HyperFest, an annual event at the Summit Point Motorsports Park in West Virginia, is day seemingly packed with just about everything you can do in a car or watch a car do, from road racing to drifting, off-roading and karting, as well as Hot Import Nights, a Rice-Rice Challenge and a rollover contest. And that's not even the half of it.

During one portion, James Greenwood was working his Chevrolet Corvette Z06 around the Summit Point circuit, heading down the start/finish straight at full bore. As he got near the braking zone for Turn One, a deer doubled back onto the track and quickly, sadly, discovered it was too late for either man or beast to take avoiding action.

Then, as if remodeling your car with a deer wasn't depressing enough, Greenwood said "the HyperFest emcee told ten thousand Hillbillians that I was responsible for the thirty minute Daisy Duke delay." Scroll down to see the incident in real time and slo-mo. Warning: the driver was all right, the deer was not, and while the impact isn't gory, it's not exactly, um, pleasant.

Even though Greenwood probably didn't have a snowball's chance of avoiding the impact, the video serves as a powerful reminder that whether you're on a closed course or on public roads, it's important to be vigilant about watching for local fauna, day or night.



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      Swagger
      • 2 Years Ago
      Note to self: flip down visor on helmet when racing. It's there for a reason.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Swagger
        And it's not just to avoid bug splatter.
      IOMTT
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am not suprised to see wildlife all over this track. I have customers near the track and I go there to spectate from time to time. This place is surrounded by woods, fields and there is very little population near the track. Usually groundhogs are the most common quadrupeds using the racing surface. Can you imagine meeting this situation on a motorcycle?
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IOMTT
        Deer vs motorcycle? I would just bail the bike. Likely less painful.
      nosirrahg
      • 2 Years Ago
      To quote Homer Simpson: "Doe!"
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have hit two deer in my life and I can tell you those damn things come super fast and there is no time to react to them and I was going nowhere near the speed of this guy. Luckily both of mine were to the side of the car and not a direct frontal impact and even then the amount of damage they can do is amazing. Hitting a deer is probably my single greatest fear of driving at night although the second deer I hit was in broad daylight, it literally leapt across the road right in front of me. Both times were also during hunting season....
        aelfwyne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        This goes for any wildlife or even domestic animals. I ran into a grown black lab one night, just a glancing blow to the front left bumper, and it tore off the left of the bumper (ripped the mounts from the bolts), busted up the foglight, bent several brackets, and even dislodged the battery which was bolted down but apparently not tight enough. As you said, it can happen in an instant. Animals tend to have a "flight" instinct when they hear an oncoming car that gets reversed and they literally jump/sprint INTO the path of the vehicle when trying to get away because they don't understand what speed you are doing. And: If you see a cow or a horse, it is best to hit the ditch and not the animal. I went onto two wheels in a Ford LTD one time to avoid hitting a large cow standing in the road.
        Kurt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        Not only do you have little to no time to react, but any avoidance maneuver will likely cause more damage to your car than just hitting the brakes and plowing the beast.
      LoneWolf
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, uhm, what the hay is a "daisy duke delay"?
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @LoneWolf
        I guess the hillbilly bimbos with very short cut off jean shorts were...delayed.
      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      From the video it looks like the deer appeared out of thin air so I'm not surprised at all that the guy hit it.
      Andy Dufresne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hit a buck back in November. $6,500 worth of damage, when all was said and done. And I didn't hit him with 1/10th the force this guy did.
      scionx
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh Deer!
      Macvicar24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seen this happen last night when a less than smart human tried to beat a car across the street. Ugly and Sad!!
      guyverfanboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      That would have scared the crap out of me!
      Howard
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ouch.
      Twittavelli
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn
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