Elizabeth Franks, also known as Buffy Waltrip, divorced Michael Waltrip in 2010.
The couple was married for seventeen years. Michael Waltrip, co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, is a professional race car driver, published author, and racing analyst.
Elizabeth Buffy Franks met Michael Waltrip in August of 1992. The couple wed on November 27, 1993, and have a daughter as a result. After the divorce, Buffy gained custody of the daughter. During her marriage, Buffy was the owner of Nascar race car No. 55, driven by Michael Waltrip.
In 2008, when Buffy stopped showing up at the racing shop, rumours of the couple’s divorce began to circulate in the media. They made no public appearances and listed their home for sale. In 2010, the divorce was officially finalised.
Michael Waltrip has admitted that the racing accident in the 2001 Daytona 500 that killed his mentor Dale Earnhardt contributed to the divorce. He states in his book “In the Blink of an Eye: Dale, Daytona, and the Day that Changed Everything” that he never dealt with the tragedy or sought counselling. Buffy is currently married to Adam Hawthorne as of July 2015.