However, he far exceeded his nearest competitors.
Chestnut started strong, consuming 10 hot dogs per minute, and jumping out to a 10-dog lead after a few minutes. He downed 21 more hot dogs than the second place victor, who ate 50 of the franks and buns.
Thursday's top five winners of each gender will split $40,000.
Joey Chestnut has done it again.
"I was going for 75, I always love to get a new record", Chestnut told ESPN.
Despite beating second-place victor Michelle Lesco by 4.5 dogs for the contest's Pepto Bismol-pink belt, the 33-year-old didn't top her career-best record of 41 dogs - and admitted both the sweltering 84 degree heat and lack of preparation affected her performance.
On Tuesday, ESPN posted a video on Twitter documenting how Chestnut had been training for the 2019 competition, captioned, "So this is how @joeyjaws trains to eat 70+ hot dogs in 10 minutes".
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In 1916, Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker opened a nickel hot dog stand on Coney Island with a $300 loan from two friends.
"I came out fast and slowed down faster than I'd like", Chestnut said.
Also winning a championship Thursday was Las Vegas native Miki Sudo, who won her sixth-consecutive women's title by wolfing down 31 franks. Joey is truly unmatched when it comes to hot dog eating contests.
His longtime foe, Japan's Takeru Kobayashi, no longer takes part in the contest. I don't know if it was the heat, but I really can't complain.
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'Kobayashi was the man, ' Chestnut said in the documentary.
"A shame that as at least a fifth of children in America go to bed hungry nightly [ESPN is] highlighting gluttony, treating someone who overeats excessively as a 'competitive athlete, '" King wrote. He was a god'.