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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

Pioneering Track Builder Smith Welcomed To HOF
Friday, Jan 22, 2016 – 19:25 | Comments Off on Pioneering Track Builder Smith Welcomed To HOF
Pioneering Track Builder Smith Welcomed To HOF

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Courtesy of winter storm Jonas, residents of “The Queen City” awoke Friday to a snowy, icy coating that would stress-out even the weather-blessed spirit of NASCAR founder Big Bill France.
The inclement weather forced postponement of Friday night’s scheduled induction ceremonies for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class […]

Penske On His Team: The Plan Is To ‘Go On Forever’
Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 – 8:09 | Comments Off on Penske On His Team: The Plan Is To ‘Go On Forever’
Penske On His Team: The Plan Is To ‘Go On Forever’

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Accompanied by drivers from its glorious past and generational present _ and a highlight film narrated by Tom Brokaw _ Team Penske launched its 50-year celebration of all things motorsports Wednesday with a verbal down payment on the next half-century.
“I don’t know when I’m going to […]

NASCAR Extends Playoffs To XFINITY, Truck Series For 2016
Tuesday, Jan 19, 2016 – 19:54 | Comments Off on NASCAR Extends Playoffs To XFINITY, Truck Series For 2016
NASCAR Extends Playoffs To XFINITY, Truck Series For 2016

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In the spirit of the late Eagles founder/guitarist Glenn Frey, NASCAR is going to Chase it to the limit in 2016.
The elimination-style format that crowned Kyle Busch as 2015 Sprint Cup Series champion will be extended with tweaks to the XFINITY and Camping World Truck series this […]

McLaren ‘Red Dragon’ Set To Light Up Sebring
Monday, Jan 18, 2016 – 8:07 | One Comment
McLaren ‘Red Dragon’ Set To Light Up Sebring

One month after a successful shakedown session, GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing is scheduled to continue development of its shiny red McLaren 650S GT3 on Monday, the first of a two-day test at Sebring International Raceway in Florida.
Team-owner Stallings joined championship driver Jon Fogarty in lapping the McLaren during a systems check at MotorSport Ranch in Cresson, […]

Enders Hoping For Bull’s Eye In 2016 Dart
Friday, Jan 15, 2016 – 19:53 | Comments Off on Enders Hoping For Bull’s Eye In 2016 Dart
Enders Hoping For Bull’s Eye In 2016 Dart

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Two-time/reigning Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders’ 2016 Dodge Dart has been unveiled, a month before she begins pursuit of a third consecutive NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series title.
Like her championship-winning Chevrolet Camaros from 2014 and 2015, Enders’ Dart was built by RJ Race Cars in Galesburg, Ill., the […]

New NHRA Pro Stock Specs Off To A Slow Start
Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 – 15:40 | One Comment
New NHRA Pro Stock Specs Off To A Slow Start

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Shane Gray and Gray Motorsports are halfway through a four-day test of the sanctioning body’s new Pro Stock rules configuration, and the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series regular classified his early results as “laughable and tricky.”
“Well, it’s slow,” said Gray, who is lapping the team’s 2015 Chevrolet Camaro updated to […]

Review: Panning For Rust In American Barns
Saturday, Dec 26, 2015 – 10:07 | Comments Off on Review: Panning For Rust In American Barns
Review: Panning For Rust In American Barns

If you’ve grown weary of Wayne Carini and Richard Rawlings and assorted reality TV car guys hitching a trailer to the ride of your dreams, it’s time to channel your inner Tom Cotter.
“Old cars are everywhere!” Cotter declares in the closing pages of Barn Find Road Trip, the chronicle of his latest trek into the […]

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 […]