This year, once more, a new crop of pre-qualified contenders will face down their piles of hot dogs in an attempt to win the title, the "Mustard Belt" and a stack of prize money. A judging error cast initial doubt over the totals after jurists didn't see the eaters were taking the dogs and buns from two plates. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial of both bundles, and you can then watch the contest live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
This year's competition also featured New Orleans' Adrian "The Rabbit" Morgan, who is the seventh-ranked competitive eater worldwide.
The heat wasn't a factor; the National Weather Service put the temperature at 83 degrees with a heat index of 91 degrees.
Miki Sudo holds her trophy after winning the women's annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4, 2018 in Coney Island. He won last year's competition by eating 72 hot dogs. Chestnut took home $10,000 for his victory Wednesday, per Yahoo Finance, while Cincotti landed $5,000 for second place.
Scoring at the event, which takes place on New York's Coney Island boardwalk every Fourth of July, has financial implications.
Ten-time victor Joey "Jaws" Chestnut will confront 20 other men on New York's Coney Island boardwalk. She described her performance as one she'd to improve upon in the future, but Sudo would be the first to admit "a win is a win".
Michelle Lesco, 34, of Tucson, Ariz., finished second with 27, one better than Sonja "The Black Widow" Thomas, 51, of Alexandria, Va., who owns the record with 45 and has won the three other women's titles.
Sudo gobbled 37 franks. However, first he'll have to battle out last year's runner-up Carmen Cincotti, who scarfed down 60 in 2017.