ARIZONA REGIONAL SERIES
David Puga Named Arizona’s Best Bricklayer
Phoenix, AZ – The best masons in Arizona came together to test their skill, speed and stamina by battling to see who could build the biggest and best 26-foot-long brick wall in one hour while using superior craftsmanship. The winning team is determined by a judging panel that detract brick from the total number of bricks laid based on workmanship infractions. The event is one of several SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Regional Series competitions to be held across North America in 2020. The winner of each regional qualifies to compete in the 2021 World Championship at the World of Concrete expo in Las Vegas.
Seven teams of masons and tenders lined the arena at Arizona Best Block in Phoenix, AZ ready to prove they are the best craftsmen in the region. Mason David Puga and mason tender Rich Martinez with David’s Masonry in Phoenix, AZ took home top honors with a brick count of 676. Puga was also named SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN, the award given to the mason with the “most sellable” wall. Puga and Martinez earned $1100 in cash, a free trip to Las Vegas for the World Championship, $200 gift card from Ford Trucks, a Marshalltown tool bag with a ceremonial trowel, Stabila Level and the title, “Arizona’s Best Bricklayer.”
Widely referred to as the “Road to Las Vegas,” the Regional Series is the Masonry Industry’s most notorious event that tests the speed, skill, and stamina of bricklayers by building the best 26-foot-long brick wall in just one hour. The stakes are high as only one mason per regional competition will advance to Las Vegas at the World of Concrete trade show with a chance to win the title “World’s Best Bricklayer.” The contest’s total purse is worth over $100,000 with the champion taking home the lion’s share which includes a new FORD F250 Super Duty 4×4 truck coupled with $15,000 in cash and prizes.
To add to the event’s excitement, this year SPEC MIX has added the all-new Wild Card Challenge to the Regional Series that will send four additional competitors to the World Championship! At the end of the regional season, the bricklayers who didn’t take first place, but posted one of the year’s top four adjusted brick counts, will win a FREE ride to Vegas.
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 construction industry’s longest running, most widely recognized competitive campaign with a highest total purse that attracts competitors around the world. The World Championship finale draws as many as 6,000 spectators with thousands of live webcast viewers across the world who tune in to watch this bricklayer battle.
2020 ARIZONA REGIONAL RESULTS
FIRST PLACE AND TOP CRAFTSMAN
$1100 plus $200 from Ford