Director for Game Day Operations Mike Seamon said Notre Dame game weekends are following an upward trend. With the unusually warm weather, enthusiasm of fans and a 59-33 victory against Air Force, Seamon said the past weekend had all the ingredients to be “first class.” “We couldn’t ask for better weather, there was just a great sense of enthusiasm and energy in the fans, you could just see it,” said Seamon, also the associate vice president of Campus Safety. Seamon said the Air Force weekend was even more successful than the Michigan State weekend. “The Michigan State weekend was a really good weekend … But the Air Force weekend, from top to bottom, was heads and shoulders above that,” he said. The temperature Saturday was about 10-15 degrees higher than the average for the beginning of October, Seamon said, making the game day uncommonly warm for this time of year. “The weather we had this weekend was more typical for an early September game than early October,” he said. Seamon said the high levels of energy on campus were apparent as early as Friday’s pep rally. “It was a really good positive pep rally,” he said. “People were loving the weather.” Saturday’s game was sold out, with more than 82,000 people in attendance, Seamon said. Police made 10 arrests Saturday, director of Notre Dame Security Police Phil Johnson said. Seven arrests were made outside the stadium: two for public intoxication, one for battery on a police officer and public intoxication, one for battery, one for battery and public intoxication, one for theft and possession of marijuana and one on an outstanding warrant. Johnson said at the stadium, three more people were arrested for public intoxication Seamon said 4,200 people visited the tunnel Friday, which was more than 1,000 more than the Michigan State weekend, and 1,300 attended Friday’s football luncheon. “That told us on Friday to start expecting some good things,” he said. He said the flyover before the game and the recognition of the marching band at halftime contributed to the energetic atmosphere. “People loved the B-2 Bomber flyover, that was kind of very special for us,” he said. “We’ve gotten a lot of good feedback on that.” Seamon said game weekends have been following a “really good trend,” which he expects will continue for the remaining home games. “Overall I would have to say the energy and the enthusiasm was unbelievable for the weekend, [and a] great springboard into the upcoming USC weekend,” he said.
Stock Cars – 1. Aaron Spangler; 2. Steffan Carey; 3. Chanse Hollatz; 4. Jody York; 5. Leslie Grill; 6. Troy Jerovetz; 7. Cody Center; 8. J.C. Parmeley; 9. Tony Hill; 10. Andy Altenburg; 11. Loren DeArmond; 12. Gene Henrie; 13. Jake Smith; 14. Raymond Doyle; 15. Brock Hamilton; 16. Wayne Dotson; 17. Austin Daffern. After finishes ranging from a solid third to a not-so-sweet 16th in his first five outings at Somerton, Arneson drew the pole start and led all 25 times around the oval. Feature Results “It was good to be able to get that first win,” said Arneson, $1,000 richer and already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. “We had a good car and everything worked out for us.” Fellow North Dakota driver and family friend Don Gumke, who’d raced with Arneson’s father “back in the day” was honored with the empty pole position during parade laps. And Cody Thompson sped from ninth at the green to first at the finish of a Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main hotly contested by hard charger candidates. Aaron Spangler scored the Jan. 18 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car victory at Cocopah Speedway. (Photo by Bobby McMorris) SOMERTON, Ariz. (Jan. 18) – Casey Arneson’s first IMCA Modified feature win in Arizona came on the final night of Cocopah Speedway’s Winter Nationals. Modifieds – 1. Casey Arneson; 2. Jake O’Neil; 3. Tim Ward; 4. Kollin Hibdon; 5. R.C. Whitwell; 6. Jason Noll; 7. Zane DeVilbiss; 8. Marlyn Seidler; 9. Alex Stanford; 10. Joey Price; 11. Mark Carrell; 12. John Parmeley; 13. Austin Kuehl; 14. Spencer Wilson; 15. Jeff Taylor; 16. Justen Yeager; 17. Michael Thing; 18. Russell Allen; 19. Tyson Evans; 20. Anthony Hofbauer; 21. Randy Havlik; 22. Tom Berry Jr.; 23. Austin Kiefer; 24. Bobby Horton; 25. Lance Mari. Hobby Stocks – 1. Tim Gonska; 2. Joshua Cordova; 3. Brad King; 4. Jim Robinson; 5. Scott Tenney; 6. Jason Duggins; 7. Jason Beshears; 8. Jason Penny; 9. Oscar Duarte; 10. Francisco Cordova; 11. David Callis; 12. Jeffrey Callis. Aaron Spangler outran Winter Nationals titlist Steffan Carey to the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers for his first Somerton victory. The second-row starters crossed the stripe ahead of Friday winner Chanse Hollatz, Jody York and Leslie Grill. Joshua Cordova, Brad King, Jim Robinson and Scott Tenney finished second through fifth, respectively. Casey Arneson got his IMCA Modified career first feature win in Arizona on the final night of Winter Nationals. (Photo by Bobby McMorris) Completing the top five were Tim Ward, Kollin Hibdon and 16th starting R.C. Whitwell. The win by Arneson came in an El Dorado ride he and Riley Hatfield built. Thompson’s second Winter Nationals win came in front of eighth starting Ty Rogers, 12th starting and Winter Nationals king Chris Toth, Chase Alves and 11th starting Taylor Kuehl. A couple yellows kept Arneson out of lapped traffic. Jake O’Neil, in the hunt for a fourth straight Winter Nationals victory, started fifth and got to within a couple car lengths. Tim Gonska motored from the outside front row starting spot to a fourth Winter Nationals IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock victory and put the wraps on a Winter Nationals crown of his own. Northern SportMods – 1. Cody Thompson; 2. Ty Rogers; 3. Chris Toth; 4. Chase Alves; 5. Taylor Kuehl; 6. Miles Morris; 7. Bill Lundock; 8. Chris Theodore; 9. David Pitt; 10. Cody Daffern; 11. Justin Brierley; 12. Brock Rogers; 13. Manny Baldiviez; 14. Wayne Dotson; 15. Jimmy Davy; 16. Javier Navarro; 17. Slade Pitt; 18. Kyle Sato; 19. Mike Wells; 20. Camron Spangler; 21. Shelby Frye; 22. Brian Carey; 23. Ron Schreiner.