Joey Chestnut has done it again. If he wasn’t already an official American hero, he has to be now. Chestnut was able to chow down a world-record 69 hot dogs, which broke his own previous record, at the 2013 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest as he cruised to his seventh straight mustard yellow belt.
The seven straight victories for Chestnut was also a record, which took down the previous mark set by the legendary Takeru Kobayashi.
Chestnut had some tough competition from Matt Stone, who finished with 51 hot dogs, in the early goings, but he was able to pull away about four minutes in as he stayed on his world record pace. Tim “Eater X” Janus finished in third with 50.
It looked like Chestnut may not get to the record, but he picked it up in the final minute and found a way to scarf the final 8 dogs to reach the mark.
Whether or not Chesnut returns next year remains to be seen, but we can only hope he returns.
Chestnut has previously said that he will not retire until he is able to take down 70 hot dogs in the ten minute competition, so we could see Chestnut back in action at this time next year.