals. Hight’s first-round opponent will be No. 16 qualifier Leif [...]

NHRA’s Arana Is Privately Wheeling Way To the Top
Saturday, Sep 26, 2009 – 16:00 | Comments Off
NHRA’s Arana Is Privately Wheeling Way To the Top

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Ennis, Texas – Hector Arana says he is riding a Pro Stock Motorcycle good enough to win the 2009 NHRA Countdown to 1 championship. And if the bike breaks, Arana is ready to run any quarter-mile from here to Pomona, Calif.
The drag racing definition of “privateer,” Arana tilted the PSM [...]

Rookie Top Fueler Massey Wants It All
Friday, Sep 25, 2009 – 20:00 | One Comment
Rookie Top Fueler Massey Wants It All

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Ennis, Texas – Now that he has shelved his first NHRA “Wally,” Top Fuel rookie Spencer Massey has developed a need for greed.
“Truthfully, that was my goal,” Massey said from the back of his team hauler Friday afternoon at Texas Motorplex. “Going into the season as a rookie, I just [...]

Tryson Defection Puts Busch, Penske In Awkward Spot
Friday, Sep 25, 2009 – 6:21 | One Comment
Tryson Defection Puts Busch, Penske In Awkward Spot

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Kurt Busch says the curious lame duck status of crew chief Pat Tryson has created “a tough situation” for his Penske Racing team, one chasing a NASCAR championship and searching for a leader along the lines of…Lou Piniella?
A lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, Busch tossed Sweet Lou’s name onto the short [...]

Sturbin: Meet The Chase Class Of 2009
Sunday, Sep 20, 2009 – 7:59 | Comments Off
Sturbin: Meet The Chase Class Of 2009

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Tony Stewart insists that any of the 12 drivers eligible for this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup is a bona fide title contender heading into New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
But better check the points ladder after the last hauler exits Loudon, N.H., on Sunday night.
“After Loudon this weekend, this thing [...]

GAINSCO Drivers Gain Another Grand-Am Win
Sunday, Sep 20, 2009 – 7:00 | Comments Off
GAINSCO Drivers Gain Another Grand-Am Win

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney shared a car that was “crazy-fast” this weekend at Miller Motorsport Park, where the GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing twins moved three points closer to a second Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype championship.
Fogarty and Gurney capped a near-dominant weekend that began on-pole with their fourth [...]

Johnson Considered The Man By His Fellow Chase Drivers
Friday, Sep 18, 2009 – 19:30 | Comments Off
Johnson Considered The Man By His Fellow Chase Drivers

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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The legend of Jimmie Johnson, three-time and reigning NASCAR champion, is looming XXX Large over the 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup.
That was evident during Chase Media Day in New York City, where four of 12 drivers eligible for the championship served up plenty of props to Johnson during a [...]

Pedregon Says Battle With Force Is Over
Wednesday, Sep 16, 2009 – 5:45 | 2 Comments
Pedregon Says Battle With Force Is Over

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NHRA Funny Car champions Tony Pedregon and John Force have hissed and made up.
Pedregon said he and former bossman Force cleared any ill will still simmering between them during an impromptu phone conversation last Saturday, five days after they engaged in an animated argument during final eliminations of the 55th [...]