Hot dog mania! And the victor is …

Posted July 06, 2017

Once again, Coney Island hosted the annual wiener war for the "Nathan's Famous" Hot Dog-eating Contest. By the time the dust settled, Chestnut had scarfed down an impressive 70 hot dogs in 10 minutes, setting a new world record in the process.

Cincotti was a rookie in 2016, and put down 53 dogs in qualifying to punch his ticket this year.

Chestnut had been the reigning champion and favorite heading into the competition. Sonya "Black Widow" Thomas finished the competition in third.

In the women's division, Miki Sudo took top honors by eating 41 hot dogs. Chestnut's Wilt, Takeru Kobayashi, has not competed in the Nathan's competition since 2009 because of a contractual dispute with Major League Eating. She still holds the women's contest record of 45 dogs and buns.

Nine-time champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut is defending his title Tuesday, The Associated Press reported.

Last year's winners - the legendary Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo - will be back this year.

The owner of the Coney Island stand, Nathan Handwerker, overheard four immigrants arguing over who was more patriotic.

Competitors at Tuesday's event performed on an elevated stage with a line of judges - counting the hot dogs devoured - between the eaters and fans and protesters.

But in the bigger picture it's all barely a nibble: By the best estimates - albeit made by frankfurter pushers - Americans were expected to eat 150 million hot dogs on the Fourth of July.

Record-setting eaters are gearing up to gobble at the renowned Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest in NY.

Leigh Brown and her husband brought her 11-year-old sons, Carter and Corbyn, all the way from Florida to see it.