This story has been updated (see below).
NASCAR driver Mike Wallace, the brother of Rusty Wallace and Kenny Wallace, was brutally beaten at a Rascal Flatts concert Friday night (6-17) at Charlotte’s PNC Music Pavilion. The three men also assaulted Mike Wallace’s daughter, Lindsey Wallace Van Wingerden, as she tried to shield her father during the attack.
22-year-old Nathan Lucas, and 24-year-old Randolph Mangum were arrested by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Department on simple battery charges, and each was released on $1,000 bond. 29-year-old Paul Lucas was charged with assault on a female.
Kenny Wallace tells USA Today that Mike was talking to one of the men when “out of nowhere, one came at Mike like a crazy man.” Mike was reportedly knocked unconscious during the fight, but the three men continued to assault him, kicking him in the face. That is when the daughter Lindsey Wallace Van Wingerden tried to stop the assault, but the attack continued.
Mike Wallace is said to have lost a tooth in the assault, and required 12 stitches inside his mouth. His daughter’s injuries were minor. Both were taken to a local hospital and released.
“I normally would not post personal affairs but this is to help and give advice to our friends, 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, NC parking lot after a good Rascal Flatts concert,” said Mike Wallace in a statement. “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 [laid] unconscious on the ground.”
The three men charged in the assault are scheduled to appear in court on July 22nd.
UPDATE: Mike Wallace talked to WSOC about the incident. He said it started when he heard someone yelling obscenities, from a nearby vehicle.