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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

New TV Deal To Make For Lively NHRA Season
Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015 – 9:02 | Comments Off on New TV Deal To Make For Lively NHRA Season
New TV Deal To Make For Lively NHRA Season

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Saturation television coverage of the NHRA’s 2016 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, featuring 17 live Sunday finals shows and four on the FOX network, highlight the sanctioning body’s new broadcast partnership with FOX Sports.
The package also includes eight primetime Friday night qualifying shows, beginning with the first two rounds […]

Enders, Coughlin To Campaign Darts In ’16
Wednesday, Dec 9, 2015 – 9:29 | Comments Off on Enders, Coughlin To Campaign Darts In ’16
Enders, Coughlin To Campaign Darts In ’16

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Erica Enders and Jeg Coughlin Jr., who have combined for seven NHRA Pro Stock world championships, will campaign a pair of Dodge Darts for Elite Motorsports during the 2016 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
The two-time/reigning Pro Stock champ, Enders’ switch to Dodge from Chevrolet Camaro was wrapped in a […]

Stallings: Moving To McLaren Was Biz Decision
Friday, Dec 4, 2015 – 8:19 | Comments Off on Stallings: Moving To McLaren Was Biz Decision
Stallings: Moving To McLaren Was Biz Decision

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Businessman/racer Bob Stallings says the decision to abandon his Hyundai Genesis Coupe project and move up the Pirelli World Challenge ladder as a McLaren customer in 2016 was all about activating and elevating the brand.
GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing announced on Nov. 20 the Dallas-based team will campaign […]

Ol’ Dave Takes Spin In Ol’ Calhoun Around Ol’ Indy
Thursday, Nov 26, 2015 – 8:40 | Comments Off on Ol’ Dave Takes Spin In Ol’ Calhoun Around Ol’ Indy
Ol’ Dave Takes Spin In Ol’ Calhoun Around Ol’ Indy

A grinning, gray-bearded David Letterman realized the ride of a lifetime last summer, when he completed four laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in an iconic open-wheel Roadster.
“Nobody in their right mind should let me do this,” Letterman tells Dan Carney in “David Letterman Is Not Slowing Down” as featured in the December issue of […]

The Perfect Ending Gutted By An Imperfect Sport
Monday, Nov 23, 2015 – 9:26 | One Comment
The Perfect Ending Gutted By An Imperfect Sport

A race day that dawned Sunday morning with coffee and tears shared with his mom, Carol, ended after sunset with the gift of his helmet to car-owner Rick Hendrick.
In between, on the last day of his brilliant NASCAR career, Jeff Gordon bump-fisted countless fans, stood shoulder-to-shoulder with motorsports superstars Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton during […]

Porsche WEC Teams Clean Up In Season-Ender In Bahrain
Sunday, Nov 22, 2015 – 9:28 | Comments Off on Porsche WEC Teams Clean Up In Season-Ender In Bahrain
Porsche WEC Teams Clean Up In Season-Ender In Bahrain

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Porsche works drivers closed-out the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship Saturday by claiming drivers’ championships in the Le Mans Prototype 1 and GTE-Pro classes during the Six Hours of Bahrain.
A fifth-place finish by Timo Bernhard of Germany, Brendon Hartley of New Zealand and Mark Webber of Australia in the No. […]

‘Red Dragon’ To Wear McLaren Marque In 2016
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 – 9:07 | Comments Off on ‘Red Dragon’ To Wear McLaren Marque In 2016
‘Red Dragon’ To Wear McLaren Marque In 2016

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing will field a McLaren 650S GT3 in the Pirelli World Challenge’s GT category in 2016, abruptly shelving a year-long program to develop the Hyundai Genesis Coupe in the series’ manufacturer-heavy GTS class.
Stallings’ Dallas-based team took delivery last week of a British-built McLaren 650S GT3, latest generation of […]

Sports Car Notes: Porsche Shooting For Enduring Success
Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 – 18:28 | Comments Off on Sports Car Notes: Porsche Shooting For Enduring Success
Sports Car Notes: Porsche Shooting For Enduring Success

By John Sturbin | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Having secured Porsche’s first manufacturers’ world championship since 1986 on Nov. 1 in Shanghai, China, works drivers Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber will attempt to add the drivers’ title during the FIA World Endurance Championship’s season-ending Six Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.
Porsche 919 Hybrid aces Bernhard, Hartley and […]

Young Nemechek Is So Composed That It’s Scary
Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 – 9:06 | Comments Off on Young Nemechek Is So Composed That It’s Scary
Young Nemechek Is So Composed That It’s Scary

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Teenager John Hunter Nemechek is carrying on his family’s NASCAR legacy _ times three _ into the Camping World Truck Series with a level of composure he is convinced borders on the otherworldly.
John Hunter is the son of Joe Nemechek, known as “Front Row Joe” in […]

Worsham Adds Funny Car Championship To His Nitro Resume
Monday, Nov 16, 2015 – 9:09 | Comments Off on Worsham Adds Funny Car Championship To His Nitro Resume
Worsham Adds Funny Car Championship To His Nitro Resume

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Drag-racing “lifer” Del Worsham ignited an extended version of Kalitta Motorsports’ signature mosh-pit starting line celebration Sunday at Auto Club Raceway, an emotional tribute to Connie and Scott Kalitta and his own stellar 25-year career.
Worsham claimed his second NHRA world championship, and first in Funny Car, with a semifinal […]