New ‘X’ for Baumgartner

IRON RIVER – Iron River’s Nick Baumgartner will officially become a dual-sport X Games athlete Thursday, June 5, through Sunday, June 8 in Austin, Texas.

Both Baumgartner and off-road truck racing will make their Summer X Games debuts in the Texas heat.

“I have worked so hard for these opportunities and having my dream of racing the Summer X Games come true is so awesome,” said Baumgartner, an X Games gold medalist in snowboardcross. “I am so thankful that Henkel and the Loctite products team believes in me and what I am doing.

“Without their support I would not be living my dreams and competing to be the best on the snow and in the truck.”

Seeding and race finals are set for June 8.

“Nick’s enthusiasm and commitment to success is very inspiring to so many people, making him a great ambassador for Henkel and our Loctite brand of adhesives and sealants,” said Mike Shannahan, general industrial marketing director for Henkel Corporation, North America. “We are proud to support Nick in his latest challenge of competing in the Stadium Super Truck race in this year’s Summer X Games.

“With the aggressive style demonstrated by Nick in both snowboard X and off road truck racing, combined with the high performance and reliability of the Loctite products used on his race truck, we are confident Nick will be a dominant force in the upcoming Summer X event.”

Baumgartner has a lot of seat time in a Stadium Super Truck and in his last SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas SST race he finished third, pressuring off-road legends Robby Gordon and Rob MacCachren right to the finish line. Gordon and Baumgartner would jump the final ramp side by side for an epic finish.

“I am stoked to represent the Winter X Games athletes in Austin,” Baumgartner said.

Fresh off the Winter Olympics, Baumgartner is now switching gears and preparing for the off-road racing season. Due to the importance of this snowboard season and making the toughest Olympic team in the world, lining up sponsors and raising money for the season had to be pushed back so focus was in the right place.