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ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Bubba Wallace says the pointed criticism he made toward members of his crew last weekend were a result of his passion to win and shouldn’t harm his relationship with them.

“We have a team capable of winning, cars capable of winning,” Wallace said as he prepared for the NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday at Road America.

“That just creates passion.”

That passion was on display last weekend at Nashville.

Wallace was in sixth place Sunday when a loose wheel during a pit stop sent him toward the back of the pack and caused him to curse at his crew. The issue caused him to restart in 31st place before he eventually finished 12th.

The 23XI Racing driver was eager to put the incident in the past Saturday. He said one of his passions was “making it feel like we’re one team and family.”

Wallace will be starting in the 25th position Sunday as the Cup Series comes to Road America for the second straight Fourth of July weekend. Points leader Chase Elliott won at Road America last year and has the pole position this time.

Wallace said his crew members understand the types of comments that can be made in the heat of competition. He said he has a great relationship with crew chief Bootie Barker, who tried to calm him down in Nashville.

“The team still has a great relationship,” Wallace said. “Not everybody’s going to be happy in a sport like this and a business like this. Just got to work to do your best. I’ll do better and be better.”

Wallace had his second runner-up finish in the Daytona 500 this year but has only one other top-10 result and is 24th in the points standings. The Nashville situation wasn’t the first time this season he’s been hindered by a loose wheel.

He was asked Saturday if he had any regrets about his Sunday comments.

“I don’t really have much regrets in life,” Wallace said. “I said what I said. If I say I’m sorry, is that going to make anything better? People are still (ticked). It is what it is. Move on. I’ve moved on.”

ROAD AMERICA’S FUTURE

NASCAR’s premier series came to Road America for the first time since 1956 last year as part of the schedule’s renewed emphasis on road courses. This marks the second straight summer that the Cup Series has been here for the Fourth of July weekend.

But there are no guarantees on whether this will be a long-term marriage. NASCAR hasn’t yet announced whether the Cup Series will return to Road America next year.

“We hope to be a part of it, but ultimately the ball’s in their court,” Road America president/general manager Mike Kertscher said.

Road America, which opened in 1955 and bills itself as “America’s national park of speed,” is located on 640 acres about halfway between Milwaukee and Green Bay. The course is surrounded by about 1,600 campsites and has a sprawling layout that allows fans to walk around and see the race from various vantage points.

Although most drivers didn’t offer an opinion on whether they believed Road America should become an annual Fourth of July stop for the Cup series, they spoke about how much they liked having this site included in the schedule.

“I don’t know how long NASCAR is planning on coming here on this weekend, but I feel like it’s been a really nice fit for us,” Elliott said. “The people around here have accepted us really with open arms and have brought a lot of energy.”

KING OF THE ROAD

Elliott won at Road America last year despite starting out 34th. He has the pole for his title defense as he attempts to build on his victory last weekend on Nashville’s concrete oval track.

Seven of Elliott’s 15 career victories have come on road courses. He won at Road America last year despite starting 34th.

A victory Sunday would enable Elliott to tie Tony Stewart for second place with eight career road course victories. Jeff Gordon had a record nine wins on road courses.

ODDS AND ENDS

Elliott enters Sunday with a 30-point lead over Ross Chastain in the standings. … The list of spectators at Road America this weekend includes former Formula One driver Daniil Kvyat, who hasn’t been able to race this year on the European circuit because of the ban on Russian drivers since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. … This is the third road-course Cup Series race of the season. Chastain won at Circuit of the Americas and Daniel Suarez finished first at Sonoma. … Road America’s course is 4.048 miles long and features 14 turns. Sunday’s race includes 62 laps and has a distance of 250.98 miles.

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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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