His main competition is Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie, who beat Chestnut in 2015.
Chestnut set the previous record at 70 past year.
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ANDREW KELLY REUTERS Joey Chestnut celebrates with the trophy
A nine-time Nathan's hot dog contest victor, Chestnut ate a record 70 hot dogs in just 10 minutes a year ago to regain the championship from Stonie.
"I'm really happy I got this win", Chestnut said, gripping the Mustard Belt, "I slowed down way more more than I wanted to, I definitely have room for more".
Carmen Cincotti finished in second place with 68 hot dogs, while Matt Stonie, the 2015 first-place victor, placed third with 48.
Take a look at all of the action at this year's Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. There's also a "Number of Hot Dogs Eaten" wager with "Over 38.5" priced at 10 to 11 and "Under 38.5" priced at four to five.
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Last year, the Las Vegas resident polished down 38 1/2 dogs, beating out three-time victor Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, of Alexandria, Va., with 35.
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Michelle Lesco finished second with 32½ hot dogs, edging Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, who devoured 31 during the annual July Fourth game of gluttony.
The chowdown showdown usually draws thousands of spectators and is televised on ESPN.
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