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Force, after this 16th title and the loss of two big sponsors, is finally learning to leave those projects to Ashley and other members of his empire.

“The one thing I did wrong is my company has grown so big, I got too big for my britches,” Force said. “I’m trying to micromanage everything. I’m sitting on the end of the bed telling my wife, `If I don’t get the money, my racing’s done.’ She said, `Well, why don’t you focus on winning. You don’t get into the winning mode `til you get to the racetrack.’

“That was the one mistake I did. I called in my company, I said, `Nobody talks to me about business until this championship’s over.’”