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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

History-Making Arana Jr. Zeros In On First Win Of Season
Sunday, May 6, 2018 – 8:22 | Comments Off on History-Making Arana Jr. Zeros In On First Win Of Season
History-Making Arana Jr. Zeros In On First Win Of Season

With an NHRA milestone etched next to his name, Hector Arana Jr. is anxious to extend his family’s Pro Stock Motorcycle legacy into the win column.
Arana Jr. knocked down what arguably was the last major barrier in professional drag racing earlier this season when he became the first PSM rider to exceed 200 mph over […]

Month of May Could Be ‘Bumpy’ At Indianapolis
Friday, May 4, 2018 – 16:35 | Comments Off on Month of May Could Be ‘Bumpy’ At Indianapolis
Month of May Could Be ‘Bumpy’ At Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Bump Day is positioned to return to the Indianapolis 500 qualifying format for the first time since 2011 this month at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where 35 entries officially have been filed for the 102nd edition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
Six winners are listed among the 35 drivers who will […]

Danica Searching For A Comfort Level At Indy
Thursday, May 3, 2018 – 9:08 | Comments Off on Danica Searching For A Comfort Level At Indy
Danica Searching For A Comfort Level At Indy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Danica Patrick says she is looking for “a fun May” in her ballyhooed return to open-wheel racing for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500. And after a seven-year hiatus from the Verizon IndyCar Series and an underwhelming NASCAR Cup Series career, Patrick equates “fun” with “being relevant.”
“Oh, I remember […]

Danica Strikes Up Swan Song At Indianapolis
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 – 7:18 | Comments Off on Danica Strikes Up Swan Song At Indianapolis
Danica Strikes Up Swan Song At Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Danica Patrick is back in an Indy car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where she hopes a career built on “trusting my ass” will take her to one last flashback of Danicamania.
Patrick completed her veteran refresher test Tuesday around the 2.5-mile IMS oval, clearing the way for her to practice beginning […]

Newgarden Likes What He Sees In IndyCar Windscreen
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – 16:14 | Comments Off on Newgarden Likes What He Sees In IndyCar Windscreen
Newgarden Likes What He Sees In IndyCar Windscreen

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion and point-leader Josef Newgarden ran hot laps with INDYCAR’s windscreen prototype after Monday’s open test on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway for drivers with previous Indy 500 experience.
It was the second on-track test of the prototype windscreen attached to INDYCAR’s new-for-2018 universal chassis, following four-time […]

Bayne’s Statement: I Want To Drive Every Weekend
Saturday, Apr 28, 2018 – 7:58 | Comments Off on Bayne’s Statement: I Want To Drive Every Weekend
Bayne’s Statement: I Want To Drive Every Weekend

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Trevor Bayne made it known Friday he is not exactly all-in on Roush Fenway Racing’s impending share-the-ride NASCAR Cup Series plan involving Matt Kenseth in the No. 6 Ford Fusion.
Bayne issued a statement prior to the opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Talladega Superspeedway _ site of Sunday’s […]

Kenseth Talks About Return To Cup
Friday, Apr 27, 2018 – 13:29 | Comments Off on Kenseth Talks About Return To Cup
Kenseth Talks About Return To Cup

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Matt Kenseth’s impending/prodigal return to Roush Fenway Racing is a curious mix of a championship-caliber driver in need of redemption and a proud organization scrambling to remain relevant in NASCAR’s results-centric Cup Series.
Kenseth, who unceremoniously lost his ride at Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of last season, will return […]

Tonglet Back In The White Gator Saddle Again
Wednesday, Apr 25, 2018 – 17:41 | Comments Off on Tonglet Back In The White Gator Saddle Again
Tonglet Back In The White Gator Saddle Again

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Call it a reunion of Louisiana Lightnin’.
LE Tonglet, the 2010 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion, will return to Jerry Savoie’s White Alligator Racing beginning with this weekend’s ninth annual NKG Spark Plugs Four-Wide Nationals at  zMAX Dragway.
Tonglet, a native and resident of Metairie, La., will race the KPK/Nitrofish Suzuki as […]

Baytown-Winner Todd Starting To Feel A Bit Funny
Monday, Apr 23, 2018 – 8:40 | Comments Off on Baytown-Winner Todd Starting To Feel A Bit Funny
Baytown-Winner Todd Starting To Feel A Bit Funny

Twenty-nine races removed from his NHRA Top Fuel career, J.R. Todd says he truly has the look and the feel of a nitromethane-burning Funny Car driver.
“My fire suit is dirty and my hands are dirty and I’m still driving it all over the place,” Todd said Sunday afternoon at Royal Purple Raceway. “So I’m trying […]

Pritchett On Pole In Baytown
Sunday, Apr 22, 2018 – 8:54 | Comments Off on Pritchett On Pole In Baytown
Pritchett On Pole In Baytown

Leah Pritchett served notice Saturday she and veteran crew chief Todd Okuhara are ready to snap out of their season-long Top Fuel funk.
Pritchett set the Top Fuel elapsed-time track record during the final qualifying session at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, to claim pole position for the 31st annual NHRA SpringNationals. The defending event […]