Joey Chestnut claims 10th Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest title

It's basically a two-man race on the head-to-head matchup props between Joey Chestnut and Matt Stonie, with Chestnut, the world's No. 1 ranked eater, at -350 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com and Stonie at +225.

The 41 dogs from Sudo marks her personal best in the tournament.

Chestnut set the previous record at 70 a year ago.

Chestnut said at Monday's pre-contest weigh-in that he models his training after marathoners, slowly building up to eating more and more franks as the contest approaches.

The good news for those who do not have access to ESPN3 or who are looking to watch the Hot Dog Eating contest on a bigger screen or - I promise I won't judge - at a restaurant is that ESPN will show a tape delayed version of the contest later in the day. Then go eat a hot dog. Stonie, who is also a California native, is expected to give Chestnut a run for his money once again this year, but it won't be easy. She still holds the women's contest record of 45 dogs and buns.

Michelle Lesco came in second place with 32.5 hot dogs.

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While I respect the tradition and local flavor, the evolution of hot dog consumption has made the sport more about the competition and less about eating. She won past year with 38.5 hot dogs, making it her third consecutive victory.

The SlingTV service offers a great way to enjoy the men's field of the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest for free.

Nine-time champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut is defending his title Tuesday, The Associated Press reported. Chestnut defeated Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie in 2016 to reclaim his title.

The victor gains possession of the Mustard Yellow International Belt for the year. Sudo has been victorious for the past three years.

The chowdown showdown usually draws thousands of spectators and is televised on ESPN.

  • Adam Floyd