Racing is tremendously uptight. Yes it is more ''in'' at the moment than bashing probably.. But %70 of the forum activity to do with racing is about drilling shock pistons, changing a mm here or there of whatever, or whatever other tedious minutiae it is people are obsessing about..
Not only that, it is also tremendously expensive for what it is. A full on race package with everything you need costs far more than what you need to bash, so the investment itself makes things more uptight as well. If you've invested two grand in your race gear, you're going to feel pressured even more
to go spend more (time and money..) going to all the races.. Often hours away.. Hotels, mobile homes, etc. Nothing against guys who choose to package their participation in the hobby in that way. But it's not al there is to the hobby.
The bashing heyday with the videos from slapmafro, redneckbashers, beaverstick, socal, and co.. was far cooler than racing could ever be afaic..