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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

Texas Cup Race Pushed Back Until Monday
Sunday, Apr 6, 2014 – 19:27 | Comments Off
Texas Cup Race Pushed Back Until Monday

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Wet-and-cold weather barely fit for waterfowl, much less NASCAR racing, forced postponement of Sunday’s Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
The seventh race of the Sprint Cup Series season has been rescheduled for Monday, with the green flag now set to drop at 11 a.m. (CDT). [...]

Look Out: Tony Stewart Is Back ‘On His Game’
Saturday, Apr 5, 2014 – 18:58 | Comments Off
Look Out: Tony Stewart Is Back ‘On His Game’

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Like any championship-caliber sports organization, Stewart-Haas Racing doesn’t believe in rebuilding. Stewart-Haas Racing reloads.
SHR’s revised four-car lineup began reintroducing itself to NASCAR Nation last Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, where newcomer Kurt Busch ended a maddening, 83-race winless streak with a victory in the STP 500.
Saturday [...]

Chase Elliott Makes Some Noise Of His Own
Saturday, Apr 5, 2014 – 7:25 | One Comment
Chase Elliott Makes Some Noise Of His Own

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Chase Elliott’s first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at Texas Motor Speedway resonated all the way back to Dawsonville, Ga., where the siren that announced each of his daddy’s 44 Sprint Cup Series victories woke up the echoes of “Awesome Bill” late Friday night…and certainly a few [...]

Tire Concerns Have Teams Zoned Out In Texas
Friday, Apr 4, 2014 – 21:04 | One Comment
Tire Concerns Have Teams Zoned Out In Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas – Looking to avoid the possibility of a repeat of the blowout issues that factored into the outcome of NASCAR’s Auto Club 400 last month, Goodyear has mounted-and-aired-up its Zone Tread compound at Texas Motor Speedway for Sunday’s Duck Commander 500.
And Sprint Cup regular Joey Logano says it couldn’t hurt.
“I don’t really [...]

Multi-Zone Tires To Hit The Track In Texas
Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 – 8:16 | Comments Off
Multi-Zone Tires To Hit The Track In Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Goodyear’s multi-zone tread tire will make its competitive debut on Texas Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile quadoval during this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500.
The multi-zone tread concept, combining two distinct rubber compounds on the same right-side tire, was run at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Kansas [...]

Sato Has Foyt Looking Good In St. Pete
Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 – 11:43 | Comments Off
Sato Has Foyt Looking Good In St. Pete

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Takuma Sato topped the time chart during Friday’s second practice session to lead preparations for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ 2014 season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Sato, who is beginning his second season with A.J. Foyt Racing, recorded a best lap of 1 minute, 2.5615- seconds/103.578 mph around the 1.8-mile, [...]

Castroneves Out To Get The One That Got Away
Friday, Mar 28, 2014 – 11:36 | Comments Off
Castroneves Out To Get The One That Got Away

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A lost weekend in Houston last October prevented Helio Castroneves from adding an IndyCar Series championship to an impressive racing and lifestyle resume featuring everything from three Indianapolis 500 victories to working up a dancing sweat alongside Julianne Hough.
Castroneves’ problem-plagued weekend during the inaugural Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of [...]

Penske Head Of Texas Hall Of Fame Class
Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 – 7:21 | Comments Off
Penske Head Of Texas Hall Of Fame Class

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Team-owner Roger S. Penske’s proficiency for finding Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway will be recognized next month when “The Captain” is inducted as 16th member of the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame.
The only car-owner to score victories on TMS’ 1.5-mile quadoval in NASCAR and INDYCAR-sanctioned [...]

TMS Thinks ‘Big Hoss’ To Be Bonanza For Fans
Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 – 16:43 | Comments Off
TMS Thinks ‘Big Hoss’ To Be Bonanza For Fans

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas –With the click of an oversized remote control button and accompanying fireworks, Speedway Motorsports Inc. officials unveiled the “biggest, baddest HD video board on the planet” Wednesday night.
“Big Hoss TV” lit up the cool March air from its backstretch perch at Texas Motor Speedway, as several thousand [...]

Team Penske’s Power Ends Barber Test In ‘A Happy Place’
Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 – 8:46 | Comments Off
Team Penske’s Power Ends Barber Test In ‘A Happy Place’

Will Power completed a two-day sweep of an unseasonably cold spring training Tuesday, topping the time chart at Barber Motorsports Park as the Verizon IndyCar Series wrapped up its traditional Open Test.
Power, driver of the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet, recorded a top lap of 1 minute, 7.0608-seconds Tuesday around Barber’s 2.3-mile, 17-turn [...]