Come see the thrill of human ingenuity surrounded by the majesty of Mother Nature. At this drag racing track in Palmer—the only International Hot Rod Association track in Alaska, and the only NASCAR sanctioned oval track in the state, you can have a relaxing but thrilling day of entertainment, with races every weekend all summer long. Plus, it's definitely a must-stop for any hot rod lover or racing fan: this is arguably the most picturesque track you’ll ever see.
Started in the 1960s, in the era of The Beach Boys’ Little Deuce Coupe, this hot–rod haven has changed a lot over the decades, and today offers a full range of festivities, with diverse races as well as a great snack bar, bar and gift shop.
You might see bracket or heads-up races between hot rods, muscle cars snowmachines, motorcycles, dragsters, or even Top Fuel Funny Cars and Nitro Altereds. Drivers tend to come from all over the state, from Kodiak to Fairbanks.
The biggest distraction from the races, though, is the scenery. Set at the base of Pioneer Peak, spectators may think, from the optical illusion, that cars are going to drive straight into the mountain, even though it’s actually 6 miles away. Admission is $10 - $20 depending on the event.