Are you road racing or drag racing?
The unsprung weight is more critical in the road racing. For drag racing, any weight is important. Also, the 9" has a greater pinion angle which means more frictional loss.
I'd say, that unless you're pushing some BIG power & running slicks, a well built 12-bolt should be fine.
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