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Former Halifax resident John Thompson, center, raced in Radical Cup action at VIR for the first time Saturday.
SoVaNow.com / July 15, 2013
John Thompson, who grew up in Halifax County, returned home this weekend to compete in the Radical Cup at Virginia International Raceway.

Thompson, driving the yellow no. 48 SR3 entry, had as decent run, keeping his Radical Cup car on track despite difficult racing conditions. The Radical Cup and other supporting series continued yesterday at VIR.

Thompson finished seventh overall and fourth in class, 28.6 seconds behind the overall winner, Gerhard Watzinger.

Thompson lives in San Francisco, Calif.

He has been racing for about three years.

He has been a car enthusiast for years, as his dad, the late John Thompson and his brother, the late Nelson Thompson, were involved in the business side, running the former T&T Chevrolet in Halifax.

Thompson has also owned a number of vintage Corvettes.

Thompson, who had never raced at VIR before, showed patience in challenging conditions Saturday.

“I started sixth today and worked my way up to third, until there was an accident in front of me. The leading car spun in front of me and I had to take evasive action in the grass. I didn’t end up placing first, second or third, but I had a great time.

“I finished the race. Even though I touched the tire wall, I didn’t create much damage. I’m in good shape for (Sunday’s) race,” said Thompson.

John’s mom, Gladys, lives in South Boston.

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