I do play a dragracer on TV and I've beaten many a NEW Z-28 and Firebird through the 1/4 at Atco. The LS1 is a far superior engine to the LT1 and automatics are always slower (but more consistent) than manuals.
I agree with everything you said. Racin must go from a dead stop to a little less than a 1/4 mile (ideally) with his car tuned as well as mine and him driving as well as me in order to GUARANTEE victory against a '95 Z-28.
Intake resonator removed, MBC set at 16.5psi, drop the clutch at 5,000rpm. Kick ass.