Hungry for hot dogs? Nathan’s hosting eating contest qualifier in Michigan

If you love hot dogs and think you can scarf down a lot of them, then this contest could be for you.

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs is kicking off its 2015 hot dog eating contest qualifying events Aug. 17 at Michigan InternationalSpeedway in Brooklyn. The top male and female winners will earn a spot at the annual championship held on the Fourth of July at Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Nathan’s will hold more than a dozen events in cities across the U.S. leading up to the 2015 event.

The contest at MIS will take place at 10 a.m. before the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race. There will be lots of competition on hand, including top-ranked eaters like Buffalo Jim Reeves, the world pork rind- and watermelon-eatingchampion, and Nicole Rodriguez, a rookie who is a fast-rising star in the competitive-eating community.

Since 2004, ESPN has aired Nathan’s Fourth of July contest, which some say dates to 1916. Current champs are Joey Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., who holds the world record for eating 69 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs and buns in 10 minutes, and Sonya Thomas of Alexandria, Va., who consumed 45 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.

For information and to register, go to majorleagueeating.com.

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