Building hobbies: William Byron connects with Lego in downtime


William Byron smiles during an interview before the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race.
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William Byron is a lot like the rest of us — a person in need of some hobbies.

His day job might not be like most of ours, considering we aren’t NASCAR Cup Series drivers competing for the winningest team in NASCAR history and didn’t win a series-high six races in 2023 en route to the Championship 4. That part? That’s all Byron and the No. 24 team.

But when the 26-year-old Hendrick Motorsports star has downtime after racing door-to-door at 195 mph, he loves to build Legos, as revealed on NASCAR: Full Speed, the new documentary available to stream now on Netflix.

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“I feel like the muscle movements in my hands is kind of like driving,” Byron said in the documentary. “Once I get in a rhythm with it, it flows pretty naturally.”

Byron credited Erin Blaney, his longtime girlfriend, for breaking him into the building world.

“Erin felt I needed something to get my mind off racing and do something different, but I took it to a new level,” Byron said. “It fits my personality. It’s very analytical.”

Netflix also wasn’t the first television appearance of Byron’s handy work. The Charlotte, North Carolina, native appeared on a 2022 episode of “LEGO Masters” on FOX, offering feedback to contestants as they attempted to build and design race cars out of Lego blocks.

After a career year in 2023, Byron sets his sights on greatness in 2024. His eight wins since the beginning of the 2022 season top the league in that span, ahead of Kyle Larson’s seven and five others with five victories: Christopher Bell, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Tyler Reddick.

Byron gets back on track Sunday for the Busch Light Clash at The Coliseum at 8 p.m. ET with live coverage on FOX, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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