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Krystal Square Off VI Qualifer in Knoxville

Location: Knoxville, TN
Date: 09-20-2009
Winner: "Eater X" Tim Janus

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The rain stopped and clouds began to part just as eaters took the stage yesterday afternoon at the Tennessee Valley Fair in Knoxville for the last eight-minute eating contest of the Krystal Square Off VI Qualifying Tour. The man behind the mask, Tim “Eater X” Janus, took home the trophy with 30 Krystals and 5 Big Angus Burgers for a total of 55 Krystal Burger Points.

After receiving a deduction of 2 Krystal Burgers, Juliet “The Lovely” Lee finished in second place with a controversial 49 Krystal Burger Points. Eaters were required to swallow all food in their mouths within 30 seconds after the time stopped, but Lee was not able to get the last few Krystals down. Therefore, judges decided that the 2 burger deduction was fair. However, Lee was not in agreement, especially since her original 51 Krystal Burger count would have put her in second for a Wild Card spot, which has now been secured by Jim “Buffalo” Reeves.

Janus’ win earns him a seat at the Krystal Square Off VI World Hamburger Eating Championship in Chattanooga this Sunday, Sept. 27, where he will compete against the great Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi and more for a piece of the $50,000 cash purse. Stay tuned for more updates about the KSO VI finals and the 11 finalists who will make their way down for the main event.

Knoxville Qualifier results below:

1-“Eater X” Tim Janus – 55 pts (5 Big Angus/30 Krystals) 2-Juliet Lee – 49 pts (5 Big Angus/26 Krystals; received 2 Krystal deduction) T3-Micah Collins – 42 pts (5 Big Angus/17 Krystals)
T3-"Nasty” Nate Biller – 42 pts (5 Big Angus/17 Krystals) 5-Russell Keeler – 41 pts (5 Big Angus/16 Krystals) T6-Erik Unger – 40 pts (5 Big Angus/15 Krystals) T6-“Crazy Legs” Conti – 40 pts (5 Big Angus/15 Krystals) 8-Anthony Reganato – 38 pts (5 Big Angus/13 Krystals) 9-David Solomon – 35 pts (5 Big Anus/10 Krystals) 10-“Wild” Bill Myers – 31 pts (5 Big Angus/6 Krystals) 11-Tony Canada – 31 pts (4 Big Angus/11 Krystals) 12-Larry Elkins – 24 pts (4 Big Angus/4 Krystals) 13-Thomas Liplin – 21 pts (2 Big Angus/11 Krystals)

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Founded in 1932, Krystal restaurants have become more than sparkling-clean eateries where friendly employees serve up fresh, delicious food. Krystal has become a cultural icon and an experience that virtually every man, woman and child in the South has shared. Nearly everyone in the region has a Krystal memory. The Krystal brand—and the great food, service, value and setting that it represents—has taken a prominent place in the South’s cultural landscape. The Krystal Company is the oldest quick service restaurant chain in the South and the second oldest in the United States. The Chattanooga, Tenn.-based company currently has nearly 400 restaurants in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. For more information, visit

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