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One of Friday’s festivities was the mile, and half-mile shootouts. There’s no VHT, no burnout box, and no guardrails – just a straight shot of ribbon road through some Nebraska corn. The road itself is the typical Midwest mix of slurry and rocks. Saying it’s not optimal for traction would be an understatement. We blew the first run when we mistook the quarter-mile timers for the finish line. On our second run, we blasted through the half at 146.5 mph, and then bettered that with a 148.9-mph pass. That was just enough to edge out John Parsons (148.6 mph) in his modded ’07 Z06 and grab the top spot for our group of Optima cars. In fact, of the 43 cars, only four were faster than our ’68.