Thomas, of course, known on the competitive eating circuit as "the black widow". "I was sweating like a mad dog", Chestnut told ESPN immediately after his victory.
Tune in to see if Chestnut and Sudo can defend their titles or if someone will step up and take down the defending champs.
On the women's side, Miki Sudo is expected to win the championship for the fourth consecutive year, with -450 odds of taking home the title.
Chestnut tweeted earlier that he planned to break his record of 70 from last July 4, and he wasn't shooting for just one more dog.
Chestnut has been the most dominant eater in the world for a long time, but lost to Stonie in 2015. "They were trying to get media attention". Did she remember you?
The Nathan's contest is under the purview of Major League Eating. We're splitting hairs when it comes to a point where we are debating a dude eating 71 hot dogs versus 72. I'm reputable, if nothing else.
"The activists were protesting because companies like Nathan's promote violence against animals by showcasing people eating them for profits and notoriety", Direct Action Everywhere said in an emailed statement.
George Shea is, simply put, the MVP of the Nathan's event. "I'm happy. It was another great Fourth of July". There is a ton of standing around and non-eating time.
Nothing personifies that more than the celebration of a guy who eats a lot of hot dogs.
The San Jose, California, man beat his own record to log a 10th win. They'll do a "30 for 30" on Hoffy someday, for sure.