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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

NHRA Notes: Dixon Is Out To Demote The Sarge
Friday, Oct 23, 2009 – 7:44 | 2 Comments
NHRA Notes: Dixon Is Out To Demote The Sarge

Larry Dixon’s next text message to Top Fuel rival Tony Schumacher might read: “Sarge: Game on!”
Dixon rolled into The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway one year ago a distant second to Schumacher and his 212-point lead. Needing only to qualify to earn his fifth consecutive and sixth overall NHRA Full Throttle Series world championship, [...]

Gossage Is Back But With New Priorities
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2009 – 13:58 | One Comment
Gossage Is Back But With New Priorities

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Irving, Texas – Despite being outshot by NASCAR star Carl Edwards, happiness is a warm gun – and cancer in remission – for Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage.
“I feel great. The doctor tells me I’m in complete remission – don’t have any sign of the cancer – so it’s [...]

Hull And Cindric Will Be Sweating The Details At Homestead
Saturday, Oct 10, 2009 – 17:18 | Comments Off
Hull And Cindric Will Be Sweating The Details At Homestead

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Attention to detail that is borderline-anal has the brain trusts of Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske again matching wits today for the 2009 IndyCar Series championship.
“Quite frankly, at Chip Ganassi Racing, we are pretty simple guys and we just race races and the results come to us,” said [...]

IndyCar Notes: Dixon Says Three Would Be Charming
Friday, Oct 9, 2009 – 9:48 | One Comment
IndyCar Notes: Dixon Says Three Would Be Charming

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Show me a race car driver who says he is not just a little bit selfish, and I’ll show you a race car driver who is (1) a liar and (2) unemployed.
IndyCar Series teammates Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti have ridden their open-book/good-buddy policy at Target Chip Ganassi Racing to [...]

Greg Anderson Looking For Lip-Raising Runs In Memphis
Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 – 7:50 | Comments Off
Greg Anderson Looking For Lip-Raising Runs In Memphis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Self-inflicted wounds to his confidence and left wrist have accompanied Greg Anderson to Memphis Motorsports Park, where NHRA Pro Stock points-leader Mike Edwards remains squarely in Greg’s grille.
And Greg’s head.
Anderson’s victory over former Funny Car driver Johnny Gray in the final of the 24th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA [...]

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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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 [...]