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Chase Elliott late for school, blames Daytona 500

February 24, 2014, Pat DeCola, NASCAR.com

Chase Elliott late for school, blames Daytona 500
Nationwide Series rookie stayed up late to watch rain-delayed race

Well, at least we know he probably wasn't speeding.

A day after staying up extra late on a school night watching newly-crowned two-time Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. take home the coveted Harley J. Earl trophy, Nationwide Series rookie Chase Elliott shared a picture of his tardy slip via social media.

The 18-year-old Elliott -- still a high school senior -- gave his reason for showing up to school at 8:29 a.m. as "Watching the race, thought for sure we would have the day off. … #Junior."

Elliott finished 15th in Saturday's Drive4COPD 300 Nationwide season-opener driving for JR Motorsports, so maybe a better excuse -- like blaming it on his boss -- would've worked better.

Still, something tells us after a weekend like that, detention won't be so hard to swallow today.

Check out Elliott's Instagram photo, which was also shared to his Twitter account: