It took three tries before Brad Keselowski built his master piece.
"I believe if you are going to do anything, you gotta give it your all," he told the group of reporters gathered to watch him at the Legoland Discovery Center in Kansas City. Kesleoski was in KC to help promote next month's STP 400.
He also got a behind the scenes look at the still under construction Legoland and one ot it's main attractions, a replica Kansas Speedway build from Legos. He also got the chance to build his own race car and race it against a car built by the attractions master builder. And you better believe he wanted to win.
"Absoultly. There are just certain things that excite me," said Keselowski. "Building a little race car, whether it's out of legos or out of steel it a lot of fun."
The last 12 months could be classified as that for Keselowski, after all he was a virtual also ran when he won the the first race at the Kansas Speedway last season. It would be the first of four wins and birth in NASCAR's playoff's known as the Chase for the Championship. And yet he still has his doubters.
He won because of fuel mileage, he won because of timing lines it seems with each win, there was a reason other than he was a good driver, that people had for how BK ended up in victory lane.
"On any given weekend you can pull out the if buts and what's," said Keselowski. "And I feel like I win that happens a lot to me."
Which made his win this past Sunday at Bristol so gratifying. He just went out there and beat the field. The first step in proving that last season was not a fluke, and that he is one of the sports top wheelmen.
"It's great to be able to win a second time at a race track.And kind of quiet those (critics) down. I love silencing the critics."
And even though he has a few, there is no doubt that expectations are higher this year. But to Keslowski, there is no difference in the way his approaching this season, compared to last.
"Expectation are what you make of them," said Keselwoski. "To me I haven't raise my expectations any more than they were. They were high to begin with."No matter what he is racing. That's why he was meticulous in his building of the Lego car. And it true Keselowski fashion, he took two out of three from the master builder in that Lego race. Of course he credits the driver as much as the car.