What Are Some of the Details of Buffy Waltrip’s Divorce?

Elizabeth Franks, famously known as Buffy Waltrip, divorced her ex-husband Michael Waltrip in 2010. The couple were married for 17 years. Michael Waltrip, co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, is a professional race car driver, published author and racing commentator.

Elizabeth Buffy Franks met Michael Waltrip in August 1992. The couple got married on Nov. 27, 1993 and have a daughter from the marriage. Buffy got custody of the daughter after the divorce. While married, Buffy was the owner of Nascar race car #55 and Michael Waltrip drove it.

The rumor of the couple’s divorce started circulating in the media in 2008 when Buffy stopped showing up at the racing shop. They did not make any public appearances and put their house up for sale. In 2010, the couple officially confirmed the divorce.

The exact reason for the divorce is not known but Michael Waltrip has confessed that a racing accident in the 2001 Daytona 500, which left his mentor Dale Earnhardt dead, contributed to the divorce. He writes in his book, “In the Blink of an Eye: Dale, Daytona, and the Day that Changed Everything,” about the incident, saying that he never dealt with the tragedy or sought counseling. As of July 2015, Buffy is married to Adam Hawthorne.