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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

Schumacher Roars To Provisional Pole In Arizona
Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 – 8:30 | Comments Off on Schumacher Roars To Provisional Pole In Arizona
Schumacher Roars To Provisional Pole In Arizona

Ambushed by teammate Antron Brown during the NHRA season-opener two weeks ago, Tony Schumacher rallied with a career-best pass during Top Fuel qualifying Friday for the 31st annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.
Schumacher recorded a 1,000-foot performance of 3.722-seconds at 325.61 mph during the final pairing of cars in the second session at Wild Horse […]

Denny And Danica In Did-Not, Did-To Duel Spat
Friday, Feb 20, 2015 – 10:58 | Comments Off on Denny And Danica In Did-Not, Did-To Duel Spat
Denny And Danica In Did-Not, Did-To Duel Spat

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Danica Patrick was fighting – make that BLEEPING – mad with Denny Hamlin after racing her way into the 57th annual Daytona 500 Thursday night.
Patrick rallied for a 10th-place green/white/checkered flag finish during the second Budweiser Duel At Daytona after a spin she felt was intentionally triggered by Hamlin with […]

Junior Thinks Good Thoughts Of Senior At Daytona
Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 – 9:37 | Comments Off on Junior Thinks Good Thoughts Of Senior At Daytona
Junior Thinks Good Thoughts Of Senior At Daytona

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Strong men still are moved to tears at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 18, the day in 2001 when we lost Dale Earnhardt.
Fourteen years after “Black Sunday,” Wednesday of Speedweeks 2015 was filled with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice laps, a press conference and all the things that are part-and-parcel […]

IndyCar Hopes Aero On Target
Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 – 8:54 | Comments Off on IndyCar Hopes Aero On Target
IndyCar Hopes Aero On Target

Introduction of aerodynamic bodywork kits from Chevrolet and Honda for the 2015 season will mark the start of a highly anticipated era of chassis competition in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Aerodynamic bodywork designed, manufactured and supplied by Chevrolet and Honda will begin with the revised season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Fla., on March 29. […]

INDYCAR Bosses Make Expansive Statements
Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 – 19:16 | Comments Off on INDYCAR Bosses Make Expansive Statements
INDYCAR Bosses Make Expansive Statements

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Plans for an expanded, 20-race Verizon IndyCar Series schedule covering seven months were laid out by Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, in a “State of the Sport” news conference during Media Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The 2015 season got off to a thud in late January when the […]

‘Knockout’ Leaves Some Drivers Feeling Woozy
Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 – 7:49 | Comments Off on ‘Knockout’ Leaves Some Drivers Feeling Woozy
‘Knockout’ Leaves Some Drivers Feeling Woozy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR’s revised group qualifying format for the 57th annual Daytona 500 produced a timely pole-winner in Jeff Gordon Sunday amid controversy and questions about “what’s best for the sport” as an entertainment vehicle.
The sanctioning body ditched its traditional albeit time-consuming single-car qualifying format for restrictor plate racing around the high-banked/2.5-mile […]

Keselowski Revs Up The Jaws On Eve Of The 500
Saturday, Feb 14, 2015 – 17:59 | One Comment
Keselowski Revs Up The Jaws On Eve Of The 500

If former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski isn’t the Smartest Guy In The Room, he’s willing to debate anyone who thinks he is, 24/7.
Stock-car racing’s reigning poster boy for social media, Brad K. is hell-bent on returning the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion fielded by team-owner Roger Penske to its title-winning form […]

Langdon, AJR Post ‘Cheap’ Victory In Pomona
Monday, Feb 9, 2015 – 8:03 | Comments Off on Langdon, AJR Post ‘Cheap’ Victory In Pomona
Langdon, AJR Post ‘Cheap’ Victory In Pomona

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Shawn Langdon and Alan Johnson served-up the proverbial knuckle sandwich – or was it a middle finger? – to any and all doubters Sunday with a victory in the Top Fuel final of the 55th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals.
Operating on a limited budget after team-owner Johnson lost his primary […]

Q&A: Schumacher Talks About Countdowns And U.S. Nationals
Sunday, Feb 8, 2015 – 8:22 | Comments Off on Q&A: Schumacher Talks About Countdowns And U.S. Nationals
Q&A: Schumacher Talks About Countdowns And U.S. Nationals

Reigning NHRA Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher and crew chief Mike Green have had their marching orders re-issued for the 2015 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season: Install six-disc clutch…hit throttle…rule the world.
It’s a formula that carried Schumacher, Green and the U.S. Army dragster to victories in three-of-six Countdown to the Championship playoff races […]

Langdon Sets Record, Earns Pole In Rainy Pomona
Sunday, Feb 8, 2015 – 8:08 | Comments Off on Langdon Sets Record, Earns Pole In Rainy Pomona
Langdon Sets Record, Earns Pole In Rainy Pomona

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Former world champion Shawn Langdon, whose 2015 season was placed in financial jeopardy one month ago, raced to the quickest Top Fuel time in NHRA history Saturday during a rain-shortened day of qualifications for the 55th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals.
The fourth and final round of qualifying was cancelled due […]