Joey Chestnut Wins 6th Straight Title

Joey Chestnut has won his sixth straight title at this year’s Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest today in Coney Island.

Chestnut took the title this year by eating 68 complete hot dogs, tying his own personal best and the overall record for the competition. His winnings include $10,000 and a champion’s belt in a fitting mustard-yellow color.

“I feel good, it was a great win,” Chestnut said after the contest, adding he wished he could have eaten a record number of hot dogs for the audience. “I tried my best. I’m looking forward to next year already.”

Chestnut, who is from San Jose, California, has now tied with his rival, Takeru Kobayashi, who has also won six titles.

For 97 years this Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest has been a city tradition.

The contest requires eaters to consume the entire hot dog and bun and any “reversal of fortune,” Major League Eating’s term for vomiting, results in an automatic disqualification.

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2012: Joey Chestnut Wins Coney Island Title For 6th Straight Year

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest 2012: Joey Chestnut Wins Coney Island Title For 6th Straight Year