I don't know were the shortcut cheat is on the race, but if you run it as the spider you will do well. (8 wheel drive...)
If you are sliding off the track, hitting C (crouch) will slow you down. Also double tapping A, W, or D will cause you to roll while breaking your momentum.
I have arthritus and carpul tunnel so have to figure out ways to win the race without full dexterity. You only collect the autographed pics if you win.