Charlotte: Shawn Gann final report

Gann Advances to Semis at zMAX Dragway XTremeRebellion.com/RumBum team moves up in points, records perfect RT Concord, N.C. -- The first week of the Countdown to 1 for the NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock Motorcycle class was a big one...

Gann Advances to Semis at zMAX Dragway
XTremeRebellion.com/RumBum team moves up in points, records perfect RT

Concord, N.C. -- The first week of the Countdown to 1 for the NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock Motorcycle class was a big one for North Carolina native Shawn Gann. Riding his XTremeRebellion.com/RumBum Buell, the four-time Nationals event winner rode deep into eliminations Sunday before finally being topped by Karen Stoffer in the semi-final round. Stoffer lost in the finals to Hector "The Hammer" Arana.

Even more impressive than Gann's move up in the points to the eighth position was his perfect reaction time of .000 in the quarterfinal round against Michael Phillips. "You talk about cool!" Gann said Sunday evening. "How cool is that? It's a little scary, though, because you think of how close you are to hitting the red light, but how many people can say they were perfect off the line? Not many. Our lights have been good all year and that was a perfect time to be perfect."

The XTremeRebellion.com/RumBum Buell was very fast off the hauler this weekend and earned Gann six bonus points under the NHRA's new points program for having the low ET in two rounds of qualifying. He knows earning bonus points and winning rounds are crucial to his chances of winning the PSM title due to the high level of competition in the class.

"You can't count anyone out," he said. "Look at Phillips and Karen, look what they've done in the last couple weeks. Heck, look what we've done in the last couple weeks. I think everyone in the Countdown has a shot at the championship, but I think our XTremeRebellion.com/RumBum team is hungry and I think we're gonna go down fighting!"

The NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock Motorcycle class next sees action weekend at the Texas Motorplex for the O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals.

-credit: hsm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Shawn Gann , Karen Stoffer , Michael Phillips