Joey Chestnut, aka 'Jaws,' a seven-time winner (a record), maxes out at 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes (another record). In the women's competition, Sonya Thomas, at 36-3/4 dogs, edged out the No. 2 by a bite.
You don’t want to mess with Joey “Jaws” Chestnut or Sonya "the Black Widow” Thomas.
Mr. Chestnut, of San Jose, Calif., devoured 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes to break two records at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest Thursday.
His bested his previous record of 68 hot dogs in 2009 and won the contest for the unprecedented seventh time in a row.
Sonya Thomas, a slim, 100-pound manager of a fast-food restaurant in Alexandria, Va., battled frank-for-frank with Juliet Lee in the women’s competition. Ms. Thomas, known as "the Black Widow” of competitive eating, downed 36-3/4 hot dogs to her competitor’s 36 hot dogs. (Read more about Sonya, "the Black Widow," in a Monitor feature article here.)
Second-place finisher in the men’s competition was Matt Stonie, who ate 51 hot dogs.
Chestnut said after the competition that he’s motivated by the prestige, not the $10,000 prize money.