Englishtown: Shawn Gann preview

Gann Returns to Site of Second-Career Wally; North Carolina native won Englishtown as top-qualifier in 2003 Englishtown, N.J. -- In 2003 at Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., Shawn Gann took home his second Wally after winning the NHRA Full ...

Gann Returns to Site of Second-Career Wally; North Carolina native won Englishtown as top-qualifier in 2003

Englishtown, N.J. -- In 2003 at Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., Shawn Gann took home his second Wally after winning the NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock Motorcycle class from the top-qualifier position, beating Craig Treble. When the series returns to the facility this weekend, Gann and his XTreme Rebellion/RumBum team can think of no better place to make his long-awaited return to the Winner's Circle.

It has been a season of ups and downs for the North Carolina native. He has qualified for each event on the PSM schedule and has been winning rounds, but a busted crank last weekend at Joliet, another track he has won at, left him despondent. Making matters worse was the fact his Buell was one of the most consistent bikes in the field, making speed on the quarter-mile while his competitors saw their times slow drastically. His first-round loss to Steve Johnson, whom he is now tied for eighth with in the PSM points, was a bitter pill to swallow considering he beat the two-time U.S. Nationals champ off the line and was ahead well past the halfway mark.

But the time to dwell on the past is over. It's now time to look at this weekend's United Association NHRA SuperNationals and Gann is excited about returning to a track that has been good to him and one he enjoys racing at.

"I do like (Raceway Park)," said the four-time Nationals event winner. "It's an extremely nice facility with nice people there. It's a good spot."

While Raceway Park ranks high on his list of faves, nothing everything about the weekend is positive for the out-spoken Gann.

"Englishtown is really one of my favorite tracks."

But?

"Not so much the location. You can't drive in Englishtown. If you have to drive somewhere, you ain't going back the way you came or you're not going back to where you were. There's no way.

Fortunately, Gann isn't racing through the streets of Englishtown ; he's doing it on the quarter-mile and after completely rebuilding his XTreme Rebellion/RumBum Buell this week, he might see a clear path back to where he belongs: The Winner's Circle.

-credit: hsm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Shawn Gann , Craig Treble , Steve Johnson