Our History

The Storied History of Samoa Drag Strip

The Samoa Drag Strip, located on the Samoa Peninsula near Eureka, California, is one of the oldest continuously operating drag racing facilities in Northern California. Its rich history dates back to the early days of organized drag racing in the region. Established in the 1950s, the 1/4-mile NHRA sanctioned drag strip has been a hub for adrenaline-fueled racing action for decades. Over the years, it has hosted various NHRA classes, including Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Motorcycle, and Junior Dragster, attracting racers and enthusiasts from far and wide.

A Legendary Venue

The Samoa Drag Strip has witnessed countless thrilling races, record-breaking performances, and the evolution of drag racing itself. Its storied history is intertwined with the passion and dedication of generations of racers who have graced its asphalt surface.


From the early days of hot rods and muscle cars to the modern era of high-tech, purpose-built drag machines, the Samoa Drag Strip has been a proving ground for speed and skill. Its legacy is etched in the memories of those who have experienced the roar of engines, the smell of burning rubber, and the exhilaration of crossing the finish line.

A Community Cornerstone

Beyond its role as a racing venue, the Samoa Drag Strip has become a cornerstone of the local community. It has fostered a tight-knit community of racers, crew members, and spectators who share a common love for the sport.

Over the decades, the drag strip has hosted countless events, from regular race days to special exhibitions and gatherings, bringing together enthusiasts from all walks of life. It has become a place where friendships are forged, memories are made, and the spirit of competition thrives.


As the Samoa Drag Strip continues to operate, its history remains a testament to the enduring passion for speed and the unwavering dedication of those who have kept the flames of drag racing burning bright in Northern California.