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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

Gray Joins 2017 Champs As Toast Of The NHRA
Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017 – 16:31 | Comments Off on Gray Joins 2017 Champs As Toast Of The NHRA
Gray Joins 2017 Champs As Toast Of The NHRA

Teen-ager Tanner Gray has completed the first step in extending his family’s drag racing legacy.
A third-generation racer, Gray capped his first full season of Pro Stock competition Monday when he was named Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award winner as NHRA’s top rookie performer of 2017.
Gray joined newly-crowned professional champions Brittany […]

NHRA Season Ends With JFR In Total Control
Monday, Nov 13, 2017 – 12:31 | Comments Off on NHRA Season Ends With JFR In Total Control
NHRA Season Ends With JFR In Total Control

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Tears of joy flowed freely among drag racing’s first family Sunday at Pomona Raceway, where Brittany Force and Robert Hight added to the burgeoning championship legacy of John Force Racing.
Brittany Force overhauled Steve Torrence to claim her first Top Fuel world championship while also claiming victory in the 53rd annual […]

Krawiec Nails Down 2017 Bikes Championship
Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 – 10:04 | Comments Off on Krawiec Nails Down 2017 Bikes Championship
Krawiec Nails Down 2017 Bikes Championship

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Eddie Krawiec did some impromptu heavy-lifting Saturday afternoon at Pomona Raceway, hoisting the 2017 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle trophy overhead after clinching his fourth world championship.
The New Jersey native secured his latest NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series title in style by qualifying on-pole for the season-ending 53rd annual Auto […]

Top Fuel Duel Tightens At NHRA Season-Ender In Pomona
Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 – 8:47 | Comments Off on Top Fuel Duel Tightens At NHRA Season-Ender In Pomona
Top Fuel Duel Tightens At NHRA Season-Ender In Pomona

Top Fuel title contender Brittany Force cut into Steve Torrence’s point-lead via the quickest pass in Auto Club Raceway at Pomona history Friday during qualifying for the season-ending 53rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals.
Force earned the provisional pole with a 1,000-foot pass in 3.667-seconds at 330.31 mph, breaking the track record for elapsed time. Force […]

Capps Determined To Stay No. 1
Friday, Nov 10, 2017 – 8:20 | Comments Off on Capps Determined To Stay No. 1
Capps Determined To Stay No. 1

Fifteen points separate Ron Capps from the “coolest part” of a last-chance bid to extend his reign as NHRA Funny Car world champion.
“Winning a championship has been bigger than I could have ever imagined for a lot of different reasons,” said Capps, previewing this weekend’s season-ending 53rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals. “The coolest part […]

SHR Makes It Official: Patrick Out, Almirola In The 10
Thursday, Nov 9, 2017 – 16:57 | Comments Off on SHR Makes It Official: Patrick Out, Almirola In The 10
SHR Makes It Official: Patrick Out, Almirola In The 10

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Aric Almirola and his primary sponsor will join Stewart-Haas Racing’s revamped Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series lineup for the 2018 season in the No. 10 car currently wheeled by Danica Patrick.
Almirola, currently driving the No. 43 Ford Fusion for Richard Petty Motorsports, will compete in SHR’s No. 10 Smithfield Foods […]

Harvick Wins Texas, Moves To Championship 4
Sunday, Nov 5, 2017 – 18:33 | Comments Off on Harvick Wins Texas, Moves To Championship 4
Harvick Wins Texas, Moves To Championship 4

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas –Kevin Harvick finally checked Texas Motor Speedway off his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to-do list Sunday while checking into the Championship 4 Playoffs with a hustle-from-behind victory over Martin Truex Jr. in the 13th annual AAA Texas 500.
Harvick, of Stewart-Haas Racing, ended a daunting 0-for-29 streak […]

Texas Boss Says 3 Beats 2
Sunday, Nov 5, 2017 – 16:59 | Comments Off on Texas Boss Says 3 Beats 2
Texas Boss Says 3 Beats 2

FORT WORTH, Texas – The camping grounds circling Texas Motor Speedway have been filled on a daily/nightly basis this week in anticipation of Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race.
These mobile “temporary cities” are precisely what TMS President Eddie Gossage wants to see out his tower office window, and why he […]

Jones Cleans Up In Texas
Sunday, Nov 5, 2017 – 8:56 | Comments Off on Jones Cleans Up In Texas
Jones Cleans Up In Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas – Pole-sitter Erik Jones completed a game/set/match scenario in Saturday night’s 13th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, winning both stages en route to victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff race.
Jones, who won the My Bariatric Solutions 300 here on April 8 after qualifying second, completed the 2017 […]

Kenseth: It May Be About Over
Saturday, Nov 4, 2017 – 18:44 | Comments Off on Kenseth: It May Be About Over
Kenseth: It May Be About Over

FORT WORTH, Texas – Free-agent Matt Kenseth has come to the realization he could be counting down the final three starts of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career.
Kenseth, who announced this summer he would not be returning to Joe Gibbs Racing, confirmed Saturday he is not actively searching for another ride for 2018.
“Yeah. That’s […]