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ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Ty Gibbs overtook NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson on the final lap of overtime Saturday at Road America for his fourth Xfinity Series victory of the season.

The race featured a major wreck that impacted about a third of the 38-car field.

Larson, competing in an Xfinity Series event for the first time since 2018, was leading when Cole Custer’s brake failure resulted in a late caution flag that produced overtime.

The 19-year-old Gibbs, the grandson of team owner Joe Gibbs, chased Larson for much of the overtime session, passed him early in the final lap and remained in front the rest of the way for his third career road-course win. Gibbs’ winning margin was 0.858 seconds.

“This is just awesome,” Gibbs said. “I can’t believe it. This is wonderful.”

Larson had decided to enter the Xfinity event to get more experience at Road America. He won the first two stages and was ahead for most of the race but couldn’t maintain the lead in that final lap.

“He did a really good job executing, and I didn’t,” Larson said.

Josh Berry finished third, Austin Hill fourth and Brandon Jones fifth.

The race was in its 25th of 45 laps when contact between Noah Gragson and Sage Karam started a wreck that involved 13 cars.

Gragson and Karam already had made contact a couple of times before the right side of Gragson’s car hit the left side of Karm’s vehicle, setting off a chain of events that altered the field.

Their Chevrolets eventually ended up sideways on the track as some cars managed to elude them while others got involved in multiple collisions amid a giant cloud of smoke. The Chevys of Landon Cassill and Myatt Snider both spun around on the track at one point. Brandon Brown had a major collision with Tyler Reddick.

“The 9 (Gragson) literally just drove into me in a straight line,” Karam said over the radio after the crash. “He just hard-turned into me. What an idiot, man.”

Karam had more to say later on about Gragson.

“It’s ridiculous,” Karam said. “I think he tried to take officiating or whatever in his own hands. You can’t be that heated when you’re driving a race care. Unfortunately, he let his emotions get the best of him today. I’ve seen that in him. He walks around like he’s like the big man on campus around here and everything, and he does stuff like that. Not a good role model.”

Gragson cited incidents both Saturday and in the past when Karam had initiated contact with him.

“I take responsibility and hate it for those guys, but we’re fighting to race for a championship here,” Gragson said. “I’m really over getting run over.”

Brandon Brown climbed out of his car slowly and was down for a few minutes before getting himself up to undergo treatment after the wreck. He was treated at the infield care center and was released along with Brett Moffitt, Cassill, Snider, Karam and Reddick.

“I couldn’t really see anything until I saw the 48 when I plowed him,” Brown said. “Just a real gut check. Lost my breath.”

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America’s worst airports for cancelations revealed: LaGuardia and Newark Liberty top the table with 11.5% and 10.2% of all flights called off

LaGuardia and Newark Liberty top the table of America's worst airports for flight cancelations, according to new data. 

Forbes Advisor has compiled the figures from FlightAware which reveal that nearly 2,000 flights were canceled this week across 10 airports. 

And the publication also revealed that by July of this year, more flights had been canceled than in the whole of 2021. 

This week, 11.5 per cent of flights were canceled at LaGuardia airport, while Newark saw 10.2 per cent of journeys grounded.  

It comes as Americans continue to face huge problems travelling across the US due to unprecedented post-pandemic demand and staff shortages. 

Hundreds of flights have already been canceled and large queues have been photographed as Americans try and get away on summer breaks.

Staff shortages also saw almost 1,300 Southwest Airline pilots line up outside the Dallas Love Field Airport as they protested in June and called for better treatment as they faced fatigue and stress caused by the issue.  

The Flight Aware data reveals that as the Summer season continues, there appears to be no let up in the number of canceled and delayed flights, which have also been caused by pilot shortages. 

Forbes Advisor has compiled the figures from FlightAware. Pictured: The graphic reveals that 11.5 per cent of flights at LaGuardia were canceled this week 

Elsewhere, of the 2,916 scheduled at Reagan National Airport, 264 were canceled, or 9.1 per cent of flights. 

And at Chicago Midway International, of the 1,309 flights, 74 failed to take off- 7.9 per cent.  

Meanwhile, Chicago O'Hare International had 457 of its 3,320 weekly flights canceled- 6.5 per cent. 

Drawing equal, both Baltimore and Washington International had 109 of their 1,979 flights canceled, or 5.5 per cent. 

This week, 11.5 per cent of flights were canceled at LaGuardia airport, pictured in June

At John Glenn Columbus International Airport, 43 of the destination's 820 flights were grounded, a total of 5.2 per cent. 

And taking the last three spots on the list of the worst 10 American airports for cancelations were Raleigh-Durham International, Pittsburgh International and Cleveland-Hopkins International.

At Raleigh-Durham, 59 of the scheduled 1,149 flights for the week failed to take off, a figure of 5.1 per cent. 

Pittsburgh International had 47 of its 934 journeys canceled, or 5 per cent. And Cleveland-Hopkins International had 40 of its 796 flights grounded, also 5 per cent. 

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Elsewhere, the data revealed that nearly half of all flights leaving from Chicago Midway International were delayed upon arrival at their destination. 

Chicago Midway International had 796 delayed flights out of 1,855 scheduled- almost 47 per cent.

And at Baltimore and Washington respectively, 40 per cent of arrivals were delayed.   

The FlightAware data defines an arrival delay as an aircraft that arrives 15 minutes or more later than its scheduled time. The delay is attributed to the origin airport. 

Baltimore and Washington airports took the second spot on the list, with 749 flights out of 1,979 scheduled delayed, or 40.1 per cent. 

At tenth on the list, Orlando International experienced the least delays last week, 29.7 per cent of the 3,253 scheduled flights, or 602. 

Newark airport, pictured in July, saw 10.2 per cent of journeys grounded this week, as demand continues to surge around the world for sunshine breaks 

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, pictured, who previously urged airports to sort out the chaos ahead of the July 4 holiday, was forced to drive from Washington DC to New York in June 

The chaos has even affected Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg who was forced to drive from Washington D.C. to New York in June.

And one Emergency Room nurse from Pittsburgh said in June that her trip home from Italy lasted about 60 hours, noting to WTAE: 'There were no delays until I got into the States.'

Luray Hixson said she got stuck for nearly two days at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport, explaining: 'The flight itself was changed nine times, with the gates.

'There were other Pittsburghers around who were following,' she said, and 'we were moved from terminal to terminal, which these terminals were nowhere near each other; we had to take shuttles to get to these other places to get your flight.'

After her longest delay, which was a whopping 12 hours long, Hixson said her flight was ultimately canceled.

Fortunately, she said, her mother was willing to pick her up from the airport and drive her six hours to get home.

Now, she says, she's not sure if she will fly again in the near future, saying: 'This is becoming the norm.'

Luray Hixson, pictured, said she got stuck for nearly two days at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport

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