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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

‘The Mongoose’ Helped Steer Drag Racing Into Mainstream
Thursday, Jun 14, 2018 – 11:19 | Comments Off on ‘The Mongoose’ Helped Steer Drag Racing Into Mainstream
‘The Mongoose’ Helped Steer Drag Racing Into Mainstream

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Legendary drag racer Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen, whose rivalry with Don “The Snake” Prudhomme carried NHRA Championship Drag Racing into mainstream America via a series of toy cars, is being remembered this week as the sport’s first marketing visionary.
McEwen died Sunday, June 10, at the age of 81.
“Drag racing never […]

Ferrari’s Vettel Keeps Climbing With Win No. 50
Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 – 14:48 | Comments Off on Ferrari’s Vettel Keeps Climbing With Win No. 50
Ferrari’s Vettel Keeps Climbing With Win No. 50

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Sebastian Vettel’s landmark 50th career Formula One victory in Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix rekindled memories of revered native son Gilles Villeneuve on the race course that bears his name.
Vettel, of Scuderia Ferrari, won Round 7 of the 21-race FIA Formula One World Championship in convincing fashion over Mercedes driver Valtteri […]

Courtney Is The Most Forceful In Virginia
Monday, Jun 11, 2018 – 7:09 | Comments Off on Courtney Is The Most Forceful In Virginia
Courtney Is The Most Forceful In Virginia

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Courtney Force ran the table by every metric, and prevailed in a very memorable all-family final against father John Force, to capture the Funny Car championship of the inaugural Virginia NHRA Nationals Sunday at Virginia Motorsports Park.
The No. 1 qualifier, Courtney ran low E.T., top speed and won the race […]

‘Dixie’ Adds To Texas Resume With Third Win
Sunday, Jun 10, 2018 – 7:09 | Comments Off on ‘Dixie’ Adds To Texas Resume With Third Win
‘Dixie’ Adds To Texas Resume With Third Win

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Another Saturday, another victory for Scott Dixon.
One week after winning Race 1 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix last weekend, Dixon rolled to his third career Verizon IndyCar Series victory on Texas Motor Speedway’s high-banked/1.5-mile oval in the DXC Technology 600.
Dixon, of Chip Ganassi Racing, led […]

Kanaan Not A Happy Soldier In Fort Worth
Saturday, Jun 9, 2018 – 19:09 | Comments Off on Kanaan Not A Happy Soldier In Fort Worth
Kanaan Not A Happy Soldier In Fort Worth

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Scott Dixon served notice that his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda will be up for the challenge laid down by Team Penske’s three Chevrolets Friday evening when he emerged atop the speed chart at Texas Motor Speedway during final practice for the DXC Technology 600.
Dixon toured TMS’ […]

Sauter, Shear Notch Emotional Victory In Texas
Saturday, Jun 9, 2018 – 8:06 | Comments Off on Sauter, Shear Notch Emotional Victory In Texas
Sauter, Shear Notch Emotional Victory In Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Johnny Sauter continued his uncanny mastery of Texas Motor Speedway Friday night, and who’s to argue that his latest NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory here was a case of divine intervention.
Certainly not crew chief Joe Shear Jr. after Sauter sputtered through Turn 3 of TMS’ […]

Newgarden Leads Team Penske Qualifying Sweep In Texas
Friday, Jun 8, 2018 – 17:45 | Comments Off on Newgarden Leads Team Penske Qualifying Sweep In Texas
Newgarden Leads Team Penske Qualifying Sweep In Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas _ Josef Newgarden led a 1-2-3 sweep for Team Penske during pole qualifications Friday afternoon for the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.
And that apparently will be the easy part of his job on a hot, hot weekend in North Texas.
“Now that we have good speed, we have to figure out […]

Rahal To Keep Driving For Rahal
Friday, Jun 8, 2018 – 15:18 | Comments Off on Rahal To Keep Driving For Rahal
Rahal To Keep Driving For Rahal

FORT WORTH, Texas – Graham Rahal has found a home in the Verizon IndyCar Series, and he’s not about to change zip codes.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced a five-year contract extension with Rahal during a news conference Friday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway, site of Saturday night’s DXC Technology 600.
“Hell, I didn’t even read the […]

Carpenter Building Good Things On/Off Track
Friday, Jun 8, 2018 – 14:11 | Comments Off on Carpenter Building Good Things On/Off Track
Carpenter Building Good Things On/Off Track

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Up every day at 6 a.m. and off to bed by 10 p.m. In between, the Verizon IndyCar Series’ only owner/driver has figured out a formula for mixing fast cars with an energetic family.
“Time management is crucial,” said Ed Carpenter, namesake of the Indianapolis-based organization […]

Storms Take Chunk Out Of TMS Trucks Day
Thursday, Jun 7, 2018 – 20:32 | Comments Off on Storms Take Chunk Out Of TMS Trucks Day
Storms Take Chunk Out Of TMS Trucks Day

FORT WORTH, Texas – Final practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ PPG 400 at Texas Motor Speedway was cancelled Thursday afternoon after rain drenched the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Personnel in attendance around the 1.5-mile oval were warned to take cover in permanent structures as a strong cell entered North Texas from Oklahoma.
Only two practices […]