Joey Chestnut ate 68 hot dogs and buns in ten minutes to set a record and win the 2009 world famous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest this afternoon on Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York. He broke his previous record by edging out Takeru Kobayashi who ate 64.5 hot dogs and buns in ten minutes. Kobayashi is a six time champion, but has faced stiff competition from Joey Chestnut the last few years. In fact, Joey Chestnut participated in his first Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2005 and has won the last three contests. The contest is held every Fourth of July in Coney Island and has been a tradition for 94 years. Chestnut brings home $10,000 as the first place prize and Kobayashi takes home $5,000 for the second place finish.
The contest has been a sport that was aired on ESPN today. It really is not as fun to watch like football or basketball but it does require some physical mastery. I do doubt that there will ever be a little league hot dog eating contest.