NASCAR driver, daughter attacked after country concert
Longtime NASCAR driver Mike Wallace and his daughter were attacked by three men after a concert on Friday night in Charlotte, N.C.
Police confirmed that Wallace and his family were leaving a Rascal Flatts concert at the PNC Music Pavilion when the attack occurred, according to Mike Wallace’s brother, Kenny Wallace.
“Mike was talking to one of the three men and then, out of nowhere, one came after Mike like a crazy man,” Kenny Wallace, also a retired NASCAR driver, told USA TODAY Sports on Sunday. “Mike was knocked out completely cold. While he was on the ground they continued to beat on him, kicking him in the face.
Charlotte police spokesperson Keith Trietley said in an email to USA TODAY Sports that three men were arrested and charged with simple assault and each had posted $1,000 bond.
Mike Wallace’s daughter, Lindsey Wallace Van Wingerden, tried to stop the attack on her father, Kenny Wallace said.
Mike Wallace received several stitches in his mouth and had a tooth dislodged. Van Wingerden also suffered minor injuries. Both were treated and released from an area hospital, according to Kenny Wallace.
Wallace, who started 197 Sprint Cup starts over a 22-year career, hasn’t competed in a NASCAR event since he underwent triple bypass heart surgery in April 2015.