Jeff Burton sprinted through the garage yesterday chasing after Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip for a quick conversation.

Back when he was winning, Burton didn't have to run after anyone -- they all came to see him.

"When you're running well, your competitors come and talk to you because they're fishing for information," Burton said. "When you're not running well, you can feel the distance grow. I don't like that. I like to be in the middle of things."

Right now, Burton is at the back, at least at Roush Racing.

Amid Roush's recent revival -- three Roush drivers combined to win 10 races last season -- Burton never made it to Victory Lane last year.

He's gone 42 consecutive races without a win but will be looking to end the slump today at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where he is a two-time winner. Burton starts seventh in the UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400.

"Jeff Burton is anxious to get his program re-established to where it needs to be," car owner Jack Roush said. "It's just a matter of time until he is back in Victory Circle."

* IRL: Michael Andretti's debut as a car owner was massively successful. Tony Kanaan gave the new Andretti-Green Racing team the pole and a front-row sweep for the opening event of the IRL season in Homestead, Fla.