Jul 2, 2011 3:20 PM by Matt Stafford
NEW YORK (AP) - This year's Fourth of July hot dog eating contest on Coney Island has a new taste: Nathan's Famous women-only pigout.
Sonya Thomas and nine other women will compete Monday before the men's stomach-churning feast.
Thomas has set a women's world record by stuffing 41 hot dogs into her 105-pound frame - in 10 minutes.
The man to beat eating dogs is world champion Joey Chestnut. Last year, he ate his way to a fourth consecutive championship by downing 54 wieners.
Notably absent again this year is chief rival Takeru Kobayashi, who held the world record for nearly six years. He was arrested last year for storming the stage - after being banned for refusing to sign an exclusive contract with Major League Eating, the fast-food equivalent of the NFL.