Coming off of a huge win, NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch was “heartbroken” to confirm that his wife Ashley has recently filed for divorce.
NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch is coming off of a historic win in Sunday’s AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway, earning his first win for Toyota and 23XI Racing to become the first driver to win for each of the last four Cup Series manufacturers. Additionally, he brought the #45 car back to victory lane for the first time since 1964.
But Busch has since confirmed that he is “heartbroken” following that news that his wife, Ashley, has filed for divorce, according to court documents obtained by TMZ Sports.
Ashley filed the documents in the state of Florida on Monday, May 9, and in them, she alleged that the 2004 Cup Series champion “committed a tortious act”.
According to TMZ, she claimed that the state of their marriage is “irretrievably broken”, claiming that Kurt had cut off her access to their joint banking account and credit cards and demanded that she leave the family home by the first week of June. The couple met in 2015 and were married in December 2016, and they did have a prenuptial agreement, she noted in the documents.
Once the news became public, Kurt shared his desire for the public to respect the privacy of the couple, releasing the following statement.
"“Upon inquiry by various press outlets today, I am heartbroken to confirm that my wife Ashley and I are working to dissolve our marriage. Divorce is a personal and private matter and I hope our privacy will be respected.”"
Busch’s win on Sunday made the 2022 season his ninth straight winning season, and barring a catastrophic end to the regular season, it should solidify him his 10th consecutive playoff berth, which would be the first for the Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan-owned team.
23XI Racing, which entered the Cup Series only last year, had just one previous win in the series prior to Busch’s victory. Bubba Wallace won a rain-shortened race for the team at Talladega Superspeedway last October.