If you just put a newly rebuilt engine with extra horses in your race car, don’t let extra unneeded weight rob you of what you’ve gained. Reducing rotating weight, the weight that spins in a 360-degree revolution, throughout your race car’s drivetrain is one of the best ways to find extra horsepower. There are several ways to accomplish this task without tearing your engine apart.

Circle Track talked to Dave Pletcher from Pletcher Racing Inc. in Tampa, Fla., and Bruce Jones, crew chief for Crenshaw Racing in Lakeland, Fla., to get some advice on lightening things up. Contained in the sidebars below are some ideas that should help you get a few more ponies to the pavement. Remember, check your rule book for the class you’re racing in because some of these ideas may not be allowed in all classes.