SGMP's Ozzy Moya and Blake Hutchison of the WannaGoFast 1/2-mile series struck a unique deal this week. The popular facility will be lengthened to 5,600-feet, making it purpose-built for 1/2-mile drag racing.
There is a track in Casa Grande, Arizona (kinda between Phoenix & Tucson) that runs a 1 mile course. Very popular w/ drivers & you see all kinds of cars. Exotics, Nova w/ blown big block, etc. Have seen photos of the cars. Would like to go by the finish line & see what that looks like. I agree with John, it's sometimes hard to see past the 1/8 mile & have to look at the winner picker sign to see who won.
The Standing Mile events as you describe as a rule are not a head to head competition. They are contested more like the speed trails at the salt flats. One at a time and just see how fast you can get going from a standing start.