After coming up short against Don "the Snake" Prudhomme at the '78 Ignitor, "240 Gordie" Bonin returned in '79 to conquer a top flight field that included the likes of McEwen, Beadle, McCulloch and many others. Driving the Pacemaker Trans Am, Bonin defeated the Wendy's Corvette of John "Brute Force" in a tire hazing duel.