The highlight of the 2008 Summer Gold motocross races might have been the July 4 practice rounds that led up to the finals held the following day.
At least that's the opinion of Summer Gold spokesperson Michelle Worth.
"The rain came in and drenched the course which made the practices lots of fun," she said.
"In Arizona, our racers are not used to racing in the mud so this was something really different for them."
For the finals, the skies cleared and the motocross races were held on a dry, well-conditioned track built a week earlier inside the Payson Event Center.
About 130 racers, in all age and skill divisions, from around the state turned out for the event.
"That's about the same as we had earlier (June 28) but the spectator turnout was better," Worth said.
On hand to film the races was the Fox Sports Net crew representing the program Motor Sports Mania.
Television personality Wally Kahill covered the action and interviewed several locals about their reactions to the races.
The races will also be shown on FSN in Payson on July 13 (9:30 a.m.), July 16 (12:30 p.m.) and July 19 (noon).
The racing evening took on an emotional air when Summer Gold organizer Zack McKinley donated all the entry proceeds from the 60/80 cc open division, which is comprised mostly of child racers, to the Grace Lee Haught Foundation.
Gracie's father, Hooter, donates time and equipment to help lay out the track inside the PEC.
The Summer Gold series returns to Payson Aug. 2 for a third and final event.
For more information call McKinley at (623) 210-RACE.