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2018 Nathan's Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest

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Defending champion Joey “Jaws” Chestnut chomped down a record 74 franks and buns to take home his 11th title at the annual Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest.

The renowned competitive eater from San Jose, Calif., takes home the coveted Mustard Belt and surpassed the previous mark of 72 dogs and buns he downed last year.

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 said after eating 37 dogs and buns that the heat may have slowed her down in winning the women’s competition.

That didn’t stop the Las Vegas eater from easily beating out second-place finisher Mischelle Lesco of Tuscon, Ariz., who chowed down 28 wieners and buns. (AP)

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Joey Chestnut wins the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, setting a new world record by eating 74 hot dogs in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S., July 4, 2018. (Photo: Stephen Yang/Reuters)


Reigning champion Joey Chestnut eats two hot dogs at a time during the men’s competition of the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in New York’s Coney Island. Defending champion Joey Chestnut broke his own world record by eating 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes. (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP)


Joey Chestnut wins the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, setting a new world record by eating 74 hot dogs in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S., July 4, 2018. (Photo: Stephen Yang/Reuters)


Mater of Ceremony George Shea, top center, announces that reigning champion Joey Chestnut, bottom center, is winning the men’s competition of the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest in the final seconds of the competition, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in New York’s Coney Island. Defending champion Joey Chestnut broke his own world record by eating 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes. (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP)


Miki Sudo celebrates her victory in the 2018 Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, United States on July 4, 2018. (Photo: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


Reigning champion Midi Sudo eats hot dogs during the women’s competition of the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in New York’s Coney Island. (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP)


The women’s round of the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S., July 4, 2018. (Photo: Stephen Yang/Reuters)


Miki Sudo (C) competes to win the women Annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest at the neighborhood of Coney Island on July 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)


People attend the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest In 2017 winner Joey Chestnut set a Coney Island record eating 72 hot dogs. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)


Hot dog hats are distributed to the fans as the enter the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in New York’s Coney Island. (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP)


Hot dogs are on display on stage ahead of the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in New York’s Coney Island. (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP)


People attend the Annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4, 2018 in the Coney Island neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. In 2017 winner Joey Chestnut set a Coney Island record eating 72 hot dogs. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)


A man covers his ears from noise as people attend the Annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4, 2018 in the Coney Island neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. In 2017 winner Joey Chestnut set a Coney Island record eating 72 hot dogs. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)


Women dressed as hotdogs wait in line to attend the Annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4, 2018 in the Coney Island neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. In 2017 winner Joey Chestnut set a Coney Island record eating 72 hot dogs. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)


The trophies and champion belts are on display on stage ahead of the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in New York’s Coney Island. (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP)


Brad Kleinschmidtof Muncie, Indiana, wears a patriotic outfit to watch his wife Holly Titus compete in the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in New York’s Coney Island. (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP)


A woman dressed as a hotdog is checked as she attends the Annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4, 2018 in the Coney Island neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. In 2017 winner Joey Chestnut set a Coney Island record eating 72 hot dogs. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)


Lilly Kleinschmidt, 12, of Muncie, Indiana, wears a patriotic hot dog themed outfit to watch her mother Holly Titus compete in the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in New York’s Coney Island. (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP)


The Bunnettes practice the changing the numbers on the score cards ahead of the Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in New York’s Coney Island. (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP)


Jeremiah Bruckart, left, and Jared Johnston of the Queens borough of New York dance to the music before the start of the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in New York’s Coney Island. (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP)


Hot dogs are on display on stage ahead of the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in New York’s Coney Island. (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP)