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Twitter brings Ryan Blaney together with ‘biggest little fan’ at Disney World

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Michael Bell doesn’t tweet often.

Since joining Twitter in August 2012, Bell has tweeted just 15 times beginning in August 2016.

But his last seven tweets were all about his son, Natty, getting to meet his favorite NASCAR driver – Ryan Blaney.

The meeting occurred Tuesday at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, roughly an hour from Daytona International Speedway where Blaney is taking part in Speedweeks. The park is a long way from Red Lion, Pennsylvania, which Bell claims as his home on Twitter.

The first tweet toward bringing Natty and Blaney together was sent on Dec. 30, the day before the driver’s 24th birthday.

Blaney actually saw that tweet and liked it.

The next day, Bell and Natty wished Blaney a happy birthday.

Bell didn’t tweet again until Tuesday – 46 days later – when he and his family were at the Hollywood Studios portion of the park, where Blaney, his sister and a friend happened to be.

“I saw that and his kid was wearing my shirt,” Blaney said Wednesday during Daytona 500 Media Day. “Said he was my biggest fan. … We were eating and were able to meet up with them for a little bit. That was pretty cool how they were out there and they took the time to come hang out and meet us for a little bit. His whole family was there and he had a couple of other kids who were fans, too. I thought the timing was pretty cool, how they were in the same spot as us and pretty happy to make that happen.”

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Social Roundup: NASCAR drivers enjoy day off at beach, Disney World

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After a weekend of practice for the Daytona 500 and the Advance Auto Parts Clash, Cup Series drivers got two days off in their Speedweeks experience before the final push to Sunday’s “Great American Race.”

A number of drivers got out in the Florida sunshine to enjoy their off days.

That includes Danica Patrick, who went for a walk on Daytona Beach — on her hands.

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Racing down Daytona beach. 😜

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Elsewhere, a good chunk of the Cup field made the trek to Walt Disney World in Orlando, which is about an hour southwest of Daytona Beach. Kevin Harvick‘s son, Keelan, even got to experience his first ride on an adult roller coaster.

Here’s a look at all the NASCAR drivers who invaded Disney World.

Kurt Busch and wife Ashley. (Photo courtesy of Joann Mignano)

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Disney with the fam 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

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This girl is having a ball at Disney World. 👌

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Rookie William Byron may have been the only driver who didn’t stay on the ground. The Hendrick Motorsports’ driver went for a ride with the Thunderbirds. Good news, he didn’t throw up.