I believe the drags in Santa Ana near the old blimp hangers were the first organized drags in the country. I went in the early 50's and for most of the day the top time was 109 mph.
Late in the day there was a run by the Pierson (sp) Brothers chopped 1934 Ford that normally ran at the dry lakes and it turned 112 mph - very exciting.
I think that car is now restored and owned by Bruce Meyer (not Bruce Meyers of dune buggy fame) and is sometimes displayed at the Peterson Museum.
As an aside, after a recent fatal accident one of the major sanctioning groups is running drags of 1,000 feet instead of the traditional 1/4 mile. This change does not seem popular with anyone.
I don't follow the sport, but my guess is that the drag strips will upgrade their run off area to be safer with the amazing 330 mph speeds that the cars can reach in a 1/4 of a mile and that they will return to the traditional distance.