Who Is Kurt Busch’s Ex-wife Ashley Van Metre Dating?

Published 01/23/2023, 3:55 AM EST
Aug. 22, 2015 – Bristol, TN, U.S. – Bristol, TN – Aug 22, 2015: Kurt Busch (41) and girlfriend, Ashley Van Metre, hangs out on pit road prior to the start of the IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN. NASCAR Motorsport USA 2015: Sprint Cup Series IRWIN Tools Night Race Aug 22 – ZUMAa55_

For fans, their favorite NASCAR drivers’ actions on the track are what matters the most. But in this love, they tend to forget that these guys are humans too. They have a life beyond the sport, and sometimes, the rigors of the sport affect it adversely. Kurt Busch is one of the more recent examples of this phenomenon.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 15: Kurt Busch, driver of the #45 Monster Energy Toyota, drives during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series 64th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Kurt Busch was in news in 2022 a lot. That, however, was for the crash he suffered during qualifying at Pocono. The crash ended up changing a lot for him—possibly even becoming the lowest moment of his professional life.


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But other than that, he had also suffered other issues during the year. The Daily Mail had reported that Ashley Van Metre, the then-wife of Busch, had filed for divorce. In her plea, she claimed that the marriage had “irretrievably broken” after Busch “committed a tortious act.”

The pair tied the knot in 2016 after having met for the first time in 2016. This was announced around the time Busch won the Daytona 500.

But relations took a strong beating, souring in dramatic fashion in 2022. According to the same reports, Busch had allegedly “cut her off financially by blocking access to their joint bank account and credit cards.”

Since the couple had signed a prenuptial arrangement, it’s unlikely that Ashley would’ve received too much help from the $60 million that Busch is worth.

No longer the ex-wife of Kurt Busch

For a long while in 2022, Ashley Van Metre had sadly been converted into just the “ex-wife of Kurt Busch” by tabloids and paparazzi. Thankfully, that phase has ended in her life, and she is looking happy.


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After that tragic episode, Van Metre was single for a long time. But her recent Instagram activity suggests she might have found a new beau. She posted a sweet picture of herself with a Benjamin Larsen.

Further research suggests Mr. Larsen might not be highly involved publicly. He has a private account on the social media site, with close to 1,000 followers.

Van Metre is a professional polo player and has won multiple tournaments during the course of her career. Her achievements on the field have also earned her the honor of being the brand ambassador for US Polo Assn., the multi-million dollar clothing manufacturer.


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It must’ve been a tough time for both parties involved, given the way things petered out. Hopefully, both are doing better now.



Abhay Tyagi

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Abhay Tyagi is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. Although he has completed his undergrad in Law and Management, he has always been eager to venture into the exciting field of sports journalism. With a special affinity for Engineering and Speed, Abhay has always found the world of Formula 1 quite exhilarating.

Edited By: Akash Pandhare