I am with you on this, you double me I will let you sit on the tree until I am good and ready to go in, it's not often I do not Prestage first, as I roll directly to the lights and turn on the first bulb. Not to hurry anyone by any means but rather to get myself set. Typically I will let the other lane turn the stage on before I stage just to allow them time.
The 10 second rule is actually a long time to get ready to go in to stage. Does not seem like it but try waiting on a 16 second car when you are dialed high 9's. It's a long wait!
Don't get me wrong I have no problems running down the slower cars.