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ANDERSON — Ryan Boorsma earned the family bragging rights by besting his father to win the VROA Modified feature at Anderson Speedway.

Tom Boorsma, a five-time winner in Modified action on the high-banked quarter-mile oval, set fast time during qualifications on Military Appreciation Night sponsored by Double T Leather.

His son, Ryan, was second quickest, and as a result of the inversion they started ninth and 10th in the field.

But before a lap was completed, four competitors fell by the wayside as a result of a number of issues.

That had John Evans leading until he slowed on Lap 2, which gave the point to Terry Byrne. Byrne was passed by Tom Boorsma a lap later, and three laps later Ryan Boorsma was running second.

The caution flag waved on Lap 12 when Randy Pierson made contact with the Turn 1 wall.

On the restart, Tom Boorsma’s car slowed momentarily on the back straight, allowing his son to take command.

At the finish, Ryan Boorsma collected his second career win at Anderson Speedway followed by Tom, Byrne, Ken Quimby and Brian Beukema.

“My car wasn’t as good as it had been earlier in the day,” Ryan Boorsma said in the Star Financial Winner’s Circle. “It was a real handful tonight. I don’t know what happened to my dad’s car. But, for one night, I have the bragging rights. Right now, we’re in a tight points battle.”

Indianapolis driver Dustin Sapp scored his second consecutive PGG Enterprise Thunder Car feature victory in a race that was slowed early by five caution flags.

As the result of the inversion for the 50-lap feature event, Jameson Owens and Frankie Oakes started on the front row with Oakes getting the jump at the start.

The caution flag waved five times in the first 17 laps as a result of spins by Jerry Swinford Jr., Jared Henderson and Bill Overshiner and mechanical woes for Ron Phipps and Swinford.

Following the last caution, Oakes was leading Sapp, Dylan Hoppes, Owens and David McConnell in a tight battle for position.

Sapp took the lead on the restart with an outside pass of Oakes in Turn 1, and for the next 20 laps, Oakes kept the pressure up.

On Lap 36, Oakes' night ended in a puff of smoke with Sapp then being challenged by Hoppes and Owens.

At the finish, Sapp won by a half-second over Owens with Hoppes, Jeremy Threet and McConnell rounding out the top five.

“It was a wild early race,” Sapp said in the winner’s circle. “I could feel them putting on the pressure. This is the way we wanted to start the season.”

Follow Ken de la Bastide on Twitter @KendelaBastide, or call 640-4863.

​Follow Ken de la Bastide on Twitter @KendelaBastide, or call 640-4863.

Senior Reporter covering Anderson and Madison County government, politics and auto racing for The Herald Bulletin. Has been working as a journalist in central Indiana since 1977.