Veteran NASCAR driver Mike Wallace, brother of NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace and driver/race analyst Kenny Wallace, is recovering from a brutal beating Friday night, according to several media reports.
Wallace’s daughter, Lindsay, also was reportedly injured.
Mike Wallace reportedly was attacked, being punched and kicked in a parking lot by three men after he, his wife, his daughter and her husband left a Rascal Flatts concert Friday night at the PNC Pavilion in Charlotte.
Wallace, 57, reportedly was knocked unconscious, while Lindsay Wallace Van Wingerden also was treated for unspecified injuries after trying to cover her father’s body in an effort to protect him from further injuries.
Here’s part of a post Mike Wallace put on his Facebook page after being treated at a hospital:
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 your trying to get in your car to leave the unguarded PNC amphitheater in Charlotte, NC 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 gave a fun night. I want to thank my family and friends for helping protect me from a worse beating as I layed unconscious on the ground. What’s worse is three of guys that beat my family up were arrested and out of jail before we got out of the hospital.
Kenny Wallace took to social media and said his brother received 12 stitches inside his mouth, suffered a dislodged tooth and has had vision problems resulting from the attack. Mike Wallace and his daughter both have been released from the hospital.
Later Sunday, Kenny Wallace told A.J. Perez of USA Today Sports, “Mike was talking to one of the three men and then, out of nowhere, one came after Mike like a crazy man. Mike was knocked out completely cold. While he was on the ground they continued to beat on him, kicking him in the face.”
Paul Lucas, 29, was arrested for misdemeanor assault on a female. He was released on a $1,500 bond. Nathan Lucas, 22, and Randolph Magnum, 24, were each arrested for misdemeanor assault and released on a $1,000 bond, according to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.
All three men were given a July 22 court appearance.
“I talked to Mike a couple times this weekend and he’s just in shock,” Kenny Wallace told USA Today. “He can’t believe it happened.”
Mike Wallace made more than 800 starts across the Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series. He has four Xfinity victories and five in the Camping World Truck Series. His most recent two NASCAR starts were in the 2015 season openers for the Sprint Cup and Xfinity series at Daytona International Speedway.