The latest edition of NASCAR’s weekly penalty report that was was released on Wednesday to highlight penalties stemming from the recent Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity series race weekend featured only one entry that announced the indefinite suspension of a guy named Chicago Paskiecz. He was suspended for a behavioral issue, according to the report.
Here’s the exact report:
“NASCAR member Chicago Paskiecz has been penalized for infractions that occurred during last weekend’s events at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is a behavioral penalty (Sections 12.1 and 12.8 of the NASCAR rule book) and Paskiecz has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR.”
It’s kind of vaguely interesting, isn’t it? Well, I have to admit, I kind of blew this one off after research turned up nothing regarding what behavior he exhibited or what team he worked with/for. Heck, I couldn’t even seem to find out which series in which he was involved. In my attempt to find out more about this guy, I did find out about an arrest or two for someone by the same name for passing worthless checks in North Carolina. The guy’s name’s not a common one and the aforementioned check trouble came out of his home state of North Carolina. Same guy? You be the judge.
I guess you could say I spontaneously learned more about this NASCAR suspension story while listening to Dave Moody’s SiriusXM Speedway show on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Friday afternoon and ol’ Chicago, himself, called into Moody’s show to tell his side of the story that nobody else seemed to know much about. That’s when the story got really interesting.
I realize it’s probably in poor journalistic taste to refer to Chicago by first name (not really sure if this is his actual first name, but I’m guessing it’s really a nickname). Instead, rules of journalism call for me to refer to him by last name after first reference. But Chicago just sounds cooler (and not because of the recent success of the Chicago Cubs).
Anyway, back to the story at hand.
Chicago told Moody that the story goes back to the previous race weekend at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Apparently, he’s with an underfunded Xfinity Series team, although I still haven’t determined which one. Anyway, his team can’t afford new tires, so it resorts to buying used tires from Sprint Cup teams. And at Dover, that included the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team of six-time champion Jimmie Johnson.
At least at Dover, Chicago’s team made its purchase of No. 48 tires through HMS tire specialist Lisa Smokstad. Chicago just kept referring to her as “Lisa” in his rant, but from best I can determine, he was talking about Smokstad.
To make a long story short, Chicago left Dover and then arrived at Charlotte thinking all was fine until he was approached by a NASCAR official at Charlotte and told that he was suspended because of an altercation he had with “Lisa.”
According to Chicago’s story, there was no altercation with “Lisa.” He just made a friendly and professional tire purchase from the No. 48 team and that was it. He seemed to think either “Lisa” told on him for something that didn’t happen or NASCAR had an issue with him buying used tires from other race teams instead of new tires from Goodyear, the Official Tire of NASCAR and, therefore, suspended him. He seemed to lean more toward the NASCAR/Goodyear theory.
To me, this all reeks in the same way of the Jeremy Mayfield vs. NASCAR “did he do meth or not” saga. Chicago was adamant that he’s going to appeal the penalty. I guess maybe then more details will come out of this story, oh, as the NASCAR wheel turns.
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