2017-18 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Circuit category

Darron Breeden spliced footage of Wayne Algenio competing in the 2017 Mets Nathan's qualifier with the broadcast of the 2018 finals to make it appear he was competing in that event.
Tapinto.net has an article about Rene Rovtar and her daugher Kristina competing in the women's Nathan's finals.
On last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, Adam Carolla criticized Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest and proposed that every 10th hot dog in the contest should be a chili cheese frankfurter which had to be eaten conventionally.
YourPHX.com has an interview with Michelle "Cardboard Shell" Lesco about her runner-up finish in the women's Nathan's famous finals.
Ken Hoffman's column about judging the 2018 Nathan's finals closes with a paragraph about Sony "The Black Widow" Thomas, who was reportedly caught reversing into her hands by an unnamed MLE official and disqualified. (Did anyone catch this? I haven't seen any pictures or video of it).
The broadcast of the Nathan's Finals on ESPN2 was the highest rated cable program for July 4 despite a ratings decline from .45 in 2017 to .43 this year.
The Outline has an article about Max Suzuki competing in the Nathan's finals. He started eating competitively to impress female competitive eater Moeno Azuki.

2018 Men’s Nathan’s finals

Official Results

1st 74 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut new record
2nd 64 Carmen Cincotti
3rd 43 Darron Breeden
4th 41 Geoffrey Esper
5th 40 Matt “Megatoad” Stonie
6th 37.5 Gideon Oji
7th 34 Max Suzuki
8th 33 Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan
9th 32 Juan “more bite” Rodriguez
10th 31 Nick Wehry
11th 28 Rich “The Locust” LeFevre
12th 27 Derek Jacobs
12th 27 Juan “Hungry Saiyan” Neave
14th 25 Matt “Hungry” Hazzard
15th 24.75 George Chiger
16th 24 Steve Hendry
16th 24 Pablo Martinez
18th 21.5 Erik “The Red” Denmark
18th 21.5 Ronnie “MegaByte” Hartman
20th 21 “Buffalo” Jim Reeves
21st 20 Eric “Badlands” Booker

21 entrants have been announced, so apparently all expected entrants will compete and no sponsors exemptions have been added to the field.

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2018 Nathan’s womens finals

Official results

Sonya Thomas competed according to this picture (via redrabbit comment, but was not listed in the results)

1st 37 Miki Sudo
2nd 28 Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco
3rd 25 “The Lovely” Juliet Lee
4th 21 Sarah “Unstoppable Bab” Reinecke
5th 19 Larell Marie “The Real Deal” Mele
6th 14 Sophia Devita
7th 13 Jingru “Panda” Chen
8th 12 Kassandra Zapata
9th 11 Katie Prettyman
10th 10.5 Jocelyn Walker
11th 8 Tracie Dickerson
11th 8 Kathryn Tesch
11th 8 Holly Titus
14th 7 Brittany Powell
15th 6.5 Rene Rovtar
15th 6.5 Brynn Szeles
17th 5 Kristina Rovtar
18th 4 Prudence DiBenedetto

19 competitors have been announced, so someone besides Steffi Valkov will not appear.

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ESPNMediaZone reports that Adam Amin will replace Indy 500 annoucer Paul Page as the play-by-play voice for the coverage of the contest on ESPN2 at noon Eastern. Paul Page most famous line covering Nathan's was probably calling the champion "Joey Chitwood".

All 2017-18 Nathan’s qualfier results

update All today’s Mets results have been added.
A list of all the results in the database for the 2017-18 Nathan’s qualifier circuit follows.

2018 Jun 3 50 Carmen Cincotti Lancaster, PA
2018 May 12 46.5 Darron Breeden West Friendship, MD
2018 Jun 2 45 Geoffrey Esper Syracuse, NY
2018 Apr 28 42.5 Max Suzuki Las Vegas, NV
2018 Jun 24 34 Nick Wehry Queens, NY

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All 2017-18 Nathan’s qualifier winners

A list of all the qualifier winners in the 2017-18 Nathan’s qualifier winners follows. Joey Chestnut, Matt Stonie, Sonya Thomas and Miki Sudo receive byes to the finals as previous champions. Steffi Valkov has said she will not compete. Additional entrants might be added to the final roster.
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2018 Mets Nathan’s qualifier

Official results.

