NASCAR’S RYAN BLANEY NEARLY ‘JUMPED THE FENCE’ AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

Like many drivers in town for this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Series Daytona 500, Ryan Blaney spent yesterday in Orlando. Yes, Tuesday is the nearest thing drivers and teams have to an off day during Speedweeks, and many were in Orlando at the “Happiest Place on Earth,” aka Walt Disney World.

Blaney was among the drivers spotted at the parks — part of a list that included reigning Daytona 500 champion Austin Dillon, who surprised a young fan in the Magic Kingdom; the current NASCAR Xfinity series champion, Tyler Reddick; and Daniel Hemric. Most were sporting mild sunburns Wednesday during Daytona 500 media day.

For Blaney, a self-professed “Star Wars” fan, his trip to the Magic Kingdom included a bit of temptation. Disney is currently building a “Star Wars” Land that is set to open later this year.

“We did all the parks yesterday,” Blaney said. “We had a guy walking us around. I like that stuff. We saw the makings of ‘Star Wars’ Land. I can’t wait for that. We didn’t get to go there, but there is ‘Toy Story’ Land now and one of the rides you can kind of see over the fence into ‘Star Wars’ Land, and it looks amazing. I wanted to jump over the fence. It opens in December of this year. I might stay down there next year. That would be a good offseason vacation. I will have to go back down.”

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