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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

Drivers Give Spoilers High Marks In First Test
Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 – 22:20 | 3 Comments
Drivers Give Spoilers High Marks In First Test

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – From a more traditional stock car look to added front downforce, the first on-track “baby steps” test of NASCAR’s rear-deck spoiler played to generally positive reviews at Texas Motor Speedway Tuesday.
And Sprint Cup driver Greg Biffle suggested there may even be a residual effect to the [...]

Spoilers To Be Tested At Texas On Tuesday
Monday, Jan 18, 2010 – 21:47 | 2 Comments
Spoilers To Be Tested At Texas On Tuesday

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Blade-running will go lap-after-lap with tire-testing beginning Tuesday at Texas Motor Speedway.
NASCAR’s new rear spoiler blade package for the Sprint Cup Series’ Car of Tomorrow will get its first on-track test Tuesday and Wednesday on TMS’ 1.5-mile quadoval, track president Eddie Gossage confirmed Monday afternoon.
Gossage said [...]

Big Test Follows Big Year At Texas
Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 – 8:14 | One Comment
Big Test Follows Big Year At Texas

Fort Worth, Texas – Sprint Cup racing at Texas Motor Speedway in 2009 produced two significant talking points:
Jeff Gordon won the Samsung 500 in April, ending a maddening streak that had seen the four-time series champion go 0-for-16 (with two last-place finishes) dating to the track’s debut in 1997. And an early-race crash involving points-leader [...]

Sturbin: A Personal Bucket List
Saturday, Jan 9, 2010 – 8:06 | 3 Comments
Sturbin: A Personal Bucket List

As of Jan. 1, I reluctantly joined the millions of Americans without health insurance. This is the product of a combination of procrastination and frustration.  As in, when a media colleague about the same age informed me he was paying $1,100 a month for a single-payer policy with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas…I decided to [...]

Sturbin: Here Are 10 To Remember from ‘09
Wednesday, Dec 30, 2009 – 8:33 | 3 Comments
Sturbin: Here Are 10 To Remember from ‘09

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
For those of us still fortunate enough to be involved in this profession, the 2009 motorsports season was not all about Jimmie and Junior and Danica.
For this writer, 2009 was about transitioning from a 35-year career in the daily newspaper industry into the 24/7 world of cyberspace. Away from the [...]

A Few Words With: Lee White
Saturday, Dec 19, 2009 – 9:19 | 2 Comments
A Few Words With: Lee White

Aside from all things associated with NASCAR lightning rod Kyle Busch, Toyota generated its boldest headline of 2009 when it pulled out of Formula One racing last month.
Toyota Motor Corporation confirmed it was quitting the FIA Formula One World Championship three days after the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. A statement issued by TMC said [...]

Jimmie Set To Test Endurance
Monday, Dec 14, 2009 – 8:30 | Comments Off
Jimmie Set To Test Endurance

Jimmie Johnson’s need to exceed in all manner of race cars has again drawn him to the team that is beginning to feel like Hendrick Motorsports Lite.
Johnson, winner of a record fourth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship last month, has signed-on for another stint in a Daytona Prototype entered by Bob Stallings Racing for [...]

Sturbin: The Danica Dance Goes On
Sunday, Dec 6, 2009 – 11:08 | 6 Comments
Sturbin: The Danica Dance Goes On

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Armed with a multi-year contract extension from Andretti Autosport, Danica Patrick’s career focus will remain on open-wheel racing while approaching NASCAR as a “curiosity.”
In fact, team-owner Michael Andretti is insisting on it. While supporting Patrick’s desire to challenge herself professionally, Andretti made it clear last week that any NASCAR schedule [...]

One More 24 For Jimmie
Thursday, Dec 3, 2009 – 9:35 | One Comment
One More 24 For Jimmie

NASCAR superstar Jimmie Johnson is anxious to expand his “comfort zone,” and Bob Stallings Racing will give him another opportunity to do so in America’s most prestigious endurance race.
Johnson, who won his record fourth-consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship last month, will rejoin reigning Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype champions Jon Fogarty and Alex [...]

Sturbin: More Hardware For Jimmie
Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009 – 9:25 | Comments Off
Sturbin: More Hardware For Jimmie

Voting for 2009 Driver of the Year closes on Wednesday, and barring a Miguel Cabrera moment by one of the 20 media panel members, it appears Jimmie Johnson will be a unanimous selection.
As was the case last year, the leading contenders are Johnson, first driver in the 61-year history of NASCAR to win four consecutive [...]