Not that it makes it any better to some, but this isn't a 1/4 mile track, it's a 3/8 mile, which means it's faster than a 1/4 mile. However the amount of people that actually go into the wall at this track during karting is low from my observations. If it was frequent, then they would certainly shut us down. There has been some talk about lining the walls with bails of hay, but that has not materialized. This was my GoPro video that Comp posted.
Personally, I like the speed. Granted, I don't like how that wall comes up pretty quick at times, but I try and stay away from it as much as possible. But I think the issue here is more about respect and awareness. Respect for fellow racers and being aware of your surroundings. I hear many racers saying that you never look back, but you'll see in my vid that I frequently check my right and left for karts that may have a line on me before I go into a turn. I do that for the safety of myself and my fellow racers. I'll lay up before I am the cause or a bystandard to a collision. "Rubbing is racing" is garbage. My father races formula ford with nice, big open tires...and you try rubbing with those and you go flying. Back before karts had nerf bars and body kits, people stayed away from each other or else the took a tire to the leg or went flying. Too many people watched Days of Thunder and automatically thought that people are supposed to play bumper cars out there. That movie is the worst thing that ever happened to racing. Intentionally bumping, pushing, or chopping down on people isn't just stupid, it's dangerous, whether you driving 70 mph or 40 mph makes no difference. People can get hurt just as bad at half the speed we are going.
But this is racing. It's not a calm bicycle ride in the neighborhood. If it wasn't dangerous, then we wouldn't be required to wear safety equipment. We all get in our karts and assume the personal liability of what may happen.
And just to let everyone know, his kart is actually fine. The worst thing was that he banged up his header. No one is pointing fingers at any blame, both drivers could have done things a lot differently.