The NASCAR community has rallied behind veteran driver Mike Wallace since he was brutally attacked following a Rascal Flatts concert on Friday night (June 17) at the PNC Music Pavillon in Charlotte, North Carolina. While leaving the venue, Wallace told NBC Sports that he stopped to talk to a group of three men, Paul Lucas, Nathan Lucas, and Randolph Mangum. What seemed like a casual conversation to Wallace quickly turned into a nightmare.
According to Wallace, Nathan Lucas suddenly became enraged and lunged at him. Wallace was knocked unconscious while his daughter, Lindsay, tried to protect him. Lindsay was also injured during the fight, and both father and daughter were taken to the hospital.
Following the attack, Wallace revealed this isn't the first time the men have caused trouble at the venue. He also stated they were driving a vehicle associated with the landscaping company the venue had employed.
"The white truck they were driving had the business name of LUCAS LANDSCAPING - Indian Trails, NC on the doors, so be careful," Wallace wrote, "according to the CMPD this is the third time this year at PNC this group has been involved in an altercation."
A report by FOX 8 confirmed that one of the men was working for a landscaping company called Lucas Lawn & Landscaping, which did contract work for the venue. But PNC issued a statement saying that in light of recent events, they have fired the company:
"Upon learning that the offensive actions were taken by patrons who also happened to be employed by Lucas Landscaping, one of our service providers, we took swift and immediate action to terminate services provided by Lucas Landscaping at PNC Music Pavilion."
Lucas Lawn & Landscaping released their own statement, claiming all of the negative press has resulted in attacks on their business:
"On Friday, June 17 one employee of our company was accused of being involved in an assault upon one Mike Wallace and Lindsey Wallace Van Wingerden. Since that time Mr. Wallace and various other individuals have chosen to post statements, comments and opinions regarding the circumstances on social media websites. This has resulted in verbal attacks upon our business, suggestions that our clients abandon our company and innuendo regarding our business that we believe is designed to both frustrate the proper administration of justice within our court system and prevent our company from continuing to do business where we employ over 70 individuals who work hard and depend upon their jobs to support themselves and their families."
On Wednesday, Wallace spoke to the media for the first time following the attack and recalled the horrifying details of that night. You can watch part of his interview below.
We'll continue to pray for Wallace and his daughter to make a full recovery from their injuries.
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