Wallace Recovering After Post-Concert Assault

Wallace was left battered by the attack

NASCAR driver Mike Wallace was hospitalized Friday evening after being assaulted by three men following a concert in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Wallace, his wife Carla, daughter Lindsey and son-in-law Thomas Van Wingerden were leaving a performance by the country group Rascal Flats at PNC Amplitheatre when they were confronted by three assailants. The 57-year old Wallace was rendered unconscious in the attack, then kicked repeatedly in the face and head as he lay unresponsive on the ground. 

Lindsay Wallace Van Wingerden attempted to shield her father from the attack and was kicked repeatedly, as well.  

Their alleged attackers were apprehended by the Charlotte Mecklenberg Police Department after witnesses provided a description of their vehicle; a white Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with signage advertising a local business, Lucas Landscaping of Indian Trail, NC. Paul Lucas, 29, president of Lucas Landscaping, was arrested and charged with a single misdemeanor count of Assault on a Female and released on $1,500 secured bond. Nathan Lucas, 22 and Randolph Mangum, 24, were each charged with single counts of misdemeanor assault and released on a $1,000 bond.  

All three are due in Mecklenburg County District Court on July 22 to answer the charges.  

Alleged assailant Paul Lucas

Mike Wallace – who received 12 stiches in his mouth as well as multiple cuts and bruises — said CMPD officers told him that this was the third assault committed by the Lucas’ and Mangum at PNC Amplitheatre this year. He said his assailants “were arrested and out of jail before we were out of the hospital.” 

A check of public records reveals that Mangum served 30 days of a one-year sentence in February of  2011 after being convicted of DUI, Driving With a Revoked License and Driving Under the Age of 21 While Consuming a Contraband Substance. 

Wallace is a four-time winner in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, with 22 Top-5 and 66 Top-10 finishes in 494 career starts. He also has 197 starts in NASCAR’s premier Sprint Cup Series, with three Top-5 and 14 Top-10 finishes. He has not competed this season, after undergoing triple bypass surgery in April of 2015.

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