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Florida Georgia Line to perform 2016 Daytona 500 pre-race show

Award winning country music duo Florida Georgia Line will help kick off the 2016 running of the "Great American Race," playing the pre-race show for the 58th Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

The group, consisting of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, is expected to get the fans riled up before officially kicking off the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

"We are thrilled to secure Florida Georgia Line as the performers for the Daytona 500 pre-race show," Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. "Florida Georgia Line is country music's premier duo and will provide race fans with an energetic performance prior to the start of the Daytona 500."

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Kelley is from nearby Ormond Beach, Fla., attended high school and college close to the iconic speedway, and his father has served as the mayor of Ormond Beach since 2010.

"It's a dream come true to play in the city where I was born, went to high school in and now have the honor of being a part of one of my family's favorite sporting events, the Daytona 500," Kelley said. "Performing at the 500 feels full circle to me as I grew up working the 500 as a fundraiser for our baseball team and was in awe then and still am."

"We're extremely thankful for the opportunity to be part of such a huge day for NASCAR and our fans," his partner Hubbard said. "We can't wait to bring the biggest party the Daytona 500 has ever seen."

Fans that purchase access to the Sprint Fanzone/pre-race will be able to watch Florida Georgia Line's performance, in addition to driver introductions. The speedway has also designed a specific ticket package around the band's pre-race performance.