NEW YORK - (AP) - Joey Chestnut has scarfed down 62 wieners to winhis fifth consecutive July Fourth hot dog eating contest at NewYork's Coney Island.

It wasn't his best, but it was enough to beat second-placewinner Pat Bertoletti by nine dogs during the annual Nathan'sInternational Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Chestnut set a world record in 2009 when he put away 68 hotdogs. On Monday, he smiled, sweating as the 10-minute competitionended, saying it was the "best crowd ever."

Chestnut's nemesis, Takeru Kobayashi, was ineligible to compete because he won't sign anexclusive contract with Major League Eating, the fast-foodequivalent of the NFL. He staged an unofficial contest on aManhattan rooftop where he ate 69 hot dogs during the same time. Hewas arrested last year after crashing the show.