Mike Wallace recovering from assault after concert
Mike Wallace (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
Veteran NASCAR driver Mike Wallace and his daughter, Lindsey Wallace Van Wingerden, were assaulted in a parking lot in Charlotte, N.C., after a Rascal Flatts concert Friday night. According to a police report, the “victims were kicked an punched several times in the head, face and stomach by the listed suspects following a verbal altercation.” Three men were arrested and charged by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. All three have been released on bond and have a scheduled court date of July 22. Nathan Lucas of Indian Trail, N.C., and Randolph Mangum of Monroe, N.C., were charged with simple assault. Paul Lucas (address not available) was charged with assault on a female.
According to Wallace, he asked a group including the future suspects how they enjoyed the concert. He went on to say that when a member of the group became belligerent, he asked what the problem was. Then, the attack ensued. Accounts have Wallace being knocked unconscious, and when he was knocked to the ground, his daughter attempted to shield his body as the men continued their attack.
Wallace made the following Facebook post after the incident:
“I normally would not post personal affairs but this is to help and give advice to our frinds. Do not ever talk to a group of now what appeared to be drunk or drugged up young adult men or women when you’re trying to get in your car to leave the un-guarded PNC amphitheater in Charlotte, N.C., parking lot after a good Rascal Flatts concert. This is what I looked like after I was knocked out and crap beat out of me. The ambulance driver took this picture we were just supposed to have a fun night. I want to thank my family and friends for helping to protect me from a worse beating as I layed unconscious on the ground.
“What’s worse is three of the guys that beat my family up were arrested and out of jail before we were out of the hospital.
“The white truck they were driving had the business name of LUCAS LANDSCAPING — Indian Trails, N.C., on the doors, so be careful. According to the CMPD this is the third time this year at PNC this group has been involved in an altercation.
“Everyone please be careful in the future and take care of your friends that you go somewhere with.”
Both Wallace and his daughter were treated and released from an area hospital. Wallace told a local TV station that he suffered a concussion, lost three teeth and required 12 stitches.
On Monday, a tweet of support to Wallace and his family was sent from the official Rascal Flatts Twitter account:
“So saddened to hear what happened to Mike Wallace & his daughter after the Charlotte concert. Sending love & prayers for a fast recovery.” — @RascalFlatts
Wallace last competed in NASCAR in 2015. That year, he ran one race each in the Sprint Cup Series and Xfinity Series at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. In all, he has 197-career starts at the Sprint Cup Series level. In the Xfinity Series, Wallace has 494-career starts, resulting in four wins, 22 top-fives and 66 top-10 finishes. Wallace also has significant Camping World Truck Series experience, running 115 races and posting five wins, 33 top-fives and 56 top-10s.