3rd\SE Quadrant The Year-End Mega Matrix
By Daily News
Thursday, July 5th 2007America has a new hot dog top dog after Californian Joey Chestnut set a world record by eating 66 weiners, complete with buns, at Nathan's annual Coney Island contest.
"I feel pretty freaking good!" crowed Chestnut, 23, as he relished his victory over six-time weiner winner Takeru Kobayashi of Japan yesterday to take the mustard-yellow champion's belt. Chestnut, the first American winner since 1999, said he was inspired by thoughts of "the Fourth of July - and bringing the title back."
Kobayashi, 29, hobbled by a sore jaw that he had been trying to treat with acupuncture, kept up a breakneck pace with Chestnut through most of the 12-minute contest.