Fink Beats the Stomach has the winners

1st 34 Nick Wehry avoids being 1st person to eat 33+ hot dogs in qualifier and not make finals
2nd 28 Brian “Dud Light” Dudzinski
3rd 14 Michael “Big Hoss” Deitz
4th 13.25 William “Wild Bill” Myers
5th 10 Oliver Brooks
DQ ? John Sharkey
1st 7 Prudence DiBenedetto
2nd 6 Bailey “Ott Dog” Ott thought she should have won

Bailey Otter might have eaten more than winner

If Nick Wehry does not win today’s qualifier, he will be the first person to do 33+ hot dogs in a circuit and not make the finals. Previous competitors who hit that mark either won a subsequent qualifier or received the wild card. The previous high for not making the finals was Pat “from Moonachie” Philbin’s 32 in 2009.

Non-winning 32+ qualifier performances
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2018 Washington, DC Nathan’s qualifier

Official results

1st 21 Gideon Oji late to contest, started with 4:20 remaining
2nd 15 Gregory Price
3rd 13.5 William “Wild Bill” Myers
4th 11 Jack Caldwell
5th 7 Shawn Redwine
1st 7 Brittany Powell
2nd 4 Amanda Kulick

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OddsShark reports that Bovada is taking bets on whether PETA wil disrupt the Nathan's finals.
The ESPN schedule for July 4 is out. The men's Nathan's finals will be televised live on ESPN2 at noon Eastern and rerun three times later that day. The women's contest has yet to be added to the ESPN3 streaming schedule. (ESPN2 will broadcast First Take at 10am when the female division takes place.)

2018 St. Louis Nathan’s Cardinal qualifier

update Results via Brandon Clark & Kyle Hanner comments
1) Jim Reeves 21
2) Brett Healey 20
3) Crazy Legs Conti 19.5

1W) “Panda” Jin 12

“Buffalo” Jim Reeves was the male winner of the Nathan’s qualifier at the St. Louis Cardinals ballpark according to Matthew Theodore.

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2018 Vallejo Nathan’s qualifier

update TheReporter article

Official results
1) Steve Hendry 28
2) Ryan “Max Carnage” Rodacker 20

1W) Katie Prettyman 14.5, highest female rookie total in 2017-18
2W) Mary Bowers 12

Exhibition: Joey Chestnut 72

Joey Chestnut will do an exhibition during the event.

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2018 Nathan’s finals odds

LasVegasBetting.com is taking bets on the Nathan’s finals. The curent odds:

Joey Chestnut -500
Matt Stonie +300
Carmen Cincotti +500
Field +700

Miki Sudo -450
Field +325

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2018 Norfolk Harborfest Nathan’s qualifier

update 13News Now video | Pilot Online article

Facebook Live video

Official results
1) George Chiger 30
2) Brian Dudzinski 24
3) Crazy Legs Conti 16

1W) Rene Rovtar 6

George Chiger, Crazy Legs Conti, Brian Dudzinski and Rene Rovtar are expected to compete.

Local competitiors Jack Saladino and Sam Roewer did interviews.

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2018 Dutch Wonderland Nathan’s qualifier

update June 10 WGAL article

Official results – men

1st 50 Carmen Cincotti
2nd 26 George Chiger
3rd 13 Jack “Snack Jack” Diamond
4th 11.5 William “Wild Bill” Myers
5th 7 Patrick Ryan
6th 4 Brett Shepard

Official results women

1st 17.5 Larell Marie “The Real Deal” Mele
2nd 5 Rene Rovtar
3rd 4.25 Tysheema Holmes

From Patch Ryan’s twitch video, it appears Carmen Cincotti won with 50 hot dogs. Larell Marie Mele was the female winner.

Carmen Cincotti, George Chiger, Bill Myers, Larell Marie Mele and Rene Rovtar are expected to compete at today’s Nathan’s qualifier at Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA.

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2018 Taste of Syracuse Nathan’s qualifier

update June 10 Syracuse NewTimes gallery
Official results
1) Geoff Esper 45
2) George Chiger 26
3) Jim Reeves 22

1W) Kristina Rovtar 6.5, daughter of Rene Rovtar

LocalSyr.com reports Geoff Esper won the men’s division with 45 hot dogs. From the picture, it appears there was at least one female entrant, so “uncontested” failed to defend the women’s division.

Geoff Esper is the favorite in the men’s division. We will see if “Uncontested” defends her Taste of Syracuse qualifier title in the women’s division.

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Michelle "Cardboard Shell" Lesco has posted a video of a training session where she hopes to eat 38 hot dogs in 10 minutes. She will post a training video for every $110 she raises for Charity Water.

2018 Nathan’s Six Flags Over Texas qualifier

update May 30 WFAA reporter Sean Giggy has a video of him competing in the contest

update NBCDFW has a video

1 Adrian Morgam 27
1W Jocelyn Walker 8.5

Nate Biller and Alex Perez appeared on Good Morning Texas yesterday to promote the competition.

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