Home » Archive by Author

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

GM Woes Spread Concern In NASCAR
Friday, Apr 3, 2009 – 18:45 | Comments Off
GM Woes Spread Concern In NASCAR

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – President Barack Obama lowered the broom earlier this week on General Motors chairman/CEO Rick Wagoner,  forcing him out of his high-profile role in a “restructuring” that has not fully caught up with NASCAR.
Perhaps it never will. The effect the government’s intervention into the private sector might [...]

Reutimann Earns Cup Pole at Texas
Friday, Apr 3, 2009 – 17:35 | Comments Off
Reutimann Earns Cup Pole at Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – David Reutimann says qualifying a Sprint Cup car at Texas Motor Speedway can be painful, even under the best of circumstances.
“When you leave pit road here for qualifying, you better be up on the wheel as hard as you can go,” Reutimann said Friday afternoon. “The [...]

Cup Banquet Could Be Vegas Bound
Friday, Apr 3, 2009 – 15:35 | One Comment
Cup Banquet Could Be Vegas Bound

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas –What happens in New York City might be headed to Vegas at the end of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Awards Banquet, a staple in The Big Apple for 27 years, reportedly will be relocated to Las Vegas this December.  According to a [...]

Bruton Smith Humbled By Call From Texas Hall
Thursday, Apr 2, 2009 – 21:18 | One Comment
Bruton Smith Humbled By Call From Texas Hall

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Marcus Smith says the people who know his father best swear that motorsports mogul O. Bruton Smith is “a teddy bear” of a man.
“He is really the picture of the American dream,” Marcus Smith said his dad, who as chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc. [...]

Busch Breezes To Nationwide Pole In Texas
Thursday, Apr 2, 2009 – 21:15 | One Comment
Busch Breezes To Nationwide Pole In Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Kyle Busch will bid for an unprecedented third consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday from the best seat in the house, and with a double shot at history.
On a day when high wind warnings and occasional gusts from 50 to 60 mph [...]

Menard and Cook Fast At Texas
Thursday, Apr 2, 2009 – 16:28 | Comments Off

RacinToday.com
Fort Worth, Texas – Terry Cook and Paul Menard paced the opening two practices Friday for the O’Reilly 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Cook, driver of the No. 91 MSRP Motorsports Chevrolet, led the opening session at 185.995 mph. He was followed by David Ragan (184.426 mph) and Tony Stewart (183.492 mph). [...]

Dixon Has New Team At Home To Deal With
Wednesday, Apr 1, 2009 – 13:25 | One Comment
Dixon Has New Team At Home To Deal With

 
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
As a two-time IndyCar Series champion and the most recent Indianapolis 500 winner, Scott Dixon appears to be a man with few worlds to conquer.
So, how about fatherhood…and the joy of changing diapers? That life-altering experience awaits Scott and Emma Dixon, who are expecting their first child in late July. 
“Both [...]

Force Hood’s Second Funny Car Win Erases All Doubts
Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 – 18:20 | 3 Comments
Force Hood’s Second Funny Car Win Erases All Doubts

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Rarely does a driver’s second career victory outshine his or her first. For myriad reasons, including a lingering conspiracy theory, Ashley Force Hood labeled career NHRA Funny Car victory No. 2 at Houston Raceway Park Sunday afternoon a bigger “blast” than her historic first. 
Force Hood marched through a personal “Who’s [...]

Brown Leads Clean Qualifying Sweep At HRP
Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 – 20:00 | Comments Off
Brown Leads Clean Qualifying Sweep At HRP

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BAYTOWN, Texas – Antron Brown led a clean sweep of new No. 1 qualifiers  Saturday at Houston Raceway Park, where cooler temperatures and a dry racetrack reset the professional fields for the 22nd annual O’Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals.
Brown drove his Matco Tools Dragster to a 3.819-second run at 316.75 mph [...]

Marco Andretti Eyes Two Prizes
Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 – 12:45 | One Comment
Marco Andretti Eyes Two Prizes

 
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Win the Indianapolis 500. Win the IndyCar Series championship.
That formula worked for Dario Franchitti in 2007 and Scott Dixon in 2008, and Marco Andretti has been taking notes. Asked to outline his goals for the 2009 season, the third generation open-wheel star said he basically wants it all _ beginning [...]