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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

Ambrose Wins Again at Watkins Glen
Saturday, Aug 8, 2009 – 20:37 | Comments Off
Ambrose Wins Again at Watkins Glen

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Watkins Glen, N.Y. – Marcos Ambrose pulled a fast one on Kyle Busch Saturday at Watkins Glen International, where the Australian road-racing specialist is now a back-to-back NASCAR Nationwide Series winner.
Ambrose took the lead from Busch on Lap 64 of the Zippo 200 with a self-described “bomb” of an inside [...]

Green Means Danger At The Glen
Saturday, Aug 8, 2009 – 16:00 | Comments Off
Green Means Danger At The Glen

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Watkins Glen, N.Y. – There’s more than meets the eye for a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver barreling into Turn 1 at Watkins Glen International.
Pole-sitter Jimmie Johnson has the option of gridding from either the inside or outside at the start of Sunday’s Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen. [...]

Johnson Updates His Road Course Resume at The Glen
Friday, Aug 7, 2009 – 21:14 | Comments Off
Johnson Updates His Road Course Resume at The Glen

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Watkins Glen, N.Y. – Jimmie Johnson walked into the garage area at Watkins Glen International Friday morning without either a road-course pole or victory to his name.
Scratch the former. Johnson, the three-time and reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, staked his first claim as a road-racing ace by qualifying on-pole [...]

Ganassi Team Makes Point, Krohn Wins Race at The Glen
Friday, Aug 7, 2009 – 21:10 | Comments Off
Ganassi Team Makes Point, Krohn Wins Race at The Glen

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Watkins Glen, N.Y. – Daytona Prototype aces Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas are points-racing.  And with only three events remaining on the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series schedule, they’re not apologizing.
A second-place finish to Krohn Racing’s Nic Jonsson and Ricardo Zonta in Friday’s Crown Royal 200 at The Glen allowed [...]

Brack Becomes X Games Golden Boy
Monday, Aug 3, 2009 – 8:15 | Comments Off
Brack Becomes X Games Golden Boy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Kenny Brack’s first exposure to motorized Action Sports proved to be an X-cellent adventure.
Brack, the 1999 Indianapolis 500 champion, emerged as the class of Sunday’s X Games 15 Rally Competition with a gold medal-winning performance. Driving a Ford Fiesta entered and prepared by the Olsbergs Motor Sport Evolution team of [...]

X Marks The Spot Of Brack’s Return
Sunday, Aug 2, 2009 – 7:45 | One Comment
X Marks The Spot Of Brack’s Return

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Kenny Brack came to grips with the end of his professional racing career on a May afternoon in 2005, when he climbed out of an Indy-car and decided he was “back to normal.”
So…what in the wide world of Action Sports is Brack doing in the X Games 15 Rally Competition? [...]

For Miss Sprint Cup, Mugging Is Working
Thursday, Jul 30, 2009 – 16:22 | 4 Comments
For Miss Sprint Cup, Mugging Is Working

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Surely you have seen her on the TV, jockeying for position during the typical NASCAR Victory Lane celebration scrum.
Lurking. Miss Sprint Cup always is lurking…albeit with a perpetual smile, augmented by the occasional shuffle and the well-timed head-nod.
Don’t try these subtle moves while standing atop your [...]

Sturbin: IndyCar Drivers To Get Pushy
Thursday, Jul 30, 2009 – 8:00 | Comments Off
Sturbin: IndyCar Drivers To Get Pushy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indy Racing League Notes and Quotes:
* IndyCar drivers will have a “push-to-pass” option at their fingertips when the series competes at Kentucky Speedway this weekend.
In addition to previously announced aerodynamic performance-related items, Honda Performance Development will introduce brief bursts of additional horsepower and 200 RPMs (to a 10,500 total) via [...]

A.J. Allmendinger Enjoys Riding With The King
Tuesday, Jul 28, 2009 – 15:33 | One Comment
A.J. Allmendinger Enjoys Riding With The King

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – A.J. Allmendinger didn’t give Richard Petty Motorsports its historic first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory. Kasey Kahne delivered that feel-good moment to King Richard and partners-via-merger George N. Gillett Jr. and Ray Evernham at Infineon Raceway last month.
But as a driver who knows he easily could [...]

IndyCars En Route To Barber
Tuesday, Jul 28, 2009 – 8:05 | Comments Off
IndyCars En Route To Barber

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., will play host to its inaugural IndyCar Series road-race in April 2010, marking the Indy Racing League’s latest foray into the heart of stock-car country.
The “Indy Grand Prix of Alabama” will be run the weekend of April 9-11, 2010, giving the venue added value [...]