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LAS VEGAS –2012 -- NASCAR Weekend is one of the most anticipated events on the Las Vegas calendar, and Boyd Gaming Corporation is once again revving up for the 15th annual Sam’s Town 300 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Ahead of the March 10 race, Boyd Gaming properties will be offering a variety of unique experiences designed to appeal to NASCAR fans of all ages.

 On Thursday, March 8, fans are invited to several free events with exclusive chances to get up close and personal with five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, and third-generation NASCAR driver and champion Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

 Starting at 7 p.m., Emmy® Award-winning FOX sportscaster Chris Myers will chat with Jimmie Johnson, driver of No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, at Suncoast Hotel & Casino. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. for this free event.

At the same time at Sam’s Town Live!, Fox Sports’ NASCAR commentator and former Crew Chief Jeff Hammond will interview Dale Jr., No. 88 Lowe’s Chevrolet driver, and answer fans’ questions about Hendrick Motorsports. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for this free event, courtesy of AMP Energy.

 Fans can continue rubbing elbows with drivers on Friday, March 9, from 8 to 9 p.m., when Sam’s Town will host autograph signings with Sprint Cup driver Regan Smith and 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  This free event will be held adjacent to the race and sports book at Sam’s Town.

 Finally, following the Saturday race, fans are invited back to Sam’s Town Live! for an 8 p.m. post-race concert by country music chart-topper Joe Nichols, known for such hits as “Brokenheartsville” and “Gimmie That Girl.”  Tickets start at $30, not including tax, and can be purchased at all Coast Casinos box office locations, by calling (702) 284-7777, or online at www.samstownlv.com/hotel-entertainment.

 Fans are also invited to enter the AMP Energy contest here for a chance to win a Vegas VIP race getaway which includes four nights’ hotel accommodations at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall and access to Dale Jr.’s Q&A session.

 As the longest-running continuous sponsor of one of the largest Nationwide Series races, Boyd Gaming is proud to continue its involvement in the Sam’s Town 300 in 2012.  Boyd Gaming offers inclusive packages at seven Las Vegas resorts – Sam’s Town, The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, California, Fremont and Main Street Station -- that include hotel accommodations, race tickets, and roundtrip hotel-to-track transportation.

 On race weekend, guests enjoy some of the best seating available at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, including seats in the exclusive Earnhardt and Petty Terraces. For more information, or to book accommodations, please visit www.boydgaming.com/nascar.

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