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Kansas Speedway hosts American Royal’s 2016 World Series of Barbecue

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The 2016 World Series of Barbecue will be held at Kansas Speedway, the American Royal announced on Thursday.

The American Royal Barbecue began 36-years ago in the West Bottoms and moved to Arrowhead Stadium in 2015 to accommodate for a record-setting attendance that included more than 600 teams and nearly 50,000 attendees.

The competition will now take place October 26 through October 30. The new date was selected to make the American Royal World Series of Barbecue the finale of the competitive barbecue season.

“The future is bright – and smoke-filled – for the World Series of Barbecue,” says Angie Stanland, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the American Royal. “The American Royal appreciates the partnerships with Arrowhead and now our new partners with the Kansas Speedway.”

Kansas Speedway President Pat Warren said he welcomes the chance to host one of Kansas City’s great annual festivals.

“Every year, people from around the city and around the country circle this event on their calendar,” Warren said in a news release. “We’re looking forward to showing all the contestants and fans a great time at our unique venue. Welcome to Kansas Speedway.”

The American Royal decided to move the event because the date conflicted with events at Truman Sports Complex.

Kansas City Chiefs President Mark Donovan said he hopes to bring the event back to Arrowhead in the near future.

“The 2015 World Series of BBQ was an incredible partnership with Arrowhead and the American Royal. We will continue to partner and support the event with the hope of bringing it back to Arrowhead," Donovan said in a news release.