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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

Pedregon Says Battle With Force Is Over
Wednesday, Sep 16, 2009 – 5:45 | 2 Comments
Pedregon Says Battle With Force Is Over

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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NHRA Funny Car champions Tony Pedregon and John Force have hissed and made up.
Pedregon said he and former bossman Force cleared any ill will still simmering between them during an impromptu phone conversation last Saturday, five days after they engaged in an animated argument during final eliminations of the 55th [...]

Sturbin: Richmond Will Be All About Kyle Busch
Saturday, Sep 12, 2009 – 17:26 | 2 Comments
Sturbin: Richmond Will Be All About Kyle Busch

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
If Kyle Busch fails to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup cut this weekend, it won’t solely be because of one sorry Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway. Or even that so-so 13th-place finish the previous Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
“It’s more of the season that we’ve had [...]

Mad Max Is Happily Pursuing New Dream
Monday, Aug 17, 2009 – 7:30 | 2 Comments
Mad Max Is Happily Pursuing New Dream

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Watkins Glen, N.Y. – To label Max Papis a “journeyman driver” is to do a disservice to the human being with the perpetual grin, classic Italian accent and stallion-like passion for racing.
“I am a race car driver, and my job is to kick ass,” said Papis, famously defining his “Mad [...]

Sturbin: Innovative Gossage Is Getting Back To Work
Wednesday, Aug 12, 2009 – 8:01 | One Comment
Sturbin: Innovative Gossage Is Getting Back To Work

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Fort Worth, Texas – Consider the IndyCar Series’ decision to return Texas Motor Speedway to its “traditional” spot as first race after the Indianapolis 500 in 2010 as an extra round of therapy for track president Eddie Gossage.
Widely acknowledged as the country’s premier motorsports promoter, Gossage continues to recover at [...]

Where There’s Heat, There’s Smoke: Stewart Wins at The Glen
Tuesday, Aug 11, 2009 – 8:03 | 2 Comments
Where There’s Heat, There’s Smoke: Stewart Wins at The Glen

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Watkins Glen, N.Y. – Tony Stewart’s grip on a third NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship got a little tighter Monday afternoon at Watkins Glen International.
A day after rain washed-out the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, Stewart turned the sticky summertime conditions in the Finger Lakes Region to [...]

Vicious Wreck Leaves Gordon Hurting
Tuesday, Aug 11, 2009 – 7:02 | 6 Comments
Vicious Wreck Leaves Gordon Hurting

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Watkins Glen, N.Y. – There was a moment Monday afternoon when Jeff Gordon, a bonafide NASCAR road-racing ace, admitted he was glad the upcoming Chase for the Sprint Cup is an all-oval affair.
Gordon and his tender lower back took the physical brunt of a vicious six-car accident on Lap 64 [...]

Stewart Spends Rainy Weekend Thinking About The Future
Sunday, Aug 9, 2009 – 17:46 | One Comment
Stewart Spends Rainy Weekend Thinking About The Future

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Watkins Glen, N.Y. – Rookie NASCAR team-owner/driver Tony Stewart is mulling the addition of a third team to his Sprint Cup Series stable in 2010. And Stewart, the series points-leader, had plenty of time to consider his options Sunday evening after rain forced postponement of the Heluva Good! Sour Cream [...]

Johnson Ready To Stage A Successful Road Show
Sunday, Aug 9, 2009 – 15:02 | One Comment
Johnson Ready To Stage A Successful Road Show

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Watkins Glen, N.Y. – There aren’t many holes the size of a pin in the racing resume of Jimmie Johnson, the three-time and reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion.
Forty-three victories, 19 poles , 110 top-five and 170 top-10 finishes in 276 career starts qualifies as enough said.
Still, Johnson’s failure to [...]

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
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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. [...]