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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

Erik Jones Takes A Seat On Furniture Row
Sunday, Aug 7, 2016 – 14:09 | Comments Off on Erik Jones Takes A Seat On Furniture Row
Erik Jones Takes A Seat On Furniture Row

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Erik Jones’ journey from grassroots racer to NASCAR rising star took its final step Sunday at Watkins Glen International, where the 20-year-old prodigy officially was introduced as the second Sprint Cup Series driver for Furniture Row Racing.
Jones will contest the full 36-race Cup schedule in 2017 in the No. 77 Toyota […]

Buescher’s ‘Crazy’ Week Rolls Into Watkins Glen
Sunday, Aug 7, 2016 – 7:48 | Comments Off on Buescher’s ‘Crazy’ Week Rolls Into Watkins Glen
Buescher’s ‘Crazy’ Week Rolls Into Watkins Glen

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – If Chris Buescher’s breakthrough NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory last Monday was, indeed, the biggest thing to hit his hometown since the 7th annual Prosper Fishing Derby in February…somebody needs to send him a text or a newspaper clipping for posterity.
Buescher’s ensuing week has been a […]

Carl Edwards Becoming A Pole Day Road Hog
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 – 16:41 | Comments Off on Carl Edwards Becoming A Pole Day Road Hog
Carl Edwards Becoming A Pole Day Road Hog

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Carl Edwards completed a once-improbable pole position sweep of NASCAR’s two non-oval Sprint Cup Series races Saturday at Watkins Glen International, officially elevating his status to “road-course ringer.”
“I think so, you know? No, I don’t know. My road-course career started pretty rough,” an animated Edwards joked […]

Furniture Row To Add Jones
Friday, Aug 5, 2016 – 22:50 | Comments Off on Furniture Row To Add Jones
Furniture Row To Add Jones

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Furniture Row Racing will expand to a two-car NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team in 2017, with rising star Erik Jones ticketed to join newly re-signed regular Martin Truex Jr. for the team based in Denver, Colo.
“I can’t see it not happening,” an industry source told RacinToday.com Friday afternoon at
Watkins Glen International, […]

Earnhardt Jr.: I Am Not Ready To Quit Racing
Friday, Aug 5, 2016 – 16:40 | Comments Off on Earnhardt Jr.: I Am Not Ready To Quit Racing
Earnhardt Jr.: I Am Not Ready To Quit Racing

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – While Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s recovery from “ocular imbalance issues” continues at a snail’s pace, a forced early retirement is the furthest thing on the NASCAR superstar’s mind.
“I’m not ready to stop racing.  I’m not ready to quit,” Junior said during a news conference Friday at Watkins […]

Rolling Artwork Adorns The Syracuse Nationals
Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 – 8:09 | Comments Off on Rolling Artwork Adorns The Syracuse Nationals
Rolling Artwork Adorns The Syracuse Nationals

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The former owner of an auto salvage yard and the current owner of a classic 1955 Pontiac Safari station wagon, Bobby Coln is living in car-guy retirement by this vow.
“This car will never end up there,” said Coln (the “l” is silent), adding that the pride of his Pontiac fleet is destined […]

New Book Examines Henry II vs. Enzo At Le Mans
Thursday, Jul 14, 2016 – 14:32 | Comments Off on New Book Examines Henry II vs. Enzo At Le Mans
New Book Examines Henry II vs. Enzo At Le Mans

Victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans gave team-owner Chip Ganassi a taste of the nationalism permeating the world’s premier sports car endurance race, and it had nothing to do with the bouillabaisse served in Ford hospitality.
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing reprised a wonderful chapter of American motor racing history by taking the new Ford […]

Brown Wins Route 66; Takes Top Fuel Points Lead
Monday, Jul 11, 2016 – 7:38 | Comments Off on Brown Wins Route 66; Takes Top Fuel Points Lead
Brown Wins Route 66; Takes Top Fuel Points Lead

Top Fuel superstar Antron Brown says he always feels like a gladiator when competing inside the stadium setting at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill.
Brown and his Matco Tools team conquered every rival during the 19th annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals Sunday for his third win of the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series […]

Racing World Remembers Carl Haas
Friday, Jul 8, 2016 – 7:06 | Comments Off on Racing World Remembers Carl Haas
Racing World Remembers Carl Haas

Carl Haas, longtime Indy car team-owner noted for his partnership with actor Paul Newman and trademark cigar, died June 29 at his home in suburban Chicago. He was 86.
Cars fielded by Haas won 107 Indy car races _ second-most all-time _ and eight season championships. The only accomplishment missing from Haas’ impressive motorsports resume was […]

Hamilton Reigns In Rain In Austrian Qualifying
Saturday, Jul 2, 2016 – 16:06 | Comments Off on Hamilton Reigns In Rain In Austrian Qualifying
Hamilton Reigns In Rain In Austrian Qualifying

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes AMG will start Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix from pole position after a dramatic wet/dry qualifying session at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg.
Hamilton turned a hot lap of 1 minute, 07.922-seconds around the 2.688-mile/4.326-kilometer/nine-turn Red Bull Ring to beat Mercedes teammate and championship leader Nico Rosberg […]