Anything is possible. My experience has just been that fuel pumps usually either leak back overnight, or they completely die when hot while driving and possibly start working again after cooling off. Or due to lack of pressure they can starve the engine and cause surging at higher RPM.He could be dealing with a flakey fuel pump though. Just like a starter, they sometimes don't work properly when hot. Although you'd think the fuel pump would cool down fairly quickly since it's submerged in fuel.
Just food for thought might be worth checking fuel pressure when cold and when you're experiencing the extended crank.