A veteran of the NASCAR circuit and his daughter are recovering at a North Carolina hospital after they were attacked outside a concert in Charlotte.
In a phone interview with WBTV, Wallace said three men he has never met repeatedly punched and kicked him and his family. He said he is still shaken up about this “beat-down.”
“We’ve never been through anything like this,” Wallace said.
Wallace says his three front teeth are knocked deeper into his mouth, his black eye is causing impaired vision and his lip now has ten stitches. His daughter was taken away from the parking lot in a stretcher and moved to the hospital.
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“They just knocked me out,” Wallace told WBTV. “When I come to, my daughter is laying on the ground, my son-in-law were on top of me trying to protect me. They were kicking me, beating on me.”
Public records show 24-year-old Randolph Mangum of Monroe and Nathan Lucas, 22, of Indian Trail were charged with simple assault. Twenty-nine-year-old Paul Lucas was charged with assault on a female.
According to a post shared on Twitter by Wallace’s brother – former NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace – the attack took place as the group was leaving a Rascal Flatts concert at the PNC Amphitheater in Charlotte Friday evening.
A PNC spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment.
Kenny went on to say in a series of tweets Sunday afternoon that the men “continued to kick Mike in the face while Mike was ‘knocked out’ ”.
Kenny Wallace said as Mike’s daughter Lindsay was trying to protect his father from the beating, the suspects “kicked her in the ribs.”
Mike Wallace told WBTV the physical trauma is not all he and his family have had to deal with; they’re also dealing with emotional scars.
“That hurts me worse than I got myself hurt, realizing [Lindsay] was trying to help me, and a group of people attacked her.”
Here is an excerpt of Mike Wallace’s Facebook post that has been shared on social media.
“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 and leave the un guarded 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 suppose 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].
“Whats worse is three of guys that beat my family up were arrested and out of jail before we were out of the hospital.”
Wallace has started nearly 500 Xfinity Series races, earning four wins, along with another five wins in 115 starts in the Camping World Truck Series.
Wallace has not competed this season.
The Associated Press contributed.