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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

Stewart Got All Dolled Up At His Texas Farewell
Thursday, Nov 17, 2016 – 12:43 | Comments Off on Stewart Got All Dolled Up At His Texas Farewell
Stewart Got All Dolled Up At His Texas Farewell

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – As retirement gifts at Texas Motor Speedway go, Tony Stewart could have done worse.
Consider that last November, TMS President Eddie Gossage presented retirement-bound/four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, and children Ella and Leo, a pair of Shetland ponies named Scout and Smoky…and a shovel…and […]

Foyt Hires Two New Drivers
Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016 – 8:06 | Comments Off on Foyt Hires Two New Drivers
Foyt Hires Two New Drivers

A.J. Foyt Racing will contest the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season with a revamped Generation Next driver lineup featuring 24-year-old Carlos Munoz and Conor Daly as part of a Texas-sized house-cleaning extending from the team’s base outside Houston to its new satellite shop in Speedway, Ind.
“Both of our drivers are very young and they’ve got […]

NHRA Passes Out The Hardware
Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016 – 17:34 | Comments Off on NHRA Passes Out The Hardware
NHRA Passes Out The Hardware

Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Cory Reed was named winner of the Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award as the NHRA’s Rookie of the Year Monday during the 2016 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series awards ceremony.
Reed topped five other rookie candidates for the $20,000 prize during ceremonies honoring 2016 world champions Antron […]

Laughlin Picks Tree Lights Over Friday Night Lights
Sunday, Nov 13, 2016 – 10:10 | Comments Off on Laughlin Picks Tree Lights Over Friday Night Lights
Laughlin Picks Tree Lights Over Friday Night Lights

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Rising NHRA Pro Stock contender Alex Laughlin never has lacked for self-confidence, dating to his football-playing days as a high school freshman and sophomore in North Texas.
“I went to Stephenville High School and they’re super-big on football,” said Laughlin, 28, briefly recalling those gridiron glory days from inside his hauler […]

Capps Finally Gets His Funny Car Championship
Sunday, Nov 13, 2016 – 9:09 | Comments Off on Capps Finally Gets His Funny Car Championship
Capps Finally Gets His Funny Car Championship

Ron Capps was crowned 2016 NHRA Funny Car world champion Saturday in Pomona, Calif., and has the unmistakable bling to prove it.
“This is epic,” Capps said after receiving the Mello Yello champion’s jacket and dinner plate-sized gold medal he dubbed “My Mr. T starter kit” at the conclusion of qualifying for the 52nd annual Auto […]

Capps Looking Good To Cap Off Funny Car Season With A Championship
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 – 8:35 | Comments Off on Capps Looking Good To Cap Off Funny Car Season With A Championship
Capps Looking Good To Cap Off Funny Car Season With A Championship

Ron Capps is off to a near-perfect start in the bid to clinch his first NHRA Funny Car world championship, a career-defining moment that could be realized and celebrated Saturday.
Capps bagged valuable qualifying points while Don Schumacher Racing teammate Jack Beckman sprinted into the provisional lead Friday during the opening two rounds of time trials […]

Haas F1 To Shake Up Driver Lineup
Friday, Nov 11, 2016 – 17:38 | Comments Off on Haas F1 To Shake Up Driver Lineup
Haas F1 To Shake Up Driver Lineup

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
American-owned Haas F1 Team has signed Kevin Magnussen as teammate to Romain Grosjean for the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship season.
Magnussen, a 24-year-old from Roskilde, Denmark, brings two years of Formula One experience to Haas F1 _ his rookie season with McLaren in 2014 and the 2016 season with […]

Funny Car’s Capps Hoping To Party In Pomona
Friday, Nov 11, 2016 – 8:09 | Comments Off on Funny Car’s Capps Hoping To Party In Pomona
Funny Car’s Capps Hoping To Party In Pomona

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
After all the burnouts, hole shots and explosions he has experienced during a 19-year Funny Car career, the most meaningful lap Ron Capps records Sunday at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona figures to be covered in the wrong direction…engine silent…behind a tow-car.
The return road at the famed NHRA facility will […]

TMS Extends Its Global Reach
Monday, Nov 7, 2016 – 9:07 | Comments Off on TMS Extends Its Global Reach
TMS Extends Its Global Reach

FORT WORTH, Texas – Its stature as “The Great American Speedway” firmly established, it’s time to acknowledge Texas Motor Speedway as “The Rand McNally of Motorsports.”
That tag became applicable Sunday, when three temporary residents of Antarctica attending the 12th annual AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase race allowed TMS to complete a fan […]

Edwards Wins Texas; Earns Final Four Berth
Monday, Nov 7, 2016 – 8:23 | Comments Off on Edwards Wins Texas; Earns Final Four Berth
Edwards Wins Texas; Earns Final Four Berth

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Rain returned to Texas Motor Speedway on Lap 293 of Sunday night’s AAA Texas 500, with Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship contender Carl Edwards in the lead and looking for a deluge.
Moments after parking his car on pit road at Texas Motor Speedway, Edwards […]