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Cautions break kindly for Hamlin at Michigan

He was dosed with antacids and says he never seriously considered climbing out of the car and handing the #18 over to standby driver Scott Riggs. "It was just hard to breathe. I had to take real short breaths. Felt like I was running a 400-mile marathon, which essentially I was. But I felt like I was running on my feet instead of in a race car."

As for that notorious oil pan incident, it could yet come back to bite JGR, with penalties possibly following NASCAR's post-race review on Tuesday.

"For us, the oil pan thing ultimately was our responsibility to get – when it says things approved by NASCAR, every piece has to be approved by NASCAR," said Joe Gibbs. "When we got here, they didn't like it. I think they thought it was a different issue than it actually wound up being ... The reality of it is it was our fault for not bringing it to them and laying it out. It's a good lesson learned."

Let's hope it doesn't prove a costly one following the on-track success at Michigan.

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