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Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Championships: Joey Chestnut Claims 6th Title At Coney Island

Bay Area native Joey Chestnut earned his 6th Nathan's Mustard Belt by eating 68 hot dogs and buns.

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Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2012: Joey Chestnut Wins Sixth Title At Coney Island

There are fewer things more American than shoving your face as full as possible, which is why the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest takes place every year on the 4th of July. This year's extravaganza was no different as San Jose native Joey Chestnut took care of business once more to claim his sixth hot dog eating title at Coney Island.

Over the course of the 10 minute competition, Chestnut managed to devour 68 hot dogs with the bun to stake his claim atop the proverbial processed meat mountain, tying his personal best along the way. His sixth title now leaves him tied with fellow competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi for the most Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest titles ever in the history of competitive eating. Kobayashi did not take part in the competition this year.

To the winner goes the spoils, which include a championship belt and a $10,000 grand prize for the man known as "Jaws." Chestnut was glad he took the title, but felt he could have eaten a bit more:

"It feels great to get the win, but I'm a little bummed I didn't get to 70," Chestnut said.

This marked the 97th consecutive year the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest took place on the 4th of July. Let's hope it continues for another 97 years.

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Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Odds: Joey Chesnut The Heavy Favorite

The 2012 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest is set for noon (9 a.m. PDT) on Wednesday from Coney Island, and it'll be San Jose native Joey Chesnut as the heavy favorite (ha ha, get it?) over the field. The folks over at Examiner.com tracked down a few of the betting odds -- yes, you can bet on this -- for the competition. Here they are.

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest - Odds to Win

• Joey Chestnut -800

• The Field +500

Total Hot Dogs Eaten by Joey Chestnut

• Over/Under 62.5

Total Hot Dogs Eaten by Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti

• Over/Under 53.5

Total Hot Dog's Eaten by Sonya Thomas

• Over/Under 40.5

2012 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest - Margin of Victory

• Over/Under 10.5

Yay for hot dogs, yay for America!

We here at SB Nation Bay Area will keep you updated on the event throughout the day. Be sure to follow our StoryStream for results and much more from Coney Island.

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Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest: Start Time, TV Schedule, Online Stream And More

There are a few memorable things that happen on July 4 each year. Not only do we get to celebrate our great country with great food, drinks and fireworks, but we also get to see professionally trained eaters try and stuff as many hot dogs down their throats as possible.

On historic Coney Island this afternoon, a field led by San Jose native Joey Chestnut will look to make food history in front of thousands of onlookers. Chestnut ate 62 hot dogs (62!) in 10 minutes last year.

The competition is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. PDT. That's noon for those planning on heading over to Coney Island to watch the madness in-person.

In a very confusing decision from the World Wide Leader, ESPN will be airing the 2012 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on tape delay at 12 p.m. PDT. If you're hoping to watch it live, you can find it streamed live through ESPN3.com at 9 a.m.

We here at SB Nation Bay Area will keep you updated on the event throughout the day. Be sure to follow our StoryStream for results and much more from Coney Island.

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Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Championships: Joey Chestnut Looking To Make (More) History

The 2012 Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest is set for July 4. Bay Area native Joey Chestnut is the favorite, once again, to take home his fifth-straight Mustard Belt.

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