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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

IndyCar’s Pagenaud Rolls Into The Month Of May
Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 – 8:18 | Comments Off on IndyCar’s Pagenaud Rolls Into The Month Of May
IndyCar’s Pagenaud Rolls Into The Month Of May

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Sans apology, Simon Pagenaud channeled his inner Jean Girard during the closing laps of Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. And perhaps the best news for runner-up Graham Rahal is that he exited Barber Motorsports Park without a kiss from the Frenchman.
All references to Talladega Nights _ The Ballad […]

Foyt Cars Show Muscle In Alabama
Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 – 8:00 | Comments Off on Foyt Cars Show Muscle In Alabama
Foyt Cars Show Muscle In Alabama

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Takuma Sato and Jack Hawksworth delivered a well-timed, one-two punch for team-owner and Indy car icon A.J. Foyt Jr. Friday, topping the 21-car Verizon IndyCar Series field during practice for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.
Sato clocked a lap time of 1 minute, 7.2157-seconds at 123.186 mph, less than a half-second […]

Johnson Brings Gospel Of Horsepower To JFR
Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 – 15:43 | Comments Off on Johnson Brings Gospel Of Horsepower To JFR
Johnson Brings Gospel Of Horsepower To JFR

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
This is how it typically turns out for Alan Johnson in his role as NHRA Top Fuel tuning guru: Johnson lays hands upon the blower of a nitromethane-burning Top Fuel dragster engine and says, “Thou shalt cover the 1,000-foot distance in 3.772-seconds at, say, 318.77 mph.  Got it? Amen.”
Worked for […]

Rosberg Rolls, Haas Wobbles In Chinese GP
Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016 – 7:07 | Comments Off on Rosberg Rolls, Haas Wobbles In Chinese GP
Rosberg Rolls, Haas Wobbles In Chinese GP

Haas F1 Team’s two-race point-scoring streak ended with a pair of back-of-the-pack finishes in Sunday’s Chinese Formula One Grand Prix, on a day when Nico Rosberg provided the perfect reality check for the fledgling American organization.
Rosberg, of Germany, scored his third victory of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship and sixth in a row […]

Vandergriff Decision Will Thin Top Fuel Fields
Friday, Apr 15, 2016 – 7:56 | One Comment
Vandergriff Decision Will Thin Top Fuel Fields

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Brittany Force’s budding Top Fuel rivalry against Leah Pritchett temporarily has been shelved, the most prominent circumstance emanating from Bob Vandergriff Jr.’s decision to shutter his two-car team.
But of greater ongoing concern for Peter Clifford, NHRA president, will be the ability of the sanctioning body to consistently field full, 16-car […]

Event-Winning Vandergriff Team Shutters Its Shop
Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 – 8:38 | Comments Off on Event-Winning Vandergriff Team Shutters Its Shop
Event-Winning Vandergriff Team Shutters Its Shop

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Bob Vandergriff Jr. shut down his NHRA Top Fuel team Tuesday, his unexpected retirement leaving recent first-time national event winner Leah Pritchett and Dave Connolly free agents after four of 24 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events.
According to a report on NHRA.com, the entire BVR organization has been shut down […]

KyBu Fan Gets Road Wacky In Martinsville Traffic Jam
Sunday, Apr 10, 2016 – 8:42 | Comments Off on KyBu Fan Gets Road Wacky In Martinsville Traffic Jam
KyBu Fan Gets Road Wacky In Martinsville Traffic Jam

FORT WORTH, Texas – There aren’t many options when exiting Martinsville Speedway after a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
So, it wouldn’t necessarily be a shock to look over at the car opposite yours in the stopped traffic and see…KYLE BUSCH! OHMIGOD! IT’S KYLE FRIGGING BUSCH! I LOVE YOU, ROWDY! DIVORCE SAMANTHA AND I’LL FOLLOW […]

Kyle Busch A Sweeping Success In Texas
Sunday, Apr 10, 2016 – 8:12 | Comments Off on Kyle Busch A Sweeping Success In Texas
Kyle Busch A Sweeping Success In Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Kyle Busch continues to lower the broom on his NASCAR peers.
Busch completed his second NASCAR sweep in as many weekends Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway, overcoming an early pit road mishap to win the rain-delayed Sprint Cup Series marathon.
Busch, who posted a dominant victory in Friday […]

Johnson In Love With Texas
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016 – 18:04 | Comments Off on Johnson In Love With Texas
Johnson In Love With Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas – Jimmie Johnson is working on an incredible three-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winning streak at Texas Motor Speedway heading into Saturday night’s race.
Beginning with the AAA Texas 500 Chase race here in November 2014, Johnson has led a combined 325 of 1,009 laps around TMS’ high-banked, 1.5-mile quadoval in various versions […]

Busch, Gibbs Want To Earn Interstate Honor At TMS
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016 – 17:57 | Comments Off on Busch, Gibbs Want To Earn Interstate Honor At TMS
Busch, Gibbs Want To Earn Interstate Honor At TMS

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Norm Miller’s renowned God-fearing patience likely was challenged on the afternoon of April 6, 1997, when the checkered flag flew on the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
The chairman of Interstate Batteries, Miller watched as Jeff Burton wheeled the No. 99 Exide […]