JT Payne Wins the 2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Missouri Regional

Fenton – The 2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Missouri Regional Series has come to a close and mason JT Payne and mason tender Jake Payne of Foeste Masonry won it all. Now they head to Las Vegas to compete in the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship next January at the World of ConcreteK&K Supply in Fenton, MO hosted the regional series event, one of 24 being held across North America. The qualifying national competitors will battle for a chance to win over $125,000 in cash and prizes, including a Ford F250 XLT 4X4 truck and John Deere Gator.


Several hundred spectators were on hand to watch this year’s event. Twelve teams of highly skilled bricklayers gave them a great show on a beautiful day in Missouri. Their mission was to build a wall as big as they could in one hour. The mason who lays the most brick with the least mistakes wins. JT Payne and Jake Payne celebrated victory with a brick count of 683. For their efforts, JT and Jake receive $700, a trip to Las Vegas and the title “Missouri’s Best Bricklayer.” JT also took home the prize, SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN, which goes to the mason with the “most sellable wall,” for this honor he received an additional $600.


2nd place went to mason Javier Chacon and his mason tender Steve Braswell of John Smith Masonry with a brick count of 625 earning them a prize of $500. Third place went to mason John Lenzen and his mason tender Josh Garrett of Swanson Masonry who received $400.








First Place:
Mason – JT Payne – 683 Brick
Tender – Jake Payne
Foeste Masonry


Mason – JT Payne – 683 Brick
Tender – Jake Payne
Foeste Masonry

2nd Place:
Mason – Javier Chacon – 625 Brick
Tender – Steve Braswell
John Smith Masonry


3rd Place:
Mason – John Lenzen – 604 Brick
Tender – Josh Garrett
Swanson Masonry




The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® was established by SPEC MIX in 2003 to showcase the skill and craftsmanship of professional masons. It is featured as the headliner event of MASONRY MADNESS™ Day during the World of Concrete and recognized as the masonry industry’s premier bricklaying competition with a total purse estimated at $125,000 that annually awards the title, “World’s Best Bricklayer”. Each year there are a series of preliminary SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional Qualifying Events held throughout North America to determine who will compete in the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship. The Championship finale draws as many as 4,000 spectators with thousands of live webcast viewers who tune in to watch this bricklayer battle.


More about SPEC MIX®: SPEC MIX is the construction industry’s national source for high quality; factory preblended cement-based building products for the construction industry. With more than 60 manufacturing facilities in all major markets across the US and Canada, SPEC MIX production plants utilize state of the art batching equipment and the finest materials to ensure total quality control throughout your project. SPEC MIX offers a deep line of masonry mortars and grouts, stucco and industrial products including various patented silo systems to maximize a contractor’s productivity and safety. The mission of SPEC MIX is to keep your jobsite team going, moving and working safely—all day, every day.


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