SO Aaron, you may not like my response. Here it is.
DC IIIs are the way to go. And btw, 2/2 is the best solution unless you are going to Putnam. (Putnam would be 2 front, 3 rear)
Race tires are for racing, or going at race pace. As such, your pace is not at the level yet that would require Race DOTs or Race Slicks. DCIIIs can go WELL into the A-Pace for NESBA riders. (Note: A-Pace is race pace or better)
SO.. where is this coming from? This is coming from a guy who bought the best race tires and suspension from the beginning. You know what I found? I found that I wasn't good enough to take advantage of the extra grip that Race tires bring. I found that I couldn't put enough heat into Race tires in order to run them at the temps that they were designed for.
DCIIIs are an EXCELLENT tire, and they can handle a far better range of temps than a race tire can. They operate better at lower temps than a race tire does, and they have more all weather capability than a race tire does. Finally, the last LONGER than a race tire does.
IF.. IF you run on hot days, with tire warmers and IF you are running race tires at temp, then the race tires can hold a better line a a much higher pace. But without the pace, you'd never know that. As a matter of fact, without the pace, the DCIIIs will outperform race tires in a broader range of conditions.
So, to sum it up. Get race tires when you are approaching race pace. FWIW - I have run Pilot Powers, Bridgestones, Qualifiers and DCIIIs. ALL of them perform great at B and I pace. They all have differing characteristics in feel and performance, but they can all do the job. For the kind of riding I do, for the feel I like, the DCIIIs are the best non-race tire for me.
I think that was more than your .02 worth, you owe me a beer from all the tire money I just saved you.