#88 Doug Barnes Jr. was apparently upset #8 Tyler Hughes caused him to wreck out of the race.
NASCAR Late Model Series driver Doug Barnes Jr. was caught on camera leaping off a safety barrier onto the windshield of driver #8 Tyler Hughes’s car after both wrecked in the first of two races at Dominion Raceway in Woodford, VA that night (July 11, 2020.) @WindshieldDeep, who shared the video on Twitter, described his leap as a quasi-wrestling move more akin to a “Power Driver.”
Check out the NASCAR race turned wrestling match below.
Holy $***! @race22 just got footage of the greatest power driver in the history of racing committed by Doug Barnes Jr @ Dominion! Absolutely phenomenal form!— Windshield Deep Media (@WindshieldDeep) July 12, 2020
?: @Race22 https://t.co/DBjLOzi69Y pic.twitter.com/RVeUMoWizc
Both drivers compete in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly series, a regional short track racing series sanctioned by NASCAR to develop regional champions.
According to the results page, both Doug Barnes Jr. and Tyler Hughes wrecked out of the race on lap 54 of a 61 lap race.
It’s not clear who caused the wreck or what exactly happened.
Comparing the lap times between the two, both where within striking distance of each other throughout the race with Tyler Hughes gaining the upper hand on Barnes in the later laps. On the lap before the wreck, lap 53, Tyler Hughes was faster around the .4 mile oval by .66 seconds.
In the video we can see the race brought to a standstill as Dominion Raceway’s tow crew sorted out the damage, ready to tow both cars off the track.
We see Doug Barnes Jr climb the safety barrier wall and leap several feet into the air before crashing, feet first, into Tyler Hughes windshield. That was uncalled for and is unsportsmanlike conduct that will presumably cost Doug Barnes Jr with some penalty next race.
Someone requested this screen grab on a T-shirt.
Get this on a t-shirt ASAP so I can buy it pic.twitter.com/OXmxpwJkQ8— Mark Parsons (@nchuntingvlog) July 12, 2020
Unbeknownst to Doug and everyone else Tyler suffered a concussion during the collision.
UPDATE: @DriverTylerH who was reported unconscious at the time of this incident is scheduled to be released from the hospital later today after spending the night there for further evaluation.— Windshield Deep Media (@WindshieldDeep) July 12, 2020
Hughes took to Twitter to tell fans he’s A OK.
Update: thank you to everyone in the racing community for the well wishes and support. pic.twitter.com/xxOMkyRIfs— Tyler Hughes (@DriverTylerH) July 13, 2020
Considering his injury, that just makes Doug’s actions that much more petty.
If Doug Barnes’s NASCAR career doesn’t work out, he might have a feature in Pro-AM wrestling.