Angela Hill of the Mercury News recently reported on the popular eating event, which will feature Joey Chestnut vs. Matt Stonie, unless another men's competitor steps up his game. Paul consumed 127 hot dogs in his day.
Now that Chestnut reclaimed the crown in 2016 he is ready to make it back-to-back wins once again and claim his 10th overall win at Coney Island.
Americans will eat an estimated 150 million hot dogs on the holiday.
Chestnut fell just short of his goal to break his own world record of 73, set in a regional qualifying competition in 2015.He did break his own contest record, surpassing the 70 dog mark he set past year.
"I slowed down quite a bit".
To win the title, Chestnut had to consistently put away an average of seven to eight hot dogs per minute for the entirety of the competition. Stonie came in third on Tuesday, with 48 franks and buns.
On the women's side of the competition, the favorite is New York City native Miki Sudo.
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Miki Sudo won her fourth title in a row in the women's competition and powered through 41 hot dogs and buns.
Last year, the Las Vegas resident polished down 38 1/2 dogs, beating out three-time victor Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, of Alexandria, Va., with 35.
Record-setting eaters are gearing up to gobble at the renowned Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest in NY.
There's nothing like eating a good ol' hot dog on the Fourth of July. So Chestnut and Stonie, for all their extraordinary powers, could just as easily be seen as everyday patriots. Sudo powered through 38 1/2 hot dogs and buns to beat Thomas a year ago. On the women's end, Sonya Thomas, aka "The Black Widow" has the record with 45 hot dogs!
He's taken home the mustard yellow belt nine of the last 10 years.
The eating showdown usually draws thousands of spectators and is televised on ESPN.