Verlon is a good racer has won many events and knows what he is talking about. But his perfect light in Billings was because he was pushing through the brakes, not his excellent timing. About impossible to cut a perfect light on a 0.4 protree. That's why I laugh when I hear about the BD $1000 pay out for cutting a perfect light and run the 11.90 index number on the money. It ain't ever going to happen, hell they could offer a $1,000,000.00 and the money would be safe. If by chance it did happen it would be in the time trials. If you watch the races much you see the times all over the board as the guys are getting their trucks dialed in. During the actual race if by chance you would cut a perfect light, you would be so far ahead of the guy in the other lane chances are you would be on be brakes on the other end to avoid breaking out.
As for pulling out your passenger side head light, and folding in your mirrors. Pretty much a waste of time. I really doubt you are gaining a thing by doing it. Strictly for looking cool, (or how you perceive being cool). Same with burnouts, unless you are using actual racing slicks heating up street tires only makes them slicker. If you are worried about rocks or dirt, have a buddy wipe off your tires before you pull up to the line.