A red Corvair began to follow Ponyboy, which caused him to quicken his pace. Eventually he simply slowed to a stop, knowing that he'd never outrun the car. The Socs surrounded him quickly and subdued him. They attacked him until Pony's brother arrived, triggering them to leave with their vehicle.
Ponyboy is flashbacking to when Johnny gets beat up. The gang finds him laying there and assumes the worst. Johnny eventually comes to and explains what happened to him. A blue Mustang had pulled up and a guy with three rings on whacked him a couple times leaving him nearly dead.