Why did Ponyboy turn to Dally for help?

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After Johnny killed Bob (the Soc) in the park, the pair turned to Dallas "Dally" Winston for help because they wanted to get a gun, some money and a needed a plan.  Dally was known to be involved in gang activity outside of the Greasers and had spent time in jail.  Dally hated the police almost as much as he hated the Socs, which provided him plenty of motive to help the distraught pair—although Darry, Ponyboy's oldest brother, would have helped the pair as well.  Ponyboy felt Darry was responsible for the situation because he hit him earlier in the evening.  The two found Dally at Buck Merrill's place in the middle of a party.  Although he questions Ponyboy's common sense, he does provide a hiding place (the church), money, a gun and dry clothes for Ponyboy.  In many ways Dally is idolized by Ponyboy because he always seems to know what to do in tough situations, something Ponyboy desires. 

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