Blaney, DiBenedetto will race in Daytona 500
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Ryan Blaney stands in the garage area at Daytona International Speedway during a practice session
for the 2016 Daytona 500.

By Dominic Aragon
February 15, 2016


Ryan Blaney and Matt DiBenedetto both posted fast enough qualifying times Sunday at Daytona International Speedway to qualify for the 58th Daytona 500.

Blaney’s time of 46.257 in the first round of qualifying placed the driver eighth fastest, .471 seconds faster than the third go-or-go-home driver Michael McDowell, who qualified 25th.

“It is nice to be locked into the race,” Blaney said. “The biggest relief for us is to know you are locked in and are good to be able to race in the 500. That kind of lets us go race on Thursday a little bit more than we would have instead of playing it conservative if we weren’t locked in.

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