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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

Vettel Rewriting German History
Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 – 21:58 | Comments Off
Vettel Rewriting German History

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
AUSTIN, Texas – Comparisons between Formula One superstars Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher have become routine this season as the “Baby-Faced Killer” continues to accelerate the pursuit of his fellow-German countryman and boyhood idol.
Vettel, so-dubbed on the cover of a recent issue of “AutoWeek,” one-upped his hero via a [...]

Vettel Shakes ‘N Bakes His Way To Pole At COTA
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 – 20:10 | Comments Off
Vettel Shakes ‘N Bakes His Way To Pole At COTA

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
AUSTIN, Texas – Sebastian Vettel’s domination of Formula One long ago exhausted the vocabulary of his critics, and apparently that’s also becoming the case for his comrades.
“Crickey!” said Adrian Newey, designer of the Infiniti Red Bull Racing/Renault RB9 chassis Vettel qualified on-pole Saturday for the second annual United States [...]

Power Unit Turbo Talk Heats Up COTA Weekend
Friday, Nov 15, 2013 – 20:54 | Comments Off
Power Unit Turbo Talk Heats Up COTA Weekend

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
AUSTIN, Texas – While Sebastian Vettel’s Formula One World Victory Tour continues through Circuit of The Americas this weekend, the sport’s technical directors are dickering with rules changes that figure to significantly alter the landscape in 2014.
“I suppose in probably less than 10 days’ time is when the focus [...]

Vettel On A Major ‘Roll’ As He Arrives In Texas
Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 – 20:27 | Comments Off
Vettel On A Major ‘Roll’ As He Arrives In Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
AUSTIN, Texas – Working on a seven-race winning streak and with his fourth consecutive Formula One World Driving Championship in the books, Sebastian Vettel has reduced the 2013 season to a single question:
Dunkin’ or Krispy Kreme?
We’re talking about donuts, breakfast of the campgrounds for fans of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series [...]

Fennig Continues To Crank Out Winning Hot Rods
Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 – 17:21 | Comments Off
Fennig Continues To Crank Out Winning Hot Rods

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
He is a man of few words and that’s OK. Because in Jimmy Fennig’s world, the hands still really do the talking.
“I build hot rods,” said Fennig, summing up the personal and professional life of a dedicated “Car Guy” in one declarative sentence. “Fords, Chevys – I’ve got everything.”
And in [...]

Brittany Latest Force To Win Top Rookie Award
Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 – 20:41 | Comments Off
Brittany Latest Force To Win Top Rookie Award

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Brittany Force extended a John Force Racing tradition Monday when she received the Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award as 2013 NHRA Rookie of the Year.
Force, 27, became the fifth JFR driver to win the prestigious honor during the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series [...]

Jeggie Appears Set To Add To Stock Of Trophies
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 – 9:10 | Comments Off
Jeggie Appears Set To Add To Stock Of Trophies

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Jeg Coughlin Jr. says it takes “an extreme amount of discipline” to successfully drive an NHRA Pro Stock car. And as the four Coughlin drag racing brothers continue to prove, a bit of genetic engineering doesn’t hurt.
“Sometimes we’re a product of our surroundings, right?” said Coughlin, poised to clinch his [...]

Pondering Top Fuel Helped Force Win No. 16
Friday, Nov 8, 2013 – 10:36 | 4 Comments
Pondering Top Fuel Helped Force Win No. 16

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
There was a time this season when NHRA Funny Car icon John Force, determined to save his long-running sponsor relationship with Castrol, considered chucking his legacy to start over in Top Fuel.
That rumor was the genesis of the midseason, in-house crew chief swap that brought Jimmy Prock over to Force’s [...]

Foose Rollin’ Out Art, Making Dreams Come True
Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 – 8:41 | Comments Off
Foose Rollin’ Out Art, Making Dreams Come True

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – There probably isn’t a “Car Guy” with remote-in-hand who hasn’t fantasized about having his hot rod/muscle car/collector car brought back to life by designer Chip Foose.
The star of the long-running reality TV series “Overhaulin’ ” has turned many an idle and often hopeless project vehicle into [...]

After Homestead, The Future’s Uncertain For Burton
Sunday, Nov 3, 2013 – 8:55 | Comments Off
After Homestead, The Future’s Uncertain For Burton

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – The driver who won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway may be competing on the 1.5-mile quad-oval for the last time Sunday afternoon. But as daylight fades into dusk during the AAA Texas 500, Jeff Burton won’t be turning his back [...]