Michael and Buffy Waltrip’s Road To Divorce

Michael Waltrip and Elizabeth 'Buffy' Franks part ways after a failed marriage, but still remain friends.


Michael Waltrip with his then wife, Buffy.

Michael Waltrip with his then wife, Buffy.

Update: 21 February 2014

NASCAR driver Michael Curtis Waltrip who divides his time between racing and doing racing commentary these days might be doing alright, professionally speaking, but a couple of years back, wasn’t doing that well on the personal front; in short, he got divorced!

Dashing roadster, Michael Curtis Waltrip married Elizabeth Franks, in 1993. She was more popularly known as “Buffy”. They met in 1992 and fell in love when Michael got hurt in a car crash. Michael already had Caitlin Marie, with him, his daughter from a previous relationship, and he went on to have another child, daughter Margaret Carol with Buffy.

Rumours about an impending divorce between the two surfaced early in 2008. The stories being bandied about were all about Michael filing for divorce, the couple putting up their home for sale, Michael making public appearances without his wedding ring for nearly the whole of 2008, the couple not making public appearances together and Buffy being seen with a man who was not her husband. But, the rumours had obviously some element of truth in it because the couple decided to call it quits and were divorced by 2010.

In 2011, when Michael Waltrip, finally sat down to introspect on a 2001 key race of his, where his mentor, Dale Earnhardt had died; he realized how his resultant personal trauma had affected him and his marriage. He takes responsibility about his ‘frozen state’ and its effect on the marriage and how he had ‘sabotaged’ it.

Despite him admitting to Buffy about his issues, they had already become too distant from each other; and though she soon moved out with their daughter, the couple continue to remain friends.


Sources: en.wikipedia.org   nytimes.com   sports.espn.go.com

Michael Waltrip with his mentor, Dale Earnhardt.

Michael Waltrip with his mentor, Dale Earnhardt.